Mike Westerdal Bio > Articles by Mike Westerdal
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
By Brian Klepacki, MS, CSCS Owner and Head Coach of Optimax Performance Training, LLC. St. Petersburg Florida The 2015-2016 NFL season is upon us and if you haven’t locked in your fantasy team yet time is almost up to get those rosters locked in. If... read more
Interview with Powerlifting Monster JP Carroll Interviewed by Critical Bench Reporter Ben Tatar JP CARROLL is instantly making headlines in the World of Powerlifting. He has squatted 1,025 lbs. RAW and he is also on the hunt for a 600 plus RAW bench... read more
Interview with Natural Bodybuilding Champion and Actor, the Superman of Fitness, Anthony Catanzaro By Ben Tatar 1) Anthony you are known as having one of the greatest physiques in the fitness world. How did you do it? What makes Anthony different... read more
Fact or Fake: ‘The Importance of Quality Control’ By: Brian Klepacki, MS, CSCS, CISSN, FMS Optimaxperformance.com Have you given much thought to what’s actually in your supplement? I’m not talking about what the label says. Sure that’s one... read more
Anchoring Attitudes By Mike Gillette You’ve experienced this before, whether you realized it at the time or not. It starts when a certain song comes on the radio. Then, the next thing you know, you’re in a better mood than you were just a moment earlier. Or,... read more
Written By: Brian Klepacki, MS, CSCS, CISSN We have all heard this word before; testosterone. Depends on the type of person you are but many different images might come to mind when that word is mentioned. Maybe it’s a ridiculously massive man (or woman)... read more
Interview with Steve Cook. Interviewed by Ben Tatar Steve Cook has become one of the most popular world champion fitness models in the world. Steve has appeared on numerous magazine covers (including Muscle and Fitness,) he also won the Muscle and Fitness... read more
Interview with Tobias Young Interviewed by Ben Tatar Tobias Young is a sponsored athlete by Optimum Nutrition. He has been on different magazine covers and he has earned his IFBB Pro Status. Tobias helps fans and friends of the fitness industry... read more
Ben Tatar 2015 Arnold Interview By Anthony Alayon 1) Anthony Alayon: Before we get started, can you tell us what makes the Arnold the biggest or the best event of all? Ben Tatar: What makes the Arnold greater than the other events in America or internationally... read more
Testimonial From Dan Schwab I just completed the Critical Bench Program 2.0. In the 11 week program, I put 40 pounds on my bench press to reach my goal of over 400 pounds. At 5 feet 7 inches and 198 pounds, I was able to get a 405 pound bench press.... read more
By Chris Wilson, CPT author Anabolic AfterGrowth Anabolic Hormones like Testosterone, Growth Hormone, IGF-1, Insulin and Cortisol are the keys to unlocking your body’s muscle growth. All of these have crucial roles on how your muscles respond to... read more
By Chris Wilson, CPT author Anabolic AfterGrowth Growing up I always wanted to be BIGGER like my older brothers. I mean, they were monsters compared to my little 9 year old butt. They had a 5 year head start on muscle building and puberty helped... read more
By Chris Wilson, CPT author Anabolic AfterGrowth I was under the illusion that I was still strong. I had fallen victim to the training I was implementing for a majority of my dedicated clients. Focusing my time and energy on balance, conditioning and... read more
50th Mr. Olympia Anniversary Interview: Behind the Scenes w/ Ben Tatar Interview By Chris Wilson Coach Chris: Hi Ben “Tatar-Monster” and thanks again for your amazing pictures and unequaled enthusiasm for the Mr. Olympia. This year was the... read more