Top Ten Hardest Sports


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I am in gymnastics and it is definitely the hardest sport. People think it is easy, but they are so wrong! I have been doing gymnastics since preschool and I have never had an easy practice. Your hands rip from the bars and conditioning is probably harder than football players do. I wish people would understand how hard it is!
Now add a horse to this and you get vaulting. I don't do it, but I can imagine how difficult that is. You have to have crazy amounts of strength and fitness, balancing yourself and others all while doing it on a moving animal.
Definitely the hardest. The conditioning is really hard. So are the practices. You practice in any weather in any condition. It can be 100 degrees in the gym, and gymnasts still practice. The pain; many of us have to endure it. It's really hard but we know how to hold it in.
Gymnastics is definitely the hardest sport. One wrong move can mean life or death. We are constantly on our feet. Yes a lot of people say that cheerleading is basically gymnastics but it's not the tumbling part sure but I am the head of my varsity cheerleading squad and it is way easier than Gymnastics I am a gymnast and a cheerleader so I would know this from my personal experience. Cheerleaders they only need to remember one routine one dance one cheer. Gymnasts have to remember four routines. We have coaches yelling at us if we put an extra step in a routine. If we fall down and get hurt we are expected to get back up and do it again even if were not hurt we have to get back up and do it again and tough it out. In competition we get docked points for not pointing a toe. Before and after everyone of our routines we have to salute to the judges and that's part of our points. On beam if we wobble on one little thing we get points taken off same thing and all of our other events if we wobble we get points taken away. We compete in four events. We condition like crazy and we train 35 hours a week minimum we break bones we pull muscles we push our bodies to the breaking point. Sure the Olympic gymnasts make it look easy. But looks can be deceiving sure it looks easy well it's not, if anyone were to walk into the gym today and try to be the highest level gymnast they would epically fail they cannot do any of the skills sure you strength endurance and balance and much more and all of your other sports but gymnastics combines all of that and more it's like all the sports combined in one. Any level seven gymnast could go be a cheerleader at the highest level but the highest level cheerleader cannot walk into a gym and be the highest level gymnast or even a level seven gymnast because cheerleaders just tumble and stunt. Gymnasts on the other hand flip and twist and do things that defy the laws of gravity we throw ourselves into unbearable positions we do vault bars beam and floor cheerleaders they only do tumbling and stunting we tumble and we flip around and fall and break bones and you can die or become paralyzed for the rest your life in gymnastics you can have this happen to you and cheerleading but there's less of a chance. Gymnasts flip onto thin mats flip off the beam they don't have padding like football players and boxers do we have so maybe 1 inch thick or so leotard and that's about it. Gymnasts are all the Sports combined but in a prettier package we do so much more than any other sport. Gymnastics is many girls lives they don't spend that much time outside the gym. And for all you guys were like oh gymnastics is so easy have you seen the moon mail gymnasts on the pommel horse The parallel bars the rings they do way more than that too. We have to do conditioning every single practice legless rope climbs which means we have to have our legs on the side of the rope and use all of our arm strength we also do uses a rope climbs but we can't really use our legs after level 1 to climb the rope we also have to do leg lifts push ups sit ups hollow body holds. And much much more and conditioning. We are pushed down into our splits until we cry until the pain is unbearable we are pushed in to our over splits as far down as the coach makes us. We constantly have a coaches yelling at us. This proves that Gymnastics is in fact the hardest sport.
[Newest]I do agree that it is the hardest sport. I know people think its easy, but its because they never experienced. I am not a professional gymnast, but man, have I tried to be that flexible. Its practically impossible unless you don't start young. I mean, my friend could put her leg up so high that is perfectly parallel to the other! So yeah it's the hardest
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I've been swimming at a high level for most of my life now and I can honestly say this sport is CRAZYYYY demanding. I don't think its as bad as gymnastics because we don't have the threat of dying everyday, but we do work just as hard as them. What people don't understand is that as a swimmer every muscle in your body is used for every single stroke and kick. Not any other sport in the world does that. We not only swim for hours a day we train on land for hours. So basically its like ok your done one practice, but now your expected to jump in the pool and swim as hard and as fast as you possibly can every single day. And for all the people that say they taught themsevles how to swim and its not diffuicult at all anyone can do it, YOU ARE DEAD WRONG. This is not your back yard pool swimming, we are really swimming. After every practice you can barely walk you are so sore, and getting changed is so hard because you can't even lift your arms over your head. When you have meets, every race you swim is swam with every fiber of your body (no one has felt pain until they've swam the last lap of a race and the burning that is in your body its the most extreme pain but you still have to swim) and when you finish the idea is to be in anerobic shock meaning you don't have have enough oxygen in your blood stream. And for those who don't think we get injured think again. I've almost broken my back, have had tedinitis in my feet and ankles, and have had contant shoulder and elbow pain for years now. Its a extremely demanding sport. No other sport in the world has as much repetive motion as we do. you can not take a stoke or not kick you have to coninually move every muscle in your body for hours on end with out oxygen. Yeah I don't think most people can actualy do that and not quit. We also have something that no one else has, our "uniforms" are the tightest most painful thing in the world to put on and wear and we have to compete in them. On average it can take 20 mins to put our bathing suits on and when you come out you have the most unflatering bathing suit on in the world, your whole body is scweased so that your are in streamline. So for everyone out there who thinks this sport is easy please I will bring you to a practice to show you that there is no possible way in the world you could keep up with us!
Actually swimmers have the threat of dying every day. We could drown or have a heart attack or stroke and we are at highest risk for ebola
To all those people saying "i have tried swimming it's easy" or "anyone can swim". That'd be like saying "gymnastics is easy because I can do a cartwheel" where as those who actually train for gymnastics would probably tell you a cartwheel doesn't mean you can do gymnastics, and it's a similar thing to what you call swimming and what a swimmer calls swimming are different things... Swimming is one of the hardest sport train for... (the reason I say one of the hardest is because once you reach a certain point on the list, the difficulty of training for the sport is going to vary dependent on how hard each individual athlete is willing to push themselves).

swimmers don't go don't to the pool and do what you call swimming and swim at a leisurely pace we train to complete exhaustion every morning and afternoon for over 30 hours per week as well as gym training and crossfit training. You spend your training sessions sprinting and pushing past your limits and once your heart rate has exceeded maximum bpm you keep pushing harder and if you spew up, you spew then you keep training and you don't stop to spew, I've had plenty of times where I've spent the majority of the set spewing in my mouth swallowing it back down and continuing to push myself further waiting till I'd either reached the edge to spew over (if you were being soft) and continue as fast as possible before the coach is at you for stopping or hold it until the end of the rep I guess it would be and spew during your few seconds of rest before continuing. It frustrates me when I see the comments saying swimming is easy I have tried it... You wouldn't have time to do any other sports if that was the case. I used to play soccer at state level and quit when I was 11 because I was only training 7 sessions a week for swimming and was told I was under training and that was when I was 11 years old.

Obviously some swimmers don't push themselves as hard as others so it's hard to compare sports, rather than the sport I think it'd be more realistic to compare the training efforts of individuals.

I also respect those who do gymnastics and admit it is very hard, neither swimming nor gymnastics get the credit thy deserve.
Swimming is VERY hard but come in people it is not harder than gymnastics, I'm both a competitive swimmer and a competitive level 9 gymnast and it does not come even close to gymnastics, you do not understand how mental and physically though and demanding gymnastics is, just look up gymnastics training montages like "gymnastics why do we fall" and "gymnastics remember the name" and "gymnastics run boy run" THEN you CAN ARGUE WITH ME because until you step into a gym you will never truly understand the painfully demanding sport it is, you won't last a day! Let me tell you my schedule for a Saturday practice: 7:30am= warm up, running around in a freezing cold gym 50 times, jumping across the floor with one leg then the other, then we have drills etc. And by then we are exhausted. 8:00am= stretching, we warm up our muscles by doing a series of tough stretches and then we are forced into our over splits and trust me this is VERY VERY PAINFUL, in fact our coach pushed us do hard into our over splits that it actually makes our eyes water and moan and squeal in pain with out teeth gritted, some of us even CRY and actually PUKE because of the pain ( I've seen it happen and I am NOT exaggerating! ) 8:45am= conditioning, we now have to run around the whole gym ( which is seriously big as you can imagine) 50 times AGAIN! Once that's over we do the jumping except with more types of jumps ( split jumps, deer jumps etc. ) then we do 150 push ups ( I know its not a lot but its still quite painful ) then 150 pull ups on the bar then squat jumps on a waist high mat 150 times then mini kips on the bar ( you bring your knees up touch the bar then swing over without touching the floor and do a chin up ) these are really horrible and super painful and always cause my hands to rip and bleed, and we usually do 100 of these and if we don't point our toes even for just one second we have to restart from 0 then we do V sits, tuck sits and straddle sits each type 100 times then we climb the rope 25 times and from there we don't have a scheduled conditioning so the coaches usually come up with more conditioning drills. Oh yeah and if someone drops or messes up the whole team has to start again from 0 with no exceptions, and by the time conditioning is over at least 3 girls are crying in pain and at least 2 girls have puked and pretty much everyone ( there is 8 girls in the team ) is miserable and in sever PAIN and their hands ripped and bleeding and I am NOT exaggerating one bit here! 10:00am= we work on some floor skills, flips, leaps, jumps and other moves and tricks, oh and when I say flips I don't mean little back tucks I mean double flips, double layouts, twisting double tucks and so much more until they are perfect and landed perfectly and aren't sloppy, and they are really scary to do as you can imagine flipping 3 metres in the air with no protection or landing mat is, and if we miscalculate our height or get something wrong we usually fall on our heads and necks and risk DEATH. And if we don't land it or mess up the coaches don't say "oh its OK just try again" they will scream and yell and shout at you, here's an example that was said to me, "E. Get up! Will you stop doing that you twat! I've told you god know how many times but you won't stop will u! You won't even try, you lazy twat! Try again and keep your arms straight and your freeking toes pointed! Do it once more and your climbing the freeking rope 50 times again, actually you know what, do it know I'm sick of u! " And that was one of the softest coaches at our gym. Then we practice pur floor routine until 1:00pm we then have lunch at the cafeteria in our gym. 2:00pm= beam, one of the scariest things EVER! Its 4 inches wide yet we are expected to flip, tumble, spin, twist, turn and leap on it without wobbling or falling of, and after loads of horrendously painful fall which usually involve slipping, wacking your head of the beam and falling onto the floor, and those beams aren't soft trust me, your sometimes you croch the beam whose meaning is well self explanatory, and we must perfect every move and every flip on this 4 inch wide plank of wood, again with our coach yelling at us, and it is terrifying to jump backwards not knowing if your gonna make it or where your feet are going to land. 4:00pm= bars, we must loop, stwist, swing and leap from one bar to another until our skin on our hands is ripping of in chunks and there is blood everywhere. you need to have an unbelievable amount of strength for this event, and it is very painful on your hands because I'm not exaggerating when I say your skin rips off and your hands bleed leaving blood stains on your grips and scars on your hands, like seriously, I would like to see you do multiple 360° loops with your hands bleeding and in VERY SEVERE pain. And we must keeps are toes pointed and our arms and legs straight the whole way through the routine or we are again yelled at. 6:00pm= vault, we must run towards a solid object at full speed and vault over it, flip in the air and land it perfectly with no steps foward, backwards or at the side and no woobling. Trust me its WAYYY harder than it looks. Then for the last 3 hours we can practice either beam, floor, vault or bars. Then we finally go home and have our well deserved dinner. We must repeat this everyday apart from Sunday, only on weekdays we train from 1:00pm to 9:00pm, most of us our home schooled because of our training. Now you have an idea of what gymnastics is like, its not a girly girl sport and all we do is cartwheels, because if it was then splease tell me why I have a six pack and bigger muscles than nearly all the guys at school, now before you can argue with me you most watch these montages on YouTube: gymnastics why do we fall, gymnastics remember the name, gymnastics run boy run, gymnastics is insane, gymnastics glory and gore and gymnastics marching on. Once you have watched them all then you can argue with me, but until then GYMNASTICS IS THE HARDEST SPORT, in fact as I forgot to mention before next week is my last week of swimming as I have to time and I'm too tired. GYMNSTICS DESERVES TO BE AT THE TOP!
[Newest]I swim 6 days a week for 3 hours
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3Figure Skating
I think figure skating is at least the second hardest sports because it takes will, determination, and gut. I am a figure skater my self. Every day you go to practice and train and work your butt off just to be the best. To get a jump right you have to jump it exact just to land it and get full points for competition. You have to jump and land on a blade that is thinner than your finger. And every day you practice and practice and it seems like you are going no where and not improving in any of the jumps that you are learning but when you land that jump it feels like all your hard work, pain, and tears is worth it and you realize that you are one step closer to your dream that you had since you got foot on the ice for the first time. When I first started skating I had a coach that told me that whatever I did was correct. When I was ten I got an new coach and I had to learn everything from the beginning. All that years of training for nothing. When I was twelve my coach left out of the country. I was devastated, I was afraid that I was never going to find another coach to help me get to my dream. Soon I had another coach that would help me reach my goal and go farther. She was very critical but all my jumps, spins became clean and polished. I am so grateful to have an amazing coach and amazing parents. Jump aren't the only thing in skating. You have to do jump, spins, and moves and the fields. Spins - you have to do different elements and combinations. Moves on the field - you have to switch edges on your blade. Every line must be clean and precise. I wrote this comment because I want to show people that figure skating is not easy. I hear people say that oh skating is so easy, all you do is skate. Well they are wrong, it's not just skating it's much more. Most people don't even have the gut to get on the ice. Any ways the only thing that is important is that you love the sport and you will work hard to strive to reach your dream.
Men are much more adept at figure skating than women.

Besides, Princess Peach is AWFUL at Figure Skating.
Alright.. So I'm a figure skater myself, and to be a competitive figure skater, it takes more hen just stepping out on the ice, jumping from forward to backwards, its harder then that, you're throwing yourself up in the air trying to spin 3-4 times in the air, there's spots in it where you're going to wanna give up, but you really can't give up, its something you're going to fall in love with, and something that you're really going to hate, but you just need to push your self through it and say, 'i know I can' because its just not something simple, its not something you can just learn in a day or two, I've been skating since I was 2 years old, and I still haven't got to the level I need to be at.. It takes skill, you need to have dedication to the sport and determination. I'm at the rink 5 days a week for longer then 3 hours. I personally think figure skating should be near the top, not number 7. So I think everyone should sit back and think a little bit harder on what the hardest sport is, figure skating is one day going to kill me. But if you think chasing a puck around the ice or holding your breath under water for 2 minutes at a time, then think differently. I can agree that gymnastics would be the hardest sport, I agree but figure skating, at least top 4 or 5.
You guys don't have to think in your sport you memorize the routine and that's it there's no split second decisions or pressures you just go do your performance (no dude racing at you at 90 mph) it might be hard but once your memorized there's not a lot left to add.
Figure skating is definitely the hardest sport. If you're thinking figure skating is just gliding on one foot and doing a little turn, it's much more. When you start learning to glide on one foot for 4 yards, doing a bunny hop and little turns, I don't think that even counts as figure skating. The real stuff starts when you start doing the flying sit spin, the illusion and jumps with 1-3 revolutions. You need to have precise leg, head, hips and arm positioning and impeccable timing to have enough rotation to the jump and land it. Personally I think it takes way longer than 4 years! When I was on freestyle 4 (which took me almost 4 years) I still felt I was on an extremely low level because I barely fell down and personally I think it is. I was only beginning to learn single jumps. If you don't fall at least 90% of the time while learning something new, you're not trying hard enough. Practicing takes dedication and pain. Some skaters wake up before school to practice. Some skaters skate until past midnight! I go to an open campus skating camp in the Lake Placid Olympic Rink and I met this 17 teen turning 18 year old skater that might be going to the Olympics. He said he had to practice from 5pm to 2am every single day with 2 more hours of practice. That's 9 hours of practicing with barely any breaks! You're asking now, why can't he just practice during the day time? That's because during the day time, the ice is too busy for them (aka 4 really good skaters on the ice. ) Even figure skaters who are dedicated but not good enough to go to the Olympics practice around 3-4 hours a day! Now THAT'S WHAT I CALL DEDICATION.
I am a very good skater and my first time on ice I need to learn one week to begin to skate.
[Newest]This doesn't deserve to be here it deserves 2nd! Figure skating is so hard! You think regular skating is hard try doing turns and leaps on ice that can break at any second!
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4Horseback Riding
In no way does the horse do all of the work. Heels down, toes up, calves back and on, supporting the horse, back straight, shoulder back, hands low and still in constant contact with the horses mouth without pulling too hard, look where you're going. Maintain this position perfectly while controlling a 1,000 pound animal with a mind of its own.
This involves moving it with just one leg, constantly supporting it and worry about exactly how fast or where it's going, posting or rising up and down in the saddle with almost no help form the stirrups, turning with a bit of leg rein, weight shift and looking, but not too much or too little of anything while maintaining speed and perfect position. Try reining in a 1,000 pound animal going 20 mph with just your arms, but not pulling too hard. Try having to be constantly aware of every part of your body and your horse's at every second while moving at 20 mph, making hairpin turns, jumping fences and despite the speed always be three steps ahead, make sure your horse is on the right stride, judging distances, all while thinking about five other things. Constantly having to look, be aware, be in control, all while maintaining a perfect position. Try guiding your partner every step of the way, making sure all of your cues are absolutely perfect, knowing that if you do even one thing a tiny bit wrong, you could die. It takes strength, endurance, perseverance, smarts, control and skill. It takes years. It takes work, practice, the ability to communicate perfectly to an animal with no words, understand it and work with it. You have to worry for yourself and your horse, look perfect, be in constant control, always be thinking ahead, be incredibly strong to hold a 1,000 pound creature together with your legs and make it look easy. It takes nothing short of hours and hours of practice, perfection, work, skill, physical fitness and undying trust in an animal that could just as easily kill you as it can breathe. It's about finding the perfect balance in cues, concentrating immensely, having the strength, having every understanding of your horse, always maintaining your position no matter what cue you are giving, knowing just what your horse is doing, being aware completely of your own movement, where you are going, which cues to use, how fast, where to go and never losing your position or focus. Not doing any of these things could mean death. A sport that requires skill, fitness and above all practice. I have played soccer for one year, ridden for seven. I progressed in soccer EXTREMELY quickly compared to horseback riding. It is a sport that takes immense time and passion to master. It is more difficult that any sport I have done before. It has earned its place in this list.
The reply that say have you ever seen a true equestrian flew is suppose to say flex
I have ridden for ten years. Believe, me it is the most difficult sport. Anyone who says different is wrong! Most people say Equestrian isn't a sport because the only time they've ever ridden is on the beach while on vacation. That is NOT riding.

