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The aim of the space is to explore: –
- What it means to be adapt-able.
- Why adapt-ability matters.
- How to develop personal adapt-ability.
Whether you are in pursuit of peak performance, or want to live a pain-free life, the principle remains the same. The mind and body are parts of the same system, which requires an integrated approach to promote true and lasting change in your movement and quality of life.
Integrating our approach to change means that we must first develop the degrees of freedom available to us in both body and mind. This enables us to develop greater resilience to unexpected disruptions during physical movement, e.g. encountering uneven ground when jogging, etc.
In addition, using an integrated approach encourages and supports us in developing our confidence, as well as our capacity to develop our creative potential when interacting with, and navigating our way through, our environment.
Our ability to dynamically load and develop the multiple systems of the body makes us one of the most adaptable species on the planet. It also points to our genetic capacity as movers.
Join me as we work to help you ADAPT your ABILITY and get you moving as you are designed to move as a human being.
Hey there, my name is Ian Stock and I’m the founder of Adapt-Ability©. I am looking forward to meeting you, either online or in person, and working together with you to achieve your goals.
You may well be curious to know a little more about who I am and what I do.
My journey begins as a teenager when I was introduced to Neuro Linguistic Programming by my mother to help me perform at high levels more consistently during sports at school. This introduction gave me my first taste of how powerful the connection is between mind and body.
I would later go on to get qualified as a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming so that I could deepen my understanding of this field and continue developing my capacity to achieve peak performance.
We all experience significant events which sound the call to action; events which catalyse a different future for us. I too had mine, which led me to start practising a combative discipline called Amok (edge to weapons solutions).
After training for some time, my instructor Introduced me to a group of guys known as Yamakasi from France. This group was practising Parkour and I knew immediately that I had found something special.
Within just a few short months, I had quit my 9-5 job in order to pursue my real passion. In time I went on to help found South Africa’s first and only parkour academy called “Concrete Foundation Crew”. I coached there until being recruited to become a Stunt Performer, working of films like Mad Max: Fury Road and Avengers: Age of Altron to name a few.
My time in the film industry has afforded me some amazing experiences. As Stunt Performers, we constantly try to achieve the impossible. As a result I have acquired some insight into what it means to be adaptable as that’s the very nature of the job. You never know what demands will be made on your body next so I learned how to make sure that I was always ready for anything.
Over the years I have also had the opportunity and privilege of helping countless Stunt Performers and Actors to prepare for their respective roles. It wasn’t too long before I came to be known as the ‘Movement Guy’ in my industry. And do my brand was born. Now I had a niche and I began to develop it.
My passion was further ignited when I suffered a major injury to my back a few years ago. Unfortunately, this is one of the risks of working in stunts. The result? I could no longer perform stunts as I once had. It took me two painful and frustrating years of recovery before I could return to my career in stunt performance. On the other hand, it was another important catalyst.
As a result of my injury, and fuelled by determination to return to peak performance, I immersed myself in learning what it takes to heal the body. Needless to say it was a difficult journey but it bore many valuable fruits such as the discovery of Functional Range Conditioning (FRC). This again changed my life.
After years of studying the mind-body connection, I had discovered a system that was clear, to the point and advocated an approach grounded in science. Having waded through a lot of research which seemed somewhat unscientific, I was elated. Most importantly, to borrow the words of Hunter Cook, I learned the difference between “experiencing mobility and training it”.
Fast forward to today. I have been training people for over a decade now. I am still fuelled by my ongoing passion for movement and the desire to teach others how to achieve peak performance in body and mind.
Welcome to the Adapt-Ability© community. I wish you a journey of discovery beyond what you imagine.