Building your own masterpiece - What is base building?
No great monument, building, or structure can be built on a faulty foundation and remain standing for very long. The foundation is where it all starts, and what sets the stage for building greatness. Without a thick, solid, and tight base (that’s right I just went there) there can be no magnificent “anything” to behold.
Building your physique and strength has the same underlying principle. You need to build all of the components that create a great foundation, before you can flesh out the rest of it. You must put in the long hours and years of hard work in order to create the masterpiece you desperately desire.
Can you imagine an artist trying to paint a masterpiece on a thin sheet of notebook paper, rather than a dense piece of canvas? Our children’s wonderful artwork aside, the majority of great masterpieces were not painted on flimsy material. The material the artist chooses is of great importance.
Base building is the creation of that material. It is the laying of the foundation for the masterpiece you want to create.
If you’re a powerlifter that might mean an elite total. The elite total would be the manifestation of the accumulative work you put in. It is your masterpiece.
If you’re an athlete, it might be your day winning a championship or turning professional at that sport.
If you’re a complete novice, it might mean making it to that year mark without missing any planned training sessions.
They are your milestones. They are the fruits of your labor.
They are the masterpieces you work to create.
Base building is what we do to lay the foundation for eventual individual greatness. Whatever “greatness” that is, is completely unique to the person putting in the time and effort to achieve it. However it cannot be achieved by trying to short circuit the processes known as “consistency” and “effort”. Those processes must be embraced and endured.
If you’re willing to put in the effort, and do so consistently, then you will see your goals eventually come to fruition. They will be realized. Your masterpiece will get painted.
This is what base building is.