As an athlete, you may already know that a healthy diet is essential for optimal performance. However, you may not how important maintaining good gut health and proper digestion of food is, and how this is linked to better performance and injury prevention / recovery.
Ligament repair: Which Nutrients, supplements and food sources can boost ligament repair post-injury?
When we damage a ligament, as performers and athletes, it is vital to prioritise getting a good supply of micro-nutrients to the injury. This can aid healing, reduce downtime and help to prevent repeated issues cased by impaired repair functions. So, how can you use food to heal an injured ligament? Let's explore that
Speaking up: Why it is such an important communications skills in work / life and How we can improve it?
Schools could do more to teach young people the art and science of Communications Skills as these are so essential in life, and in the workplace. But sadly they don't, so we do. One of the most important skills is the ability to 'speak up' in a useful and constructive way. Here's a quick guide to why we often don't, or we feel we do but it lands wrong, or how to handle the fact that we feel we can't!
The International Stunt Academy's guide to High Ankle Sprain Injuries. Stunt people are in the ultra-high risk category for Ankle injury. It's not uncommon to see sprains and over-rotation issues, but these very easily lead to ligament and tendon damage that can be long term. Also, not all sprains are the same. There are different types and in this article we focus on the "High Ankle Sprain". Beware taking general sprain advice, especially if you have had repeated sprains on the same ankle, as often this is a signal you can muscle imbalance that's leaving you wide open to repeated injuries
Never let anyone tell you you can't, especially yourself! This is how you follow your dreams
If you ever doubted yourself, felt like giving up or became tempted to throw away your dreams, this post is for you my friend.
Training with The ISA is about conditioning both MIND and BODY. Our programme puts a lot of focus on the empowerment, championing your inner-hero and helping you to overcome the barriers that have held you back. Especially the ones inside our own minds. Often we talk to students or prospective ones and someone has told them they can't, or they shouldn't or its stupid, or risky, or they won't get anywhere, or they can't do it because it isn't for girls, or whatever. Don't believe it ... confront it, change it! We'll show how
Cold training, also known as cold exposure or cold thermogenesis, involves exposing your body to cold temperatures to promote physical and mental health benefits. Not everyone is a believer, but consider the fact that humans adapted to the arctic circle, and every military in the world runs a Cold Training programme... So, chill, have a read and learn how to unlock some latent superpowers
Why you should never skip 'foot day'
Prepare to discover why the most overlooked part of our body, that we workout the least but rely upon the most, is also the cause of so many injuries and imbalances elsewhere in the body ... and also what you can do about it.
Yup, today we're taking our feet to the gym. Strange idea? Well, read on then...
"Quiet on set!": Why mistakes happen in high risk environments (and simple things you can do to avoid them)
Why mistakes happen in high-risk environments, and why discipline is so vital when working on a stunt, or when waiting around for hours a film set. Let's understand the behavioural and social dynamics that lead to the issues, and also what individuals can do to improve their focus and achieve better when waiting around or the hours get long. Deep dive time, so get ready to focus...
Welcome to Camo School! Camouflage is an essential tool for stunt and action actors in film and TV productions who are looking to add authenticity to their performances. The ability to blend into the surroundings and remain undetected is crucial in many action scenes, and using the right type of camouflage can make all the difference. The International Stunt Academy understands the importance of camouflage in the film and TV industry, and has created this guide to help stunt and action actors understand how to choose and use it to enhance the realism of their performances. From choosing the right type of camouflage to improvising with natural materials in the field, this guide will provide essential tips and tactics for using camouflage in film and TV productions. Get your Ghillie on and lets go...
The International Stunt Academy presents a short guide to SWAT and how Stunt & Action Actors can train for SWAT roles in action films & TV. Let's start with what SWAT actually is...
We have all seen a movie where an actor breaks the moment and the magic is gone. Even the pro's get it wrong. Sometimes it is subtle, a fascial expression didn't match the moment, the body language was wrong for the emotions portrayed, or perhaps you just couldn't see it in their eyes and 'believe'. A common issue we often see is that talented people initially struggle to blend both the physicality of an Action performance with the ability to really 'act' the character and what they would actually be experiencing and expressing. Don't worry stunt family, we've got you! Here's a short guide and some activities anyone can try to aid greater authenticity in their actions and reactions. Read on for tips...
There are Stunt people. There are Actors. Then spanning both of these we have the Action Actors. People who can combine and display both skill sets in a very unique way, creating a new discipline in its own right within the world of entertainments work. Here's The ISA's guide to Action Acting, to help you understand the difference and why studying acting or stunts separately is not guaranteed to set you up for success as an 'Action Actor'.
Let's get stuck into the details...
What are some of the different roles open to people who want to work in the stunt industry and what do they do?
There are many different roles open to people who want to work in the Stunt Industry. Here's a quick guide to some of the terms you'll hear used and a quick explanation of what each does when they work together as a unit on a film or production.
One of the most common questions people ask when we meet them is how they can get into Stunt Performance and Action Acting? The answer is to do it properly and attend a leading stunt school, gain your certificates and qualifications, and learn about the industry before you try to make your name. In this article we share some good tips and advice that should help you start a career in Stunt Acting.
While we perform and act out of a passion for the craft and the industry, its always important to ensure we are taking care of business and maintaining a healthy income, so we can afford to continue! In this article we'll explore the concept of 'Residuals' and how they work. Let's dive in...
In this post we explore some tips for any Professional Performer working as a freelancer in the entertainments industry. Why? Because you are going to be running yourself and a business and no amount of acting classes is going to teach you the fundamentals of good business management, or get you out of a situation if you fail to set aside taxes you need to pay at the end of the year!
Calisthenics vs. Linear Training with Weights: Why Stunt Performers should use Bodyweight Exercises.
There are so many training programmes and ideas out there it can become overwhelming or confusing. At The International Stunt Academy we strongly recommend Stunt Performers explore and embrace the discipline of Calisthenics. Read on to discover why...
Why is Yoga an important tool for any Stunt Professional and why might you want to consider changing your mind if you haven't explored this before?
At The ISA we incorporate Yoga, flexibility training and advanced body awareness methods into our weekly classes and training routines. Sometimes people are unsure but everyone quickly finds the benefits of this ... but why? Let's explore that...
Getting started can feel like a massive, confusing and daunting task. So, lets explore a few things that any aspiring actor can do to help ensure a strong start.
Developing strong risk awareness and identification skills is crucial for anyone entering the world of stunts. This section will provide guidance for students who are new to performing risk assessments and aim to cultivate good habits that will enhance their ability to spot and identify risks effectively.
An Introduction to Rappelling
Rappelling, also known as abseiling, is a technique used to descend steep slopes or cliffs using a rope and specialized equipment. It is a popular activity for adventurers, climbers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Learning the correct technique and equipment is essential to ensure your safety during the activity.
How to remove a fear of heights
At The International Stunt Academy we work with mind and body. We don't just teach you how to perform a stunt or activity. We also help you with ways to mentally prepare and condition for it too.
If you study the habits of successful people there's something you will come across time after time ... they wake up early. But why, and what 3 things can you learn from this to supercharge your performance?
We could write 5 books on this and only scratch the surface, but check out these 2 super short protocol lists, one from a shooting range and one from an armourer. Can you spot the differences? In stunt work we never assume...
The decision to pursue higher education is a significant investment of time, effort, and money. Many students enter universities or academies with the expectation that they will graduate with a guaranteed job or a successful career. However, this is not always the case. Lets take a moment to consider why, and why any students should confront an honest truth...
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