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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

10 Super Foods for Athletes 10 Super Foods for Athletes

By Chris Wilson, SSN, RKC I know there is considerable confusion with many young lifters and athletes about their diet. Lots of diverse information to sift through in separating nutrition from nonsense. “Should I eat this or that, someone told me never... read more

Your Body’s Hidden Hunger Hormone That Can Make Fat Loss Nearly Impossible Your Body’s Hidden Hunger Hormone That Can Make Fat Loss Nearly Impossible

Interview with Leading Fat Loss Specialist Ryan Faehnle, CSCS CW: Well, thank you so much for joining us today. This is Coach Chris Wilson from CriticalBench.com and I am delighted and I’m not joking, I am delighted to have with me on the line today,... read more

Muscle Activation Exercises to WAKE UP Your Muscles Muscle Activation Exercises to WAKE UP Your Muscles

By Brian Klepacki, MS, CSCS, FMS, CISSN Hey everybody, Coach Brian Klepacki here at CriticalBench.com, certified strength coach and I’m giving you the best activation exercises for the core, the glutes, the chest, the back, the brain, you name it. This... read more

Meet Our New Hormonal Fat Loss Advisor Ryan Faehnle Meet Our New Hormonal Fat Loss Advisor Ryan Faehnle

By Mike Westerdal I’m in the business of giving people the tools and motivation to reach their goals and improve their lives. Now that may sound like a very ambitious statement but it’s exactly what gets me fired up every morning to come to work! One... read more

Unlock Your Best Body Unlock Your Best Body

By Coach Ryan Faehne, CSCS, FMS In order to unlock your BEST body, you must first be handed the combination. Much like opening any padlock, if you don’t enter the exact numbers in the correct order, you will never open that lock and you will become... read more

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

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