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mattmanning

It may look like a sandwich box and a piece of old wood but it does work your neck very well.
https://youtu.be/xSNyEu2Kt04 (Front of neck)
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Average Al

Very cool!

Looks like you are going full force from the very beginning (no warm up)? That might raise the injury risk, especially since you are moving the neck through a full range of motion. For myself, I only use maximum effort with isometrics, and only after some pre-exhaust.

Have you posted the details anywhere about the construction on the device? I am curious about stuff like the type of load cell, hardware needed to acquire data from the load cell, and the software used. How does the Arduino connect to the phone?
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StuKE

Full marks for inventiveness but I am not really sure what is going on. Is it just a way of allowing you to add manual resistance, ie same as laying with head off a bench, plate on forehead for front of neck, similar for back?
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mattmanning

The load cells are from some bathroom scales the software is app inventor and c++, the data is sent via bluetooth. The wood bits are just stuff I had kicking around.
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mattmanning

Yes it is the same as a plate on your head whilst lying on a bench. We found it was uncomfortable and the weight moves around a lot as you perform a rep. I know I'm biased but this does work the neck well, subjective admittedly. We've tried lots of ways to work the neck and haven't really had much success before.
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Average Al

mattmanning wrote:
The load cells are from some bathroom scales the software is app inventor and c++, the data is sent via bluetooth. The wood bits are just stuff I had kicking around.


Thanks! Interesting that you could reuse a load cell from a scale.

Do you find that having feedback on effort helps in performing the exercise?
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mattmanning

Honestly it's yes and no. It is exciting to try to beat your previous score but that can lead to bad form. Also I take a peak reading and the area under the curve which I think is more important. And by the way there are four load cells in bathroom scales making a wheatstone bridge.
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Average Al

mattmanning wrote:
Honestly it's yes and no. It is exciting to try to beat your previous score but that can lead to bad form. Also I take a peak reading and the area under the curve which I think is more important. And by the way there are four load cells in bathroom scales making a wheatstone bridge.


Yah... chasing numbers can sometimes lead to bad form. On the other hand, having some kind of measurement can keep you honest about your level of effort.

Via google, I discovered that sites that sell a package of 4 bathroom scale load sensors pretty cheaply, for the hobby market.
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mattmanning

All in the electronics cost about ?25, you need an arduino, a hx711 ampilfier, usb battery pack and a hc 05 bluetooth module.
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StuKE

mattmanning wrote:
Yes it is the same as a plate on your head whilst lying on a bench. We found it was uncomfortable and the weight moves around a lot as you perform a rep. I know I'm biased but this does work the neck well, subjective admittedly. We've tried lots of ways to work the neck and haven't really had much success before.


Good points re plate on forehead, plus it is hard not to inadvertantly take more of the load with your arms rather than neck. Good on you for finding a better way.

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