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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
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! 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 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
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
Written by: Mike Westerdal Muscular pain (myalgia) and stiffness are a part of life, particularly among those who play sports, lift weights, participate in strength training of any kind, have physically demanding jobs or lead active lifestyles. Muscular... read more
Interview with powerlifting Team USA member Meghan Pellatt By CB reporter Ben Tatar. Critical Bench: Today Critical Bench is here with Meghan Pellatt who has succeeded in powerlifting. She will be a member of Team USA in June as she competes in... read more
by Chris Wilson Fat-free and Natural foods are healthy for you, right? Doesn’t it make sense to eat foods with little or no fat to keep from gaining unwanted blubber around your middle? And if it says “natural” on the label it must... read more
10 Keys to a World Record Bench Press (Iron Man Magazine special feature February 2013.) By Ben Tatar During the past 15 years, I have interviewed thousands of the best bench pressers in the world. I also have locked out 755 lbs in the bench press. How... read more
Mind Over Madness: Train for Strength Not Stupidity Jason Klein, MS, PES, NS Former Fitness Instructor, United States Navy Author, Lean Body Revolution He pretty much threw up his meal from yesterday! My friend Brian was clearly one of those guys.... read more
By Ben Tatar Big Clay is one of the biggest iron monsters whom the powerlifting world has ever seen. He was one of the first men in the planet to bench press 800lbs. Big Clay would later go on to bench press 932lbs. Let’s learn about this living... read more
Interviewed by: Ben Tatar (Iron Man Magazine featured. ) Brendon Ayanbadejo has just achieved every NFL great’s dream; he has won the Super Bowl with the 2013 Baltimore Ravens. Not only has Brendon won the Super Bowl, but he has been one of the best... read more
By Chris Wilson Here we are only days into a brand new year offering hope and change. Unfortunately, for most people who recently sold themselves on doing a “180” in their life, come February, it’s back to reality. Why are Americans so willing... read more
by Sol Orwell of Examine.com Getting enough sleep is absolutely vital to maintaining a high quality of life. Unfortunately, it takes time and commitment. If you don’t respect sleep, not only will you find yourself struggling in your daily life,... read more
Written by: Mike Westerdal Nearly everyone who has lifted weights with any intensity has experienced exercise-induced muscle soreness and pain. The Three Types of Pain Related to Weigh Lifting or Strenuous Exercise Include: 1) pain experienced during... read more