My Review of “The Critical Bench Program 2.0” (2)

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Inexperienced trainers looking to increase their benches will do bench press after bench press.  They will do flat on Mondays, inclines on Tuesday, declines on Wednesday and then repeat.  This doesn’t work; it just creates overtraining (an frustration).

Mike Westerdal

Westerdal explains that the bench press isn’t just about your pectoral muscles; it is a compound lift that can utilize every muscle in your body.  Your pecs, delts and triceps may do most of the work but any weak links you have throughout the body can show up in your bench.

This program is an intelligent approach that can produce amazing results.  It builds up not just your chest muscles but your entire body.  This is the key to truly great progress.

The program does rely on spotters.  If you prefer to work alone you can modify things a little. However, it will work best if you have a solid training partner.

It is a five-day-a-week training (5 short but intense workouts followed by two days of rest).  Perhaps surprisingly to what many may expect from a program designed to increase the bench, the program only has you actually benching in the first training session of the week.

Through exercise selection and a careful eye on avoiding overtraining, the other 4 workouts have you shoring up weak spots that will ultimately translate to the bench press gains you didn’t think possible.

The Critical Bench Program 2.0 is also personalized.  Regardless of where your bench is currently at (all one-rep maxes from 100-500 lbs. included), you’ll be able to download a personalized training log.

This personalization is a nice feature. It simplifies the program.  It gives you the week-by-week goals (the actual weight you need to be lifting) each week in order to reach your ultimate goals.  Work hard and meet those mini-goals and you’ll soon own that monstrous goal of a 50 lb. increase.

The Bottom Line     5 Star Rating

This is ten weeks of intense training that will push you out of your comfort zone.  It will wake your body up and likely leave you bench pressing poundage that you never thought possible. It is the most respected and most effective bench program and has thousands of beefed up trainers singing its praises.

Westerdal has done a fantastic job putting all of his vast knowledge into the Critical Bench Program 2.0. The program educates trainers on all the variables that go into pressing an impressive amount, skillfully teaches the advanced tips and techniques and gives trainers an extremely effective training program customized to their abilities.

For those looking to bust through a bench press plateau, speed up their rate of progress, or simply looking to see exactly what they can accomplish with the bench when they put their minds to it, this program will be an excellent investment.

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