The World's Fittest Sport

Do you want to know which sport have the fittest athletes, or which sport is the most physically demanding? You may never know for sure, but we are going to investigate, compare and discuss, to try and find out.

Fitness itself is hard to define, so it makes this often asked and debated question equally difficult to define. Here we are interested in the SPORT which requires the greatest overall demands of fitness, and not necessarily the sport with the fittest athlete or greatest athlete. See also about tests and methods for determining the fittest sport.

Fittest Sport Competition

Using a similar approach to that used by ESPN in a competition to determine the World's Greatest Athlete, we decided to hold our own competition using a similar format, but this time compare the sports themselves rather than the athletes, to determine the world's most physically demanding sport. After months of voting, the winner was ironman triathlon!

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Football/Soccer is clearly the world's most popular sport, and has the most popular athletes, but which sport has the fittest players (but not necessarily the greatest athlete). These players do not always earn the most.

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