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, 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
For competitive bodybuilders, “relaxation” has a completely different meaning than the one usually given by a no-competitor. They think of it as an oxymoron – are you familiar with the “standing relaxed” pose part of some... read more
With our post we want to provoke a reaction – it’s clear from the way we approached the main issue: would you ever be likely to invest your money in body building? Actually, there are different ways to invest money in what most people tend... 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
By Brian Klepacki, MS, CSCS Owner and Head Coach of Optimax Performance Training, LLC. St. Petersburg Florida The 2015-2016 NFL season is upon us and if you haven’t locked in your fantasy team yet time is almost up to get those rosters locked in. If... read more
Interview with Powerlifting Monster JP Carroll Interviewed by Critical Bench Reporter Ben Tatar JP CARROLL is instantly making headlines in the World of Powerlifting. He has squatted 1,025 lbs. RAW and he is also on the hunt for a 600 plus RAW bench... read more
Interview with Natural Bodybuilding Champion and Actor, the Superman of Fitness, Anthony Catanzaro By Ben Tatar 1) Anthony you are known as having one of the greatest physiques in the fitness world. How did you do it? What makes Anthony different... read more