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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

Meet Your Inner Thigh – UNLOCK & Develop Your Adductors Meet Your Inner Thigh – UNLOCK & Develop Your Adductors

by Brian Klepacki, MS, CSCS, FMS2 Hey, everybody. I’m Coach Brian Klepacki, certified strength and conditioning specialist. I’m also a functional movement specialist here at criticalbench.com and I’m sharing with you just everything you need to... read more

The DEATH of Crunches & Sit-Ups with Brian Klepacki

On this episode of Strong By Design, Coach Chris sits down with his colleague, Brian Klepacki. They share science based research on why you should NEVER do a sit up or crunch again. Also, stay tuned to hear about the Crunchless Core Program. ... read more

CARBS – Public Enemy #1

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Train Like an Athlete for the Perfect Body with Erin Stern

On this episode of Strong By Design, Coach Chris sits down with two time Ms. Figure Olympia, fitness coach and author, Erin Stern. They go into depth on why training like an athlete is better for the physique. Also, stay tuned to hear about the... read more

Your Body’s Hidden Hunger Hormone with Ryan Faehnle Part 3

This is part 3 of “Your Body’s Hidden Hunger Hormone”. Coach Chris and Ryan Faehnle continue their conversation about fat loss. On this episode, they discuss key concepts and hacks for sustainable fat loss. Also, hear numerous testimonies about... read more

Your Body’s Hidden Hunger Hormone with Ryan Faehnle Part 2

This is part 2 of “Your Body’s Hidden Hunger Hormone”. Coach Chris and Ryan Faehnle continue their conversation about fat loss. On this episode, they discuss the issues that many people are experiencing from sitting too much. Also, Ryan details... read more

Your Body’s Hidden Hunger Hormone with Ryan Faehnle Part 1

Did you know that some people actually sustain fat loss longer when we add their favorite foods into their diet? It’s true, fat loss is a mental thing as much as it is physical. Today Coach Chris is joined by strength coach Ryan Faehnle. They discuss... read more

Why Toughness is Critical for Men with Mike Gillette?

The truth is strength starts from within. On this episode of Strong by Design, Coach Chris is joined by a certified tough guy, Mike Gillette. Mike Gillette’s is known as one of the nations top mind training experts. He has worked with several government... read more

The DEATH of Crunches & Sit-Ups The DEATH of Crunches & Sit-Ups

By Brian Klepacki, MS, CSCS, FMS2 When was the last time you actually felt ‘strong’ in your core? I’m not talking about when you’re doing a core workout at the gym or at home. I’m talking about when you are going about your day and you move... read more

How to Build STRONG Glutes (Exactly What You Need!) How to Build STRONG Glutes (Exactly What You Need!)

By Brian Klepacki, MS, CSCS, FMS2 Hey, what’s up everybody? I’m Coach Brian Klepacki, MS, CSCS, FMS2, Certified Strength Coach here with Criticalbench.com and I’m giving you exactly what you need to do to build strong glutes. WATCH THIS VIDEO to... 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

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