5-Point Rating of Perceived Exertion Hand Scale

RPE Scales are commonly used for subjective measures of exercise intensity levels. They are used in research studies and training programs to describe the intensity of exercise. Presented here is a 5-Point Rating of Perceived Exertion Hand Scale (RPE-5) that is simple to use and understand.

Although this method is based on the traditional Borg Rating Scales, it is something I made up and it has not been scientifically validated. You should also look at the two traditional (and scientifically validated) RPE scales as developed by Borg: the RPE Scale between 1-10 with ratings from 0 (nothing at all) and 10 (very very hard) and another RPE scale with the RPE scale between 6-20.

My Five Point Scale

You may ask why do we need another RPE scale when there are others that are well used and scientifically tested? This RPE scale was created for a bit of fun, but it also may serve a purpose, and has some advantages over the other scales, and hopefully be useful to someone one day. For this RPE Scale, the subject just holds up the fingers of their hand to indicate the intensity level - from 1 to 5. The benefits of my scale:stop hand rpe

Rating   Likert Scale long description
1 RPE 1 not all all hard I’m feeling great and could keep up this pace all day long.
2 RPE 2 slightly hard I’m still comfortable, but am breathing a little harder and starting to sweat.
3 RPE 3 moderately hard This is a good workout.
4 RPE 4 very hard It is getting pretty tough, I could only keep at this pace for a short time period.
5 RPE 5 extremely hard It's too hard, I need to STOP!


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