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 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
By Chris Wilson, Head Strength Coach 1. Chris Wilson: Ben Tatar AKA, Tatar Monster, you have been to every Arnold Sports Festival Event. Of ALL the Arnold Sport Festivals you’ve been to, name the THREE best years of the event and why? BEN... read more
By Chris Wilson, RKC, CPT, CSN Getting old(er) is a fact of life and for many people, a truth that is very tough to accept. I just turned 40 myself making this concept all too real. I’d love to tell you that I’m just as awesome as I was in... read more
By Chris Wilson, RKC, CPT, CSN Could a guy on a deserted island get buff? Is that even possible without weights? Most powerlifters and bodybuilders would argue that ONLY free weights can deliver ultimate muscle mass and strength. Frankly, it’s... read more
By Chris Wilson, RKC, CPT, CSN This may sound too good to be true but this is no gimmick. Before I reveal the trick to performing better, let me explain how you are damaging your body without you even knowing it. In order to help you... read more
By Chris Wilson, RKC, CPT, CSN Are you a Belieber? I certainly am. But not in the way you might think. I “beliebe” Justin has horrible forward head posture after seeing that police profile picture that became famous not that long... read more
By Chris Wilson, RKC, CPT, CSN Athletes from high school to the pros have a few things in common besides speed and muscle. For one, they are focused on doing whatever it takes to maintain and improve their performance and this requires the proper... read more
By Chris Wilson, RKC, CPT, CSN Have you ever seen yourself do a deadlift? I don’t mean looking forward into a mirror since that doesn’t reveal much about your form. It’s from the side that you can really see what’s going on with... read more
By Brian Klepacki, MS, CSCS, CISSN, FMS It is pretty obvious that no guy wants to have man boobs and I’m not talking the Arnold Schwarzenegger kind either. First off, they look awkward and as you know appearance means a lot to most people.... read more
By Brian Klepacki, MS, CSCS, CISSN, FMS I’ll confess up front: I have some pretty bad posture. But I know I need to work on it and I do (I really do) make an effort in trying to stay in perfect alignment in all that I do. It’s been... read more