Top Ten Worst Things About P.E. Lessons

I am glad to say that P.E. is behind me. Waste of my life and made me look like an idiot. But I still have horrific memories. Let all your troubles out here.

The Top Ten Worst Things About P.E. Lessons

1 It robs you of your dignity

This so deserves 1st, I'm pretty sure sport teachers are meant to be mean, make you do PE in the freezing or boiling weather, and people that are bad at PE ( like me) are called fat and tubby, I don't like sport because it's THE ENTIRE REASON WHY I'm BULLIED! I just wanna say to my PE teacher: look at me you idiot, how am I fat when I'm obviously the lightest kid in the school. If PE never existed then I would rate school a 10/10, PE is pointless for me because I'm underweight and I really am the lightest kid (relative to size) in my school, also. I hate school because everyone says 'it makes you kool' with a stupid K. And also those stupid 'stop making children play or watch the T.V. , it's just a massive scam to ruin children's life, also when I was in year 1 (when I was 5) we only had 1 day for a PE lesson, and half of it was mostly maths, oh I miss those days. Every sports day I was last because everyone cheated and they were the popular kids, I told the teachers and they said I ...more - Harri666

As I've said many times before. If you can't run as fast, or jump as high, it's all exposed to your expense and you get mocked. Seriously cruel. - PositronWildhawk

I never saw the point in PE. It was two hours a week of hell where the instructor would be waiting for you, rubbing their hands gleefully together. Awful! - Britgirl

Yes, plus it's never gonna help people who got jobs like a Car seller. Sure the people who want to do it can do it, but not EVERYONE! - RockStarr

There's the same athletic team captains all the time who sometimes don't even notice my existence and I'm terrible at the "sports" that I will not use in the future.

2 They expect you to enjoy it

I hate gym class because a bunch of kids in my grade are super athletic and I am definitely not, and I definitely can't run really far and I'm super short, so I hate the jumps and oh my god whenever I mess up, everybody besides the ones that also experience got really mad and start screaming at me. Also, just the idea of gym makes me break out in a cold sweat

True my gym coaches always tell me to enjoy it even though they make you do the same trap sports over and over again

Yes, running a giant lap in 100 degree weather is the most fun of all. You know what else is fun? Being mocked and judged because you're bad at the sport and for some reason everyone thinks you're the worst person to ever exist. But when someone fails a text in, say math, it's like "Pfft, stupid math. You did well, buddy."

I didn't like religious studies. That was fine. I didn't like PE, and somehow that was alien to them. The mind boggles. - PositronWildhawk

3 P.E. teachers are always merciless tyrants

P.E. gave me some of the most horrid memories in my life. I always was and always will be the kid that just isn't capable of doing it right. I had 3 teachers in total, only one was normal. The first one used to pick on me really bad, I was hoping to have an A in P.E. at the end of the year and I was only missing that last A. She wasn't giving up and decided that a B was right for me at the last day of school. I got teased and everything I did got blown out of proprotion. It only got worse with my second teacher... Out of all the memories, I'm not sure which one caused me the most trauma, but I specifically remember doing high jumps. I ran the first time, fell and did it again, failed and fell again. Everyone but my group of friends laughed their asses off and I just began to cry. Everything just piled on, all the times I got bullied, yelled at by the teacher, made fun of... She made me run extra times after that, while I was still crying of course. Afterwards she began to put us in a ...more

My PE teacher really didn't like me very much. I used to be a chubby girl. She used to call me Tina Tubs and laugh when I puffed during cross-country. Awful, spiteful woman. I would so love to see her now... - Britgirl

One of my P.E. teachers was REALLY nice. My class didn't have the most athletic kids, and did she mock them? No. But she moved to the high school the year after I had her, and now I am stuck with all of the bad teachers. - Minecraftcrazy530

Naku, my PE teacher is a total dictator. He makes me join after a soccer match with my bros previously.

4 A student bad at most subjects but good at PE is said to be doing well. A student good at most subjects but bad at PE is considered to be doing badly.

