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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

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

Muscle Saving, Waist REDUCING Holiday Tips Muscle Saving, Waist REDUCING Holiday Tips

By Chris Wilson   The Health and Fitness community really benefits during this special time of year.  It is this particular 2 month stretch where normally healthy people end up making very unhealthy decisions.  And you know what….good for them! I’m... read more

Feast Your Fat Away Interview With Nate Miyaki Feast Your Fat Away Interview With Nate Miyaki

Summary of Interview with Nate Miyaki And his new book Feast Your Fat Away Below is a great interview conducted with Nate Miyaki and Coach Chris Wilson. Inside the interview, Nate goes against most of the popular literature in magazines and books to... read more

Jeannette Jarnes WBFF Fitness Pro Interview Jeannette Jarnes WBFF Fitness Pro Interview

Interviewed by Critical Bench’s Ben Tatar. CRITICAL BENCH: How did you get involved in the fitness industry? I was always involved in fitness at some level. Playing competitive tennis and running in races. Also being a mother of two I knew at some... read more

Interview With WBFF Pro Sharon Polsky Interview With WBFF Pro Sharon Polsky

Interviewed by Ben Tatar Interviee: WBFF Pro Sharon Polsky CRITICAL BENCH: How did you get involved in the fitness industry? I have been an athlete my entire life and at the age of 16 was looking for a part time job. I went to my local health club and... read more

Victor Richards Interview Victor Richards Interview

Interview with Vic Richards By Critical Bench Reporter Ben Tatar Today Ben Tatar goes one on one with one of the biggest, smartest and most honest bodybuilders of all time, Vic Richards.  In this exclusive interview, Vic Richards tells us what it really... read more

2013 Olympia Interview Featuring Ben Tatar 2013 Olympia Interview Featuring Ben Tatar

2013 Olympia Interview with Ben Tatar By Anthony Alayon Anthony Alayon: For those who do not know you that well, can you tell us who you are and how you have helped Critical Bench throughout the years? Ben Tatar: I have been with Critical Bench since... read more

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