I'm a show jumper. This is what I have to do: I get on a 1500 pound animal, who has been trained all winter and is at his peak, hurtle myself over 4 ft obstacles that are often 3 ft wide, whip around corners as fast as possible while not knocking anything down.

Yes, the horse plays a big part in the sport (obviously) but when I am racing around the competition ring, who do you think is keeping that animal balanced? Who do you think is telling the horse exactly where to put each of his feet, every single step of the way? And, in the judged classes, you have to make it look pretty and smooth.

A lot of people say Equestrian isn't a sport because you don't have to be fit to do it; that's also not true. I admit that I'm not a runner or a swimmer; I can't run for the life of me. However, I bet most people don't have the power in their thighs to break human bones. I can do air squats for an hour and not get tired. I can win any kind of arm wrestle. Most people who ride for the first time are out of breath and sweating after an hour.

Equestrian is extremely dangerous as well. That's why you rarely see a show jumper without a helmet. When you crash into a jump, going extremely fast on a very heavy animal, it hurts. There is always an ambulance on scene at an equestrian competition. When you go to a hospital and tell them you have an injury from riding, they immediately bring you in, no matter how long the line up. A horse kicks you in the head, you have an instant concussion. A horse steps on you when you fall off, you immediately have a broken bone. Remember Christopher Reeve, the man who played Superman? Most people know that he was paralyzed after an accident for the rest of his life. That accident was at an equestrian competition, and he fell off his horse.

So before you say Equestrian isn't a sport, please know the facts. And please make sure that you have actually ridden a horse PROPERLY.
Arm wrestle how bought you do actually wrestling were your facing another killing machine who wants to kill you not just accidentally kicks you and were you do all the work no team mates or partners to help or carry you.
Horseback riding is such a broad spectrum, but in the majority of it's disciplines it is definitely one of the hardest sports. (Behind gymnastics, that's just crazy hard props to all you high level gymnasts out there) There are a lot of things in the horse world that can't be learned from a book or watching videos they have to be felt. As a rider one has to feel every movement of the horse underneath them and understand what each means. They need to be able to come down from a full gallop to a walk using their leg ans seat without pulling on their horses mouth.

Western Riders have to control their horses with shifts of body weight, leg positioning and touches of rein, if one part of the body moves incorrectly they are telling the horse to do something entirely incorrect and could end up on the ground. Now try doing this going 30 MPH around barrels.

I ride a lot more English than Western and primarily event but have shown hunters jumpers and eq. Hunters have to look perfect never taking a wrong step around a course of fences, and without speeding up or slowing down. Try doing this with a 1000 pound animal with a mind of it's own. Eq has to do that as well but around a trickier course with tighter turns, lead changes and roll backs, all while looking good. Jumpers have to fly. They're not just speeding around a ring but have to be balanced collected and ready to jump 3'+ objects without knocking any down. You know who balances the horse? The rider. Judges distances? The rider. Checks the speed without touching the horses mouth that's right the rider.

Eventing tests all parts of the riders skills. You have to form a 3-5 minute memorized flat test, keeping the horses body in perfect alignment, lengthening and shortening the stride, bending around circles and making perfect transitions. All while looking like you're not doing anything. The horse definitely doesn't do this on their own. Then from that, stadium, jumping a course set on tricky lines with a time limit tests the horse's stamina and skill. The rider has to check distances balance the horses and not knock anything down!

After that they still have cross country! A test over varying terrain where the horse has to jump solid obstacles at speeds in order not to get time penalties! Definitely one of the hardest of equine sports but also the most thrilling! Speed, balance and jump all need to be controlled by the rider's position, weight and minimal hand, and XC pictures are the best so you still want to look good.

Still think it's easy?
[Newest]I cannot describe just how hard, challenging, painful, difficult and exhausting horse riding is. But it's not even JUST horse riding it's everything that comes with it. Grooming, feeding, practice etc and the expense of it all
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5Water Polo
I understand why some people might think that gymnastics is harder than waterpolo. I will share with you my one experience as a fellow water polo player.

I jump into the freezing ice cold water and stare at my huge opponent, #9. She grumbles and glares at me, with a snort she shouts out, "I've got 16! " The ref throws the ball to me and blows the whistle. I sway around in the water for about a second, trying to watch my teammates to see if they're open. One girl is being blocked, another is being pushed down into the water and the ref is ignoring them, #3 screams for the ball. I see #9 pushing through the water towards me, for a huge girl she moved through the water quickly. I throw the ball to #3, #9 punches my elbow, causing the pass to go to the left. #3 and her defensive player sprint for the ball. I see her head go under and the defensive player swim ahead. I swim towards the goal hoping to get open In case she gets the ball. I watch on the sidelines as the defensive player reach for the ball but #3 was aggressive and leaped over her defense to swipe the ball. The refs didn't even call a foul. I scream and shout for the ball, #9 blocks my path. Her huge meaty arm latches onto my shoulder and pushes me down, I try to eggbeater as hard as I can and stay on my stomach. I get a messy pass from #3. I grab the ball but three players pull me down. I kick one of them in the stomach and use the other to push out of the water and quickly make a shot towards the goal. The ball misses the huge goalie by centimeters and I sprint back to the middle of the pool

As you have read, this thing doesn't ever happen in gymnastics. Waterpolo is incredibly and extremely demanding. You are being pushed and shoved by huge players when you're on offense and you have to push and shove on defense. This is much more than swimming (I'm also a competitive swimmer) there is no other sport in which you have to actually keep yourself up while being pushed around like a sack because the floor is gone. You have to keep yourself extremely high up to actually get a decent shot and not get drowned by a player (a girl actually feinted because she swallowed so much water because the refs suck) in gymnastics, people say you have the chance of dying. you must be a pretty bad gymnast if you might kill yourself on the bars. However, in waterpolo someone is actually trying to kill you. Waterpolo players bleed and break bones too! Also, we do it in any condition & whats with that person for the gymnastics column saying they have to do it in any condition? They are in a gym! Just adjust the air conditioner!

I understand cheer leading, power tumbling, and boxing/martial arts. But dancing is not as hard as waterpolo or gymnastics. We play football and wrestle while not having a floor to stand on and we are being pushes back by water. Imagine playing football while in the air and being constantly slowed down and having a person grabbing at you and make sure you can't breath. Yeah that happens a lot in dance
I don't see how this is third. I think everyone misinterpreted hardest sport with most barbaric sport. I'm sure it takes skill to play this but does it really take that much.
Haha no sorry but just no. Water polo is not harder than gymnastics, gymnastics was proven by ESPN the hardest sport. IH yeah and we can't turn on the air conditioner as you mentioned because most gyms don't have them and even so our conditioning is by far harder than yours. We have 2 hours of conditioning everyday 6 days a week so 12 hours of conditioning a week! And it isn't just sprinting or running its hardcore. 150 push ups, 200 pull ups, climbing the rope 25 to 50 times, 250 squat jumps onto the vault, also running 50+ laps around a huge gym, 150 mini kips, pike and straddle hangs off the bar for 5 minutes each and so much more that I'm not bothered to write down because there is to much. Oh yeah and if one of us drops or messes up the whole team restarts from 0 no matter how far we have gotten or if our hands are bleeding or our bodies in pain. In fact at the end if conditioning at least 3 girls are crying because of the intense pain and at least 2 girls have puked and the whole team ( 8 girls ) is exhausted and in extremely sever pain. WE GYMNASTS TRAIN 10+ HOURS A DAY SO that's 60+ HOURS A WEEK! I'm a 14 year old elite gymnast by the way. IT IS NOT EASY! And by no doubt is it easier than water polo! Like seriously you have probably NEVER stepped into a gym to think that or if you did you probably were on level 1 or 2 or up to level 5 or watched them anyway. I would LOVE to see you do spins, leaps, jumps and FLIPS both backwards and forwards and even sideways on a 4 INCH WIDE BEAM without woobling or falling off, that's what I thought, YOU can't because ITS TOO HARD AND SCARY! Or loop and spin and do tricks and skills in bars until your hands are rubbed raw and chunks if skin are ripping off while your hands are bleeding hard, that happens to me every practice! It is seriously painful yet our coaches just tell us to "suck it up and keep trying! " Or for vault I would like to see you run towards a split object, vault over it, do multiple flips and twists in the air and land it PERFECTLY! That's right, you can't! And for floor we have to dance, leap, jump, spin, tumble, flip and do loads more difficult tricks and skills. Like I would lime to see you tumble ( flipping basically ) across a solid floor then launch yourself into the air with no protection, flip and twist then land it perfectly without woobling or taking any steps. Go on, try if it's so easy! Like seriously we are physically pushed into over-splits even if we cry. SO you STILL THINK WATER POLO IS EASY!?!?! I have watched it and to me it looks pretty easy, just a lot of pushing and stuff, I know its probably harder than that but harder than gymnastics, HAHA LOL! If you don't believe me watch these montages on YouTube before you argue with me or say gymnastics is easier than your sport, they are called: gymnastics remember the name, gymnastics glory and gore, gymnastics marching on, gymnastics run boy run, gymnastics why do we fall, and if you have time watch some more because they really show the toughness and the dedication that goes into gymnastics. Once you have watched them ALL you can debate your opinion, but until then GYMNASTICS IS THE HARDEST SPORT! It was proven by ESPN sport science.
Thank you for reading now please go watch all those amazing montages.

~ elite 14 year old female gymnast.
Nobody's ever attempted to rip my swimsuit off and use me as a human backboard while swimming... Just at water polo. As somebody who does both sports, I'd say that water polo is definitely tougher. It requires more stamina to continually release in the water and sprint back and forth. Even the times when you have more rest, you're still treading water, which takes energy. And at the same time, you have to be aware of the other players in the pool and the position of the ball, and try to pass and shoot while other players are pressing you. Players are also extremely dirty, because the refs can't see most of it - they will dig into pressure points, kick off other players, elbow, gouge, scratch, twist, anything that they can think of to get an advantage.
[Newest]Water polo should be higher to be honest
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6Competiton Cheerleading
Competitive Cheer is by far the hardest sport there is. With all the flexibility of a gymnast and all the strength of a foot ball player, cheerleaders do a lot. While I can see why some people would say other sports are hard I personally think that cheerleading is the hardest.

Flyers literally are flung up into the air doing all sorts of different twists and tricks. They have to find their footing and balance in the hands of their base. Switching from pose to pose is not easy. Ever tried doing a tic-tok? A tic-tok is when you switch legs when switch stunts. It's harder than it looks. You have to shift you entire body from one position to the next all within the span of a few seconds and make it look easy. One wrong step or laps in concentration and the stunt goes crashing down, literally. And falling to the ground is not my idea of a fun time. Without doing those stunts being up in the air isn't amazingly easy either. Besides balance, concentration, and strength, you have to have a lot of trust in your base. Your base is your support. If you think your base can't hold you up, you're so screwed. You have believe they won't drop you and even though you know they won't if they can help it sometimes it's still hard to trust your self to about 4 or 5 people grabbing onto your ankles. If you've gone to a local football game and watched the cheerleaders cheer you may notice all they do is hold them up there. There is a good reason for that. Flipping in the air is hard. You have to be professional. There are a few school cheer teams who do have the skill and coaches to do that and hats off to them!

And being a base is no picnic either. Sure, you're not the spotlight of the stunt, but your just as important. You have hold another person up and hope they don't wobble around to much. You've been entrusted with this person's life, and the victory of your team. One wrong shift in movement or loss of balance and that's it: game over. It takes a lot of strength and courage- and blind faith- to base, just as much if not more than a flyer. When you have to start shifting you start thinking 'Oh No oh no oh no, she's going to fall... ' and you panic. People don't give basing enough credit. Basing is so hard!

A lot of pressure goes into this sport too. Pressure from coaches to work harder, better, to be perfect in the air and on the ground. Pressure from parents to do well. Pressure from your peers to do your job. As a base you're the backbone of the team, you support them, LITERALLY. As a flyer there's a lot of pressure too. Besides pulling off all those flips and tricks in the air with professional precision a lot of girls want your job. Flying is thought to be like the coveted lead roll of the team (It's not all that great actually :/) and everyone wants to be a flyer. If you mess up you're out of there. There's pressure from your self as well. Cramming every ounce of energy you can into 2 minutes and 30 seconds is hard. It's either all out there or nothing at all. You have to smile while doing the scorpion in the air supported by nothing but about 5 pairs of hands, acting like 'laugh out loud I do this every day this is so easy why are we even putting this baby move in here? ' When really you're all ' I DON'T WANT TO DIE PLEASE DON'T DROP ME WHY AM I DOING THIS DOES MY COACH WANT TO KILL ME? '

Yes, we fall and get injured and then cry thinking we've lost the competition. We cry when we mess up a stunt. We cry when we hit the wall. We cry when we hit a mind block. We cheer and laugh and cry when we win too. All the hard work you put into this routine. The blood, sweat, tears, fear, anger, all pays off during the 2 minutes and 30 seconds I call the Cheerleader's Euphoria.