I can relate to this so well. For all you P.E. teachers, listen up.
You are all terrible people. Smart kids hate you. You ruined my life. Because of you, I have to resort to talking to my own head for comfort. You make me and my friends look like idiots, while jocks and cheerleaders are praised for their physical abilities. Do you know how unfair that is? Because of your class, I don't have all A's on my report cards. You're the bane of my existence. Because of you, I hate myself. I want to be someone else. Because of you, I am bullied beyond belief. Because of you, I have no real friends. You give people a reason to hate me. Therefor, I hate you.

The most unfair thing in the world. I make no exaggeration. - PositronWildhawk

My Parents are dissapointed in me for not getting a good grade in P.E even though all my other grades were fine

This is not true, first of all you do not have to be a sport freak to be successful in life, and how does one subject impact everything? - bjinmaro64

5 You get mocked if you do badly

YES! this one boy made fun of me for not being able to do a push up even though PE for me is really early

One boy started screaming at me during kickball when I asked him if I was supposed to throw it to him or the kid next to him. I was paying attention to the game and trying my best, but because I didn't play the game all te time I wasnt familiar with the rules. He started yelling about how I was just some stupid girl who doesn't pay attention and doesn't want to get sweaty or get my hair messed up. He yelled so loud at me everyone in the room flinched along with the gym teacher. I was already having a stressful day because I couldn't stop thinking about my grandmother who just passed, and I got overwhelmed and just started crying. Some of my friends were concerned and in the locker room they came up to me and helped me. But the teacher didn't say a word to the boy or to me. I cried like a little baby.

Straight up facts. I was trying my best in a game and trying to catch the ball and all that. I missed a few times and this tryhard girl would be saying things like "com'on (lets pretend my name is Bob) Bob" and acting like they rule the team. She even tries to boss me around by saying things like "Bob go block 'Rob'". It's honestly horrible. Whenever you try your best but you're still not as good as the other people, there's always that one person in your team who screams, " GOd I hate my team"... Honesly who tf says that and OUTLOUD

My teacher made fun off me after running the mile and she still does mock me

6 They act like it's the most important thing ever

This one is so true, everyone in my school treats this like it's the most important subject, but in reality, it isn't. I wish some people could just open their eyes.

Oh yeah, I'm gonna totally use a basketball or kick a ball in a net to save my History grade. Seriously, I have some dumb tournament thing with football and I just wanna read Catching Fire again, not aimlessly walk around while nobody passes me the ball and yells at me at sensibly walking away if it's gonna break my glasses. Oh sorry, I think winning a dumb goal is more important than wasting money to fix my glasses.

Well, it is important to be active and healthy though, for those who don't think it is essential. There are some people who won't play after school sports, so they do sports during school time. Education for a career is also important, but so is your health. You can die from being overweight and have a lot of health problems for not being active.

Really? Is it? You can run really fast, that's cool. Can you count up to ten? I'll give you a week to figure it out. - PositronWildhawk

7 Exhaustion is no excuse

Its true, you could be having a seizure on the ground and they will mark your grade down

Everyone want to show how good they are, it's the same in PE classes. A class is like a big family, but everyone compete with each other. For me as an example, in swimming lessons, I always feel so tired but others are still not tired. So I have to swim with exhaustion, because you really can get mocked by the classmates and the teachers always think that everyone can do it so you can doit too. It's unfair and it makes students fear to tell the teacher if they cannot do things anymore and it can hurt the student a lot.

There was a girl in my classroom that fainted during P.E. And when she woke up, they acted as if nothing had ever happened, and they made her run laps with the rest of us. - DogsUnleashed

Oh what is it? You can't breathe because you have asthma and you forgot yur inhaler? TOO BAD. Go run a mile NOW!

Bastards, all of them.

