Rating of perceived exertion: Fitness at your level

Workouts can be defined by a rating of perceived exertion (put simply, a way to determine how hard you are working).
Working on a scale of 1-10 the rating provides a useful intensity measure for your own level of fitness. For instance, an Olympian’s exertion of 5 will be very different to that of a couch potato - so the scale allows you to push your own boundaries. 


You may also hear people refer to a Borg scale, which ranges from 6-20 and is just as easy to follow.

Refer to the below rating of perceived exertion chart below to help gauge your own workouts.

Last updated Friday 20 May 2016