You know when you start getting old because you wear sneakers with jeans and your t-shirt tucked in, check the weather at least twice daily (as if it’s ever accurate here in Seattle) and watch HGTV with your significant other, judging every couple on House Hunters and Property Brothers. Not that this is my life, but there’s this guy I know… Anyway, you’ll often hear the realtor comment on a home having “good bones,” meaning its foundation and structure are solid. Often this observation is made as a way to place a positive spin on a location that might be lacking appeal cosmetically. I think we can all agree that a great paint job might mask internal issues within a house and would rather choose a home with a “good bones” and great plumbing/electrical over a place with new shutters that don’t shut and new first floor drywall to soak up the leak from the toilet on the second floor. After all, most of the cosmetic fixes are simple and less expensive, and require less assistance if any from technically skilled professionals. When a home has weak bones and poor plumbing/electrical, it’s time to rebuild it, rather than reinforce existing structure, or redesign it cosmetically. Also, this is probably a job best left to a qualified/certified professional. Your human body is no different.
Foundation & “Bones” = Strength & Capacity
Cosmetic Features = Beach Muscles
Electrical = Movement Quality
Plumbing = Nutrition
What happens to even the strongest structural beam (strong legs) when there’s an electrical fire (poor movement quality)? It burns, sometimes all the way to the ground. What happens to the new chandelier (sexy beach muscles) when the ceiling around it rots away from a leaky pipe (poor nutrition)? It probably crashes to the floor. What happens to your abs (cosmetic features) when you can’t train because your low back (foundation) is pulled due to inability to stabilize your core (faulty electrical)? They likely get mushy like the ceiling around your chandelier.
In training, much like in the world of home ownership, there is a time to reinforce and a time to reconstruct. Heck, there’s even a time to buy new but let’s not make that our goal just yet. Be sure to keep these priorities in order or you’ll pay the price twofold later. Move and eat with quality first. Train to create a solid foundation of strength second. Only once these two objectives are met have you earned the right to paint an accent wall and tack up the crown molding.
Feel free to reinforce and redesign areas of your body not negatively impacted by movement dysfunction while reconstructing the faulty movement pattern. In other words, train appropriately within your abilities while working to expand them. You don’t always need to build from the ground up. Also, keep in mind that the more technical the fix, the smarter it is to involve a qualified professional.