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J Strength Cond Res. 2012 Nov;26(11):3018-24. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318245c0c9.

Concurrent validation of the OMNI-resistance exercise scale of perceived exertion with Thera-band resistance bands.

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Laboratory of Physical Activity and Health, Department of Physical Education and Sports, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain.


The concurrent validity of the OMNI-Resistance Exercise Scale (OMNI-RES) of perceived exertion for use with elastic bands was studied during isotonic resistance exercises. Twenty healthy, physically active subjects completed both familiarization and testing sessions. The criterion variables were myoelectric activity, recorded by electromyography, and heart rate, recorded by a heart rate monitor. The subjects performed 2 separate sets of 15 repetitions in each of the 2 testing sessions and for each of the exercises applied (i.e., frontal and lateral raises). One set was carried out with the separation between the hands gripping the elastic band allowing that 15 repetition maximum to be performed in the selected exercise, whereas the other set was carried out with the separation between hands at +50% of the previous grip. The perceived exertion rating for the active muscles and for the overall body, muscular activity, and heart rate were measured during the final repetition of each set. The results showed significant differences (p ≤ 0.001) in myoelectric activity, heart rate, and OMNI-RES scores between the low- and high-intensity sets and the intraclass correlation coefficient was 0.72-0.76. So it can be concluded that the OMNI-RES can be used for monitoring the intensity of exercises when elastic bands are used. This would allow the training stimulus dosage to be precisely controlled in both the session in progress and between different sessions, and allowing to differentiate between different levels of intensity according to the physical aptitudes and special physiological needs of the subjects.

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