My Review of “The Critical Bench Program 2.0”

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Once you tell people that you are lifting weights, you are bound to get the question…

“Oh yeah? What do you bench?”

If you can’t boast of an impressive bench, that’s one question you will quickly dread hearing. Mike Westerdal’s Critical Bench program aims to take the sting out of that question by increasing your one-rep bench max by up to 50 pounds in 10 weeks.

Is that possible?  A 50 lb. increase in just 10 weeks?


With a caveat…  As Westerdal makes clear, you can’t expect to just keep consecutively repeating the program and making such increases every 10 weeks.  This is an intense program focused on increasing your bench. After completing such a program, you must allow the body time to regroup before trying it again (a “deload” program to do after the program and give your body a chance to regroup before trying it again is included).

But, while a 50 lb. increase is a lofty goal, it is a realistic goal for those willing to put in the effort.

Westerdal has done an impressive job of putting the Critical Bench Program 2.0 review.  As a guy who benches in the 450 lb. range, he knows a thing or two about what it takes to push serious weight.

The program guides you through all the little-known bench press tips and techniques for safely getting a little more weight on the barbell.  And there are a LOT of these tips.  Correctly positioning yourself underneath the bar, correctly gripping the bar, breathing properly, stretching and a slew of other factors can give you a big edge.

Mike Westerdal Bench Press

Additionally, with the bench press perhaps more than any other lift, your mental approach plays a big role.  This is an area that Westerdal spends considerable time on.  Being directly beneath a loaded bar can play some head games with you.

He gives good instruction on developing impenetrable positive approach, on programming your subconscious mind to the point where failure isn’t an option.  He gets into the value of setting goals and priming your mind to go after and get that 50 lb. increase.

Though not the focus of the Critical Bench 2.0, Westerdal does a good bit on dieting, even providing a couple days’ worth of sample meal plans.  He also goes through the best available supplements and provides good recommendations.

Implementing the above techniques and tips can help you make an improvement in your bench literally overnight. But the real punch of this program is the training program…

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