My commute to work takes me through various parts of Central Alberta. I get a chance to witness spectacular sunrises, sunsets, storms (winter, spring, summer and fall), a hint of the foothills and a taste of the prairies. Honest to God, this is some of the most beautiful territory on Planet Earth. Period.
On my journey one morning I noticed for the first time a place where a building used to stand. The building isn’t there anymore, but the concrete foundation is. Farmland is all around it which has been tilled, planted and harvested many times around the square remains of whatever building used to stand there. Roots, weeds and debris of all sort litter around it.
This got me thinking; if a structure were to be reconstructed, the base, its foundation, is already there. The basis onto which a building can be built is in place. It’s likely solid and ready for any kind of construction.
Human foundation is much the same. Once you’ve got that basic foundation constructed, the rest can be built.
Human foundations may vary from person to person. If you’re struggling with healthy eating, build a basic foundation to start. Remove one poor food choice from your menu and build from that.
If your foundation is to build strength, start at what many people call ‘the core.’ That would be your abs and trunk. You know, the part that joins your top and bottom. Sure you can make a strong top and a strong bottom individually, but if the middle is weak the top and bottom can’t really work together or complement each other. Your ‘core’ doesn’t need to be ripped either. Plenty of people have a strong foundation without the six pack and if that’s something you want work on the healthy eating foundation.
Once the foundation is there, build up from there. Keep building till you get to a set goal and rebuild some more from there, kind of like adding another story to a building.
If you’ve had a strong foundation in the past it can be rebuilt. Find what needs to be corrected within it and start the rebuild. It’s likely still there, just needs the field around it cleared to get to it.
“Because if you have a strong foundation like we have, then you can build or rebuild anything on it. But if you’ve got a weak foundation you can’t build anything.” – Jack Scalia
Further to the discussion about Form Follows Function, I think this is very interesting and important to watch.
Gray Cook Teaches the Turkish Get Up.
Great video and really, the first three minutes reinforce what I was saying about form and function. If you want to see a great demo of one of my favourite movements, watch the entire ten minutes. Then watch it again, and again. You’ll learn something each time.