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, 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
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
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
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
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 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
(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
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
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
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
By Chris Wilson, Head Strength Coach Life today is hectic. I’m sure you would agree. If we could squeeze a few more hours into our day, we would and still feel like we didn’t get everything accomplished. To make things even more challenging... read more
By Chris Wilson, Head Strength Coach Target Areas of Weakness & UNLEASH Your Body’s Potential Let’s get right to it! There is a lift LOTS of guys struggle with improving at the gym that can be extremely frustrating and defeating… The... read more
By Chris Wilson, RKC, CPT, CSN Not any one training schedule works for all lifters. That’s a FACT. Some guys have super busy schedules and have limited time to devote to working out while others can easily adjust their schedule to meet their... read more
By Brian Klepacki, MS, CSCS, CISSN, FMS Mud Runs and Adventure races have become the next fitness epidemic in the United States and for a good reason. But if you think you are ‘fit’ enough to tackle one of these races, think again. These races... read more