Big Dawgs Coach: Michael Bann
Michael Bann started his career holding multiple positions in the strength and conditioning industry such as the Head Strength Coach for a law enforcement academy. While studying exercise science at Northern Arizona University, Bann was a lead instructor for undergraduate Strength and Conditioning courses. He eventually transferred to Arizona State University to study kinesiology in their top 10 nationally ranked program. While attending ASU, he became the only undergraduate instructor for anatomy and physiology cadaver labs. Currently, Michael is pursuing his graduate degree in kinesiology.
Michael has an unwavering passion for continually diving deeper and deeper into the most complicated topics that pertain to fitness, ranging from functional anatomy to functional medicine. Because of this drive for deeper understanding, he has traveled extensively to increase his education beyond that which academia teaches as the “truth”. The education he has taken on top of his academic studies range from courses like Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN), Postural Restoration Institute (PRI), Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), Select Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC) to name a few. He has completed an apprenticeship with Altis, as well all three of EXOS’s Performance Mentorships on top of mentorships with leading experts in various fields.
Michael has personally conducted thousands of assessments and has written equally as many programs for athletes all over the world. As well, he has analyzed countless lab results for clients all over the world ranging from the professional athlete to the fitness enthusiast wanting to lose weight. He has also consulted with and trained tactical athletes at every level from local law enforcement to America’s various elite special forces. Because of his education, inside and out of academia, plus having logged more than 15,000 hours of coaching, he is the expert consultant for all things fitness and performance related for the doctors at the American Center for Natural Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Clients come to Michael when they have fought for the next level but keep coming up short. His philosophy towards coaching is relatively simple. He meets his clients where they are at and nudges them forward to win. Not only does he dial in every client’s training individually, but he also does so with their nutrition. Because no two clients have the same training age, biological age, injury history, training history, athletic background or even lifestyle, he believes no two clients should ever be coached the same. To accomplish such individualized approach to coaching, Michael draws upon his expertise in endocrinology, nutrition, biomechanics, anatomy, physiology and psychology to develop a perfectly tailored program to push anyone forward in their fitness journey.
When Michael is not coaching or consulting with clients from around the world, he finds himself enjoying a good beer (stouts for sure), a great book (he tries to read one per week), or attending various conferences on the areas of interest to him.
Hear from some of Michael Bann's clients
I started my journey with Michael as I began the Special Forces Qualification Course. The course places a multitude of demands on the soldier not only physically but intellectually and emotionally....
Captain Brett Simpson
I don’t know how to keep this testimonial short… Since this journey has been very emotional for me. Michael has been the coach that I can always count on. I had suffered shoulder chronic pain for ...
When I started to work with Michael 7 months ago I had chronic elbow and back pain. I was really frustrated because nothing seemed to help and I was not able to train the way I wanted to. Now I‘m p...
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