Critical Bench Basic Product Details
Critical Bench is a very specialized program designed to help you achieve one thing – to be able to bench press the maximum possible weight you can. This is done by the program through elite level information regarding each major and minor intricacy of developing your body and maximizing your bench press strength and power. At the very end, you would’ve increased you max bench press significantly compared to where you started.
The author of the program is Mike Westerdal, a Certified Professional Trainer with an impressive fitness and bench press record. According to his background profile, Mike’s personal best in competition bench with equipment is 603 lbs. That’s 4 – 5 times the weight of the average person. On top of that amazing bench press credential, he is also an amateur powerlifter competing in the APF and APA federations, an author with published articles on reputable fitness magazines, and a former professional football player in Europe. With those credentials, there’s no doubt about the soundness of the content of this program.
What’s Inside Critical Bench
As for the program highlights, there’s a great section about training for strength and how it is different from training for cardiovascular fitness. Knowing this minor but critical distinction would allow you to focus all of your efforts to achieving your max bench press and get you there more efficiently. If you’ve reached and have been stuck in a bench press plateau for a while, maybe you’re training for the wrong goals. This section can definitely help.
Another useful chapter shows you the importance of having training partners, or at the very least one training partner. In normal circumstances, anyone can train solo and achieve significant results. However, at these elite levels, having a training partner is a necessity (for safety reasons at the very least). Working out with a quality training partner provides unquantifiable benefits – from motivation to pacing your rest time; and you’ll need all the help you can get if you are going to reach your maximum bench press levels.
The best highlight comes when you have reached the end of your program – the time for maxing out has arrived. In here, Mike would teach you how to go through the ritual of doing your max bench press session. From the mindset you need to approach the particular session, to the proper stretching and warm up mechanics, all the way to the sets (weight and number of reps) you’ll be performing; culminating to the achievement of 100% of your goal bench.
Prices and Packages
$47, Standard Package
- “Critical Bench Program” eBook.
- 80 “Customized Training Logs” (from 100lbs. – 500lbs., based on your starting bench press max) eSheets.
- “Bench Press Fundamentals” video files.
- “The Critical Deload Routine” eGuide.
- “Critical Conversations with Elite Iron Warriors” eReport.
- “Critical Exercise Guide” eGuide.
- “The Creatine Report by Will Brink” eReport.
Our Critical Bench Verdict
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Critical Bench is a weightlifting product that would appeal to (as well as be suitable for) seasoned gym buffs. It contains elite level information that could catapult any average bench presser into the realm of the exclusive few. However, certain critical shortcomings really limit the potential of this product. In that regard, we give the Critical Bench program an average 3 out of 5 stars rating.
Don’t get us wrong, the bench press techniques and information shared by Mike are topnotch. It’s very credible since Mike himself is an elite weightlifter and bench presser. The program itself is very detailed since Critical Bench covers every aspect, no matter how minute, of perfecting your bench press form and achieving your maximum possible bench press.
However, the main thing that prevents Critical Bench from being a perfect bench pressing product is the lack of customer service or support forum. In normal cases, these issues can be overlooked without sacrificing the program’s effectiveness; this is especially true for very simple and straightforward information products.
Yet, we have to assess Critical Bench on a higher standard. For such a specialized (and potentially dangerous) topic such as maxing out your bench press, customer service or forum support is a necessity. At these levels where we are talking about very heavy weights, not knowing or being unsure for even a single aspect of the bench pressing task can lead to catastrophe. People who’ve also bought the program or those knowledgeable experts from the Critical Bench team would’ve been the best sources of such necessary and crucial information.
Bottom line, Critical Bench is a great source of information about maxing out your bench press. However, you really need to know what you are doing or already have existing support before you go through and try what’s suggested in the program.
Our Final Recommendation: Try Before You Buy Critical Bench
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