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Old 09-15-2008, 05:17 PM   #1
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What sport has the hardest training?

Is it fighting, football, rugby, soccer, cycling, any that I am missing? I want to know which athletes train harder then anyone else...
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Old 09-15-2008, 05:31 PM   #2
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Re: What sport has the hardest training?

Could it be swimming? They spend a lot of time per day in that pool, plus other weight training stuff. And you can't discount the fact that working that hard in the water is something most people can't do. Of course, they don't have someone trying to beat the crap out of them either, so....
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Old 09-15-2008, 05:37 PM   #3
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Re: What sport has the hardest training?

I think that the MMA guys, especially the lightweights (155lbs. and up) and the welterweights (170lbs.) are so versatile in their training and I think the demands are great.
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Old 09-15-2008, 05:37 PM   #4
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Could it be swimming? They spend a lot of time per day in that pool, plus other weight training stuff. And you can't discount the fact that working that hard in the water is something most people can't do. Of course, they don't have someone trying to beat the crap out of them either, so....
Using your example...how about water polo? Swimming combined with getting the crap beat out of you.
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Using your example...how about water polo? Swimming combined with getting the crap beat out of you.
Ha! Don't know why I didn't think of that! A handful of times, when I was in college, I went to practice with the waterpolo team. It was just a club sport back then, and it was all guys. They were more than kind to me, but it was still scary at times!
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I think that the MMA guys, especially the lightweights (155lbs. and up) and the welterweights (170lbs.) are so versatile in their training and I think the demands are great.
why only the lighterweights? From my experience the training is similar. I would agree that mma fighters have to be pretty far up the list. Swimming is an interesting one. The spend tons of time in the water and the technical ability needed to be competitive is insane....
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Old 09-15-2008, 05:49 PM   #7
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Re: What sport has the hardest training?

thats almost an impossible question to answer.
physically, a professional boxer may hurt more that a golfer after a training session, but maybe the golfer has a better record in tournaments than the boxer has in his matches. both are pro's but both train in different ways.maybe a golfer trains twice as long. maybe not as physical, but spends lots of time training..
personally, i ran. trained very hard, and those interval sesions hurt big time.
i played semi pro hockey, and all those years of training hurt. i currently bike race and the workouts i do hurt big time. its not ez to go out the door in mid 30 degree temperatures and do a 4 hour hard training ride with the rain coming down, but it has to be done if you want to be competitive in races.(ask ian carver) all sports are hard. hard in different ways. x-country sking i heard is very tough. never seen an olympic rower smiling 3/4 of the way thru his/her race. boxing, wrestling, every sport is tough. tough in their own way..
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Old 09-15-2008, 05:50 PM   #8
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Re: What sport has the hardest training?

Having been a competitive swimmer for years, I can offer some perspective.

Being completely honest, about 75% of the time spent in the pool by any respectable team is spent doing drill/stroke/technique/pace work. So while you're spending 3-4 hours a day in the pool, it's not like the crossfit mentality where everything is done at super high intensity.

To this day, even after years of "Hell Week" (week after Christmas) practices where I thought I'd rather die than swim two more laps, the hardest workouts I've ever done were elsewhere. (Fight Gone Bad comes to mind)

Not saying it's not hard, but I'm willing to bet some of the MMA guys train harder.
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Re: What sport has the hardest training?

I'm kind of rethinking this. Here's my conclusion. All elite athletes train hard and hurt. So I'm going with the sports where you get the crap beat out of you. Boxing or ice hockey...sports where you routinely lose teeth. That's tough!
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Re: What sport has the hardest training?

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thats almost an impossible question to answer.
physically, a professional boxer may hurt more that a golfer after a training session, but maybe the golfer has a better record in tournaments than the boxer has in his matches. both are pro's but both train in different ways.maybe a golfer trains twice as long. maybe not as physical, but spends lots of time training..
personally, i ran. trained very hard, and those interval sesions hurt big time.
i played semi pro hockey, and all those years of training hurt. i currently bike race and the workouts i do hurt big time. its not ez to go out the door in mid 30 degree temperatures and do a 4 hour hard training ride with the rain coming down, but it has to be done if you want to be competitive in races.(ask ian carver) all sports are hard. hard in different ways. x-country sking i heard is very tough. never seen an olympic rower smiling 3/4 of the way thru his/her race. boxing, wrestling, every sport is tough. tough in their own way..
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Good answer...and it is a hard question to answer. But it is interesting to think about who trains the hardest, i guess the requirments would be..length of training X intensity of training...right? and maybe risk of physical injury? Should mental strength be included?
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