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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

10 “Little Known” Ingredients That Fight Muscle Pain & Soreness 10 “Little Known” Ingredients That Fight Muscle Pain & Soreness

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 Champion Meghan Pellatt Interview with Powerlifting Champion Meghan Pellatt

  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

Can Eating so-called “Healthy Foods” Actually Hurt Me? Can Eating so-called “Healthy Foods” Actually Hurt Me?

    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 10 Keys to a World Record Bench Press

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 Mind Over Madness: Train for Strength Not Stupidity

  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

Interview With Powerlifting Champion Clay Brandenburg Interview With Powerlifting Champion Clay Brandenburg

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

Interview with 2013 Super Bowl Champion Brendon Ayanbadejo Interview with 2013 Super Bowl Champion Brendon Ayanbadejo

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

The Reason Most People FAIL at Eating Right The Reason Most People FAIL at Eating Right

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

Get Enough Sleep Or Else… Get Enough Sleep Or Else…

  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

Growing DANGERS of Pain Killers Growing DANGERS of Pain Killers

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

Tiny Meeker Interview – 1st Man to Bench Press Over 1,100 LBS Tiny Meeker Interview – 1st Man to Bench Press Over 1,100 LBS

  Interview with World Record Holder Tiny Meeker (First man to bench press over 1,100lbs.) Interviewed by CB reporter Ben Tatar Tiny Meeker is the first and only man to bench press 1,100lbs. Tiny benched an astounding 11,02lbs and he gave 1,135lbs... read more

The Big Cholesterol Myth Finally Exposed The Big Cholesterol Myth Finally Exposed

Written by: Mike Westerdal You rarely hear or read anything good about cholesterol. For more than two decades now it has been blamed for causing heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes, obesity and more. Most people associate trans fats and saturated... read more

Scott Herman Interview Scott Herman Interview

  Click Here to Get a FREE Month to Scott’s Membership Site Click Here to Like Scott’s Facebook Fan Page Click Here to Subscribe to Scott’s Youtube Channel AA = Anthony Alayon; SH = Scott Herman AA: What’s going on, Team Critical... read more

My “Kettlebell” Rude Awakening My “Kettlebell” Rude Awakening

by Coach Chris Wilson of Team Critical Bench The weekend before my big debut with Team Critical Bench started with a 3 Day Workshop in Tallahassee Florida and about 30 hours of kettlebell exercise.A few months prior to this amazing weekend the Founder... read more

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