About RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion)

Strong allows you to record RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) to accompany your rep recordings.

RPE is used to record difficulty

The RPE scale allows you to record the approximate difficulty of a set. 

By recording RPE, you have more information to modify your future workouts accordingly. 

For example, if a set is too easy for you, you will be able to record a lower RPE rating. Next time, you will be able to increase the resistance or difficulty accordingly.

To edit RPE, simply select the Reps cell, and hit the RPE button in the keyboard. To remove an RPE value, hit the value again.

RPE vs Reps in Reserve (RIR)

While RPE scales can vary, we use a 6-10 scale to record RPE in Strong. The RPE scale is compatible with Reps in Reserve via a simple mapping.

RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) RIR (Reps in Reserve)
6 4
6.5 3-4
7 3
7.5 2-3
8 2
8.5 1-2
9 1
9.5 0-1
10 0 (No more reps possible)

RPE ratings of below 6 are highly subjective and typically cannot be measured accurately, so they have not been included.

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