RPE (Rate/Rating of Perceived Exertion) is a self-assessed gauge of how hard you feel you’re working.

The original RPE scale is known as the Borg Scale and ranges from 6 to 20.

For simplicity, however, most of us use a 1–10 scale (or maybe 0–10).

If a health care practitioner has ever asked you to rate your level of pain on a scale of 1 to 10, this is pretty much the same thing, except for effort.

Why should we care about RPE? What does it give us?

Great question. Glad you asked!

We primarily use RPE to help modulate our conditioning workouts.

When the clock is running we often push…


Choosing a CrossFit gym is a pretty big deal. You’ll be spending a fair bit of time there, not to mention some of your hard-earned cash.

So, it only makes sense to make sure the “box” you choose is the right one for you.

Based on our own experiences running a CrossFit gym since 2005, numerous conversations we’ve had with people from other gyms, and chats with gym owners themselves, we’ve built a list of 10 unique factors that can be used to evaluate a prospective gym.

The 10 Factors

1) Facility

The first place to start looking is the facility itself.

It should be…


Our original tagline was “The Sport of Fitness”, a phrase borrowed (with full permission!) from Greg Glassman himself.

This was 2 years before the CrossFit Games even existed (we opened in 2005 in, so, yeah, we OGs).

Shortly afterwards, however, we divorced ourselves from the expression, realising that it wasn’t appropriate for what we do.

Actually, it’s not an appropriate tagline for any gym that’s not geared specifically (if not explicitly) for competitive fitness athletes. And even then, it still needs qualification.

Why?

Well, it comes down to differentiating between the objectives and methods for training, testing, and competing.

Here’s…


CrossFit Toronto has been involved with the CrossFit Open since it’s inception in 2011 when it replaced the Sectionals leading up to the CrossFit Games.

The Open has given massive numbers of people a chance to rank themselves among the world of CrossFit athletes and over that time we’ve developed some thoughts on how most people might best approach the workouts and the challenges they present.

While there’s a ton of breakdowns and analysis of the CrossFit Open workouts, most of them aren’t relevant to the regular CrossFit trainee (that’s most of us).

That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t participate…


If you run a content-based site or YouTube channel that you’d like to monetise, then you’ll want to know about how the Basic Attention Token (BAT) can help you.

We touched on BAT when we took a look at the Brave browser in a recent post, which covered things from a user perspective.

BAT and the Brave Browser

Now we’re going to put on our publisher’s hat and look at the role BAT plays for content creators and show you how to get your site involved.

As a publisher with a monetised platform (or one you’d like to monetise), you…

John Vivian

Technology nerd; infosec professional in my former life; health & fitness professional in my current life; newly-minted cryptocurrency & blockchain enthusiast.

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