8 You have to do it

My PE teacher told me to join a group of all popular girls and I couldn't refuse. IT WAS HELL. We were playing bench ball and someone had to go on the bench - the people that were not man were saying I should go on the bench, that I could catch. But, the popular girls were doing a facial expression indicating I'm rubbish at PE. I was upset but couldn't say a thing or else I'm dead literally. They told one of the nice people to go on the bench for the 'sake' of the team and as I the girl went on the bench two of the mean girls were gossiping about me and one said the other was EVIL for what she said. She said it so loudly as well. And when it was my turn on the bench, I smashed it and won every person a space on the bench. They STILL did not want me on the bench then the gossip spread to the whole team. I was infuriated inside but outside I was trying to keep my cool. I cried after that and my friends said I shouldn't worry. After this, I never wanted to do PE again, but I have to. If ...more

I've had to suffer through grades and grades of P. E. While I had one merciful teacher who allowed me to decide whether I could or could not do an activity, my other teachers are quite forceful about me having to participate. It's unfortunate that P.E. is a "core subject", despite the fact most people do not plan on being athletic. I understand if it's just simple running, but we have to learn about professional techniques and run as though we were child athletes. It's unreasonable, as it's compulsory even for those with health problems, but it's necessary to even pass the grade with mediocre scores.

Until about junior year in high school, I had to take this course, and I benefited zilch from it. There's people that are good enough in sports, for scholarships and all that jazz, but I'm not one of those. I could care less how they would live their lives. But not me. Not everyone has to stay fit physically to survive, and it can be worse if you over-exert it, then you're weaker than everyone else. Having to have a PE course as a requirement just to go up the grade levels is a horrible thing for those who don't want to do it, yet at the same time failing isn't an option either. - NuMetalManiak

Actually, PE became very critical to many people these days. A lot of people have access to the internet, phones, and all sorts of electronics, so they won't go outside and excercize as much as the older generations did (unless you take after school classes). According to the New York Times, kids of this generation will live shorter compared to other generations, due to obesity, diabetes, and other disorders. If we didn't take PE classes, students will have unhealthy bodies which leads to serious health issues and diseases. - Not_A_Weeaboo

9 Injuries

What's worse is when they think you're faking it.
Oh, look, there's blood on my face! No, I never hurt myself, I was running around for half an hour with ketchup on my tongue! - PositronWildhawk

I get sore a lot. Fun fact- I said this on a list, and guess what? It gets thumbed down! Whatever, idiots - Pony

During P.E. I hurt my ankle very badly. I told the coach and she yelled at me for faking it. She then told me to run another mile. I then had to go to the doctors the next day because of how BLACK AND BLUE AND SWOLLEN it was. My doctor told me it was broken. Thanks a lot.

I got hit in the face by a ball several times. I had glasses on. I was so lucky that the glass didn't shatter. I would've been blind by now if it happened.

10 It's dull and boring

I agree completely. I would much rather be doing something interesting like studying nuclear fusion.

Too boring that you spelled social studies incorrectly.

Well the actual PE lesson is not but the theory is very

No, being fit isn't that boring since it's actually important to your health. If you still think it's boring, maybe obstacle courses would excite you more in PEL

The Contenders

11 The Beep Test

I hate the beep tests. They are just torture that PE teachers put us through. What is the point? Who cares who can run the longest and fastest- PE teachers are just giving the jocks and the athletes bragging rights and making the people who are not the fastest or the people best at running long distance feel bad about themselves. There is no point!

Don't you guys have better things to do than be on this website?

Yes! The pacer is so annoying!

I hate these tests it hurts your throat

12 It's embarrassing when you do poorly

Whenever we do anything I'm so embarrassed. Everyone is better than me! Nobody else cares, but I do!

I try my best but I still suck at PE and everyone else in my class is amazing! Its really embarrasing when I can't catch, kick, throw a ball. 5 year olds are probably better than me. I'd do anything just to be good at one sport, I would not care which sport. I feel so bad in teams because I wish I was helpful and could actually help the team win, most of the time I'm the reason why we lose. I freak out before every PE lesson and worry myself so much the night before I lose sleep.

Others yell at you, and some laugh. Either way you will end up being embarrassed. I am still in middle school so I still am going through this. I made the mile run, but only behind everyone else. Why can't we choose whether we want P.E in our lives or not?

