Is Rating of Perceived Exertion Effective for Program Design?
Study shows value of using the rating in resistance training.
Are you using the rating of perceived exertion (RPE) during strength training sessions with clients? If not, you may want to try it. University of São Paulo, Brazil, researchers studied the effects of using RPE as a tool for guiding individualized resistance training progression. Twenty college-aged, healthy, trained male students participated in a 6-week program based on either rating of perceived exertion or a pre-determined progression model.
Data analysis showed two interesting outcomes. Participants in the RPE-based model chose fewer high-intensity sessions compared with those using the conventional model. Members of both groups, however, experienced significant and similar gains in muscle strength and mass. Study authors encourage use of RPE as a tool to control workload progression throughout a training period and to optimize individualized training.
The research is published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (2022; 36 , 971–76).
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