Conditioning is a word that is used a lot in the fitness industry but what does it really mean to have conditioning? There are those that are ripped from strength conditioning, marathon runners have to go through a type of stamina conditioning and then there is the conditioning that is necessary for fighters and martial artists.
Conditioning can come off as this hard core concept of hard work and training to build your body up so it can perform or endure what the sport demands of it.
And it's true.
However, that is not the whole picture of what it means to be a conditioned athlete. Building your body and it's performance potentials is only the outcome associated to having "great conditioning".
The other half of the definition of conditioning is more about the discipline, the standard and the values that you adopt.
"Great conditioning" is the result of adopting and integrating habits, standards and values that slowly, over time changes and transforms the conditions of the body.
Conditioning isn't so much about building yourself up but rather more about adopting a specific way of being that will serve you in the long run which is beneficial for the performance and execution of the skills in a given sport or physical activity.