During activity, use the Borg Scale to assign numbers to how you feel (see instructions below). *Borg Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) 1 – 10 Modified Scale. The Borg Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) scale, developed by Swedish researcher Gunnar Borg [1], is a tool for measuring an individual’s. The Borg Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) scale. The study of human performance and perceived exer tion during physical activity has been an area of con.

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This table, based on the research of Gunnar Borg from Stockholm University, is handy for quantifying the intensity of exercise. Other studies have investigated the relationship between the RPE and the number of repetitions of resistance exercise [ 34041 ].

There is another very similar RPE scale also developed by Borg, with the ratings betweenand the CR centiMax scalea more finely-graded scale. Short Communication Open Access. The numbers below relate to phrases used to rate how easy or difficult you find an activity. A few studies have used RPE in year-old boys and girls to examine the validity of perceived exertion in children and found that RPE was a valid measure of the intensity of resistance exercise in children [ 53 – 55 ].

Several studies have investigated the differences in RPE during resistance exercise between older and younger people [ 4445 ]. These studies found that the perceived exertion level during the same resistance exercise was significantly greater in older than in younger adults [ 4445 ].

This scale is presented in Figure 1. Any questions, please ask or search for your answer.


In addition, the perceived exertion was significantly lesser than the equivalent value on the CR scale for each intensity [ 939 ].

ABOUT contact author info 1-100. In its simplest terms, it provides a measure of how hard it feels that the body is working based on the phys ical sensations that the subject experiences, including increased heart rate, increased respiration or breathing rate, increased sweating and muscle fatigue [ 2 ]. Taken from Borg [1]: Women rated exercise performed at the same intensity as requiring less effort than reported by men [ 40 ].

A rating of 6 was to be associated with no exertion, i. Post-traumatic growth in ex- military personnel: The Borg CR scale has been used to quantify the perception of physical exertion [ 10 ].

Sensitization in the UK Supreme Court. RPE can be used to track the progress of training in resistance exercise and may also be appropriate for quantifying the intensity of resistance exercise and prescribing an appropriate program [ 67 ]. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

There are several versions of this scale. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. When using this rating scale, remember to include feelings of shortness of breath, as well as how tired you feel in your legs and overall.

RPE Scale (Perceived Exertion Rate)

In contrast, in another study the increase in the RPE during resistance exercise was significantly greater in women than in men, although only during single-joint endurance exercise [ 47 ]. A comparison of the reproducibility and the sensitivity to change of visual analogue scales, Borg scales, and Likert scales in normal subjects during submaximal exercise. Borg scales have also been applied in a wider context than just whole body exertion.


It is used in some research for that purpose, but may also be used in training programs to describe the intensity of training sessions.

Rated Perceived Exertion (RPE) Scale

This number gives an indication of the intensity of activity allowing the participant to speed up or slow down movements. ABOUT contact author info advertising. The study of human performance and perceived exertion during physical activity has been an area of considerable scientific interest and research over the last 50 years.

Rating of perceived exertion RPE is widely used in exercise tests using cycle ergometers incremental aerobic exercise for patients with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases such as hypertension and type 2 diabetes. It is commonly used in some research studies for that purpose, but may also be used in training programs to describe the intensity of training sessions. We are also on facebook and twitter. Related articles in Google Scholar. A Danish study by Jakobsen et al.

Loneliness and social isolation of military veterans: To make an appointment with an exercise specialist or to join a cardiac rehabilitation program, contact Cleveland Clinic Preventive Cardiology – The RPE during a resistance exercise session is greater for shorter rest intervals than for longer rest intervals [ 3151 vorg, 52 ].

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