Cheerleading is the hardest sport out there. Don't believe me? Go to an All Star team's practice or better yet try and pull off these stunts. (JK Don't do that, I don't want you getting hurt) Then come back and tell me it's so easy.
Cheerleading actually doesn't require all of the flexibility of a gymnast and you have 3 people throwing one tiny person up. I am not saying cheerleading isn't hard but it definitely isn't the hardest. In gymnastics people don't throw you, you have to jump high enough to do a flip. Lets not forget about beam, bars and vault. One wrong step on beam will cause you to fall and probably hit the beam on the way down. If you think doing a back tuck is hard try doing it on a piece of 4 inch wood. On bars you are getting whipped all around the bar and you have to stand up on the bar and jump to the higher bar and even sometimes do a flip to it. The strength of a football player is also not true. Cheerleaders are tiny and you have 3 people throwing a little girl up in the air.
I like how everyone else is saying that cheerleading is stupid and cheerleaders are stuck up brats who do the sport for popularity, and none of the cheerleaders have said anything mean to anyone about their sports... And we are the mean ones? Also I dare anyone who does not think this is the hardest sport to watch a competitive cheer team's practice like California allstars they condition for at least three hours and run at least six miles... as a warm up then for the next two hours they stunt until they are about to faint then we tumble. You know? The thing we make look easy when really we have to hold the perfect body position to literally DEFY GRAVITY while our muscles are the tightest they will ever be. Then we do our entire routine around 15 times which includes the hardest tumbling stunting and dancing we are able to do. If someone says one more thing about how cheer is not a sport I might go insane... you truly have to do the sport and take it as seriously as we do to know exactly how hard it is. Everyone on my team and all the other cheer teams know that when you mess up or fall it is the worst feeling in the world that is why girls break their backs trying to do scales or dislocate their knee trying to do their best because that is what cheer is about. Do you know what they tell us at camps? When you clap it should be so hard your hands should be red when you hit your sides they should be red. You think normal cheer is hard then competition is ten times that soccer players say that they play for two hours and we only have a routine for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Well they don't understand that it is filled with THE HARDEST moves that we could ever do without killing ourselves its like taking the most difficult two minutes and thirty seconds of your game and adding using all of your muscles until the routine is done then literally collapsing from exhaustion. Like if you think competition cheerleading should be first.
Cheer is extremely hard. Try combining weight lifting, intense cardio, and skill/technique into one sport: that's cheer. You have to learn to work as a team in order to hold/throw girls into crazy positions, you have to learn how to make it work. You have to memorize intense routine sequences. You have to master tumbling, it is not easy to throw yourself across the floor doing multiple front and back flips, twisting and flipping every direction in tons of different ways. Level 1 stuff is easy, cheering at games is easy. COMPETITIVE CHEER at an advanced level is HARD. People underestimate cheerleading because all they see is the stereotypes created by media through movies portraying cheerleaders as clueless, attention-seeking, pretty-girls. Cheerleaders practice strength, cardio, agility, form, and countless other skills. It takes years of dedication to master skills like a roundoff-backhandspring layout full. It takes endless amounts of practices to be able to show off a kick-souble basket toss. And it takes a team of dedicated cheerleaders to be able to combine this plus incredibly hard stunts, jumps, and dance sequences into a 2 minute routine, the whole time smiling and yelling as loud as you can. Cheer is an extremely hard sport.
[Newest]I think cheerleading is one of the hardest sports out there
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7Freestyle Wrestling
The only sport where the practice is the same as competition and the same level of intensity. Wrestling requires the athlete to use every muscle in their body at the same time. A wrestling match is continuous and folkstyle matches can last up to 9.5 minutes long, 9.5 minutes of pushing your muscles to failure with no breaks or rest. In a match, you are allowed only 1.5 minutes if you receive an injury, and if you take any more time the match is forfeited. Given the weight classes, practices are very high intensity and usually are held in the basements of schools with the heat cranked up to around 100 degrees. In addition to the practices, the most successful wrestlers do things such as run the streets at night - usually in many layers (a standard in practices as well) and sometimes plastic suits to lock the heat in - no matter the weather, as well as working out in a gym or at home or attending multiple practices. My senior season I walked into my first practice at 197 lbs and finished the season competing in the 160 lb weight class. I would typically lose an average of 5 lbs a practice but I had friends who have lost 6 and even 7 lbs in a practice, and in addition to working out in the mornings before school and after practice I also ate very little to maintain my weight. If you want to be successful, most wrestlers train 12 months a year at the same intensity as they do in season and are forced to give up all other sports to accommodate for wrestling's demands. Without a doubt the toughest sport mentally and physically, and while I ended my wrestling career a little over a year ago I can say that if I ever have a son I don't know if I would want him to wrestle, because the sport if so grueling and unglamorous.
Dude come on seriously wrestling under cheerleading, horseback riding, gymnastics and water polo? Wrestling is no joke people work their living tails off on the mat. Wrestling requires muscle, stamina, quickness, toughness, mental toughness and believe it or not flexibility and lots of bravery. You will get slammed on the mat possibly break something if you're not tough enough simply because your opponent is more muscular than you. Its take tons of bravery to step onto a mat with another person who could possibly overpower you and not to mention you must remain aggressive thanks to the new rules, the coaches and refs. You have to sacrifice lots of eating time to make weight classes and the conditioning is extreme more muscle than other sport unlike football when players sit majority of the time. wrestlers always will either condition or break each others necks at practice and the only way to get really good is to work on technique and strength outside of practice. I've done wrestling for a while now in multiple weight classes usually in the lower ones like 113 up to 126 and your skills only show to how much time and effort you put into the intensity of you workouts and practices. I usually run 2-3 miles after meets and sometimes after practice and even over the weekends to lose weight and to help stamina this is usually exhausting enough. People would put your body into positions that could be potentially dangerous and you could get choked out while being pinned. The matches may seem short but honestly if you're not a cross country runner or swimmer you're gonna get muscular weak and winded during the 3rd period and seriously half the people don't survive that long. Wrestling and freestyle wrestling should be higher no doubt, only a handful of people can endure the the bone breaking steps to become good. Whatever your opponent does you have to think quick be quick and defend quick and when they have almost equal strength that is determined to pin you its gonna be pretty much a war out there from that little move, trust me its even harder when trying to stand up when they guy is behind you bringing you down. This is a sport only for a handful of people who can actually withstand this physically and mentally killing sport and have no doubts that this and wrestling should be place higher.
I haven't competed in many other sports, I was a wrestler, I also ran cross country bus that was just to add to my conditioning for wrestling. So because I have not competed at a high level in any other sports it is hard to sit here and type about why wrestling is harder than another sport. I can only use examples from my experience in wrestling. I started wrestling in the 8th grade, I wrestled in Oklahoma which is a well known state for wrestling. In wrestling one of the hardest things I encountered about the sport was making weight. I have pulled as much as 20 pounds in a one week period. It was not easy and I don't know if I could have done it weekly but 10-12 pounds was a weekly thing until my senior year when I really got my diet under control. At that point it was only 4-5 pounds a week which I would lose in 2 hours of a 3-4 hour practice. Practices regularly consisted of 2-3 hours of drilling and live wrestling and then 30-45 minutes of conditioning at the end. Jog sprints, ladders, bleachers (weighted and un-weighted) partner flips, barrel rolls, monkey rolls, jump rope, push ups, planks, crunches, bear crawls and countless others that I now inflict on my youth wrestlers. On top of the physical and endurance aspect was the extreme mental strain of not eating, not drinking water sometimes for a day or two, going through a large bag of Jolly ranchers in a day so salivate and spit in a bottle in class because I didn't dip. Wrestling was never easy and I can't confidently say I ever had fun in practice or even at a duel or tournament other than having my hand lifted in victory only to walk to the sidelines and know I had to go home and run to start pulling weight again for the next weight in. Is wrestling the hardest sport in the world, I think so. You be the judge
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I have raced motocross since I was 3 and I'm almost 16 now. 13 years, 13 broken bones, 2 surgeries and 8 concussions later I'm not scared, embarrassed to say motocross is by far the most physical demanding and tough sport in the world. People think you just sit and turn the throttle. It take balance, strength and skill to be fast on a dirtbike!
Dangerous and physically demanding are completely different things. I think you've confused the two.
When people say its just sitting down and holding the throttle its funny because you don't sit down unless your going around a turn, also, its burns 700 to 800 calories and I have never lost my breathe so quick in my life.
I race motocross and it is by far the most physically demanding sport in the world. I recently had a crash and split my liver and had internal bleeding and I'm still on the mend no other sport is that tough and that hard.
Yeah I got it it's really demanding physically and you can get injured and even die really easily if that's the case they should put stunt double at number 6 then you guys or even just regular motorcycling I mean if you crash your just as likely to die when you are on the freeway.
[Newest]This sport isn't for pussies
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9Cross Country
I cannot believe this is not even on the list. Honestly, there's a reason why XC people practically inhale food nonstop, yet remain the thinnest people in school. The sport is so physically taxing that it's impossible to gain any kind of weight. XC is hard because you have to do it nonstop as hard as you can. Sure gymnastics is hard and all, but they're events only last a few minutes before they get another break. XC is 100% slow twitch muscle fibers, (which your body has much less of, so it's harder to build) and it's literally 100% cardio. If you don't have a strong heart, you're gonna die. You know what I want, for EVERYONE in the aforementioned sports to race 1 meet with us... (and no, don't even think about stopping, you gotta run the whole 3.1 miles no matter kind of pain you'll experience). Since half the wusses in the above sports do track, why not try the 2 mile then? If distance running is apparently so easy? You know who do the 2 mile events? Cross country kids. Everyone else do the easy sprints, dashes, and jumps... Because they're too weak to do the longer events. People seriously don't give us enough credit. They look at us, and they think we're born with it. They think it's easier for us and that's why we do it. I aced the mile in gym, and my friend who majorly lagged behind said "Well, you're in XC, I'm not. " Honey... That doesn't mean ANYTHING. No, I'm not born with magic running abilities, you could be just as good as me if you tried. (Which you don't because running is too hard of course. ) I don't care what anyone says; nothing is harder than XC.
I've ran 3 years of cross country and I can say that it is extremely hard. I've also ran 5 years of sprints. I've also pole vaulted for the past 4 years and am continuing in college. I will admit distance is much harder than sprints, but in no way is cross country and distance running harder than pole vault. We are literally crazy. We're also some of the fastest, strongest and most head strong athletes out there. We use almost every muscle in our body to do things you can't even imagine. And don't say that we don't have endurance cause I've been apart of plenty of meets where I'll be vaulting for hours and at points will be doing back to back jumps. That gets really tiring really fast. In my opinion pole vault is one of the worlds hardest sports. and yeah I'm biased but thousands of others will say the exact same thing.
Cross country is definitely the hardest and most mentally tough sport that will ever exist. It takes hours of practice that require so much determination that anyone who doesn't run cross country could ever imagine. I am just a freshman girl and we run at least 8 miles a day. I'm not even going to mention how many miles the boys run. It's insane! They sometimes literally just go on a ten mile tempo run at a pretty fast pace. There are no timeouts or substitutions. You have to keep going all the way nonstop. During the race you think you can't go any farther but have the will power to cross that finish line. During the summer we get to practice at 6 in the morning everyday while people in other sports are sleeping in. We run in the intense heat and literally swear through our shirts and drip sweat everywhere on our bodies. We even train for long distance track in the winter and run while it is snowing in the insanely freezing weather. I believe cross country should be ranked number one hands down. Anyone not running cross country has no idea what so ever of the pain we endure everyday during practice. Cross country is a team sport and requires the efforts of the first five runners of your team to come in. And I cannot believe someone could have ever said that rowing is a harder sport than cross country. Seriously. Really? You are moving a boat. All you need to do is push an ore as hard as you can to get to the finish. In cross country you need to do so much more. There is complete strategy and determination to get you to the finish line where you want to be. In rowing there is no problem what so ever to get to the finish line. In cross country you have to be some of the strongest people ever! How can you not say that! I have a six pack! And it doesn't matter if you have to row in perfect synchronization! Cross country runners have some of the strongest muscular legs you will ever see. The last half mile of the three mile race you have to push so hard that some people pass out when they get to the finish line or throw up. XC is my life and I believe that there is nothing harder than it in the world. Someone might think it is easy to win a race, but if everyone wants to win, which everyone does, imagine the battle! I dare you to watch one cross country race. Look at the runners' faces. See their pain and dedication. Cross country should not be overlooked.
I think it is insane that cross country isn't at least in the top 3. I understand that other sports are difficult in different ways, but for all you people that say xc isn't a real sport because "everyone can do it", try it for one week. I dare you. Try to push though our 12 mile long runs, our mile repeats, and our hill circuits, giving 100%. Try running until you have an asthma attack, pass out, throw up, or all three, just at practice. And after you experience this, don't be expecting any break. That's just how our sport goes. You'll go home and sleep, and then wake up at 5:30 the next morning to lift weights, work on core strength, and run some more. Even on our "easy days" we run 5-7 miles, oh and trust me, there's no walking either. This whole sport is based on your body breaking down so it can build back stronger.

I've explained all of the physical pain, but the mental aspect is just as challenging. You want to quit. You want to collapse so you don't have to feel the pain anymore. You cry real tears because you want to stop so badly. You wish that your own leg would break so you wouldn't have to suffer anymore. But you don't. Because something inside you forces you to keep pushing through the pain. You tell yourself that it'll all be worth it someday. It sounds crazy, but that's just because we are crazy. "Running is a mental sport, and we're all insane."

One of my experiences that I feel perfectly describes xc is the time that I passed out right in the middle of the race. I had began to have an asthma attack, and I simply couldn't breath. Things started to go black and I couldn't hear anything, and then I collapsed right at the second mile. I blacked out. A coach from another team grabbed me and pushed me to the side. I came back to pretty quickly, I was probably only blacked out for 20 seconds. I sat there, fading in and out of blackness, still struggling to breathe, and was extremely dizzy and light headed, but a member of my team passed me, calling for me, so I got back on my feet and finished the race. Seriously, does it get any more intense than that?
[Newest]I cannot agree more. God bless it, best sport ever created.
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Rowing is unique in that it requires both power and endurance. Power to jump off the stretchers in the boat and endurance to be able to put full pressure into that oar for almost 200 strokes over the course of a 2000 meter race.
A rowers description of a 2000 meter race:

0-100 Meters:
Teams usually start off with a short sprint to help set the pace for the race. I the first 10 seconds energy provided by the quick acting ATP-CP system is used up. This system does not use oxygen and does not build lactic acid. The body goes into the anaerobic system for energy and teams begin to settle into their race pace. With this system lactic acid begins to build in the muscles, specifically the legs and the mental game begins.

100 - 1000 Meters
Each stroke uses all major muscle groups in the body including: quads, biceps, triceps, lats, gluts and abdominal muscles. Lactic acid has built up enough by the end of the first 500 meters that each stroke is painful for your legs and yet you push on. Partly because of your desire to win... And also because the coxswain is screaming at you to pull harder and that there is still another 1500 meters to go. Thankfully, your body switches energy systems again and begins using aerobic energy. This provides a brief respite as lactic acid build up slows down for a few strokes but then a surge is needed to pull ahead of opposing teams or to stay in the lead so the rowers power up once more. Anaerobic energy is needed! So as you surge more lactic acid builds up and each stroke feels like torture. But the hardest part of the race has yet to come.

1000-1500 Meters
Here's where the winners are going to be decided. Crews without the training and mental toughness to withstand the now excruciating pain in their legs fall behind.

1500-2000 Meters
The finish. This is where the sprint to the end begins and the anaerobic system takes over once more. Legs screaming for the end rowers power up once more and pick up the rating in order to beat out the opposing crews. Vision starts to dim and each rower simply becomes an engine to move the boat past the finish line while maintaining perfect technique. There is no room thinking, only pain. Once the crew passes the finish line they literally fall apart. The pain is finally over and each rower can barely breath anymore. No longer required to maintain pressure and technique the body collapses in the boat, exhausted.
Rowing is one of the only sports where you can not start off as a natural as it is unnatural movements. It requires a tremendous deal of strength and technique if you are to move the boat properly. Improper timing may actually slow down the boat. There is a reason why all the heavyweight rowers are roughly 200 pounds. It is an intensive all body workout, which does not gain respite until the end of the sequence/workout. Several other sports such as football and hockey can easily swap out players when fatigue sets in and allow them to recover in addition to breaks like half-time and what not. When you start rowing you push through to the end without respite, and still throughout this time you must maintain constant diligence to keep up technique and keep up boat speed. Proper technique can take years to master, and several more years are needed for strength training. Furthermore after mass is built on the rower, you need to be toned as well. Additional fat will simply slow the boat, so yes the weight I previously mentioned should be mostly muscle and maybe 5-8% body fat for a disciplined rower, perhaps even less leading into some major races and almost for sure if you are a tall lightweight.

Rowing is not a well known sport, it is generally intercollegiate and not very much professional which is why many assume it to be something simple and mundane. Truth is rowing dates back hundreds of years and it was the pinnacle of achievement for athletes in the past to perform well in these competitions. Rowing is an endurance sport first and foremost, but as the general race length is 2km, most of the events are around six minutes. This means a rower needs to have not only a efficient cardio base, but also a tremendous amount of explosive energy (for starts and sprints). I have competed in other sports before I started rowing, I won't mention them as I don't want to diminish them, but the amount of time and dedication involved in rowing is another level beyond them.

I walk with my head held high.
I think rowing should be higher. I think it IS easier than gymnastics, and a few other things, but that's about it. First of all, rowing is harder than cross country. We row long pieces, we go on runs for training, we don't get halftimes or subs. We push through pain, we can't stop in a race, or in a piece. One lazy stroke can cost you a race. And we have to be strong. Cross country runners don't have to be, or at least not on the same level as rowers. And you don't ahve to run in perfect synchronization with seven other people. It's just a harder sport.

Also, ice hockey. So rowing doesn't require the handling skills that hockey does. But the technique is still difficult and one slip up can cost you a race. You play for 45 seconds at a time, we get tired in 45 seconds, but we have to keep to rowing at the same pace for another 7 minutes. Also, just cause it's dangerous, doesn't make it harder. It just makes it more dangerous.

I think that because rowing doesn't require the complicated technique of other sports, people don't realize how hard it is. During a race, 2k or a hard piece, everything hurts. Legs, arms, back, name basically any muscle, it hurts. Even breathing hurts. But we push through it. And we have to do it in perfect sync with seven other people. People miss this about rowing, it requires huge amounts of concentration. You have to manta in near-perfect timing, laser sharp focus. You can't look out of the boat, even for a second. You can't motivate yourself by seeing where other boats are. You have to trust what your coxswain says and keep rowing your hardest no matter what.

In most sports, after a game or competition, you see players celebrating. After a race in rowing, you see people bent over in pain, panting. For a few minutes your so out of breath to even drink water. That's how bad it is.

The other thing people don't realize about rowing is how close to 100% we are throughout an entire 8 minute race. In track, a full out sprint lasts at most 20 seconds. In rowing, full out sprints can last up to 2 minutes. And we barely fall from there the rest of the race.
It's tough stuff.
[Newest]Rowing incorporates pretty much all of the other things that make these other sports hard. Controlling a huge animal? What about a 60 foot long boat? That's what coxes do. Slow-twitch fibers? That's head racing or other crazy long races. Balance and technique? If you don't have A LOT of that you will tip and lose. Rowing actively uses around 86% of your bodily muscles, not counting muscles used to blink, for example. Rowers frequently vomit and have memory loss after a race. In Ancient Greece, rowing was a CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. Think about that. It was not capital punishment to ride a horse or wrestle or win, etc. This doesn't even rely on one person. It relies on many. Rowing is the most team sport you can find. Rowing is a
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11Bull Riding
Dude your on a freaking bull!
The fear from just that makes it hard!
Besides the fact that the bull is jumping and twisting and you can't really hold on that well...
Well the fact of the matter is that you have thousand pound animal strapped between your legs and your told to hang on. I'm not just saying this because I have seen bad stuff happen, but I was the person that has all the injuries to show it. So I have no idea why they put horse back riding before bullriding. Cause I train horses for a hobby and they aren't that tough to ride.
That 8 seconds is the longest 8 of your life!
The wii lash is not fun ether!
Not mention when you fall of the only thing in-between you and the bull beating you to death is a 1inch thick vest!
[Newest]Yeah this isn't a real sport

"Horse back riding? Really? That's not even a sport! "
Really? Do you know how insulting that is? We work 4 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week every week of every month and Every month of every year. So that 1 or 2 times a month during the summer we could have a chance to win a 20 cent ribbon. If it's not hard why do we have to work everyday of the year for a show, and still have the possibility to get 8th place. Why then, wouldn't we not work all year then go to a show and get 1st place? If it were so easy. And you say a real sport is scored and not judged, and that horse riding is judged. But it's not. Judging is an opinion. Is it an opinion... That I knocked down a rail? That I wasn't on the correct lead? That the horse took a half step before the jump? That the horse refused the jump? That we went over the time limit? Are these opinions? No. They are facts. We get scores. Knocked down a rail? 4 faults. Horse refused? 4 faults. Over the time limit? 2 faults for every 5 seconds over. Messed up the pattern? Disqualified. If you mess up a play in a football game are you kicked out? No. You aren't. But if we mess up our course all of that work. All of the hours of practicing are down the drain. Have you ever jumped a horse over a 3 foot jump? Didn't think so. You people think we just sit there but you are so so wrong. Has a horse ever just started jumping around, bucking, and rearing? Have you ever had to hang on for literally your very life? Have you ever had to calm or stop a horse that is bucking and rearing? If it's so easy we would put you on our horse, point you to a 3 foot jump and say go. But we don't want you to ruin our horses, so we try to explain it to you. But all you do is dismiss it, like its easy. And it doesn't change anything. So we don't know why we try. But we do. But know one ever listens. No one can see the physical effort that goes into riding. No one truly understands this sport unless they are a part of it. And that's all I can say. Though this won't change anyone's mind. Like I said we try. But our efforts are always wasted because the people we try to convince are to closed minded to even listen.
One thing I have a brother and a lot of friends who play AA or AAA hockey you do not practice 4 hours a day more like 4 hours a week maybe your games are only 45mins-1 hour and you continuously get breaks in not saying it's not hard but my sport cheerleading is just as hard we practice longer or just as long for only 6 comps a year and that's dedication
Freestyle wrestling, bull riding and cross country are the only ones that should be up there in this bracket and normally there not in the top 20. I give a lot of credit to gymnastics I see it almost everyday because my sister does it but don't give me that BS that gymnastics is the hardest sport hockey should not be at # 12 first of your on ice that's hard enough me as a goalie having 90mph shots at me isn't hard I guess to some people. My equipment I have on gives me 30lbs I guess that simple to people also. Swimming is very hard but going across a pool isn't gonna cut to be the #2 spot give me a break. Hockey you're in a freezing climate 32 degrees and below. When I go to my respective Goalie trainer he doesn't take no crap I go out there with the flu pulled muscles cough headache if I'm not in the hospital in playing hockey. I have the best seat in the house and if you are 5'7 150lbs and you see 6'5 220lbs coming at you your done peoples break their necks arms legs fingers ankles knees it's horrifying. Do you see people bleeding from there necks from a skate that cut it I don't think so. Have you ever been hit through glass and it shatters on you? Nope. The physical aspect of the game is highly demanding there is no missing practice because then you're off the team. Hockey is a 12 month sport there is no off season. Hockey is one of the last sports that allows you to fight can't fight in football basketball cheerleading dance bull riding swimming rugby water polo because there a bunch of wimps
You don't realize how hard swimming is, it's not just "going across a pool" is hockey just "skating across a rink", no it's not! Swimming is extremely demanding! I am in university and I swim 12 times a week (twice a day except for Sunday) for 2 and a half hours per practice, not including out of water training! We do painfully hard sets, some of which only allow you to breathe a certain number of times. You can breathe whenever you want in hockey. I have witnessed my teammates passing out, throwing up, injuring themselves, and crashing into each other head on! Hockey may be more dangerous, but it is definitely not as hard as swimming!
Gymnastics?!?!?!... Are you kidding me? All I hear from everyone who voted for that is how they were forced into it as a toddler and how it has been their entire life since then so they try to justify it by whining about how hard it is. I get the balance and flexibility but to those of you who say it requires more strength and conditioning than a sport like hockey or football you need to get your head checked. Horseback riding isn't even a sport! For gymnastics you can start once you learn to stand. It comes natural to everyone. For hockey you learn to stand and then need to learn to skate. And once you can skate you have to worry about handling a puck while skating. Oh ya and you also have 5 other people who you have to watch out for who are trying to kill you. I was recently in a tournament where I was cheap shotted and was hit so hard a piece of my pelvis was ripped away from it. All the gymnasts are talking about how you slip and fall and twist an ankle or sprain a wrist. There aren't any cushions on the floor for hockey players. So is hockey hard, I don't know you tell me.