I've seen a lot of bad players... - bjinmaro64

13 You are being forced to run a mile

In my school you have to run a mile once a week. I am athletic but I suck at running. When I'm running I can't catch my breath and literally feel that I am about to pass out then the PE teacher says "run faster! " "try harder" but what he does not understand is that I'm like half way dead. Once a kid stopped because he felt he was about to barf but the teacher just says "well do you have Asthma? " and he said no so the teacher made him run 2 more laps. He got sent home for eventually throwing up which lead to him not being able to finish the rest of school so because of the mile he missed any lessons that might actually be important in his lifetime.

Not a huge deal for me. I have 7:08 as my highest score. But I understand some people cannot be that fast due to health issues or other problems. There some people that try and that's okay. But there are some people that all they do is walk and talk on the track and don't even try. Like I said, there are some people who are not fast, but not doing anything?

I think that the mile is super fun and we should do it more every year to get more in shape, because if you were in shape it wouldn't bother you.

Oh, I hate this. I am super bad at running and I am not athletic. The Mile Run is for a grade and while my P.E. teachers are nice(I feel for all you guys with horrible P.E. teachers), I feel they want to torture me just for fun. Usually, I don't even run, I walk, and I usually never finish walking 4 laps(I currently have a 75 in P.E. because I am horrible at it). - Sunwhisker

14 Your coach is sexist

Yeah, the boys can play football or basketball. Girls? You can go crawl through each others legs and lie on each other. Periods? Don't be stupid. You're only 16.

As a male I am constantly depressed to do PE because I enjoy classwork way more, I get mocked and also my coach is sexist. The females do athletics and running, things that I am moderately good at and all we have to do is football. Football and basketball, my 2 least favourite sports. - P1R8K1NG

Girls, you can do the easy stuff, boys you can do a million mile lap around the field and then lift 15-ton weights.

It is almost always separated by gender in team sports - bjinmaro64

15 Fat teachers that sit in a chair eating Big Macs while making you run miles

This is a stereotype. I had a lot of gym teachers throughout the years, and NONE OF THEM were fat or constantly eat Big Macs (or any other McDonald's burger) while teaching class. They also said that McDonald's is BAD FOR YOU (which is true! )

I have had 2 of those kinds... I almost threw up afterwards from the running and than a fat chubby face cheing on a big mac ugh.

I've never had a pe teacher like this and I hope I never do

I have never had one of those, but I certainly don't WANT one!

16 It is extremely useless

I agree, we sit there for a hour working on something that we could easily do from home

I am a teenage girl and in my opinion, gym class is the worst subject ever. In my school, the teacher tells us every useless rule for every sport. Since I am not athletic, these rules will not help me in life. I'm not going to sign a million-dollar contract to my favorite team or join the US Olympic team. Plus, my school makes us take TESTS in gym on all those lame rules! You are amazing if you agree with me.

I understand why math, science, and language arts are taught consistently in schools - they give you knowledge you can use in the future. All PE does is force you turn run in circles and talk to F- losers for an hour.

Must agree, anonymous. It's just ludicrous how this "lesson" is compared with other subjects, right? It's an educational downfall, really. - PositronWildhawk

17 Kids get too competitive

I have these really annoying kids who at like they rule the gym, they get set straight for once by my gym teacher, she does a good job

People on my team yelled at me and tired to kick me off of being goalie in Gator Ball because I accidentally let in one goal. the thing is, my team won anyway, so I don't know what they got so upset about.

I cannot stand people discouraging others because they are not as good. The teachers never discourage, but the students do. Not everyone is good at making shots or skills in basketball.

So true. There was this one kid in my PE class who got scolded by his partner and 2 other kids because he was doing bad in badminton. - HoldenFanatic

18 Teacher is out of shape

Had this overweight P.E teacher that didn't even do the P.E himself but acted all high and mighty.

19 P.E. teachers only say nice things about the popular kids

They also only give good grades to the popular kids, even though everyone is participating except them.

This should be in top 3 this is also very true.

My P.E. teachers say nice things about everyone, not just popular kids. But maybe those are other mean teachers.

I agree. - sadical

20 You don't know how to play, and the teacher yells at you

My teacher does not yell at us at all.

