What is RPE and RPE Scale?
If you've wondered what is meant by RPE or what you should feel like during a particular RPE, here is a handy chart for you to share online. RPE is "Rate of Perceived Exertion" during your workout.
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10: MAX EFFORT ACTIVITY
Feels almost impossible to keep going. Completely out of breath, unable to talk. Cannot maintain for more than a very short time.
9: VERY HARD ACTIVITY
Very difficult to maintain exercise intensity. Can barely breathe and speak only a few words.
7-8: VIGOROUS ACTIVITY
Borderline uncomfortable. Short of breath, can speak a sentence.
4-6: MODERATE ACTIVITY
Breathing heavily, can hold a short conversation. Still somewhat comfortable, but becoming noticeably more challenging.
2-3: LIGHT ACTIVITY
Feels like you can maintain for hours. Easy to breathe and carry a conversation.