The Most Testing Sports

Which is tougher cardio or strength training? Everyone’s going to have a different answer to that question but most work out aficionados are going to be telling you its cross fit for the most intense work out. But when it comes to sport, there tends to be significantly more contention about which sport demands the most from its players.

If you ask someone who plays American Football if Ice Hockey is a tougher sport, they’ll probably insist that football is harder despite the added difficulty of ice skating in terms of skills required. We figure having a better appreciation of the skills required might help you make smarter assessments if you’re thinking of staking some cash on an event, maybe by betting online at Paddy Power, then it pays to be aware of the physical costs of the sport so you can appreciate the effort going into every play.

To that end, we have this handy infographic that goes through 5 of the tougher sports out there and letting you know why we think they’re so challenging!

Physically demanding sports



  1. Dynamite21

    February 19, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    5-A-Side footy is a killer, i am begging to go in goal after 10mins. Tennis is also murder, me and my mate have extremely unfriendly 5 set wars. (Good for nowt the next day) It’s all to do with the breaks between action and the ability to recover. ie FITNESS

  2. Brian

    February 19, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    5-a-side is a good call! There’s nothing quite like it interms of intensity for me. Funnily enough I’ve just set up a team after not kicking a ball for a number of years and guess what, after getting injured last week I’m in goal this week 😀

  3. superted

    February 21, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Curlin looks exhausting to me never mind 5 aside football haha

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