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10-Point Rating of Perceived Exertion Hand Scale

Rating of Perceived Exertion (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 10-Point Rating of Perceived Exertion Hand Scale (RPE-10) from 0 (nothing at all) and 10 (very very hard) that is simple to use and requires only the use of a series of hand signals. The hand signals are based on a Chinese one hand counting system.

Although this method is based on the traditional Borg RPE Scale between 1-10, like my RPE-5 hand scale it has not been scientifically validated. You should also look at the other traditional (and scientifically validated) RPE scale as developed by Borg: the RPE scale between 6-20.

My 10 Point Hand-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 may be useful to someone one day. For this RPE Scale, the subject just holds up the fingers of one hand to indicate the intensity level - from 1 to 10 (the similar RPE-5 I created only rates between 1 and 5).

The benefits of the RPE-10 scale:

RPE 5 1. Very light
RPE 5 2. Fairly light
RPE 5 3. Moderate
RPE 5 4. Somewhat hard
RPE 5 5. Hard
RPE 5 6.
RPE 5 7. Very hard
RPE 5 8.
RPE 5 9.
RPE 5 10. Very very hard (maximal)


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