The teachers always moan at you and then they pick what t and u go in and then before u know it your with like 5 girls who hate u and u hate them and then they scream at u for not playing the game right and then if u say something back they look at u like you're the bully

21 They expect you to remember every single rule of the sport, and if you accidentally forget one rule, they yell.

Precisely. I'm holding the hockey stick wrong, and suddenly, I'm the worst excuse for a student in the history of education. Isn't that overstatement quite a big one? Considering that I do so brilliantly in maths and the sciences?!?! - PositronWildhawk

So at least you won't look stupid! Sports would always be a part of social life, though I don't exactly like it as much as others do!

Teachers sometimes come up with absurd rules. In floor hockey I got yelled at for clearing the puck out of my own goalie's crease.

It's true. I once did a mistake in basketball and I got told of!

22 You are the only one who's bad in class

We are doing gymnastics. Everyone else can do it but me. I try my best but just can't do it. Afterwards people In my class say things to me, making me hate pe even more. There is something wrong with my leg, but I can't get out of pe so I try but am horrible at it.

Everyone at my school is a size 2 anorexic girl or a boy too obsessed in sports to have gotten anything done in life. I, on the other hand, am the only obese girl in our entire grade.

That's me! The horrible player who doesn't know how to hold a hockey stick!

This is the worst. - sadical

23 They act like math teachers while teaching in P.E.

That's good so you can learn and get better in math if you need help


P.E. teachers are not real teachers. They're extremely stupid. Go get a life.
I hope my P.E. teacher is reading this. I hope he cries! Muahaha
Okay, that's a little too much. But I hate P.E.

2 + 2 = BE GOOD AT SPORTS NOW OR YOU’LL GET AN F - mistyglow

24 The only things you are ' learning' you already learn in science

"Biology already teaches you the muscle groups, P.E. just tries to do the same! "


25 If you are bad, it puts pressure on you

This list is getting repetitive - bjinmaro64

And that means more motivation for you! I'm actually thankful that PE exists because this is the only time I get to practice with certain sports!

26 They don't let you take breaks when you're hot and sweaty

We are allowed to take little breaks in between sometimes.

Really In Soccer, Football, baseball, and more have running. They make you hot and sweaty. The PE Teachers don't care if your hot and sweaty. Their goal is to rob people's life when their not sporty. So Positron Wildhawk I agree o n this 100 percent. I feel your pain. - Jake09

You do have halftime,and it's good to be sweating because you knew you worked hard - Nateawesomeness

Coach: Hey kids lets go play footba
All: that's not as bad as soccer
5 minutes later

27 You are forced to change in the locker room

our hygiene our problem! we should be allowed to wear whatever we were already wearing

I hate this. You have to change in front of all your friends and they can see your you-know-what. A girl once hid in our locker room. Bad times, bad times. - Tacocheese


28 You get a Zero if you don't participate.

It's unfair to those that are terrible at sports.

TRUE! I hate how it’s required to graduate

29 Nipple sweat


30 Sport bras

I am glad I don't have to wear sports bras, that will suck. I am a tomboy and I hate wearing that kind of stuff.



31 You are forced to go play sports you don’t wanna do

One time I wanted to play football, but instead the gym teacher forced me to play gymnastics and I almost broke my foot doing it thanks a lot :C


32 Jocks

these jerks terrorize the playing field of any court to make kids feel bad

Not all jocks are rude, I know a jock who is not very popular in school since he is more quiet then some of the other guys, but is one of the nicest guys in the school. He is very good at sports, but is more quiet and likes different things than the popular jocks.

The main reason people hate jocks so much and that there ARE jocks is because of PE. Luckily, my school has all the jocks in top set while I'm in set 2. It's still stupid though.

The smart, hardworking, kind jocks who do decent in academics and have common sense might be able to make it in life. However, majority of jocks are morons who get Ds and Fs. Those kind of jocks make fun of smart people when they make a mistake at PE. This happened when I used to be in Middle and High school. Now I am a young adult with a Master's degree, and the jocks that made fun of me are now being ordered around by me(I am the manager of a restaurant).

