What does Perceived Rate of Exersion or RPE mean?

To reach your goals, you must ensure that you are exercising at the right intensity.

Yes, you could figure out your target heart rate, but RPE is a much easier, and sometimes safer, way to gauge your intensity during your cardio workouts.

It focuses more on how you feel rather than your heart rate (which can be misleading during pregnancy and when on some medications).

Perceived Rate of Exersion Scale

1-2: Very easy; you can converse with no effort

3: Easy; converse with almost no effort

4: Moderately easy; converse comfortably with little effort

5: Moderate; conversation requires some effort

6: Moderately hard; conversation requires quite a bit of effort

7: Difficult; conversation requires a lot of effort

8: Very difficult; conversation requires maximal effort

9-10: Peak Effort; No talking zone

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