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Percept Mot Skills. 2018 Aug;125(4):769-787. doi: 10.1177/0031512518774461. Epub 2018 May 4.

Self-Selected Training Load and RPE During Resistance and Aerobic Training Among Recreational Exercisers.

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1 Laboratory of Exercise Physiology and Morphofunctional Assessment, Granbery Methodist College, Juiz de Fora, Brazil.
2 School of Physical Education and Sports, Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Brazil.
3 Research Center for Sport, Health, and Human Development, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal.
4 Department of Physical Education, Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil.
5 Department of Physical Education, University of Northern Parana, Londrina, Brazil.
6 Department of Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, WI, USA.


This study compared training load and ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) during resistance training (RT) and aerobic training (AT) sessions at self-selected intensity. Participants were 54 recreationally trained subjects assigned to either RT or AT groups. During RT, participants performed three sets of 10 repetitions of each exercise at a self-selected intensity (load). After RT completion, participants performed one repetition maximum (1RM) and 10RM tests. During AT, participants performed a treadmill exercise at a self-selected intensity and duration (velocity and time). After AT completion, participants performed a treadmill maximal exercise test using a ramp protocol. During RT, subjects chose an intensity (43.6%-60.2% 1RM) below typical training recommendations, and RPE increased in successive exercise sets. During AT, participants chose an intensity (83.9% Heart Ratepeak) in line with typical training recommendations, and RPE increased from the first to second quartile of the session (from a mean of 3.9, standard deviation [ SD] = 1.7 to a mean of 5.4, SD = 1.7; p < .05) and remained stable thereafter. These recreationally trained participants self-selected lower RT intensities than are typically recommended for strength and hypertrophy increases (>67% 1RM) and AT intensities in line with typically recommended intensity (64%-95% HRmax) for cardiovascular fitness increases. Thus, for recreational trained individuals to perform RT at recommended intensities, specific instruction will be required.


exercise; fatigue; performance; strength; training

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