WHAT DOES RPE MEAN?

Rate of Percieved Exertion

A Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) scale is a method used to determine an athlete’s working intensity level. Accurately using an RPE scale correlates to understanding training heart rate, percentage of VO2max and breathing rate. In regards to workouts, it could be looked at as your level of output with 0 being nothing at all and 10 being maximal possible effort.

There are a number of RPE scales, but we utilize a 10-point scale:

  • 0 – Nothing at all
  • 1 – Very light, rest
  • 2 – 50% effort, fairly light, gentle walking
  • 3 – Moderate
  • 4 – 70 % effort, somewhat hard, steady pace
  • 5 – 80% effort, hard
  • 6
  • 7 – 90% effort, very hard
  • 8
  • 9 – 100% effort, very, very hard
  • 10 – exhaustion