How to Find Your "Target Heart Rate"

Cardiovascular Training - Using Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE)

RPE is a simple and effective method of monitoring your heart rate. It is a useful tool for monitoring the perceived level of muscular, cardiovascular and psychological fatigue. Whether used with or without a heart rate monitor, the RPE offers a correlation between your perception or “intuition” of your physical and mental output, and your actual heart rate.

Setting up an RPE during a workout

This simple RPE scale goes from 1 to 10—1 being a very weak (easy) effort, and 10 being maximum effort.  The RPE scale can easily be used in correlation with the Heart Rate Training Zones.

Level of Exertion on a Scale from 1-10
1    None
2    Very Weak
3    Easy           
4    Easy to Moderate               
5    Moderate                                   
6    Somewhat Strong        Aerobic Zone
7    Strong               
8    Very Strong
9    Very, Very strong                Anaerobic Zone
10    Maximum   

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