Application of the Repetitions in Reserve-based Rating of Perceived Exertion Scale for Resistance Training

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Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Ratings of perceived exertion are a valid method of estimating the intensity of a resistance training exercise or session. Scores are given after completion of an exercise or training session for the purposes of athlete monitoring. However, a newly developed scale based on how many repetitions are remaining at the completion of a set may be a more precise tool. This approach adjusts loads automatically to match athlete capabilities on a set-to-set basis and may more accurately gauge intensity at near-limit loads. This article outlines how to incorporate this novel scale into a training plan.

Strength and conditioning journal, 38(4), 42.
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