I've been doing gymnastic since I was 2 it's a hard sport balancing and doing flips on a space of four inches constantly having serious injuries doing hours and hours of strength training a day just to master one thing. I am a 24 hour gymnast six days a week twelve months a year and if you don't see the hardness behind the pretty leotards why don't you try being a national gymnast for a year and see how many injuries you get. I had a six pack at the age of 8 bigger arm muscles than most guys at school ( when flexed)... The point is gymnastics is the hardest sport I'm sure you think hockey is but that's because all you have done is hockey, the amount of strength we need to swing ourselves around a bar is amazing and even to control our flips. I really think you should be a 24 hour gymnast for a year and see how you survive
[Newest]Just try to skate in one day then play a hockey game
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13Competitive Dancing
I think if we are talking about hockey vs dance, it's more complicated than saying hockey needs strength and guts while dance needs stamina, balance, strength, flexibility, etc etc. I'm 13 years old and have been dancing since I was 3. That's 10 years. Sometimes I dance up to 12 hours a week, and I know that that's nothing compared to a lot of other dancers out there. I'm not gonna argue that dance is hard and hockey is easy or maybe vice versa, because my 10 year old sister has been playing hockey since she was 6 but she also does competitive dance.

Hockey players will have no clue how much pain we go through in an hour. We dance through blood, sweat, tears, and bodies pushed to the limit and beyond. We own the fields for strength, stamina, flexibility, speed, balance, acting, and just looking darn good... All at the same time. People definitely underestimate dance and it's obviously a sport if anyone has even noticed.

Hockey, on the other hand, requires strength, stamina, balance, and... Well that's about it but is dancers forget that they go through a lot of full-on body contact. Playing in freezing weather? Trust me, I'm a Canadian, and about every single Canadian citizen has played hockey at some point in their lives. Maybe not seriously like me, but we've all gone on a rink ONCE in our lives as stereotypical as that sounds. My sister goes through major unnecessary drama and a lot of pressure from our parents.

This is getting off-topic, but does anyone know how hard it is having your sister play hockey while you dance? Even though my dad won't admit it, I can tell he doesn't really give a crap about dance. But oh, he'll show up to every single hockey game, practice, camp, and party. Of course he'll show up to a couple of my competitions, but he won't come to all of them since "I'm just performing the same routine and he doesn't need to see it again." I know I'm not the only kid like this. Whether you dance or not, us kids will always know that our sports and bruises and aches and pain really mean nothing to them unless we went through it playing hockey.

You guys are probably thinking, why is she telling me this, and what's the point?

My point is, hockey and dance are both extremely hard. If I had to choose one, it'd obviously be dance but if anyone's noticed, we're going through that phrase "the grass is always greener on the other side" only the exact opposite. We all play sports and every single one of us is only saying our sport is the hardest because we play it. I'm sure if I never did dance but instead played water polo, I'd be voting for water polo. None of us are going anywhere by just complaining about how hard our sport is. We all play sports and we all play good, hard, painful sports. Let's just agree that they're all hard and unless someone can play every single sport on this page professionally in their life, we'll never know which sport is the hardest. Why are we arguing over this anyways?
Why isn't this in the top tens? Its easy to master sports like hockey, soccer, football etc. But dance? You are constantly learning new moves and constantly trying to improve your technique. Yeah football and hockey are dangerous. So is dance. There are many ways you can injure yourself in dance. Landing badly on a jump, hurting yourself in a flip, I could go on with the dangers of acro and break dance. And extreme partner work can put both people at risk. Dance requires hour and hours of training, whereas in other sports you show up for practice maybe 3 times a week for 2 hours. To anyone who disagrees and thinks dance is easy. Try pointe, acro, jazz, ballet, hip hop, break, etc. Acro takes many years to do well on, and so does pointe. After pointe, your feet ache an you get blisters, it is very hard to stand in pointe, yet very good dancers can pull it off with a smile on their face. You need to do ridiculously hard moves and still smile. Think hip-hop and dance are easy? Then try spinning on your head right now. Yeah, its not easy. Competition day. Hectic, crazy, yet fun. You aren't going against one team like other sports, but tons of studios at once competing for ONE top prize. You must perform in front of an audience, make sure you execute your moves properly, make sure you execute your facial expressions properly, get your timing correct, etc. Highland dance is extremely hard. I have danced highland before and it requires a lot of stamina and strength. My feet ached after practice, and I always got a good workout. You are always moving in highland. The sword dance is tough. You need to know what way you are going, where the swords are, and not to kick the swords, plus you can't look down. Its tough. That's my conclusion, dance should be on the top.


3 times a week is a joke

And all the sports you listed as easy to master can't be mastered your opponents are always different with different strengths with dance (if it is a sport) there's no outside pressure you learn your routine and the your set yes you need minor improvements but you also don't have to make split second decisions in the face of an opponent and try to think ahead the landings all done for you
I don't think some people realize how crucial dancing is to the body. none of us want to be injured. none of us want to wear a brace, or be out for a week, or even be in a boot. we don't do it for attention, we actually WANT to dance. half the time out injuries are ongoing because we ignore it to continue dancing. dancing is hard on the hips, knees, ankle, feet, and even your back. Dancing is proven to be one of the most physically and mentally challenging sports that there is. You throw yourself in the air, to come back down onto your knees, your back, basically anywhere. You build up muscle upon muscle in order to turn more, to jump higher, to bend further- and you do it all for the love you have for it. We have bruises in places that bruises shouldn't be, we injure parts of our body that shouldn't be injured, and we keep dancing through it all. I know girls who have danced through competitions in absolute agony whilst in tears and still kicked butt because we learn to push through pain. We work for hours a day after school or after work, in the heat, in the cold, through blood, sweat and tears, all because we love what we do. There is no where we'd rather be than in the studio. We risk countless permanent physical injuries that will last our entire lives, We sacrifice our social lives and our most common phrase is that we can't we have dance. We have hours of conditioning. Hundreds of situps, pushups, leg exercises, everything. There is only one sports that would beat dance and it's the only sports that could relate on most levels and that's gymnastics. Most of us take gymnastics and usually they take dance to improve themselves. This should definitely be in the top ten.
[Newest]Okay I have danced in competitive dancing for 9 years and I'm 12. This year I started doing my exams for ballet and how hard I'm working is CRAZY! Only at the start of the second month I got BIG problems with 2 joints and I need to go to physiotherapy 2 time a week. So physiotherapy is making me go nuts!
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14Ice Hockey
Ya I'll be real here. I don't play this sport but I'm not going to be immature and bash on hockey. Kudos to those who play ice hockey. It IS a hard sport and this is coming from someone who doesn't even play the sport. I'm a synchronized swimmer actually and I am certainly no creampuff! I train 7 times a week each day being 3-5 hour long practices in the pool. But my point is, is that I respect hockey. And hockey players. Cause some people might think that hockey is overrated and that the guys who play it are dumb jocks, but I think it's a very physically demanding sport. Lots of injuries happen.
I play hockey and I'm a girl. Hockey is really hard. You need to have the strength and power of a football player, the stamina of a marathon runner and the concentration of a brain surgeon. Sometimes it seems like the other team is chasing you with clubs trying to kill you while you skate down the ice dodging people. Other than gymnastics, hockey is by far the hardest and I think it should be higher up in the list.
Being checked into a wall and face planting into the ground and getting hit in the eye with a puck and stick and getting scratched by skates.. People really think hockey isn't hard I have had a major concussion from someone tripping me and I hit my head. I have had a ice skate cut from my wrist to my elbow it hurt like hell
[Newest]This by far because skating is hard enough, then you need to learn to use your hockey stick, this should be higher!

No rugby came before american football and soccer. Then american football added sissy pads and helmets. For rugby you need to be more fit then a huge majority of sports. Mentally and physically. And no your not wrestling if you were then the rules would be different... Actually the game itself would be different in all. Brave as they are in american football? That's a joke not only did americans mimic the sport, but like I said they wear pads and helmets! Yeah you get hurt but try getting crushed in a scrum with no protection or every tackle is followed by 4-8 different solid muscle players.
Rugby should be first. Rugby is like American football but with no breaks every 10 seconds, Its like cross country but you have to do it for 80 minutes and people constantly needing being smashed or getting smashed yourself. Some rugby tackles are measured at 7G (7 times gravity) and injuries seen in rugby are seen in head on car crashes with both cars going at 30MPH. You have to constantly work, when you have the ball, you have to dodge, pass, think, smash... When you haven't got the ball it is even worse! You have to: tackle, get smashed, run dummy lines, follow the ball carrier, help him, drive over and all that for 80 minutes.Why do you think rugby players are so massive!
Rugby is not only a Physical sport, its super mental. As a nationally ranked team player I would know. Rugby requires the physical stamina of any soccer player. Also rugby players need to know the variations of all the rules depending on a referee. Think about it, if you were playing a game of football you get the ball run, Down. 15 second break. In Rugby its Boom hit, Get up run again Boom hit. Constant contact and constant aggression and decision making under serious pressure. Rank 14 is seriously incorrect.
As a "nationally ranked player" you should know that rugby is governed by laws not rules, maybe self praise is no praise
[Newest]Rugby is a very hard Sport to play, not as much physically but mentally it is one of the hardest in the world
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Wrestling is so hard because of the time and effort into it. I mean anyone can wrestle, however it's the people that can wrestle well who really put the effort and time that the sport requires. People do not understand the preparation it takes to be a wrestler. It's like being in the army. When you are wrestling, you do not even have time to think about what you need to do. You just have to go out there and do it. Of course this takes practice because for your moves to be automatic you must drill them at least 1000 times before getting it perfect. And that is only one part of the sport. When a wrestler is cutting and maintaining their weight, they usually go to sleep on an empty stomach. Cutting weight is very exhausting and sometimes you question why you're even doing it. It's the wrestlers that really want it who drill the hardest all the time, and the ones who push themselves to go run 3 miles a day at least. But these people get unnoticed my the many people surrounding them. They call wrestling homosexual, meanwhile they have no idea what it takes to be a wrestler. Most of the people who criticize would not even come close to have what it takes to be a wrestler.
One of the hardest sports ever it take so much energy, power, strength it is one on one which makes it harder also you have to be so mentally and physically fit and it takes more skill then any sports
I've done wrestling one year just started it and it is mentally and physically tough! You train as hard as you can for a week for a four and a half minute match. No teammates just you and an other player going head on head as hard as you can. And yet wrestling gets no respect.
[Newest]Wrestling is the hardest sport

Tennis is brutal! Tennis requires an incredible amount of skill, the ability to co-ordinate every part of your body from the correct footwork patterns to the smallest manipulation of your wrists whilst hitting a moving ball and throwing your body all over the court.
Next is physical, as its a whole body sport you have to develop every part of your body from both aerobic and anaerobic exercises to power and strength oh and don't forget its both lower and upper body exercises whilst maintaining good flexibility and agility. Very few other sports have to cover as many different areas of the body in order to compete at a high level and also, take into account tennis doesn't have an off season, you train and play throughout the year (unless top 8) your body does get punished. Every sport at a high level has a detrimental affect to the body so there's no need for me to say that tennis players are prone to severe shoulder and hip problems as I know other sports depending on the excessive use of a certain movement will get the same outcome, that's elite sport for you.
Next are conditions and as you will know tennis has many different surfaces, which do all have a significant impact physically and mentally. There's no doubt that the slower the surface (clay/hard) the tougher mentally and physically (strength, aerobic) it is as points last longer and thus affects you mentally, include 40 degree heat and 100% humidity (an extreme but it does occur) then you have a battle on your hand especially mentally, to cope in those conditions are horrible, I'm sure you get the idea. I understand that quicker surfaces are less physically and mentally demanding however it is very minor differences. In some ways you have to have more concentration as generally at the highest level if you lose serve you lose the set and so you have to be extremely focused throughout. You'll also find as the points are shorter and therefore you need to be more powerful and anaerobic in the points. As you can see for both scenarios that's why you need to train every part of the body.
Lets next include the diabolical scoring system. No clock runs out and so you have to do the dirty work and finish someone off, trust me its something which is extremely difficult to do, you can't relax as that can let them back in, you have to be ruthless throughout or you do not succeed. You can win more points then your opponent and still lose. Lets also take into account that you can win 200 points in a game and still not score on the board as it were, you still get a big fat 0 next to your name, unlike most sports where scoring gets you on the board in tennis you need to score on the important points in order to get on the board.
Finally mental. This is where tennis really separates itself from the rest, as I've touched on before the clock doesn't run out, you can't attain an assailable lead and then coast like in a lot of sports, you have to finish your opponent off which mentally takes its toll, this is where choking occurs massively in tennis. The stress that is caused during tennis is immense, if you can imagine a caldron gradually cooking over time with no forms of escape (if you want to win) then that's what tennis is and you have to deal with it as an individual. The pressure to win certain points as some points are bigger than others is extremely high especially as the match prolongs which is the same for every sport the longer it goes on but a goal is a goal in football (soccer) where as its a lot more specific in tennis, there's more meaning on particular points and so causes stress. Because tennis doesn't have a clock, in some cases you can be battling it out for 5 to 6 hours. Also unless your first on in the day you never know when you will play for sure, you have an idea but its very difficult to relax especially when there's a big opportunity, waiting around also drains you mentally so you have to be smart, that's tough mentally. As a tennis player you can only receive money if you win, you don't get a salary like in rugby or football you as an individual have to fight to put food on your table and shelter over your head, oh and if your having a bad day you can't asked to be substituted for someone else, you as an individual have to fight through and find a way to win. Lets also take into account where the money actually is in tennis which is at the top of the game, the self proclaimed top 100. Money at the lower echelons of tennis is diabolical for the standard that's being played, to pay to travel, stay in a hotel and attain transport to and from the event, equipment (shoes, string, bags, racquets, grips etc) and on average a restring at an event is at least €10 times that by at least 6 (saying that you make the middle of the week) you can see as a tennis player at the lower ends you are in debt. Now a lot of people will say that if your not good enough then that's what you deserve but if you take into account there are no teenagers inside the top 100 (mens) and that the average age is 27 then you can also see why tennis is incredibly tough as whilst your plying your trade in order to become a better player for the age of 27 you are constantly losing money and to play under that pressure especially in countries where federations are poor is very very tough. There is no golden ticket to the top, you can't get scouted and bought to play at the top like in football or rugby, you have to earn your place there, grinding through the ranks. Unlike in swimming where you compete in your strength be it freestyle that's not the same for tennis, I can't say to my opponent I only want to hit forehands cross court because that's my strength, you have to hide your weaknesses best and use your strengths and that's where the strategic aspect applies. Yes you can say other sports also have much needed strategy but when your on your own trying to figure out how to beat your opponent with no half time breaks and a rule being your not allowed to talk to coaches during the match, throw in all the above with pressure building and conditions then you can see its extremely tough.
I don't want to sit here and preach how hard tennis is because I know the dedication other sports such as swimming and gymnastics require and the biased view people have towards their sport however as a little golden rule and I'll compare it with swimming, if I stopped tennis and pursued swimming professionally, I could be a lot better and higher ranked swimmer than if a swimmer stopped swimming and pursued tennis professionally as the skill level required is so much higher and there is no doubt about it tennis is a lot tougher than any team sport!
Tennis is definitely a character builder.
Tennis should be higher in the ranks because you are alone with no coaching where other sports have teams and timeout and coaches
Tennis is #20? That is an absolute joke. In a couple of weeks you will probably (once again) see Rafael Nadal play Novak Djokovic in the finals of the Australian Open. As usual, they will play for about 5 1/2 hours in 100-degree weather with no significant stoppage in play (no halftime... No endless basketball timeouts). They might be only a day removed from having both been in similar semi-final matches... Plus the accumulation of punishment from the rest of the tournament... Plus no off-season. Make no mistake about it people, if you tune-in to the Australian Open Finals you will be watching the 2 best athletes on the planet. Period. End of story. I appreciate the grace, strength and focus necessary to be an elite gymnast but their routines are short with long breaks in-between and always in a climate-controlled environment. I could go on and on but the bottom line is pick a gymnast... ANY gymnast and if you think that person is a better athlete than Rafael Nadal then you simply don't know what you're talking about. Do you have any idea what kind of strength (as in the ability to generate power within any given sport), speed, agility, coordination, finesse and super-human endurance you would need to compete in just one Grand Slam tennis tournament? Not to mention the concentration and overall mental focus required. That includes being able to control your emotions in a VERY emotional sport. There's a reason you HAVE to start playing tennis when you're fresh out of diapers and you HAVE to devote your life to it. If you don't, there's only so far you can expect to go. That's why most people burn out after college and don't even consider a pro tennis career. So I don't want to see crap like pole vaulting above tennis. Get real. That would be like if tennis was reduced to a 10-second serving contest and the guy with the hardest serve won. As for some of the other laughable entries into the top-20, they are just too ridiculous for words. Assuming we are talking about what the "hardest sports" are when they are being played at the highest level, the answer to this persistent question is tennis. And it's really not that close.
I'm not sure what this list means by hardest sport but Tennis is definitely one of the hardest to actually be the best at. In other sports people are bringing up how dangerous the sport is but that has nothing to do with the level of skill it takes to be good at it. Tennis has to be in the top ten though. Tennis is so much harder mentally than any other sport there is. It's not like a team sport where you have the support of your team and you work together. That makes it so much easier. In tennis you are all alone on the court against your opponent. Every single point can determine whether you win the match or lose. Its all about which player is more determined to win. Tennis isn't hard at all for beginners or people who don't take it seriously. Its actually very easy. Tennis is only hard for advanced players like me, who try for every single point. If you aren't doing a good job or playing every point like its life or death you will lose. Its not like your team is there to win the game for you. You can't play 10% and share the glory with your team when they win. If you aren't willing to be better than your opponent than you won't win. As for training, tennis players train just as hard as gymnasts. You have to be fast and have quick footwork. I do pushups, sprints, sit ups, pull-ups, treadmill, and more. The only thing that is "harder" about these other sports is the fact that you suffer from many injuries.
[Newest]Mental very hard, and have to be so fit!
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90 minute game running through down a grass field smashing into other players and trying to beat 11 people fighting for the exact same thing. Speed, teamwork, endurance, high level foot/eye coordination (which is extremely hard to develop), strong bones, perseverance, a balance of aggressiveness and calmness, rapid foresight (ability to see the play before it happens and move accordingly), fast reflexes, clear understanding of the strategy (to play well or coach. ), instinctive body language reading (to understand where the player may try to move), good ability to communicate under pressure and a natural ability in at least one position (this is the most important, the best are born with ability and develop it, the worst aren't born with a natural ability and have no chance even if they try hard. ) Not to mention a high injury rate, if your not good enough you get hurt. Not knocking other cardio-sports but soccer requires a type of skill not visible in any other game, a near complete reliance on your feet. Name another sport where hands are against the rules to use. And why? Because using feet with fine motor skills and gross motor skill so intermittently is hard and is not for everyone. How many players come from one sport (like Rugby? ) into Soccer? Now how many players can transfer their skill set into Rugby or AFL or NFL from any other team sport? More than Soccer for sure.
I have been playing soccer all f my life. And I can tell you that it is one of the hardest sports. Obviously rugby and gymnastics beat us in strength and endurance, but soccer takes a lot of skill. First you have to be able to sprint around with a ball which might sound easy, but until you have tried sprinting at your fastest speed you cannot talk. Also at a higher level of soccer you are more physical you have girls that are bigger and older than you slide tackling you, tripping you, body checking you, and pushing you down. Soccer also has so many aspect and different roles to make a team function. YOu have to have a goal keeper who needs to be quick on her feet and strong to be able to stop shots that could go over 40 mph. As a defender I have to be able to make the decision when to attack the ball. I need to be quick but also need to hold me ground so I don't get run over by an oncoming attacker. A midfielder needs to have endurance these players are a forward and a defender. So they need to be able to shoot and come back in a matter of seconds. And that leaves the forwards who need to have a lot of skill to work the ball around many defenders and then get a good strike on the ball to send it soaring into the back of the ball. With all of the rules and other things of soccer like throw ins corner kicks and penalty kick I personally think that soccer should be higher than 17.
You appear to have no idea of the amount of skill it takes to do gymnastics.
Soccer is definitely the absolute hardest sport that I have ever played in my entire life. I have tried just about every single sport imaginable, figure skating, competition cheerleading, competition swimming, gymnastics etc. And only some of those sports compare to the level of skill, strength, speed and motivation that soccer requires. Also in soccer you have to have aggression for the ball, which is something you cannot teach. In soccer you have to do all kinds of core training and running. How is cheerleading harder? I did cheerleading and it wasn't even that hard. Its only hard if you aren't good at it! Also swimming was probably the easiest sport I have ever played in my entire life. But then again how hard could a combination of floating, kicking and arm strokes in a chlorine pool be so hard? I can agree that gymnastics is one of the hardest sports but figure skating.. REALLY? Figure skating was again among some of the easiest skills for me.
[Newest]I think soccer is a very hard sport and very competitive
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In volleyball you have to sacrifice your body for every single point! I come home from volleyball games covered with huge purple bruises on my arms and legs! It's so easy to get injured and you are constantly diving on the floor to retrieve the ball. It is also very technical! You have to be in the exact right place with your body positioned in the exact right way. One tiny error and the ball is shanked! You are constantly relying on your teammates for everything and you have to be prepared for whatever comes over the net. Volleyball is unpredictable.
Volleyball is probably not the hardest sport in the world, but it is pretty difficult for a while. It takes strength, knowing where to be at all times, and bravery. You need strength to serve the ball, to pass the ball, to spike the ball, and even to set the ball. If you don't have strength, then you won't be able to do much. Also you have to know where to be at all times, because if you aren't where you are supposed to be, you lose the point and possibly the game. It is very important to be where you need to be. Also bravery is very important, possibly the most important. The whole time you have to be brave. You have to go for the ball. You have to fight for it. Yes, there are so many injuries that can be caused by this game. Some include, spraining your leg or arm, breaking your leg or arm, and getting a concussion. You have to be brave, but know all of these things. You fight for the ball no matter what happens. Volleyball is very difficult sport, competitively and mentally.
Sure. Passing a ball over a net isn't that hard. But have you played a good jump serve. Exactly.


