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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

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

PUMP UP Your Chest with Less Weight PUMP UP Your Chest with Less Weight

  By Chris Wilson, Head Strength Coach How realistic is it to get a great chest workout with very little weight? I’m talking about those moments when the gym isn’t an option OR you work out at home with your own equipment (and you don’t have... read more

Build a Strong Lower Back With This Move Build a Strong Lower Back With This Move

By Chris Wilson, Head Strength Coach Develop Your LOWER BACK with Cable Pull Thrusts Q: I do all my training at our local gym here in town. It has all the usual stale equipment like the cable cross over machine, hyper extension bench, leg curl machines... read more

Staying Anabolic Staying Anabolic

  By Chris Wilson, Head Strength Coach Q: I am a natural drug free bodybuilder and it seems to me that I hit sticking points in my training a heck of a lot quicker that some of my buddies who are on the “juice”. No matter how hard I try, progress... read more

3 Secrets to Fat Loss Results 3 Secrets to Fat Loss Results

  3 Secrets to Fat Loss Results by Robby Blanchard, MBA, BS, CPT Functional Movement, Constantly Varied and High Intensity…The 3 secrets to fat loss and results. It always seems like there is controversy surrounding CrossFit. Many people believe... read more

3 MYTHS in the World of Weight Lifting 3 MYTHS in the World of Weight Lifting

     (originally answered by author/writer Dennis B. Weis and edited by Strength Coach Chris Wilson)  BENCH POWER = PUNCHING POWER? Q: I have a bodybuilder friend that wants to get into Mixed Martial Arts Competitions. He’s 6’1″... read more

Super Circuit Leg Workout – Advanced Training (NOT RECOMMENDED for Beginners) Super Circuit Leg Workout – Advanced Training (NOT RECOMMENDED for Beginners)

By Chris Wilson, Head Strength Coach Here is a Super Circuit Leg Workout that a six-time Mrs. Olympia revealed to the viewers on her ESPN Body Shaping TV show, many years ago. Any guesses? Her name is Cory Everson and she had some of the best legs you... read more

Calves, Calories & 3 Tips to be ALPHA Calves, Calories & 3 Tips to be ALPHA

By Chris Wilson, Head Strength Coach Below you will find three Q&As shedding some light on effective calf training, calorie consumption for hardgainers and 3 quick tips helping guys to reach the Alpha Zone. 25-15-10 Calf Blast Q) People laugh whenever... read more

Mind Power Doctrine: How Mentally Prepared are YOU for your Workout? Mind Power Doctrine: How Mentally Prepared are YOU for your Workout?

By Chris Wilson, Head Strength Coach   Does this scenario sound familiar to you? “Man I’ve been doing really heavy bench presses lately… like 300 pounds. I walked into the gym on Monday and did it, no sweat.  Then on Friday, my next bench... read more

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