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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

50th Mr. Olympia Anniversary Interview: Behind the Scenes w/ Ben Tatar 50th Mr. Olympia Anniversary Interview: Behind the Scenes w/ Ben Tatar

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

Old School Muscle Building Interview with Eddie Robinson Old School Muscle Building Interview with Eddie Robinson

Interview with Eddie Robinson By Ben Tatar Eddie Robinson has been on top of the bodybuilding world, powerlifting world and he has been published on the cover of 85 magazines! He’s a great father, mentor, trainer and coach! Lets step into the life... read more

Fasting For Muscle Building Fasting For Muscle Building

The Bulking Diet Delusion by John Meadows really lit a fire under my heinie.  It reminded me of all those people that tell me they’re in bulking mode but never seemed to be in cutting mode. So basically what you want to tell me is that you’re fat... read more

Band Specialization: MAXIMIZE These Four Key Principles to BOOST Muscularity & Achieve STRONGER Lifts Band Specialization: MAXIMIZE These Four Key Principles to BOOST Muscularity & Achieve STRONGER Lifts

Band Specialization: MAXIMIZE These Four Key Principles to BOOST Muscularity & Achieve STRONGER Lifts By Chris Wilson The idea of “band” training has been around for years.  Back in the day, before all of the oversized rubber bands and green,... read more

30 Day 50 / 50 Counter-Split Specialization 30 Day 50 / 50 Counter-Split Specialization

By Dennis B. Weis Smash through training barriers and make “phenomenal progress” with the amazing 30 Day 50 / 50 Counter-Split Specialization. One of the most radical, but muscle producing methods of specialization we have come across is, the old-school... read more

Daily Specialization Training: Transform Your Weakest Muscle Groups Into Your STRONGEST Muscle Groups! rsz_mad_scientist

“Experience the power of extremely targeted, high-frequency training. It literally has the power to turn your weakest muscle groups into your best!” - By Nick Nilsson Everybody has them but nobody wants them. What are they? Stubborn, hard-to-develop... read more

Wheels of Fortune Leg Training by Sean Jones Wheels of Fortune Leg Training by Sean Jones

Here is an exclusive video, bio and article from Sean Jones.  Get to know him better and learn how his leg training routine can help you develop massive legs! Bio of Sean Jones I guess I’m one of those people who believe that “NORMAL”... read more

[For MEN Only] REAL Answers about Muscle, Strength & Nutrition [For MEN Only] REAL Answers about Muscle, Strength & Nutrition

What HOLDS men back from getting BIGGER & Stronger? Wow, that’s a LOADED question! Let’s start with FOUR key factors holding men back from muscular greatness. In my opinion, the first key limiting factor is Stress. Constantly putting our body... read more

Interview with Extreme Weight Loss Program Inventor – Justin Lawrence Interview with Extreme Weight Loss Program Inventor – Justin Lawrence

Interview with Justin Lawrence (Extreme Weight Loss Program Inventor.) Interviewed by CB Reporter Ben Tatar Justin Lawrence is the inventor of the Extreme Weight Loss program. Justin Lawrence is also a 27 year old strength Coach and also does fitness... read more

Fisheye Wrestling Wins State Championship – Interview with Coach Jeff Fernandas Fisheye Wrestling Wins State Championship – Interview with Coach Jeff Fernandas

Fisheye Wrestling Wins State Championship – Interview with Coach Jeff Fernandas As told to CriticalBench.com by Steve Konopka I’m here with Jeff Fernandas the head coach of FISHEYE WRESTLING in SIMSBURY/GRANBY CT Q: First off congratulations... read more

Can You Build Muscle & Strength With No Equipment? Can You Build Muscle & Strength With No Equipment?

An interview with Forest Vance… Hello Critical Bench Nation! Head Strength Coach Chris here and I’m excited to have Mr. Forest Vance (former Pro Football Player) here w/ me today to answer some questions about his Body Weight Strong 2.0 system. With... read more

How to do More Push Ups – Instantly! How to do More Push Ups – Instantly!

How to Do More Push Ups – Instantly! by Forest Vance, author, Body Weight Strong 2.0 Today I’m going to share a little-known method you can use to do more push ups, INSTANTLY. Last year after a charity event at my training center, we went... read more

Ben Tatar 2014 Arnold Interview Ben Tatar 2014 Arnold Interview

Ben Tatar 2014 Arnold Interview By Anthony Alayon 1) Anthony Alayon: How is the Arnold different from the Olympia? Ben Tatar: The Arnold has more of everything. It has more athletic events, top athletes, supplement booths, celebrities and fans. There... read more

Time-Saving CALORIE BLASTING Muscle Building Tips Time-Saving CALORIE BLASTING Muscle Building Tips

  By Chris Wilson In today’s world, “time” has become a very valuable thing.  It’s the ONE thing that money just cannot buy.  Many of us wish we had more of it in the day but sadly besides tricks like daylight savings time (DST), it’s... read more

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