When I treat in the clinic patients with neck pain, I always ask them when the pain started. Many times the answer to this question is: "I pulled my neck while lifting weights" or "I felt neck pain after a heavy session at the gym". This has spurred me to write about what gym freaks can do about preventing neck pain and also to treat it on their own, so they can work towards their fitness goals without injury breaks.
Our neck is a delicate area whilst also being one of the most important ones. It has to be strong to hold the weight of the head and to be able to move freely frequently throughout the day. The neck, shoulders and shoulder blades are one unit and have to function together well to stay pain free. Neck and scapular muscles are small and they need to work in harmony with each other, no matter what exercise you do at the gym. Good posture is critical while lifting weights to maintain the balance between the neck and shoulders.