Volleyball is extremely difficult especially competitively. This sport is a complete mental game. Once some one gets in your head your cracked and the game is over. You have to think about everything your doing in fast paces. Where your supposed to be when there hitting. How high your platform should be when your passing. How much leg muscle you should use to push a hut. Foot work is different in passing, setting and hitting. You have to master every piece of volleyball to succeed. Plus conditioning. I've ran track and I think I do more running and conditioning at a volleyball practice then I did in track. I practice for 4 and a half hours every Saturday. Just to prepare me for an all day tournament. You don't see swimmers swimming for 6 hours or any other sport play 6 games in a day! So volleyball is extremely hard because it's a physical endurance sport and a mental sport.
[Newest]Volleyball is extremely hard, I think it is harder than soccer. You have to have a lot of skills to play volleyball
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Ok. I have a friend named Emma. And she did Gymnastics for like 5-8 years! I have been doing Taekwondo for 4-6 years! And she's like "oh look at me! I can do the splits! "or"look I can do a back handspring! " And I'm just like " oh look I could just kill you right now! I'm serious! There is so many ways! (arm bar, choke, break as many bones as you can, shoulder throw, take down, and many more! ) so I asked her:" is gymnastics hard? ". And she's like:"are you kidding me! Gymnastics is like the hardest sport in the world! " And I'm just staring at her like she's crazy, and telling myself "don't throw her. Don't break her."(P.S. I'm a girl and so is my friend. ) anyway. I say that boxing, wrestling, and martial arts are hard because: in my school we had to to about 30-50 push ups every practice. And as I got higher in belt rank the push ups, sit-ups, and wall squats became longer and harder. Kinda for the range of push-ups and sit ups, I'd say around 60-70, then as I got higher:80-100. So karate is pretty hard. All my friends are like karate is easy! And I'm just in the middle like I'm left out! People don't understand that karate is hard and takes great everything! Here is a quote:" gymnasts have the strength, sky divers have the perfect mind balance, soccer players have the mental ability to keep on going. And martial artists, boxers, and wrestlers, we've got it all! " We have to dodge punches, and kicks! We get hit in the nose and every body part! This is always what gymnasts say:" well! We don't have any pads to pretext us! " And saying to myself and to her:" we have pads, and when we practice without pads we don't even hurt our partner." "Do you know why we do that, Emma? ""no."" Because if we went full power when practicing, our partners would be in the hospital every practice. And if we didn't wear pads when sparring. Then people would be in the hospital for a long time! " And then she stares at me like some crazy person!
ESPN officials agree that boxing is the hardest sport. If some sports authority agree with each other on the demand of sports, why is there even an argument with individuals? These authority figures have witnessed, studied, immersed and fully explored each area of each major sport, even minor ones. Putting this authority argument aside, they have very good reasoning skills when ranking boxing as such a hard sport. ESPN uses 10 key factors when deciding these sport ranks.


While sports like Gymnastics ranks very high on flexibility, boxing makes the over-all top marks due to the physical demand in every single aspect of these keys. Many sports lack some of these keys almost entirely (like fishing or cheerleading).
Instead of being sassy and putting up crap like gold and Figure skating I beg you try boxing. You'll think again. Training is extremely hard and you need to be very fit and strong. Sparring/fighting is harder than any other sport, you try getting hit in the face and body while trying to defend yourself, attack the other, keep your guard up, keep moving arond, keep your stamina going, drop combintations and correct punches. That's just the beginning. Strap on a pair of balls and try boxing, you'll most likely fail before you get any good.
[Newest]Hardest sport I've ever done. Conditioning. Diet. Eye coordination. Everything is needed in boxing
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21Pole Vaulting
To be a good pole vaulter you have to have the speed of a sprinter, the strength of a thrower, the flexibility of a gymnast, and the vertical jump of a jumper. There is a lot more technique in the pole vault than many people think. I am a pole vaulter in college and jump 17'6" and it took many years to achieve that. Pole vaulting should be number one on this list.
Pole vault is the ultimate test of endurance, strength, and sheer will power. There are so many depended variables in pole vaulting that if one thing isn't satisfactory then it will lead to the entire vault being terrible. Not to mention on how long it takes to improve form to be able to vault higher. Then there's also other factors to be added into vaulting, you have wind, temperature, trying to get on a larger pole. It may not deserve #1 on the the list because I respect gymnastics to be extremely hard but it definitely deserves to be in the top 3.
I believe pole vaulting should be higher on this list! Right next to wresting and gymnastics. One of the things these sports have in common is that their whole body has to be in shape to gain any success. Pole vaulting has a physical and mental strain. You are constantly hurt, so there isn't any excuse why you are giving it your all, because everyone is in pain. If you are getting bruises on your legs and arm... you're doing it right. The hardest part about pole vaulting is, no matter how hard you try you seem to never perfect the sport. People literally train for years to perfect this one "trick" and almost everyone fails.
[Newest]Pole vaulting is not just getting a pole and going over the cross bar! It takes speed, strength, flexibility, and vertical jump. It takes allot of energy and allot of time to get it right and even then it still can't be perfect. Pole vaulters risk their life every time they jump, and yes it's their choice but it is definitely a hard sport and should be at least in the top 2!

22Track and Field
Shotput requires more than just throwing some heavy ball (which is what most people think), it requires technique, patience, diligence, and strength... Emphasis on technique. I've been doing shotput for almost 5 years now. It is so hard and you have to work on your form everyday. Even the pros have a tough time touching up their forms. You can't just rely on muscle strengths; you rely on your hips, your speed in the ring, where your arms go, etc. Every little thing you do in the ring affects where the ball goes. Oh, and there's plenty of conditioning and weight lifting involved. You don't have to be big and strong to do this sport. You just have to be fit and determined to stick with it.
I can't believe this isn't higher on the list. Most people do not realize the kind of intensity this sport brings. You constantly must train and its like power lifting, giving 100% all the time just for micro progression. And during races it is extremely taxing on the body, you must have a well built cardio vascular system as well as muscle growth. Have you ever tried SPRINTING a QUARTER OF A MILE in 48 seconds? Most other athletes only have to worry about 100 meters much less 400 meters (1600 meters in 1 mile)
Track requires pure dedication and a love for just running. If you don't run everyday you won't improve. We run outside in the rain and freezing cold. We sit at meets for hours waiting for our event and let me tell you it's not fun when it's 32 degrees and windy. Have you ever tried running in the wind? Probably not. It's hard and it hurts! I think track is one of the hardest sports that requires the most dedication.

Come on how is competitive cheerleading harder than lacrosse? I'm not saying cheerleading is not difficult I understand not requires flexibility and strength, but it barely requires any endurance. In cheerleading you don't need to run, you don't get hit, and you don't catch or throw anything (besides people). Meanwhile in men's lacrosse there are many challenges for example defense requires strength, speed, ability to catch and throw the ball, and endurance. Middy (midfield) requires extreme insurance do to it's constant sprinting, strength, speed, agility, and ability to throw and catch. Also attack requires all the same traits as middy with less sprinting and all for all of these positions you need to be able to take a hit and shoot. Not to mention the goalie which is probably the most important player and also most difficult positions to play. Goalie might seem easy because it does not require much running or shooting but most people do not understand the importance and danger of being a goalie. My brother plays goalie and he has permanent bone structure damage from some some of the shots that have hit him. With all of these risks there is also almost always 1 or more moderate-severe injuries per game.
You are being charged at be very large defenders, have to sprint into a shot distance, then you have to take a shot, at a goalie, who has a better chance of keeping the ball out, then you getting the ball in. Tell me that isn't hard? Oh, and almost every hit you can think of is legal.
more like a 6ft pole held by a 300lb defender and a 2-3lb ball being tossed at over 90mph. Then, to make things worse, you have no protection other than a helmet and some optional shoulder/arm pads ;)
[Newest]I've played lacrosse for 3 years now and I think it is by far the hardest sport because you have to have the specialty of all a football player, a cross-country runner, and a gymnast. Those three things are Strength, Endurance, and most importantly Mental Toughness.
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24Synchronized Swimming
My experience as a synchronized swimmer
I'm standing outside the pool nervous as heck. we are all in position to jump into the pool, we have a few seconds until jumping in and I can't even breathe properly if I mess up even the smallest bit I will let my whole team down. If my noseclip comes off it's over. If I run out of breath and I come up it's over. If I touch the bottom even for a second big penalty. All these thoughts running through my head as I Stare at the pool. And the music starts I start counting non stop I won't stop counting for 3 and a half minutes if I mess up the counts I'd mess everything up. I jump in the water on count I can't see a thing the water was so cold it knocked the air out of me but I have a lift to attend to so no time to breath. I grab the bases foot as my base grabs the flyer my other foot girl kicks me and the shins girl slaps me in the face luckily my noseclip didn't come off. I can't see anything and I'm still underwater counting and eggbeatering with my legs we rush up on 1 which is hardcore eggbeatering then on 5 we use all our arm strength to push our base and flyer out of the water. And two counts later we finally get to breathe! We eggbeater keeping ourselves as high above as we can while lifting our arms up in the air each on counts also making sure we're in the right pattern while traveling forward as much as we can to get to the other end of the pool for the first lap. And as always smiling our fake plastic smiles bigger than anything. So fast! The time to be out of the water is over we jump and go back under to a different lift I grab the flyer as I'm a base and grab her shoulders and my 2 partners keep me up by eggbeatering then on 1 I use all my strength to push my flyer up into an arch then push her to her spot in the pattern. We all get into patter I still haven't had a breath and I can't see anything just blurs my eyes are burning from the chlorine I've been Counting the whole routine nonstop. Already tired comes my first hybrid the never ending hybrid. The worst of all. I smile as I come up and take one breath. I go under for a hybrid I count and move on each count I support scull furiously while doing this and my arms burn I'm holding my breath and I feel like passing out I can't see a thing. I still have 3 laps and 1 minute 30 seconds left of the routine. I obviously couldn't talk for the whole routine it would be too long. But imagine doing this at competition not once but however many routines your competing in and on top of it do nerve racking figures. ~synchro swimmer from Texas
Synchronised swimming is definitely the hardest sport in the world because you need to be just as flexible as a gymnast or a competitive dancer, you need to have the endurance of a field sport player, you need the strength of a weight-lifter, not speaking about the breath you need to be able to keep for minutes, nor the dedication to the sport you must give to not miss and lack out. People who think synchronised swimming is just paddling in water ("the proof: they smile! ") could not be more wrong. We train for hours on end: to improve our flexibility (by having 70kg women sitting on us for example) until we are sweating from the sheer effort of stretching our back, arm, and leg muscles; we swim laps on end (Doing both swimming and synchronised swimming, I can say that swimming in synchronised swimming is harder than in swimming. ) to make us stronger, faster, and fitter until we are panting, we do series of laps of sprints without breathing with no pause; then we need the strength to lift ourselves (both our legs and our arms) out of the water (usually without breathing, on count, and at the same exact millisecond as seven other girls). In synchronised swimming, just like in gymnastics or dance, every single part of your body must be well placed, because otherwise you lose your balance and your legs don't properly get out of the water. We also are constantly memorising 3-minute long new choreographies and each figure you have to do on what count. Teamwork is also a part of this sport and disappointing your teammates would be the worst. If we lose our nose-clip in the water, we are done for. We always receive kicks in our guts which takes the breath out of us but we must continue underwater and not come back up, and when we DO come back up we must plaster big smiles for the 5-second time where we can breathe before going back down again. After reading this, please don't tell me that anything is more difficult and demanding in every single way than synchronised swimming.
And throughout synchro experiences there are so many opportunities to get injured! Like in lifts! When a girl is being tossed on the air while the teammates don't touch the bottom and she's doing 3 flips in the air! There are son many times where she could've landed on another emanate! And. Or only that, but you are CONSTANTLY kicking and hitting was hitting each other! And if you're not then you're not close enough in pattern! And I know an ACTUAL REAL story of an Olympics team lift where this girl had done flip and landed on another girls head and got a severe concussion. And you know what?! She competed at WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2 days after! Synchronized swimmers aren't cheesy, or weka, or stupid at all! And you wanna know another example? This Olympian told me one time on a lift this one girl didn't push hard enough so her arms were pulled back by the other girl above her and she ended up pulling 3 muscles! Got out of the pool for an hour and went right back I to finish training! And also not just injuries from lifts or being kicked by others in eggbeater, but just overall muscle injuries! With all the muscle tension, stress, and overuse, and flexibility! I know of THREE girls that had to get hip surgery cause of their muscles. And they all had to retire from their synchro career early and have long purple scars I their hips. And does ANYONE know how hard it is to hold their breath for 45 seconds undereater while continuously exaustingly working hard to get height and support your full body weight?! And does anyone know how hard it is to do a sprint on 20 seconds, take, one breath, and them swim 25 meters underwater and repeat that 6-10 times?! So... Not only is this sport extremely physically demanding, but also it's so dangerous!
[Newest]I think the thing remember about sports such as synchronized swimming, dance, gymnastic, figure skating, rhythmic gymnastics, etc. , is that they are performing sports. When you watch a soccer match, the players aren't very focused on smiling and looking pretty. In synchro, you can get points deducted if you don't smile. It is all about making it look easy and very graceful. But, unfortunately, I think people take the fact that synchro does look easy (which means we are doing our job right) to mean that it is not a challenge. To everyone bashing this sport, why don't you try yours underwater, while smiling!
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25Power Tumbling
I am a gymnast and I agree that power tumbling should be up closer to number 2 or 3 because there are a lot of people at my gym that do power tumbling and they can get hurt a lot. I have seen people break their arms and legs before in gymnastics AND power tumbling! I is very harsh to watch but I mean I am used to it now so I don't have too worry that much. A lot of people can get hurt but some wont like break any thing but most injuries are from tumbling (especially power tumbling) and gymnastics. I agree that gymnastics is the hardest sport but I am not going to give up because of that! You have to keep trying and maybe you will be an number 1 all a-rounder one day like me! :) Good luck you folks out there and maybe I will see you in the Olympics one day and you will see me too! :P
Power Tumbling should be right up there with Gymnastics. I am a level 8-9 power tumbler and it is SO hard just like gymnastics! We have to practice multiple hours in the gym each week and we condition like crazy. We have to do floor, double mini and trampoline and each has its challenges. Lets see you guys jump on a two level tramp and do a double front on and double full off. We have to get so much power on floor in a couple of steps so we can throw double whips and what not. Not to mention the pain we go through and how much we work for things. Definitely should be up there with Gymnastics.
Power tumbling should definitely be up their further.
I have never seen power tumbling on a list before, because nobody seem to reise how painful and chanllenging it can be!
It's a lot like gymnastics so why isn't it higher!?
[Newest]I think think sport is apart of gymnastics so I'm voting for both

