Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) Table

This table, based on the research of Gunnar Borg from Stockholm University, is handy for quantifying the intensity of exercise. It is used in some research for that purpose, but may also be used in training programs to describe the intensity of training sessions.

Two versions of this scale are available on this website. There is a similar scale which has the RPE ratings between 0 and 10. The following table has the scale between 6 and 20. This is made to correspond to the heart rate level (divided by 10) as well as the perceived exertion, e.g. when someone gives a rating of somewhat hard (rating 13), you may also find that their heart rate is approximately 130 beats per minute (13 x 10).

You can download a copy of this RPE Scale for printing.

RPE Scale


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