I would like to get an opinion the neck bridge/wrestler's bridge exercise. It would be especially helpful if anyone knew of any guys that have done this for years and even continue to do this exercise and are at least 40 years of age. I am very concerned about the health of my neck. I am worried that this will eventually cause disc degeneration. While I enjoy doing neck bridging and thus far, in my early thirties, have not had any issues that I know of, I am deeply concerned about the future. I'm not sure the long term costs are worth the short term benefits. When I perform neck bridges I do it convict conditioning style. I start off with a warm up, using my hands as I do wrestlers bridges and after a short rest, I turn around and do front/side to side bridges on my knees. After the warm up I don't use my hands when I do the wrestlers' bridge; however, I get off my knees, but I still tend to use my hands a bit when doing the front/side to side bridge. My question is, am I playing with fire? Should I stop doing this? Are there better alternatives? Is there anyone on this forum that has done this for years or has been in contact with guys that have done this for years. One of the things that alerted me was a post I saw at a website where the following quote was stated: "Hi. Former wrestler, boxing coach, submission wrestler and BJJ/Judo dabbler with over 20 years experience here. Do not do this s***. There are dozen alternatives that are safer and more effective you should do before you even attempt bridging. It's a f***ing wrestling technique not an f***ing exercise. For the life of me I can't figure out why lifters have suddenly taken it out of context and are using for strength. It's idiotic. I can't count the number of people I know that ten to fifteen years after wrestling have severe aggravated neck and thoracic spine problems thanks to idiotic "training" advice like this here "neck bridging". The damage you do is cumulative, permanent and you won't know it until it's too late. Just ask a sports medicine MD what they think of this s*** for civilians if you don't believe me. And then there is of course immediate trauma. SEE: Green v. Orleans Parish School Board, La.App., 365 So.2d 834 (197 , kid broke his neck and was paralyzed while performing a neck bridge during a drill in a PE class. http://classweb.gmu.edu/jkozlows/p&r19... But f*** it. Go ahead. Listen to this Nolan clown who has literally no serious coaching experience or education to recommend this s***. Go ahead. F*** yourselves up real good." I'm terrified of this. Later on, I realized that Mike Tyson somewhat recently underwent neck surgery for a spinal issue. Are my fears justified? Thanks in advance for any assistance with this topic. I don't think this is discussed enough and I fear that people are going to be fed the wrong information. One of the reasons I enjoy this site is because Pavel goes out of his way to ensure that not only performance is being addressed, but longevity as well. For this, I can't thank Pavel enough. Pavel is one of the only people, if not the only person, I trust information from; however, to the best of my knowledge, neck bridging has not been covered. Again, thanks in advance.