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Mike Westerdal Pres. &  Author for Critical Bench Mike Westerdal is the owner of CriticalBench.com. He earned his BS from Central CT State University where he played four years of D-IAA football. After college Mike went on to play and coach football in Europe before he acquired his certification as a personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise.

Westerdal is a contributing muscle writer for various iron magazines including REPS! and Monster Muscle. In addition his articles are published throughout the Internet.

Westerdal is an amatuer powerlifter competing in the APF and APA federations. He resides in sunny Clearwater, FL and trains at Tampa Barbell. He is married to his wonderful wife Courtney.


Articles by Mike Westerdal

Muscle Fiber Specific Training Muscle Fiber Specific Training

By Chris Wilson, Head Strength Coach The popular theory of slow & fast twitch muscle fiber training has been around for a very long time… I would have to say from my own training experiences and many other hardcore lifters I have talked to over... read more

Before Arnold Schwarzenegger There Was John Grimek Before Arnold Schwarzenegger There Was John Grimek

Written by Bodybuilding Historian Dennis B Weis, Edited by Chris Wilson By no means is he a household name but let me give you some insight into the legacy of the late John Carroll Grimek. Baseball has had its Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle, basketball it’s... read more

6 Week POWER Bench Press Program 6 Week POWER Bench Press Program

By Chris Wilson, Head Strength Coach I trained alone. I had no training partners nearly all of my years in the gym aside from high school and college and most of the top lifters I talk to about my ‘sub-par’ bench press performance agrees that lifting... read more

5 Ways to Rapidly Increase Your Pull-ups & Chin-ups 5 Ways to Rapidly Increase Your  Pull-ups & Chin-ups

By John Sifferman, Author of The Pull-up Solution Pull-ups and chin-ups are a couple of the best upper body exercises for strength and muscle building. They help build and strengthen your back, biceps, forearms, shoulders, and core. They can also help... read more

The Subconscious Eater (Part 3) Controlling Our Appetite & FAKE Food Ingredients The Subconscious Eater (Part 3) Controlling Our Appetite & FAKE Food Ingredients

By Brian Klepacki, MS, CISSN, CSCS The first area in which we need to look into is exercise. Exercise is widely regarded as one of the most valuable components of behavior that can influence weight loss or gain and therefore help in the prevention and... read more

The Subconscious Eater (Part 2) Our Emotional Connection to Food The Subconscious Eater (Part 2) Our Emotional Connection to Food

By Brian Klepacki, MS, CISSN, CSCS Despite our best intentions, we still make bad choices when it comes to food. One of the primary reasons is emotional eating. Like I mentioned above, obesity is a global epidemic amongst adults, children and teens. In... read more

The Subconscious Eater (Part 1) You ARE What You Eat The Subconscious Eater (Part 1)  You ARE What You Eat

By Brian Klepacki, MS, CISSN, CSCS Everywhere you look it seems that nearly everyone has some sort of medical condition. I’m not talking about the big issues like cancer or AIDS, more so the smaller common stuff that we hear about almost everyday. This... read more

Interview with Fitness Superstar Tony Catanzaro as he Battles Parkinson’s Disease Interview with Fitness Superstar Tony Catanzaro as he Battles Parkinson’s Disease

By Critical Bench Reporter Ben Tatar Monster Ben Tatar: Tony, the Superman of Fitness, you recently have had to face Parkinson’s disease. For those who don’t know, can you tell us briefly about what Parkinson’s disease is? Tony Catanzaro:... read more

These TWO Methods Can Determine Your Optimal Workout Load These TWO Methods Can Determine Your Optimal Workout Load

By Chris Wilson, Head Strength Coach It takes about seven full days to completely recover from maximum overloads on muscle groups. People like the late bodybuilder Mike Mentzer used to say that a workout program had to be designed to overload specific... read more

Metamorphosis of the Fitness Industry at LIVE Events Metamorphosis of the Fitness Industry at LIVE Events

By Ben Tatar, CriticalBench.com Contributor I have been involved with the fitness industry since 1997 and I have seen the big changes going into 2017 (that’s 20 years if you can believe it!). In this article, I will discuss how the world of bodybuilding,... read more

BPA’s, Phthalates and the Extinction of Man BPA’s, Phthalates and the Extinction of Man

By Chris Wilson, Head Strength Coach Specialist in Sports Nutrition The last few decades have seen a dramatic increase in the feminization of young boys and men. As men become more and more effeminate, society portrays the feminization of men to be... read more

The Demasculinization of the American Male The Demasculinization of the American Male

By Mike Westerdal, CPT, RKC President CriticalBench.com There has been an alarming trend since the 1980’s that has been threatening the American Male. It’s has seen the decline of the American Alpha Male, and with the passing of each decade,... read more

Top 5 Reasons to STOP Doing Crunches & Sit Ups Top 5 Reasons to STOP Doing Crunches & Sit Ups

By Brian Klepacki, MS, CSCS, FMS, CISSN Here are the top 5 reasons why Strength Coaches and other fitness experts have abandoned the sit-up or crunch long ago & why you should too. REASON #1: Crunches Only Work the Surface This is a problem for two... read more

CARVE Out Killer Back Muscles with Body Weight CARVE Out Killer Back Muscles with Body Weight

    By Chris Wilson, Head Strength Coach If building muscle and getting ripped is your goal BUT you don’t have access to a gym, you prefer to workout at home or you just prefer to do body weight only exercises, you’re in luck. But let... read more

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