Most Demanding Sports


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Being a fairly good Bowler I can say that bowling is probably one of the most mentally demanding sports, it's not to physically demanding.

Throwing a 15 or 16 pound sphere 60 feet down a lane with accuracy under the stress of competition, hundreds of time in a day.


Nordic skiing is tough, 6 days a week practice, hours of hill work UP hill, intervals, plus all your equipment which easily exceeds $1000

All big muscles are used to its maximum in skiing competition, and I'm not talking about downhill here..

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43Ultra Marathon

Running through mountains distances ranging from 50k to 167k non stop night and day pushing your body and mind to its absolute maximum this should be in the top five,in my opinion a real sport is used by people who once use there body as the tool

44BMX Racing

The competition is at an incredibly high level, even in the younger expert level kids.


Hours of training to develop the most amazing trust between horse and rider. Both are refines athletes who must be versatile enough to compete in the subtle and contained control that is dressage, the explosive energy of cross country jumping to the control ads in of show jumping.

Everything because every single sport have its difficulties

46Bull Riding

You may ride your bike or whatever but let's see you ride something that you have no control of and you better be dialed in mentally and physically or your might as well kiss your butt goodbye It is the toughest sport on dirt or anywhere for that matter

How is Bullriding not at least in the top 20? It's not only a demanding sport but it's also one of the most dangerous. Whoever made this list is an idiot.

I rode 14 years, air lifted twice and gathered more then 300 000 $ in med bills

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You have got to be kidding me that strongman is this low. Dart beats it? Really? I dare anyone to see how much effort it takes to become elite at strongman

The only sport to test every aspect of strength, speed, stamina and mental toughness

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48BaseballBaseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each who take turns batting and fielding.

There's no way darts are before baseball! Come on how about you try to hit a 100 mph baseball coming at you with less than a second to decide if it's coming at your face or it's a pitch to hit!

I like to stand around all day and not break a single sweat. So enduring

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Snooker just so hard, you can play for your entire live and still can't master it

Very demanding on your legs keep getting up and down from your seat


Right hand when drinking a pint


I think Weightlifting is hard

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Coming from a background of training and playing matches in a number of sports I can say squash is by far the one that gets my heart rate up to full capacity of which also stays at such a high rate for the longest! Very intense just like camping.

Pro squash training in insane. The top guys burn up to 7000 calories a day!

The most intense sport by a country mile!

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55Rock Climbing

Climbing trad at the top of your ability is hard.

To fight gravity you need a long way to go.

Very few people that do it at the highest level. Check out Alex Honnold and prepare to be terrified and exhausted.

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56BadmintonBadminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are "singles" and "doubles".

Highest demanding sport in the world

Sorry, what stupid place is badminton, common now, it's the fastest sport in the world, a shuttle in a smash can go up to 493km/h, it's a verry demanding sport, just trie it out...

57Springboard Diving

This should be top on the list of mentally and physically challenging sports.


This is a physical and mental demanding sport that should be well up this list

59Arm Wrestling

Arm wrestling is my pride and joy. In 1983 I became the Kentucky State Champion. My left arm was enormous but my right was like a twig.



50th, I have done Judo for 20 years and I have done Motocross, the 2 most physical sports in the world, so Motocross is 1st and Judo comes a very close second.

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