IMPLEMENTING SPORT SCIENCE PRINCIPLES IN EVERYDAY LIFE

About Us

Sapien are a Dublin-based strength and conditioning company actively helping businesses reduce healthcare costs and improve worker productivity using proven scientific practices. 

The Sapien Project is a research driven strength and conditioning program developed by the company’s Co-founders Damien Walsh and Daniel Moore. The purpose of the program is to teach people how to move and train more effectively, minimizing their chance of injury, maximizing their overall wellbeing and as consequence improving work-life balance.


Reasons for putting this program together

With the rise in people joining gyms over the last few years along with the sedentary lifestyle of which most people live in modern day life Damien and Daniel have both witness a common trend amongst gym users, Poorly performed exercises due to incorrect training techniques along with an inability to mimic commonly used functional movement patterns. Quite simply put the majority of people lack the capacity to do what they are asking their bodies to do and they may end up getting hurt. To use an analogy it’s like asking a car to drive down a stairs, you might be able to get a car down but it’s going to be a bumpy ride and you may damage the vehicle.

How we engage our clients

Our musculo-skeletal screenings pinpoint any asymmetries or weaknesses and our tailor-made strength and mobility programmes will seek to remedy any issues the screening highlights for change in improved mobility. We also provide workshops and educational seminars as we believe that upskilling and understanding the “why” behind what we do is essential for the building of positive habits for long term change. Knowledge transfer.

Explanation of the screening and our services

Upon starting our program, we are looking to conduct a musculo-skeletal screening with your staff. This would involve four tests and a quick consultation with each staff member taking roughly 10 minutes each. We would ask that staff come in appropriate clothing (gym attire).

The purpose of the screening is to pinpoint any asymmetries or weaknesses which lead to pain or discomfort which in turn will decrease quality of life and productivity. Due to the sedentary nature of modern life many people are sitting all day or generally inactive. This can lead to a host of problems for the worker and employer. Following the screening we will build specific programmes for each staff member using the data we obtain during the functional movement screening. They can access their programmes through an online personal training platform which will be updated with new training video content monthly. Retesting is recommend every 3 months.

What the staff/company have to gain?

More and more employees believe that the employers must take an active part in reducing the amount of stress in their lives and that the workplace is capable of reducing the stress levels employees are facing. For many, health related initiatives ranking higher than other typical work related benefits that employers provide.


A study by Harvard university researchers who reviewed 36 studies of corporate wellness programs found that for every dollar spent on wellness programs, the company’s absenteeism-related costs fell about $2.73. One meta-analysis study of 42 corporate wellness studies also found a 25% reduction in sick leave and absenteeism, a 25% reduction in health costs, and a 32% reduction in worker’s disability costs and compensation. 

Tailored gym programmes, nutrition, hydration and sleep are the four pillars that help to build a healthy productive human. 

Healthy productive people see… 

  • Better sleep quality 
  • Less stress and anxiety 
  • Stronger immune system 
  • Lower injury rate
  • Increased levels of overall happiness 

Meet the team


Damien Walsh is a 30-year-old master personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach, originally from Galway but has been a Dublin native for the past 4 years. He has worked as a personal trainer and class instructor from gyms in Galway, Dublin, London and New York.

His passion for health and fitness began at the young age of 13 when he used to sneak into his uncle’s gym in a bid to help improve his strength and conditioning for playing Gaelic football, One year later all that sneaky work paid off as he represented the Galway city gym in the IPO powerlifting tournament claiming gold in his weight category and setting an Irish record at the time. His sporting success continued in 2007 as he claimed an All-Ireland minor football medal with his native county of Galway

This success ignited a spark and his love for health fitness grew into a career in personal training.

In 2009 he turned his focus into helping others achieve their strength and conditioning goals. Working in the industry for more than 10 years he has seen his fair share of fads and quick fixes but has managed to maintain a strict no-nonsense approach when it comes to training himself and others.

Daniel Moore is a 31-year-old Strength and Conditioning coach from Galway who is currently based in Dublin. He completed his BSc in Sport Science and Health from DCU in 2012 and recently completed an MSc in Performance Coaching from Setanta College. He has been the Head of Strength and Conditioning in Blackrock College since 2013 and has recently been appointed Head of Strength and Conditioning at Lansdowne RFC. He worked with Dublin GAA in 2012 coaching the Minor and U-21 teams which won the All-Ireland and assisting with the Senior team. In 2011 he travelled to New Zealand to spend a year with the Southland Stags and working with All Blacks such as Jimmy Cowan and Eliot Dixon.

He also currently trains some of Ireland’s top sprinters most notably, Gerald O’Donnell who is the current national 110m Hurdles champion, having retained the title he won in 2018 and 2017. He also works with Craig Lynch who was national champion over 60m and a national silver medallist over 400m in 2016.

A former underage provincial champion sprinter, he also captained the Wild Geese 7s rugby team along with playing for the Irish Universities Rugby League team. He has totalled over 1100 pounds in a powerlifting competition. He currently is training and competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu where he has been awarded a Blue belt



Get in Touch

Email – damien@thesapienproject.com

Phone – 0831894186

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