Author Archives: Adrian O'Brien

OBF The Goodwill Project

Homelessness is a choice but it’s one that’s made by society not the individual.

On a recent trip to Dublin the issue of homelessness in Ireland really struck a nerve with me. I was blown away by the sheer number of men and women sleeping rough on the streets. I approached one man with a cup of tea and some money. He was a good looking young man and when I approached him I simply said “here you are buddy, it a hot cup of tea and some money for food”. He smiled and said “thanks”, picking up on my accent he asked “are you from Limerick or Cork?” When I told him I was from Limerick he quickly started a conversation about time he had spent down in Limerick. Very quickly it became apparent that he was valuing the conversation more than the tea or money. At that moment in time his greatest need was not food or shelter, it was for companionship. He wanted to find a commonality in our lives and make a connection. He had spent all evening on one of the busiest shopping streets in Dublin but yet felt so disconnected and alone. Continue reading

Tap Water Made Clear

The average adult human body is 55-60% water. When you break it down, the brain is made up of about 70% water and the lungs are closer to 90%. It only stands to reason that the water you drink has an enormous impact on the quality of your health.

water_body_main_492Unfortunately good quality drinking water is increasingly difficult to come by in this day and age. We tend to thinking of poor drinking water and associate it with 3rd world countries, however drinking Irish tap water isn’t such a good idea either.

There are still many dangerous contaminants present in our water, even after it has gone through municipal water treatment facilities.

In fact, these water treatment facilities often actually contribute to the problem by adding dangerous chemicals like fluoride and chlorine to water as part of the treatment process. Additionally, much of the water travels through corroded pipes, which may leach toxic heavy metals into the water after it has been treated. Continue reading

OBF GYM Membership

OBF Gym Membership

Constant development and improvement is part of the OBF ethos, and with this in mind we have restructured our membership options to offer more choice to our clients.

Over the past 2 years we have noticed a consistent trend, the people who train with more consistency and frequency, develop and progress faster. Our primary goal is to facilitate that growth. We are continually investing our time and resources in our education in order to provide the best possible service to #teamobf. The primary goal of this restructure is to make it easier for #teamobf to access more time in the gym and make better gains in strength, mobility, skill and work capacity. We acknowledge that some people are happy with the current system, you will not be affected and can remain on the same package, and if you want to push to the next level we can now facilitate that. Download the latest gym schedule.

Your reward will be a result of how much you invest.
Small investments give mediocre returns, bigger investments give bigger returns. Continue reading

The Importance of Primal Play In Your Fitness Routine

If you have been following our social media, you will have noticed that come of our skill based games have been getting some attention of late. In the gym we call this block “primal play”.

Each of our games are based around experiential learning, in which the client acquires knowledge by doing and via reflection on their experience. They are full of movement, imagination and self-directed play. This type of learning is increasing rare in society. Society has become more and more academic, rigorously structuring play time, emphasising assessment, drawing a firm line between “work” and “play” and restricting our physical movement. We need to develop more self-directed learning- moving freely and doing activities that we ourselves choose. Movement allows people to connect concepts to action and learn through trial and error. Continue reading

The Forgotten Medicine – The Knowledge of Our Ancestors

Ancient wise men all preached about the benefits of sleep

Sleep is the best meditation “    — Dalai Lama

Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”  — Mahatma Gandhi

Our grandparents and ancestors also knew the value of sleep and old sayings such as “the early bird catches the worm” where common among their generation. They didn’t have the same level of scientific research as we have now, however what they did possess was something that’s lacking in our generation, a little common sense. As it turns out, common sense is not so common!! Continue reading

The January Joneses

I don’t keep up with the fitness January joneses, every year I step back during January as the fitness industry scrambles to sign up clients during the January Rush. However once the first tub of protein powder is finished or the 2 week aloe vera detox has commenced I notice that  February is full of people who think they have “failed”. I have taken the liberty of drafting a simple 4 week program to help people refocus and to generate new levels of commitment and self-belief.

I love the simplicity of this little 4 week program. Simplicity, in an industry drowning in “systems” and “methods”. Continue reading