Ok I respect all sports but this is total bull! I would love to see anyone of you who talk crap about football step on a field with an NFL team. you would be destroyed! There is a reason football is the number 1 sport in america, its because there is no other sport like it. So lets have the people talking trash race an NFL wideout. I think you forget that these athletes are ranked the best in the world with regards to speed, strength, power and size. And whoever said "football is not very hard" is a retard and has no idea what they are talking about. I bet they have never played it. lets have any one of you race an NFL wide out or out bench an NFL lineman or out jump an NFL DB. if your going to talk trash make sure that the people you talk trash about can't make you crap yourself. so please all these people talking trash I dare you to step to an NFL player. and lets see who is a real athlete and doesn't need a horse to run fast or steroids to be strong and to the person who said horseback riding was harder than football. lets see you beat an NFL football player in anything. A race (no horses aloud you actually have to use your own legs for once). how about bench 225 lbs 20 times. the moment any of you brave soles who dare actually try and find out just how hard football is at a high level I pray for you because you will be embarrassed. And I'm talking about D1 college football to the NFL we need to stop using rocket football and little league as an example of how hard football can be because if you think that that level comes even close to providing a measurement of how intense the sport is you are in a whole different world. Lets see you use your own body to compete against an NFL player. THIS SHOULD BE GOOD! I have an idea! How about you make a video of you racing a football payer then working out with one the video must show who is stronger, faster more explosive just who is a better athlete in general because we are talking about athletics aren't we? Just basic areas of athleticism like running (speed and quickness), jumping vertical and broad jump) and lifting (any you can think of) Please film this and put it all over the internet so we can all laugh at you. Call it the "Who is a better athlete video" YouTube, Facebook, twitter. Lets see it "If football is so easy".
Football IS the one of the toughest sport. Grown men colliding is always going to be tough to do. BUT, it is not very "hard". You don't get much break but you get some. And any break is better than none. It's not a very physically demanding sport. The hardest part about football? The practices. Sports like soccer rowing or water polo are MUCH harder sports. Put a soccer player in pads and make him running back? He'll damn near die. But a football player in a rowing boat? And he'll place last. Football belongs higher on the list but not in the top 10. I have played many sports and Football had the worst practices by far, but the games were nothing.
Perhaps it is harder to throw a person than an object yeah of course, but football requires mental and physical strength. It requires not only physicl prescence but also you have to get hit every play, and get right back up and do it again. For a football play to work 11 pklayers must all be in sync and as a game goes on and you are worn down you must keep going and doing the same thing. It takes a certain type of person to have the courage to collide with another human being at full speed every 30 seconds. You have to have mind and body in sync, reacting quickly is essential nomater how physically gifted someone is. One player makes a mistake it effects the whole team.
[Newest]I'm no Football player but my boyfriend is. I sometimes go and see his games and trust me this is a sport! I think it should be higher on this list. This sport is VERY demanding and to me very difficult but I am no one to judge that is just my opinion.

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Over 100 miles at over an average speed of 25mph for 7 days then have a day off then do it for another 7 days have a day of then again another 7 days and this is just one race in the season. People might think their just riding a bike but it's the toughest sport just for the endurance and just how hard it is on the cyclists bodies. Yes there are tough sports like rugby, ice hockey boxing where physical contact is part of the sport but the matches/bouts last a short period of time compared to a cycle race and their not expected to do it all again the next day.
I have participated in most sports. I've found that continually cycling on a daily basis is tough on your body. And when the professional athletes are not able to take ibuprofen or other medication for pain. If they crash or have muscle pain they have to work through it for days on end. My hat is off to the professional cyclist.

Definitely one of the toughest sports, a sport of mental and physical attrition.
Tour de France hardest physical test in the world, fact
[Newest]The hardest sport in the world. I have been riding for 20 years and love it, a lot of pain but worth it.
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28Long-distance Triathlon
I don't think most of you have even done a twelve hour race before? Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles, and then brag for the rest of your life. Not the average Joe can do one. The Ironman Triathlon is the toughest race in the world. Often called the hardest day in sport. It is not a sport for the weak minded. After a while, the body shut downs and the only thing keeping you moving is your mind. With high drop out rates, many question if they could even finish after racing a few hours into the race. Nutrition and hydration is key to a great race. This sport combines three tough sports into a monster challenge.
I don't understand how this is #27. I've been looking at various pages on difficult sports, and most "experts" seem to think that specific aspects of a sport is what make it hard (such as coordination, technique etc). NO. You automatically learn those things from being in that sport. You adapt. You can be the best basketball player, but be the worst in something else. Difficulty is NOT equal to practice.
What makes a sport hard is how hard you have to push your body and mind to the abosolute limit, to even compete. The foundation of all sports is in the Triathlon. I have done all 3 sports at a competitive level, and there is nothing like pushing yourself until you are going to faint or puke. You don't get that in other sports. Its not about practice, its about how hard it is for a body.
If you give anyone (fit) a (fair) amount of time (years) they can master any sport, just based on practice. On sports like triathlon, you don't get that. You have to have a superhuman body and mind. It is equally as hard for everyone that is doing it. That is why there aren't any lebron james's that are constantly winning. Because it is so hard, that you simply can't win consecutively multiple times.
This is without a doubt the most difficult, grueling sport that anyone could ever possibly imagine. I have been a competitive swimmer for most of my life, and have recently completed only sprint triathlons (of which have completely destroyed me. ) If I had to list the most grueling sports I would put cycling 1st and swimming 2nd; but combining them into a long distance event and adding a marathon at the end to make an Ironman triathlon? And THE TRAINING? Absolute hell, day in and day out. THIS IS NUMBER 1!
[Newest]Do I even have to explain.

I have heard that PGA professionals like Tiger Woods always hits hundreds of balls every day and becoming proficient in golf requires lifelong dedication. Golf is not a casual game, and mastering the basic sub-games within golf requires dedication and commitment:
To play bogie golf (a score of 90 or less), most experts estimate that it takes an average player six years of regular play and weekly golf lessons. On the golf channel they claim that an average proficient golfer takes about 300 weekly lessons while playing at least 32 holes per week over a period of many years. This is a major investment of time, over 20,000 hours of practice. For example, if you take 5 hours to play 18 holes, you are looking at a time investment of at least 10 hours per week, 40 hours per month, totaling 360 hours of yearly practice. It's not just a sport, it's a second job.
Golf isn't an easy sport because if it was everybody would be playing it. You don't hear very many people say they play it because you know why? It's very hard and mentally frustrating. In golf there is two variables weather in which most sports don't have ton deal with. When you hit a ball the wind controlles where it goes and good golfers know how to hit a ball with bad weather and another instance is the grass. After a day of rain grass is muddy and it's very hard to hit it out of grass. The last variable is your mental game, you have to constantly tell yourself that you can do it and if you don't have confidence, you will start to play bad. The most frustrating thing is when you miss winning a tournament by one stroke. I have done that and do you know what I think? I tell myself if I would have just made that one putt I could have won. Most sports involve teams and you have the whiled team to back them up, but golf is a self relying sport. All those people that bypass golf because they think it's boring and easy, I dare you to go out and shoot at least an 85 which isn't even average for most courses it usually 72 but don't worry I'll give you a few strokes and I am confident you won't shoot that. Reply when you have done that and then tell me if golf should be ranked in the 30s for being hard.
Golf isn't an easy sport to play. Golf may not be rated as the hardest sport rated on this site, but you know what it it is because if it was easy a bunch of people would be playing it. You don't very many people saying that they play golf because you know why? It's so hard and mentally frustrating. Golf has many variables and with so many variables it's not easy to play. You have to deal with weather which in most sports you don't have to deal with, and your mental game plays a big part. Like in soccer if you mess up then you have a full team to back you up, but in golf you are completely self reliant. One single shot determines how you place. In golf sometimes I think if I could have just made that one shot then I could have won. Think about how that goes towards your mental game. In team sports many people have your back, but golf your are on your own. Everyone that bypasses golf because it's so called boring or easy, I dare you to go out and play 18 holes and shoot at least an 90 and see how easy that is, don't worry I'll give you a few free shots and even then I'm confident you can't shoot that. Respond when you've done that and then compare your sport to golf.
[Newest]It's sad to think that golf is harder than martial arts and basketball
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30Competitive Aerobic Gymnastics
Wow I don't even do this sport, but it needs to be higher on the list
There are many difficult techniques. Slao it requires strength, flexibility, and jumping ability.
This should be be for cheer
[Newest]This is not true this sport is hard

31Mountain Climbing
I don't believe that people consider golf harder then mountain climbing. That seems like a bunch of crap to me.
Its hard more than you could imagine, don't ever look down or you will fall down


I do mountain climbing, I also do or have done water polo gymnastics, golf, horseback riding, tennis and skiing and mountain climbing's the hardest by a mile!
[Newest]Just got done climbing my hands are torn apart and my muscles are dead and if you fall you have to start all the way over this sport is definitely in top ten it's just that not many people climb so they don't know

32Rhythmic Gymnastics
Rhythmic gymnastics is not just a sport, it's a sport that includes lots of tears and lots of strength. It does look very pretty and all of that but it's very painful and each rhythmic gymnast gets an injury... But I love it and I will fight. By the way it's not just twirling a ribbon how you would think! It's hard since you have to start at early age (around 6-7), have to have flexibility, have to have incredible high jumps, have to have great balance, have to have great spins(up to 7 spins with leg in front, leg 180 degrees, leg at the back and loads of other spins) and a rhythmic gymnast has to have strong arms since she has to throw her equipment up to the ceiling (around 6 metres up) and so she could stand on her hands. Thanks for reading. Rhythmic gymnastics to my opinion is hard what about you?
I'm an artistic gymnast and I've seen fithmic gymnastics they train just as hard as us and they are amazing they at least have to be in the top ten like common cheer in front of this cheer is stupid rhythmic gymnastics is amazing this defiantly should be in the top tens
I don't do this sport, but I think this is one of the hardest sports out there. This should be at least top 20
[Newest]Regular gymnastics is harder than this gymnastics how is it hard

Okay I honestly hate it when people think skiing is easy like seriously get some skis on and try going through a slalom course. Skiing takes up every muscle in you body including your mind. First of all your in a spandex suit in the freezing cold weather which can get your nerves up and make you tired. Then you have to wait at the top of the mountain expecting the course thinking of all the things you need to do. Then when you get out of the gate you want to ski as fast as possible and you have to use every ounce of your strength to do so. You have to push lean forward and cross block gates and if you close enough to a hate while you cross block it, it may hit you which is a good thing. I have so many bruises on my back and arms and knees and shoulders from skiing. Then when your going down the hill you have to roll your ankles and knees to get the perfect edge around the gate and while your getting your edge you have to cross block the gates lean forward look at whats coming next and go fast. It takes so much endurance to ski and it's a mind game. People think that alpine ski racing is like normal skiing but it's nothing like it. There is so much added thing and it sure does take skill and time to be able to do it. I practice every day for 5 hours. And I have school and friends and family on top of that and I push it all aside for skiing. If you still don't think skiing is at least on the top 10 hardest sports list, do me a favor and watch the Sochi Winter Olympics
The reason this isn't higher on the list is because many people are not aware of all that goes on in the sport of skiing; especially racing. I'm out on the hill every day in the winter and at the gym every day in the off season. We stand at the top of mountains in nothing but a suit of spandex waiting for our burst out of the gate in temperatures people shouldn't be exposed to. Last year, I was going down a speed trap and I was radared tumbling down the hill @ 72 mph. Legit! It's a definite mind game. You have to go all out all the time, every time. So many people die each year from racing and ski JUMPING alike. Have you seen those jumps? You would have an anxiety attack just standing at the top of one! Skiing requires coordination of everything, balance forward on your toes on two simple planks on a hill, focus on your course and your edge angles, and most importantly, knowing that you have to do WHATEVER it takes to get down as FAST as you can.
50 kilometres and 7.3 m/s average speeds, down to minus 20 degrees Celsius or even colder, Top 10 athletes in max oxygen uptake: 5 are cross country skiers 4 are cyclists and one is a runner. I recently saw a 15 pursuit where the winner fell over the finish line like a potato sack and had to be dragged out of the finish area as if he was dead.
Personal peak levels when it comes to technique takes decades to achieve often.
If a grown up/youth starts from scratch they would run faster than skiing in the first 2 - 3 years or more, imagine the people averaging almost 9 m/s in a 10 km race then (10 km running record is 6.3 m/s, and that's on a track)...
[Newest]Skiing is BRUTAL! It. Is. Not. Easy!

34Formula 1
In order to drive a Formula 1 car competitively, you need be concentrating 100% all the time - if you even get distracted for a fraction of a second you will crash and probably get injured or even die, but while you're doing that you also need to be thinking about everything around you and how it will affect your driving, and you need to be thinking about strategies and tactics that are changing all the time. All while traveling at an average speed of up to 270km/h. At speeds like that, the g-forces experienced on fast corners are equivalent to having your own body weight or greater pressing down on your neck and face. And you're being subjected to that at least once every minute, for 2 hours.
Not to mention, you need to have a really good brain for physics and engineering, to help design and set up the car for your driving style
Formula 1 is undoubtedly the toughest sport on the planet, people have died over the years and despite very high safety standards serious injuries continue. Drivers get paid millions of dollars for a reason and very few ever even make into F1 as only the very fastest and strongest race drives in the world are selected, so the level of competition is unlike any other sport.
On a fitness level, some Formula 1 drivers (Rosberg for instance I'm pretty sure) takes part in triathlons. Fitness wise that says it all - you never would have thought someone who 'just sits down and drives' as many of you think that's all motor sport is, has the ability to compete in triathlons. But Formula 1 drivers can and do so quite well. Couple that to unrivalled concentration levels over the entire race duration and you'll see why becoming a Formula one driver is harder than most, perhaps all other sports.
[Newest]Its not a sport.

35Synchronized Skating
If you think this sounds easy, think again. This sport requires usually 10 - 20 skilled figure skaters on the ice at once, all holding on to each other forming lines, circles, pinwheels, and more. If one skater falls, often other skaters will fall on top of each other. Every movement you make must be completely in sync, on beat, and in time with the music. You need to be powerful and graceful. People have gotten SERIOUS injuries from synchronized skating. I know one girl whose finger was cut off because she fell and the skater next to her accidentally stepped on her hand. It takes great determination and skill, so I believe it should be ranked much higher.
Many people only see what goes on above the surface of the water, while below the swimmers legs, and arms are constantly moving to keep them afloat. While it may look easy, and hopefully graceful above the water, the swimmers are so close together you are being constantly kicked, scratched, and punched by your fellow teammates. We spend up to 8 hours or more per day to perfect and make sure each swimmer looks exactly the same and is on beat with the music. And along with making sure you are in time with music, where you are supposed to be in relation to your teammates, and doing certain movements to to the music, you must hold your breath for more than 30 seconds at a time. And contrary to what many peoe believe it is a sport.

36UFC (Ultimate Fight Championship)
I bet if any athlete from another sport who never did martial arts will fail if they try this sport, trust me few people can survive five, five minute rounds trying to throw strikes and takedowns, while trying to not get KO'D or submitted, the people who do this sport are the most athletic athletes ever, don't bleive me, watch UFC and read some quotes about UFC fighters.
A sport that puts two trained fighter against each other is an insane sport. Your whole purpose is to beat that guy. Whether it be using judo or boxing. MMA fighters do it all. People don't understand how hard it is to be standing up boxing and then be flipped and have to fight on the ground. You are trained in nearly every fighting technique.
This sport is one of the most demanding out there not only do you have to stay in amazing physical shape to compete but you also have to perfect your striking clinch and ground game ide really enjoy seeing any other type of athlete try to endure a day session with the pros there sessions are usually 2 times a day with sparring in between and they don't do any easy light workout its all circiut work for the most part I'm in training right now and my whole entire body is sore and especially my rib cage from all the body shots
[Newest]I can't believe this this should be the hardest you don't have a team to back you up as you go up against some big monster who is ten times bigger than you

Baseball should be top 5 its not easy at all you need eye hand coronation and you need arm strength to able to throw a ball from centre field to home plate if you need to make a quick play, its also a tough and dangerous sport because you can get a ball to the ribs or to the face if the suns in your eyes, also catching a ball isn't easy doing a little cartwheel is easy, if the sun gets in your eyes when your trying to catch a fly ball and it hits you in the nose and hitting a ball isn't easy ether or fielding a bouncing ground ball or a fast line drive when your in the infield or getting hit by the ball when your batting the helmet doesn't do a lot it still hurts baseballs hard period
People don't understand how difficult baseball is because the only people they watch are people that have been playing it for years. Hitting a round ball with a round bat is one of the hardest things to do and coming at even 80's makes it difficult. Baseball is the only sport where failing 70% of the time makes you a good player, that's why baseball is the hardest sport. Just think about it, maybe ask one of your varsity baseball friends to pitch to you, good luck. Baseball is chess, not checkers
As far as difficulty, Baseball is near the top.

