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    Rate of perceived exertion (RPE) is used to gauge your intensity in cardio workouts. Here are what the numbers in our fitness stories indicate.

    RPE 1-2 Very easy; you can converse with no effort
    RPE 3 Easy; you can converse with almost no effort
    REP 4 Moderately easy; you can converse comfortably with little effort
    REP 5 Moderate; conversation requires some effort
    REP 6 Moderately difficult; conversation requires quite a bit of effort
    REP 7 Difficult; conversation requires a lot of effort
    REP 8 Very difficult; conversation requires maximum effort
    REP 9-10 Peak effort; no talking zone

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