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Gymnastics The Most Demanding Sport (Men's Journal)

In 2003 the Men's Journal magazine analyzed a large number of sports and found gymnastics to be the most demanding. The physical demands of a gymnast are great, though there is limited contact and not a lot of endurance required. Don't agree with this list? See our analysis of sports which has come up with my list of the World's Fittest Sport, and we need your opion to determine your Fittest Sport. You can add your comment below.

Top-10 Ranking List

  1. Gymnastics
  2. Ironman Triathlon
  3. Rock climbing
  4. Hockey
  5. Bull riding
  6. Boxing
  7. Rugby
  8. Decathlon
  9. Water polo
  10. American football


The most demanding sport was determined by assigning numerical values to sports in the following categories: fitness, skills, brains, pain (the chance of injury or death), contact, venue and intangibles.

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