Not many people can hit a 90mph pitch day in and day out.
And that is the main part of the game. Not to mention throwing, catching, running, jumping, and fielding balls in the air and on the ground.

Whereas sports like American Football require only physical abilities, not skills.
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I agree with you - ballet should be top 5 AT LEAST. Hey American football players? Yeah, you guys- do you train for 10+ hours a week, every single day? No, you have practice everyday for a few hours, rest up, play a game for an hour or two, rest up, work out some more, rest up, and so on. Ballet requires incredible strength and flexibility, as well as it being one of the most mental sports out there! If you're reading this and saying "mental sport? " than you have no idea what the hell you're talking about. There is so much pressure it's unbelievable. 10 year old ballerina's in Russia are stronger than some American football players. Imagine the entire weight of your body on a single toe, which is moving around really quickly and still supporting your body- but also balancing. Some people here have absolutely no idea what ballerinas and ballet guys do.
Ballet should be number one it is definitely the hardest gymnastics I did it for three years and was over weight the whole time I do ballet now and I am not over weight anymore and I love it and am sweating at the limit after fifteen minutes and I lost a lot of weight and I am constantly gaining muscles and it can't be this far down this is a joke ask a doctor they will say ballet is the hardest thing to do gymnastics is much easier than ballet the weak minded people think you have to do splits in gymnastics so it's hard you have to do splits in ballet you have to do splits and leg lifts nearly a hundred timess a week

So that's what I think and ballet Is definitely not thirty eighth on the hardest sports
I agree with you- ballet should be top 5 AT LEAST. Hey American football players? Yeah, you guys- do you train for 10+ hours a week, every single day? No, you have practice everyday for a few hours, rest up, play a game for an hour or two, rest up, work out some more, rest up, and so on. Ballet requires incredible strength and flexibility, as well as it being one of the most mental sports out there! If you're reading this and saying "mental sport? " than you have no idea what the hell you're talking about. There is so much pressure it's unbelievable. 10 year old ballerina's in Russia are stronger than some American football players. Imagine the entire weight of your body on a single toe, which is moving around really quickly and still supporting your body- but also balancing. Some people here have absolutely no idea what ballerinas and ballet guys do.
How can ballet be this far down? Ballet is the HARDEST sport, a bunch of doctors and other professionals voted on it, not some ill-minded people who don't know anything (such as the people here). It requires strength, gracefulness, flexibility, and so much more. All of you who think you're so hot, come take a class at my studio. The dancers here dance classical ballet, and can do planks for 8 minutes in perfect form, do tons of crunches, sit-ups, and more. They dance on their toes en centre! So, come on down, let's see what you've got.
[Newest]Dancing is hard. All the "sissy sports" like gymnastics, cheer and dance. They are all under rated. In these sports messing up a lot is a death sentence. Foot ball is difficult but so is dance. A dancer could throw a ball at least 50 yards with a little practice. Can football players do a perfect tour jete, a basket toss, or a back handspring?
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39Olympic Weightlifting
Why is it so low? I'm no weightlifter, just a rugby player (it's like football, but for real men), a former horserider, but I had to vote for that one.

Horse riding needs LOTS of technique. Rugby players need to run fast, have good endurance, be tough and strong... We pump a fair amount of iron. But weighlifters just make me feel... inadequate. It's probably the hardest sport I've ever seen. It requires a HUGE amount of explosive strength, lots of flexibility, coordination, technique and discipline.

If you don't have all of this, you don't just fail to lift that weight, you may also wreck your back or your knees...
The most explosive sport in the world. One needs to be extremely proficient with the technique in both the snatch and clean and jerk in order to succeed in this sport. Technique is important, but so is the immense of amount of power and strength required as well.
Suprised to see oly this low, probably due to its utter lack of popularity outside crossfit circles (and communist countries). a lot of "best at exercising" type sports ahead of it on this list, which I don't really agree with skill wise. Requires all the technique of a golf swing, a surprising amount of flexibility, and, of course, insane strength. Plus, years of dedication are required to even begin to generate the degree of adaptation necessary to compete at a high level.

40Free Running
Okay truth is in free running your practically jumping from 50 ft in the air while doing flips. Can anyone else do that? This is how free runners travel from A to B in an efficient way. Many times you deal with life and death in this sport
I do lots of running I have come 3rd 2nd and 2nd again you have to keep up the stammer and you need to get your breathing right and get your pass right and a couple of times I have to pull out as I have been sick will I was running as I missed out in the cored breathing
This should be # 1 on the list, people think it's easy but is like to see half of the people who say it is do it. Takes an extreme amount of strength and concentration.
[Newest]Hobby not sport... Sport is a competition or race or game... Not just random jumping

Every other sport in the world is a one time thing. You go out there and you play one game and then you go home and relax, its all over. Bodybuilding is a 24/7 sport. You are constantly doing something to be on that stage. I have played soccer, hockey, and football. None of them even come close to bodybuilding. You need to diet constantly even on your off season, you need endurance, discipline, 12-15( at least) years of hard work and dedication followed by another 10-20 if you want to continue bodybuilding and try to place higher in the Olympia. What other sport ever requires that. You also need to push your self past the limit. That isn't required by many other sports. Why do you think that there are only like 100 IFBB pro bodybuilders and 1500 pro football players?
This sport is so under rated on this website! I my self am a bodybuilder and it has so many different aspects you must take into consideration. Bodybuilding is not only lifting weights, it strict technique and determination. Your workouts, diet, supplement intake and resting times are vital and without even one of these components, you will fail in the sport! Bodybuilders may have extremely strong muscles, but their mind beats all others. Truly a sport that calls for sheer determination as well as motivation!

It in my opinion is a disgrace that it is below sports such as football, popularity has obviously taken part in the heir achy here!
I can't believe that bodybuilding is not closer to No. 1. The amount of will power it takes to lift those god damn weights is impossible to comprehend.

Basketball isn't easy to play. Because you can always get injury by playing basketball I am a basketball player and I play really hard that sometimes I get my ankle hurt...

And if you want to be a basketball player you have to have all the skill to fit in the game...
You have to go to your practice at all times
People run 12 to 15 laps for their practice and that's what we do in our team.. To just get our skill motivated in the game, we run 5 laps every practice and we add and add to be more faster at running.
Basketball isn't easy as it seems. Running. Lifting weights. Hand-eye coordination. Fast reflexes. Guts. Agility. Accuracy. Take one part from every sport, put it together and you get basketball! The training is hell and you get injured really easily, by turning too quickly or being ankle broke, you get injured. Getting rammed in the ribbed or elbowed, you're injured.
Basketball is not an easy sport at all. Most people say 'oh you play that titty baby sport' and I reply with a easy sure if your just not man enough to get on the court. Basketball is fun can be easy unless you have a coach who cares about it and wants you to get batter at it every minute of the day.
[Newest]Basketball is way harder than wrestling
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When I first started diving I quit after the second day because the practices were so long! Now I rejoined and every year practices get harder and harder. So many people think that if the can just do a flip off a diving board then they would be an excellent diver but they are dead wrong! Diving isn't about chucking dives off a board. You have to first Learn the dive improve it and remember to always point your toes at meets pointing your toes can make your dive look so much cleaner! And after around 4 yers of diving I still don't even know all of the rules and can't get higher than a 4 on some dives, especially front dives ( it's my worst dive by far! )
Diving is a super hard sport! Its practically doing gymnastics into the pool except you have the threat of hitting the board! There are so many injuries and deaths in diving. It is such a super hard and risky sport!
Diving should be #1 because many people are scared just to do a head first simple dive. Never mind all the crazy things that these peoples do.

44Competitive Baton Twirling
This is the not even a sport.
I am a competitive baton twirler and I definitely practice more than my friends who play varsity sports. Baton twirling takes so much skill and hard work. You have to be graceful and maintain a constant speed throughout the entire routine and roll the baton all over your arms, back, front neck, back neck, etc. smoothly. We deserve way more credit than we actually get.
LOL this isn't even a sport.

45Synchronized Diving
Synchronized diving is the hardest thing I've ever done. Diving by itself is the hardest sport I've ever done. I did gymnastics for 8 years and made it to level 8 and I just started diving about have a year ago and it's WAY harder. And I was at a top five ranked gym in the country and diving is stil wayy harder. You have no time to show anything unlike other sports who have more time to prove yourself. Smacking hurts like hell. It feels like your falling onto concrete that isn't an exaggeration. But I love diving! It's my favorite sport in the world and I would highly recommend it to a commited and tough person!
I do synchro swimming ( should b #1)
I ve been to places with the giant platforms


46Acrobatic Gymnastics
I'm an artistic gymnast and this sport is amazing It should be in the top tens like common cheer basketball baseball TENNIS you've got to be kidding me acrobatic gymnastics is way harder than those it should be in the top tens
I think this should be a lot higher, wow
Any kind of gymnastics deserves to be higher
[Newest]It shouldn't be in the top tens it's so easy

47American Football
It is really hard to catch with all the gear. The gear weighs you down too. People think that football players are weak because of the gear, but try to run and catch and do everything you do with all of that gear. The helmets block the view of catching and you can't run as fast. Also all those huge linebackers just got bigger with that gear. People are always saying "come have a football player do our practice." How about you go a do a football practice. The condition might be easy, but lets add in getting plowed into the dirt. Also add the 20-30 pounds of gear on your back.
You play for like 10 seconds and then you stand for like a minute
Football players are wimps. I am a swimmer and I could easily out lift a football player. Tell them they need to build some muscle
[Newest]Football. Easy compared to gymnastics.

Softball is a hard sport but very fun my time playing softball was both fun and hard if you play I recommend pitcher, 3rd base and if you play travel than left field softball is a great sport never give up or down on yourself always try to improve softball is really 90% mental and 10% physical I really hope this comment encourages you to try softball
People think softball is easy will it's not. It is proven that a softball batter has 20% less time to swing than a baseball player. Also everything else happens faster in softball. Anywhere you play is hard I would encourage you to try!
Softball is a really hard sport to play. Sure, it has a bigger ball than baseball does but the field is smaller, which leaves infielders especially 3rd base little room to make a mistake. Also, the pitcher is closer to the batter less time so less time to swing. The balls that are used barely fit into the glove && a lot heavier to hit. So softball is a hard sport to play.
[Newest]It is pretty easy!

I'm actually pretty angry that both skateboarding and surfing didn't make it anywhere near top 10. I could only think of it this way: For a lot of these sports (swimming, dancing, football, hockey, soccer, cycling, etc. ) we all pretty much know how to pick up the basics, and with maybe an hour or two of practice, could have them down in no time. Of course we would be no where near competition ready or really that good at all in any of them, but the basics could come pretty easy. Those same basics would take at least a day or two on a skateboard, and a lot of us would probably still not have it down. Skateboarding takes so much concentration and dedication and I never realized how much people underestimate that. The pound of the pavement is way less forgiving than people think. Being one with your board and being aware of every single movement your muscles need to make is so essential. Hopefully one day people will see the light and understand how hard it is to get good at this sport, haha.
How can this not be in the top ten? I guess you can never truly understand unless you actually do it. I play a lot of sports. Most are on this list, but none of them compare to skateboarding. You are outside for endless hours of the day trying to land one trick. It takes forever to be considered good. It is also physically demanding and painful. Out of all the sports I have played which include football, basketball, boxing etc. I think skateboarding is the most painful. When you fall it hurts a lot. In fact nearly all of my most painful memories are from skating. Not only that, but it is an incredible workout. Pushing around for hours and doing tricks is not easy and very tiring, and frustrating. I think skateboarding is underrated. The amount of dedication and strength to be good is insane. It should definitely be in the top ten at least.
Skateboarding is very physically challenging. I have played basketball football lacrosse and swam all very well and they are all very hard but skateboarding at a challenging level is way harder than all except swimming and MAYBE football. Try going outside and throwing yourself at the ground and you will see what it feels like to fall on a board... Get a baseball bat and hit your leg hard with it and you feel what it is like to get shinned... Running and swimming are tiring to your body, football and lacrosse are hard hitter sports but skateboarding is both tiring as hell and hurts, it takes a very long time to get good at boarding and it is extremely underrated. I believe that skateboarding should be in top twenty
[Newest]Can't believe martial arts is lower than this
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50Polo (Horse)
This is the hardest and most tiring sport
I agree it is a sport.

51Rock Climbing
This is by far one of the hardest sports and do not know why it is number 53 on the list
For real? 47th. no way. Go rock climb and actually try to get good at it. Its extremely difficult.

Whoever said it isn't a sport is a joke, they wouldn't even be able to do a pike jump without breaking their neck. This sport is ridiculously hard, and you can break your neck or break an ankle doing anything. Trampoline, gymnastics, power tumbling, and any other forms of gymnastics are hands down the hardest sports. ANYONE can play soccer, hockey, tennis, basketball or baseball, buy how many people can do even the simplest things in gymnastics, very few.
Hard work really hard! I even doing this sport for years it takes a lot of practice with the risk of landing on your neck in a triple somersault.
I think this sport is extremely hard and it should be much closer!

Definitely the hardest sport, been snowboarding for years and still can't play like a pro

This should be in the top tem

55BMX Racing
BMX racing is actually a very hard, competitive sport that requires dedication, strength, speed, and the ability to function under pressure. Everyone is always getting faster, and you need to keep up. Training everyday is necessary, and if you don't, you fall behind. For everyday you don't ride, it takes two days to catch up to the others. If you don't ride for a month, it'll take two months to catch up and so on.
I do believe Bmx is one of the hardest competitive sports out there. Everyone thinks its so easy until they get out on the track and try it for themselves. Ask any parent that has tried they'll say its not as easy as it looks. Racing Bmx takes a lot of hard work and dedication. You need to be able to complete moves and passes within A split second.
BMX is such a hard sport! You are always having to keep your head in the game, and in big races, if you make one little mistake, the person behind you will take advantage and might pass you.
[Newest]Can't wait to start this sport. I haven't done an actual race yet but just practicing is hard. First day I fell and cut my knee open.

Wow... everyone thinks that these other sports are hard. How about you try riding a 40-50 foot wave of destruction like I do every day. You will not survive. A sport where you stand on a tiny little board and ride down a 40 foot wave is not ahead of cheer leading. Seriously! Imagine this. You are towed out by a jet ski which then leaves you all alone floating on a tiny board. Suddenly a mound of water begins to rise behind you. It looks as if a giant monster such as Godzilla is rising from the ocean. You have second thoughts as the wave grows even larger but you can't quit now. Its too late. You paddle with all your might as the wave approaches you at high speed. The wave has caught up to you and now you are at the very top of the wave looking straight down. Now if you fall there are many dangers such as being pushed under 50 feet which will very likely rupture your ear drums. Even if you make it back up you only have 20 seconds before another wave pushes you back under. Your surfboard might also hit you at high speed and knock you unconscious. Anyway, you get to your knees as your knees as you glide down the wive. Water is spraying you in the face and you almost slip as you get to your feet. You know that if you fall its game over forever. Struggling to keep your balance you look up and see a 40 foot wall of water looming over you. Its about to curl over any second now so you have to turn to avoid being crushed by more than a 100,000 gallons of water. Do you have enough skill to save your life or will you fail. There is none to take your place. No bench to go sit on. You can't just get an ice-cream cone if you lose and decide to win next time. Determined to not die you lean to the side to turn the board. The wave crashes down right where you were a few seconds ago but you can't stop turning or you will be crushed. Your visibility is reduced as all the mist sprays in your face. You almost stumble but you gain your balance again. Now you are inside the wave. You aren't safe yet though because if you don't drown when you fall surly you will smash your skull on the rocks. After all, this wave is as powerful as a speeding train. You break out of the tunnel and now you are riding the powerful white water. You can't see your lower body which is in a cloud of water. You finally make it to shore! Yay! Hooray! You did it! It's so easy and safe that you know you wanna try again! Or maybe you wight decide to settle for one of those so called "harder sports." Hm... tough choice you got there.
People don’t realize that surfing is not just popping up and standing on a board riding waves... There’s a lot that goes into surfing.
1. being physically fit. Without having the core body strength, arms shoulders back leg abb strength it will be extremely hard to be successful
2. getting to the outback. Think that’s easy? Think again. Count on there being rip tides.. Narly currents. Incoming waves that will beat you to a pulp and push you back to the shore. If your still game after paddling forever till your arms feel like jelly and you reach the lineup. Then comes
3. Timing. If you don’t catch that wave at the right moment you’re going to wipe out, not catch the wave or the wave will pick you up and crush
4. Coordination balance and hand eye feet coordination is key. Without this you can’t begin to drop into a wave or balance on the board.
5. Climate count your blessings if your surfing in warm climate some waters are so cold if you don’t have the right equipment you’ll freeze and start cramping
6. Sportsmanship. A good chill friendly attitude is a must to surf, its all about enjoying the wave and the company on the lineup
7. Common sense is something that is used on the fly out in the waters, knowing your limits and what you can and can’t handle
• and did I mention sharks…surfers and shark attacks usually go in the same sentence, it is not uncommon to see fins swimming about as your on the line up.. Weather dolphins sharks sea otters seals jelly fish etc an abundance of animals to do you harm while trying to catch a wave
I don't understand how surfing and all the other board sports are so low on this list! Surfing is EXTREMELY hard. Just to be an alright surfer is hard. Now become a pro. People seem to think that when you catch a wave you will just magically stand up and turn and do tricks and stuff. You wont. Surfing is a very hard sport that takes an insane amount skill and endurance. Try standing out there surfing all day. By the end of the day you will be so exhausted that you can't even lift up your arms. If you are a serious surfer you will probably do core workout classes and stuff too. Competition surfing takes HUGE dedication, skill etc. You need to be the best out there. Big Wave surfing takes HUGE guts. You need to be able to ride up to a wave that people flee from and know that surfing this could mean your death. Not a lot of other sports have you do that.
Actually I am a MMA fighter and surfing is very easy for me. my first time I was doing cutbacks and aerials.
[Newest]Surfing? Wow is that even a sport?

