The meaning of intensity

Intensity is hard term to define, it depends on your own perceptions, thus being rather subjective. When you are performing any kind of aerobic activities, an exercise intensity correlates with how hard the activity feels to you. Another way of reflecting the intensity of your workout is your heart rate.

The Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) is one of the ways to measure exercise intensity for you. It uses a scale from 1 to 10, 1 meaning rest and 10 being the maximal exertion and it allows you to rate your physical and mental state while performing an exercise. An RPE between 5 and 7 is advised, meaning that during your workout, you are ranging between “somewhat hard” and “hard.”

Another way of understanding intensity can also apply, the rule of the thumb says that if you can do 10 repetitions, but the recommended number of repetitions is 8 then your intensity and weight is probably too low and you should change that in order to get the optimal result.

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