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Many sports require a high level of physical endurance and strength. These sports can push athletes to their physical and mental limits, often requiring hours of training and conditioning to maintain peak performance. Here are some of the most physically demanding sports in the world:

Decathlon

 

The decathlon is considered one of the most demanding sports as it takes a toll on the body physically and mentally. Athletes competing in this event must have many skills, including lower and upper body strength, speed, endurance, agility, and coordination.

 

They also need to learn and adapt to new situations quickly. The decathlon consists of 10 events: 100 metres, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 metres, 110 metres hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin throw, and 1500 metres. The athletes must complete all these events within two days with minimal rest.

Wrestling/Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

 

Wrestling and MMA are two of the most physically demanding sports out there. They require a high level of strength, endurance, and agility.

 

Wrestlers need to be incredibly strong to perform all of the various takedowns, throws, and other moves. They also need good stamina and flexibility to avoid being pinned or submitted by their opponent.

 

MMA fighters must be proficient in various martial arts disciplines such as striking, grappling, wrestling, etc. They also need to be able to switch between different styles depending on the situation.

CrossFit

 

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that combines weightlifting, gymnastics, and high-intensity interval training. Athletes are required to perform various exercises in a circuit-style workout, with little rest between sets. CrossFit competitions can last several days, with athletes competing in multiple events designed to test their strength, endurance, and agility.

Rugby/ North American Football (NFL)

 

These two sports are similar in their characteristics and in that they are very demanding. First off, both sports involve a lot of contact impact between players. Both fields are fairly large as the rugby pitch is 100 metres long while the North American football field is 110 metres etc.

 

The players must run, tackle, sprint, and dodge for about an hour, with only short breaks between quarters or halves. They also have to wear heavy protective gear such as helmet pads which adds extra weight resistance.

Other Physically sports 

Many other sports are physically demanding, such as ice hockey, soccer, basketball, marathon swimming, triathlon rowing, etc. Each sport has its challenges that test athletes’ abilities.

 

However, it is hard to compare and rank different sports objectively as they involve different factors such as intensity, duration, frequency complexity, skill level, risk of injury rate, and personal preference. Ultimately every sport requires some degree of physical and mental effort, dedication, and passion that deserves respect and admiration.

 

Many sports require a high level of physical endurance and strength, and athletes who participate in these sports must train for hours each day to maintain peak performance.

 

Whether it’s CrossFit, ice hockey, rugby, MMA, rowing, or American football, almost all sports push athletes to their physical and mental limits, requiring them to be in top physical condition to succeed.

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