57Xtreme Martial Arts
It is what it is xtreme you do the number 1 thing but you are spinning around a bo staff or nunchuck or a sword plus people get insane injurys like if you get hit in the head with a bo you are out
Its a combo of gymnastic the number one thing and the number 11 thing only its harder
Actually never mind this is definitely the hardest memorizing many moves an hard techniques insane workouts and a fighting style crazy


58Australian Rules Football
Yeah not really seen much and very small market, Syd Canberra Queensland are NRL states, So bout half of the country has their sport (AFL) and other half is NRL. But I think AFL is the hardest game to play in the world.. you have so have so many skills to be good at it and the injuries they get, I'm guessing, are the most of any sport.. I dunno about other sports but a little slip and doing your Knee is 1 year out of the game, full reco, if you break a bone anywhere on your leg (i think foot is the worst) then youll be trying to get it fixed, it might take like 2 years or more to fix it, or people just retire.. so basically you can take massive damage to anywhere on your body, and the way that they attack the ball is like American football, or more but with no padding what so ever
AFL will never top these lists because it is only really played at its highest level in Australia and it is population is to small to vote it higher but when you combine a full contact sport with athletes who run up to 20 Kilometers a game and a game that is played in temperatures ranging from 100 degrees F at the start of the season to full mid winter rain storms and mud, you have a tough game.
"The fitness, speed, courage and power needed to play AFL at the top levels are extraordinary. It's such a misunderstood sport that needs the best of the best athletes.

Dear cross county fans,
EVER TRIED GYMNASTICS BEFORE? Cross county is a loser!
It depends cross country, but a lap arund the house no.

60Ice Skating (Freestyle)
I've been figure skating ever since I was four. This sport takes determination, strength, and flexibility. It may seem effortless, but it is the hardest sport I know. You spin so fast your arms and legs are pulled from you. It takes years of training to get to jumps. If you think it is easy, try standing on a single blade, with one leg higher than your head. If you think it is easy, try jumping three feet off the ground, spinning in the air, and landing on one foot. If you think. It is easy, try getting to the rink, day in and day out, skating for hours without taking a break. After that, do fifty push-up sand fifty sit-ups. Then try lifting your leg far above your head. Now do think it is easy.
I can tell you a thing or 2. Gymnastics is #1 and there's nothing you can do about it. So suck it. And I love how some people just swear that gymnastics isn't a sport. Oh its a sport. My gym gets there conditioning from the military. You can see some gymnasts 6-packs through their leos. Plus, if you think " by far I think baseball is the hardest sport ", then obviously you haven't done gymnastics. Bye bye losers
This is not a hard sport at all it is very easy and simple my time playing was very boring I was even in freestyle so lots of other sports are harder than Ice scating I am sorry to say

61Sport Jujutsu
Its really hard to roll around with other people bigger than you and have to be aware of someone getting you in a arm bar and snapind your arm in 3 places

62Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing is more of a sport that competitive baton twirling! People these days are ridiculous! Cross Country skiing may not be the hardest sport. But defiantly harder than horse back riding!
Cross country skiing should definitely be in the top 20 at least! Skiers are probably the most fittest people in the world. It uses every muscle of your body

First of all the technique is very hard to master. You have to learn two techniques: skating and classic which are both very hard.

Second of all skiing is a outdoor sport and you practice in every condition including: freezing cold temperatures, snow storms, in the summer you practice on roller skiis in the hot sun or rain.

Third the hills are very tough. For the uphill you have to learn a technique called harringbone. Uphills uses your arms, core, legs and endurance. The downhills are also very hard imagine going 20- 60 km an hour on a pair of small skiis. Now try doing a corner without wiping out even pros wipout on downhills!

Racing is even harder because you have to be in a pack with more than 50 people and this is hard because you are trying not to clip a nither persons skii or else it could cause a major crash.

In biathlon you have to do all of this plus be mentally prepared for the shooting part were you have to hold your brath to keep yourself from shaking so you can aim and if you miss you need to do a penalty loop.

This sport is easily harder than darts, kitesurfing, sport stacking etc.
This is insane. XC skiing is the single hardest sport for the aerobic system (lungs, heart). Just check out which athletes who have recorded the highest oxygen uptakes. Cross country skiers.. Only triathlon, cycling, running and rowing can come close.
[Newest]How is this 67. It should be in the top 10. This sport is unbelievably hard.

How is this not #1? It looks so easy when you watch races on T.V., but you should try getting in the basic position. It's not just about having thunder thighs. Each stroke uses your core. You need endurance, speed, crazy agility, and mind set. So much harder than running, you have no idea.
You think this is number one? That's a joke.

Cannot believe judo is not higher on this list. For starters, the practice is grueling. We train in all sorts of weather: in the summer the dojo (place we train) is extra hot, then in addition we have to wear our gi's (judo suits), which can total up to about a kilo in additional weight. In the winter the mats seem harder because its colder.

We have to be ready to fall whenever! In competitions, if you get thrown you land on your back with someone who weighs the same of you on top of you. You guys go try that and tell me it isn't hard.
Judo should be number 1. You can lose in 1 second and you are sore all the time.
Man it is the hardest sport

65Wind Surfing
I believe windsurfing is a very very hard sport to learn. First you have to have good balance to even stand on the board, and that whole time your trying to keep your ballence you have to keep in your mind which way the wind is coming from and where to point your sail to go forward and turn upwind or downwind.
The hardest sport of all... You gymnastics and swimming people just try some windsurf and you will immediately notice that you cannot balance on the board and will have the best swim of your life...

May not be the hardest sport, but certainly should be in top 10 list. If you think cricket is just about hitting the ball as far as you can or just randomly bowl the ball, you are making a huge mistake. Think about the hand eye coordination involved or the strength, endure, stamina and determination a fast express bowler needs to really tip the ball at over 150Kms, and the batter who has to face these fast bowlers. No only that, the ball can be very deceiving as there are various ways in can be delivered to the batter and at any speed. Think about a batsman who scores over 100 runs, you should try scoring at least 10 runs at pro level some day. Depending on the format it can last for 4 hrs, to 1 day to 5 days. Imagine batting at 35-40 degrees C heat for 10 or more hrs, anyone else would be dead. So gymnastic is truly a hard sport, but from this list it doesn't truly specify why it is, because think of boxing and you get hammered and knocked out, think of it, its really not what you think. I didn't write these comments just because I love cricket for the sport, but also had to think about other sports as well.
Cricket should be second hardest it is really hard in many ways we have to hit a heavy ball up to 85 meters for a six, dive on your head, catch a speeding ball which is coming to you, some people are also injured during play and if the ball hits your face and you are without a helmet you can be paralised
It would be one of the toughest jobs in the world to be an International batsman. Travel the world for your Country and be expected to make runs in front of thousands of people, whilst seam bowlers are throwing down deliveries at 140kmph. Top 3 for sure.
[Newest]Most of sports in these list are very fanny sports. cricket is best & hardest sport in world. it should be in top 10.

Netball is a very hard sport although heaps of people think its for girls and so on... But I can guarantee you no boy is able to play is well as girls or women their age. You have to think loads and run heaps, quick moves and smart people tend to play netball. I think netball should at least be to 10! If you think netball is easy go out there and play against girls or women your age and then talk!
Netball is a very hard sport it takes heaps of effort and I can't believe its 70 and comes after free running. I mean come on people we all know how much skill it takes if girls can play soccer and can even be better then boys then why can't boys play netball? Even if they did they would not be able to think and have as much skill as girls do. GIRLS ARE STRONGER THAN BOYS! Vote for netball and make it come in the top 20... lets do this
Netball is hard it takes mental strength and quick clever thinking to react it is much like basketball but adjusted so women can play

Very hard at first and then after a while you will get the surely hang of it!
This is just sad that it's even on the list.

69Mountain Biking
Mountain biking is by far one of the toughest sports in the world with the risk of injury and guts to just ride off a cliff and I myself mountain bike and it requires balls of steel with the nerve to risk your life to have fun.
You are on a small trail with giants holes and crazy rock courses. Not even including the insane drops and steep hills. Also jumps. These trails are just sketchy to walk on let alone ride down super fast on a bike.
Mountain biking is the hardest sport if you do a challenging trail, it annoys me how people claim the go mountain biking when really all they do is bike up a hill.

70Rally Racing

71Short Course Triathlon


You may all think that sailing is just sitting in a boat and moving a little. Your totally wrong. It takes mental and physical strength to sail. You need to know what your doing otherwise it will be one of the worst days of your life. I sail and its taken me 9 years just to become good and if you don't think sailing is a sport you try it.
I've been sailing for 5 years and I'm still not considered "great" because I haven't learned all the skills. It takes both physical, and mental tolls on your body. You're constantly thinking, while your body manuveres with the boat. You get hurt easily and concussions are very frequent, but we have to ignore our injuries, or else we'll place further behind in a race, so we need to suck up our pain, unlike other sports.
I've been sailing for 5 years and I'm still not considered "great" because I haven't learned all the skills. It takes both physical, and mental tolls on your body. You're constantly thinking, while your body manuveres with the boat. You get hurt easily and concussions are very frequent, but we have to ignore our injuries, or else we'll place further behind in a race, so we need to suck up our pain, unlike other sports.
[Newest]If you don't think sailing is a sport try it, you'll see that you're wrong!

74Field Hockey
You're constantly running for up to an hour without stopping, while holding a heavy stick in you hand. Then your trying to hit a very hard tiny ball with that stick all while evading the opposing teams players. On turf the ball travels extremely fast and you've got to run harder to keep up with it. Also sticks are flying everywhere and you can easily get a concussion, break, and if your goggles are great, you can get your eye taken out. And all while wearing a kilt.
This should definitely be in the top 10 with ice hockey at least. The skill level is so much higher than other sports soccer you can only do so much. Hockey there are a lot more ball skills required and it is at a much faster pace than soccer.

Not the hardest, but still should not be number 63. A lot of core fitness, team tactics and individual skill is required.
Field hockey not only requires a great deal
Of physical power: driving the ball hard and sprinting at an odd bent angle holding a stick, and sprinting after an extremely fast ball on turf. It is also very dangerous: the ball is a heavy hard plastic ball that can cause severe injuries, and also the possibility of getting whacked with a heavy stick. Field hockey also requires a tremendous amount of skill and agility to dribble, dodge, and not let the ball touch your feet.
[Newest]Field Hockey should be in the top ten over swimming due to the strategy and athleticism used to carry the ball and dribble it around players. There are also many technical skills that are used and are hard to learn.

Are you kidding! Biathlon is by far the hardest sport there is. First you have to ski cross country, as if that isn't hard enough, you have to calm yourself and your heartbeat, and become a precision shooter, and if you miss, MORE skiing.
The amount of focus training it takes to slow down you heart beat before s shooting is incredibly hard and the skiing is also very hard
This should be by far top ten. The amount of skill and strength required is insane.

Using a gun to shoot flying objects depends al lot on natural skill

77Ski Jumping
Ski jumping on place 77? :D People in the world does not no what it is then. See at YouTube.

How is this not in the list? It's pretty much like boxing with your legs, yet with so much more technique to master. Any sport with sparring should be in the top ten because it takes a lot more than physical training. Being mentally unprepared will hurt you more than physically. You're executing techniques with speed, precision, strategy and force trying to knock out the other person while they're doing the same. If you slip, or suck at some techniques, you're basically screwed. You'll find yourself in situations where your worst kick would work best and otherwise you lose. Very tough and very demanding.

Extremely tough sport. Carrying a hurl all through the game, avoiding guys who hit you as hard as they can, while trying to hit a ball smaller and heavier than a tennis ball
Hurling is not the most physically demanding sport in the world but is the fastest and most skilful sport by far. Epically for goalkeepers. The average shot from about 25 yards away can exceed speeds of 100mph. So the goalkeeper must protect an 80sq foot goal with a piece of wood that's 5 inches wide at the widest part, and keep the sliotar out of the goal. Plus his only protection is a weak plastic helmet.
Hurling is a tough sport, there are few that will match it certainly not soccer
[Newest]Definitely the hardest, toughest and most skillful.

80Freestyle BMX
This should be in the top 10 people would think so if they watched the dew tour people really don't know how long it taakes to learn each trick especially doing front flips and backflip tailwhips
I have no idea how kicking a ball around a field is hard to be fair, foot ball is wank! Its not even a mans sport! They earn all that money to be taped on the leg then get carried off the pitch crying when people are fighting for our countrys! Foot ball needs to piss of

By far the hardest in skill.

Having played most sports at least once and many quite a lot, I would rank snooker as technically the hardest. There are endless types of shots to master, screw, topspin, Running side, check side, reverse side screws shots, swerve shots, stun shot, stun run through, long pots, short pots, thin cuts, plants, doubles, safety shots, cannons, I could go on. Different implements have to be mastered like the rest, spider and Half butt. Add to this the knowledge of angles, an opponent who is trying to beat you, different playing conditions, extreme mental strength, supreme concentration and intense pressure. Temperament is also essential. The fact is you never master snooker and you learn every game. Despite what some may say you need to be pretty fit too, especially over long matches or tournaments. It is extremely difficult to make it at snooker.
Played it for 6 hours a day for 2 years, I enjoy going for a run and playing football but nothing even comes close in terms of difficulty to this. It is literally a game of millimeters the smallest ajustment and and your whole game can fall apart. Having said all that it;s also the most enjoyable sport i;ve played and if you give it a chance you can easily become addicted!
The on, y person who would play this is Severus Snake.

Scary but not a sport

You are so crazy if you think that is hard
Hard but not even a sport
Hard core man! Hard core!

85Mounting Boarding
Broke my leg in this sport

86Yacht Racing
Yacht racing is hard.
What is that anyways
Yacht racing? Is it like racing while sitting in a yacht watching T.V. and drinking lemonade?

87100 Meter Sprint
The 100 meter sprint is literaly the easiest sport just to go out and do.

Handball is a very tough, intense sport. It takes many varieties of skill and concentration. This sport is not to mention mentally challenging but physically challenging also. Handball is also the fore father of many "tough" or "most challenging" sports today. Back when, handball had very extraordinary measures. This game or sport in my opinion is by far the most important sport of all!
Know the basics, you just hit the ball, let the ball hit the ground, hit the wall and come back. Are there any more other games we can play other than just doing this a number of times?
The guy said enough handball forever
Handball hardest team sport.

89Martial Arts
I have been training Karate Kyokushin for 7 years and I have to say this should be higher on the list! MUCH higher! Not only do you need to be strong, you need to be quick, fast, precise, have good reaction, stamina, cardio, discipline and focus! You have to be able to take hits, kicks, and a bunch of different combos and grabs. You have to keep yourself up, while also focusing on what you are doing, what the other person is doing and what both of you are going to do next. I could go on, and that's just the fighting! You also have all the techniques you have to master and know the names of, where to strike and where to block. One wrong placed punch and who lose your arm! And then we have the katas... A series of techniques and stances, which can be really painful and difficult to stand still in and not move one bit, combined and put together to create one long sequence that you have to remember and get exactly right. One wrong and you mess up the whole thing! Let's not forget about all the pain in a hundred push-ups, a hundred sit-ups, and a hundred squats... ! And last but not least, we have the running, which is also really painful. And on top of all that, we have to wear a gi that can add up to 1 kilo weight! And this is at 91, it should at least be at 5!
Really? I'm in Taekwondo and you surely need a lot of personal abilities in order to master it for teaching or competitive level. It also has a combination of gymnastics. Martial Arts deals with the connection of body, mind and spirit. You have to be focussed and not many people are. You take in Karate, Kung fu, Judo or any martial arts for that matter (Not MMA.. Anyone can do that), all of this pure martial arts requires great abilities to advance in your ranks. Otherwise you may find your self getting old in the same belt.
This should be no. 3 at least!
Martial arts is awesome it keeps you fit but I'd say you should put this at number 76

people think that what you do at the gym is racquetball. watch the pros or open players its constant running jumping, diving and swinging as hard as you can. not to mention the ball reaches over 160 miles per hour in every rally


91Roller Derby
Roller derby has been called a cross between hockey, football and track. It takes skill and coordination as well as quick thinking. Plus, it gives women a full contact sport which involves hitting, blocking and sprinting. All while being on roller skates.
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I have been long boarding for 7 years and it takes skill balance and a lot of training to get close to good. You have to know that your either going to fall at very high speeds such as 50 - 100 mph or your going to fall trying to do a trick. And it takes time to get some what close to pro.
I'm not a professional longboarder or skateboarder, but I know it's hard. My brother has been at it for years and comes home from the skatepark with cuts and bruses. And when he's not hurt, he is flipping his skateboard off of a jump, when I can't even STAND on a skateboard. Some people think it's easy, probably because all they think of when they hear "long boarding" or "skateboarding" is just moving while standing on a longboard or skateboard. But what they don't know, is that there is a whole new level of it. 360's, hard flips, grinds, and much more. Longboarding or skateboarding isn't just a way to get around, it's a complex sport just like gymnastics with all the different types of tricks.

93Muay Thai
What the heck? Is this some Chinese noodle dish?
Wow can't believe that wasn't in the top ten wow


The hardest, no doubt.

94Gaelic Football
A load of bollix

95Shaolin Kung Fu
Kung fu is hard but not as hard as all types of gymnastics

96Sport Stacking
What kind of sport is this?
What, like cup stacking?
How is this even on the list? It isn't a sport by any means whatsoever. This makes golf look like #1 on the list.
Sport Stacking Is a Amazing Sport.

William Orrell is Amazing So Is William Polly

Bouldering is one of the hardest sports in the world I train since 10 years and I am only 15 if you go into a gym an climb up a wall with all the holds... Good for you but that's not bouldering ;) you need to have power you must be flexible and you really must think about what you do!


99Water Ski
Water skiing should be up higher water skiing involves strength determination teamwork and communication I am on a ski team and it is a huge commitment I am at the lake 6 days a week and I know a lot of people who have gotten severely injured my friends and I have had many pulled muscles concussions and broken bones and if you water ski you know you fall a lot and its really bad to fall from the top of a 5 tier pyramid you hit 30+ ropes on the way down and you get skied over but the worse thing is if you land on the wake hard enough you r most likely to get a concussion and gonna black out so don't go around saying my sport is easy trust me it does not feel good to be dragged behind a boat going 30 mph or to face plant going off a jump 5 feet on the air or to fall forward off a pyramid ya so think again it's not as easy as it looks!

100Wiffle Ball
Not even a sport
Bullcrap ever heard of the wiffle ball pitcher who stuck out a major league batter So underrated


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