If you’re not using RPE in your training, you should be.
RPE stands for “Rate of Perceived Exertion” and is a scale designed to gauge how hard you’re working.
Here’s the boring stuff:
Initially, the basic version of the RPE scale was called the Borg Scale, developed by a Swedish psychologist named Gunnar Borg in the 1980s.
It measured feelings of strain and fatigue, and was scored based on a participant’s perception of how hard a task was. Typically, it was used when measuring cardiovascular exercise. The scale started at a level 6 (where exertion was minimal) and went up to 20, which represented maximum exertion.
Within this, several ratings were given certain headings. A level 11 for instance was classed as “very light” while a 17 was “very hard.”
The first version of the Borg Scale worked fine, but there were flaws, mainly the fact that starting at six was a little odd, and that having 15 different levels was probably more than was needed, making it difficult for the average exercises to accurately judge their effort rating.JOIN NOW to continue reading...
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