Out of 10 how hard are you working right now. 10 feeling like your spleen is going to vacate your body if you do 1 more rep and 0 having a similar sensation to sitting on the beach sipping pina coladas or nutcrackers (if you know you know)

If you have taken a class with us before you most likely heard us say something like this. Why, you might wonder? It helps us figure out if we need to increase or decrease the intensity of the exercise program for you and it helps you make a more tangible connection to what you are doing and your body's ability to meet the demand.


Short for rate of perceived exertion, is a tremendous tool in learning how hard you are working and if that is in line with your goals. Of course no days there is fancy and expensive equipment that can tell you this in real time but really once you learn how your body will tell you exactly what you need to know. You're most likely not a professional or Olympic athlete so then don’t go and buy this fancy equipment just honestly ask yourself how hard you are working out of a scale of 10. Simples.

How to use it?

Using the RPE scale is tied into what you are trying to do for the day. After looking at the below chart maybe the it confirms your feeling that you need to take it a little easy. Then you would correlate how hard you are working with that idea of going a little easier. Or maybe it’s the opposite. Maybe today you are looking forward to really pushing yourself.

However, in general we are going to be working in the 6-8 out of 10 range. This is the where the majority of solid work comes into play. It is unlikely that anything less will provide enough stimulus for adaptation and it is likely that anything higher will provide too much of a stimulus to recover from.

That Simple?

Basically yes. The R.P.E scale is a really easy and quick tool to use to help give you information about how hard you are working. We use it all the time at Hanuman Health Club and it will help you an awful lot if you understand why.


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