I train to condition my body for the martial arts, and to stay healthy. Ripples wil come and go, but to keep ones Qi balanced and healthy will surpass that. Since I live with a moderately-serious chronic disease, this is especially so for me.
If anything, strengthening is just another aspect of the whole, just as all other parts of my training are.
"Success is a process, not a destination. Have faith in your ability."~Bruce Lee