RPE = Rating of Perceived Exertion.
This table, based on the research of Borg is great for figuring out the
intensity of exercise. It is used in research Studies for that purpose, and
may also be used in training programs to describe perceived exertion in
exercise sessions. There are 2 versions of this scale. A 0-10 Scale and
another Scale rating between 6-20.
Here’s the 1-10 Scale:
NOTHING AT ALL
VERY, VERY LIGHT
VERY VERY HARD (MAXIMAL)
Here’s the 6-20 Scale:
Very, Very Light
Very, Very Hard
. Borg GAV. Borg’s Rating of Perceived Exertion and Pain Scales.
Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 1998.
The 1-10 Scale is great and very easy to use though of course if you want or
need more detailed information than I would recommend the 6-20. After you
get really good as a Personal Trainer you should be able to tell what is
very challenging for a client or what is not and this is a great way to get
there perceived exercise intensity.
Remember Scales are another way to assess your client and the more data you
have on your clients or research participants the better and more accurate
you can be with how you can help or know what will work best for each
Thanks for the Question Melisa from
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