33 P.E. uniform makes you feel insecure

P.E is generally a large fecal matter.

Luckily I don't have to wear a uniform.

What’s a “p.e. uniform? ” - mistyglow

34 You are trying to be yourself and not "fit in" or being "cool and awesome" but by doing PE that's exactly what you are doing.

P.E makes me feel like I'm being forced to be or do something that I'm not

I'm putting this here so that this goes up

But isn't PE for being active, not cool and popular?

i agree

35 Favouritism of athletic people

My teacher obviously hates me and my friends because were not a good a sport as them. It's not nice but the topic on how rude she is always gets us through the lesson

Varsity athletes are actually separated from regular PE, giving more encouragement for the non-athletics since there is not much intimidating competition.

so true

36 Some coaches are perverted


Yes ew they are so weirddd

37 You can't take sick days

For my PE class, you can.

38 Getting Deodorant Sprayed In Your Face

Studies show that kids are going blind because of the deodorant getting sprayed in their eyes

I moved out of my changing rooms and get changed in the autism base because I can't handle all the deodrant being sprayed everywhere.

39 You have to do it when it is freezing/boiling

We had to do netball while it thundered. No tracksuit bottoms either because it was 'not cold enough'. We got drenched.

We still even had to do rugby (I HATE SPORT SO MUCH) while it was hailing - Harri666


40 Physical Education is not only about Sports. It shouldn't be about who can throw the highest or run the fastest.

we should just base kids grades on their ingenuity and intelligence not there physical characteristics

I'm generally what you would call an athletic kid. I spend a lot of time outdoors, I climb, I run and I participate in games such as Tag. But when it comes to PE in school, I suck. My eye-hand coordination has never been the greatest, and the chances of me actually catching the ball/frisbee are very low. I'm good at other subjects, but that doesn't seem to matter to my classmates. They constantly laugh when I fail to catch the ball or throw the frisbee. Often, they call out sarcastic suggestions. Basically, they try to humiliate me. My coach is in on it too. He knows that no one wants to be partners with me because of my limited ability, but yet he always asks us to pair up, even if the activity does not require us to. I feel that PE should be about keeping healthy and being comfortable in our own bodies. After all, It is called Physical education, not Sports. Instead of seeing who can hit the ball over the net, we should be jogging and stretching. It should not be mandatory, either.

I am very bad a throwing things at good coordinates, I am just not an organized person. Plus with people hogging everything and not giving people a chance, less.

No, it's actually supposed to be about methods to be physically fit, while sports is simply a primary method to be one. Though it's a better option to do the straneous exercises and obstacle courses.

41 The P.E teacher that talks about doing one thing the entire class.
42 Dodgeball
43 Racist coaches

We have exactly one African American in our grade.

I am now going to be a freshmen, so hopefully not.

My coach calls my Pakistanion friend cookie rohaughs

44 If your fat and garbage they make you pay for it in extra laps

Really? There are teachers at my school that do some pretty messed up things. The PE coaches at my school will actually let really fat kids stop if they have to

45 If they tell you to do pushups and you do them, they might tell you you're bad.

She could've at least told me tips to improve instead of telling me that my body wasn't naturally made for pushups..or that I'm bad at them! This made me depressed (not sad), angry, & now I believe that I can't do pushups for goodness sake! >:( No wonder why everyone hates her! I miss my old coach, he gives out tips instead of let us down. I would do ANYTHING to get him back as my coach. ANYTHING!

46 School showers

I don’t take school showers lol

47 Double Nipple Sweat

Yes, I agree. One time a kid had double nipple sweat and almost blew up the whole school.

This is disgusting. I hate when people have double nipple sweat.

Ya and it bleeds sometimes too!

48 Unfair grading

You get graded based on your fitness which is totally unfair for those of us who cannot control our lifestyle

49 They cause anxiety

I sit in class every day hoping I get a good grade in P.E because I don't know! I could have an F for all I know

I have mini panic attacks sometimes because of P.E. I get told off for apparently not putting any effort in.

50 We feel like barfing after it

My gym teacher will not let us stop and if you do you run more

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