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 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
Written by: Brian Klepacki, MS, CSCS, CISSN, FMS and Chris Wilson, CPT, RKC, CSN We’ve all experienced it before, that pain or achiness after sitting in a fixed position for a good portion of the day. Sitting in a stiff chair on a long distance... read more
Written by: Chris Wilson, CPT, RKC, CSN If you’re not sleeping well, your life could be eating you up and spitting you out! I say “could” because there are a few almost robot-like individuals in the world that seem to function just fine with... read more
Written by: Chris Wilson, CPT, RKC, CSN Headaches plague millions of people every day all over the globe. They can quickly ruin your mood, hurt your performance on the job or at the gym and headaches can steal away quality time with those you... read more
2015 Las Vegas Olympia Interview featuring Ben Tatar By Anthony Alayon Anthony Alayon: For those who don’t know you that well, can you tell us about some of your achievements in the iron world? Ben Tatar: To quote the Biography of me in Iron Man... read more
Critical Bench Gets Featured on Top Rated Youtube Channel If you’d like to connect with Scott Herman and get over 800 workouts and custom meal plans for building muscle, check out his web site below. Join MuscularStrength.com as a PLATINUM... read more