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What is RPE and how is training load calculated?

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When logging workouts, the training load is automatically calculated for the workout. Also, once a workout is complete, an athlete can enter their Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) and Duration of workout to calculate RPE Load. These are valuable metrics for reporting purposes.


Training Load is calculated as Sets x Reps x Weight. For example 4 sets of 6 reps of 75 lbs would be 4 X 6 X 75 lbs = 1800

Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) is a way of measuring physical activity intensity level. Perceived exertion is how hard you feel your body is working. It is based on the physical sensations a person experiences during physical activity, including increased heart rate, increased respiration or breathing rate, sweating and muscle fatigue. It is rated as a number between 1 and 10 as follows:


Duration is the amount of time (in minutes) it takes to complete a particular workout or set of exercises. 

RPE Load is the Rate of Perceived Exertion multiplied by the duration (in minutes) it took to complete the Training Load. For example, if rate of perceived exertion is 6 and the workout took 50 minutes to complete, the RPE Load would be 300.

Below is an example of a workout in a Training Log. An athlete performed the Barbell deadlift with the following volume: 5 sets of 5 reps of various weights (180, 205, 225, 225, 225) with no rest in between, this is a training load of 5300. 

Once the workout was completed, the athlete determined that his rate of perceived exertion was a 6 out of 10 and that the workout took approximately 50 minutes to complete. Similar to the example above, the RPE Load for this particular workout would be 300.

Looking at this information within Kinduct's dynamic reporting, a chart for "Training Load Calculations" can be created pulling all information from This Season. With 1 athlete selected, Aaron MacDonald and 4 metrics selected to graph: Duration, RPE, RPE Load and Training Load.

The bar graph displays. Note the example shown on the far right under March 14, 2016 (2016-03-14)

With the mouse hovered over the date, a detailed view will display.



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