Here's a bit of the story of how Advancement Academy got started for Michael.
It all starts with a journey...
Ever since a very young age, Michael has always been very sincere and very driven.
Since the beginning, he valued learning and growth, creativity, curiosity, and persistence.
His experience and values would soon be tested. When real life challenges would impose major setbacks and even a devastating collapse in health as a young man.
Michael experienced serious health complications from 2012-2015 including a spinal fracture, viral meningitis, and a dreadful passage through leaky gut and a severely compromised micro biome with little ability to absorb any nutrition.
At that time, after many years of brilliant health and fitness, always as an athlete and sharp student to his interests, the series of health challenges he faced brought him to devastating low point.
During the worst of it, he became tremendously weak, his body weight fell to 110lbs from a former very athletic 170lbs, and his bodily systems struggled - leading to brain fog, fatigue, headaches, digestive failure, depression, and on and on.
He felt as though a lifetime of learning about health and practicing fitness was shattered by this series of unfortunate incidents that crushed his sense of well being. He remained optimistic and tried to focus on playing a positive role in people's lives. Although his personal and professional lives also suffered.
Then, from a very earnest place within himself, he felt whole-heartedly inspired and to take-on the journey to recover and increase his health and vitality, with a greater quest for truth and greater diligence than ever before.
He enthralled himself in learning from different cultures and from teachers of times past and present. He synthesized far greater knowledge than he had ever previously imaged. In response to new wisdom, he immersed himself in a progressive lifestyle of regenerative and advancing practices for mind, body, and soul.
He learned, not by just concepts, but by cultivating comprehension through direct experience.
Then he was on the rise, revitalized with a sense of purpose and connection with life, he catapulted himself far past his former best health!
He spent several years in rigorous practices, cleansing his whole bodily system, becoming absolutely intentional about his mind-body balance, nutrition, and connection with the earth.
Having reclaimed his vibrant health, at the beginning of 2019 he re-initiated his passion for natural bodybuilding and has enthralled himself in new strength and fitness goals!
Through it all, as you might imagine, one of Michael's greatest priorities and passions in life is to share authentic insight on the path of personal growth, recovery, advancement, and pursuing your best life possible.