There is always an on-going debate about strength sports and which of them require the most strength for the professional athletes who compete in them. Is it the big bulky football player or a hard hitting boxer? Both disciplines require amazing strength but who is number 1?
Before we look at the list it should be noted that the sports listed are listed because of the explosive strength as well as the dynamic strength to body weight ratio that is required to compete in these sports. Measured specifically on how much force is required and not cardio or fitness required.
The sports listed are given a score out of 10 which indicated how much of the brute effort or core strength requirement is needed in order to compete in that specific sport. It goes without saying that no person could compete in these sports without having the minimum requirement of cardiovascular fitness as well.
There is no scientific basis on which these sports are listed and they are not listed because of the amount of specific force required that is measured in any empirical way. It is merely a list created by experts who have created that list based on their opinion only.
1. Weight-Lifting – 9.25
2. American Football – 8.63
3. Wrestling – 8.38
4. Boxing – 8.13
5. Track and Field: Hammer Throw – 7.88
6. Rowing – 7.75
7. Speed Skating – 7.25
8. Ice Hockey – 7.13
9. Rodeo: Steer Wrestling – 7.00
10. Rugby – 7.00
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