Physical Education classes around the world are often very different. Climate plays a part, as do local cultural traditions, and popular national sports. Ice hockey is more of a North American thing, mainly due to it being colder, while football is a global phenomenon.
Some of the activities that American gym teachers make you do cause consternation from overseas. As we take exercise very seriously, things like rope climbing are a great way of increasing upper body strength. It’s usually not as embarrassing as they show in the movies, though.