Strength tracking using the OMNI resistance exercise scale in older men and women. Academic Article uri icon


  • Strength tracking uses ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) as a reference value to determine changes in strength as a function of a resistance training program. The purpose of this investigation was to determine if the OMNI Resistance Exercise Scale (OMNI-RES) could be used to track training-induced strength changes in older adults. Twenty-two men (64.3 + 3.2 years) and 27 women (63.8 + 2.8 years) volunteered to participate. Subjects underwent a maximal lifting test, during which they estimated perceived exertion before and following 12 weeks of resistance exercise training. Leg press (LP), latissimus dorsi pull-down (LA), chest press (CP), leg extension (LE), leg curl (LC), arm extension (AE), and arm curl (AC) were performed. Paired samples t-tests were used to compare resistance lifted pre- and post-training at each criterion RPE (4, 6, and 8). One repetition maximum increased from pretraining to post-training (p < 0.05) for all exercises. The resistance lifted at each criterion RPE also increased (p < 0.05) during the 12-week training session for every exercise. Older adults lifted more weight at 3 criterion RPEs as their strength increased, providing an RPE-based procedure to track strength training changes using the OMNI-RES. As such, it seems that RPE from the OMNI-RES can be used to track strength in older adults.

published proceedings

  • J Strength Cond Res

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Gearhart, R. F., Lagally, K. M., Riechman, S. E., Andrews, R. D., & Robertson, R. J.

citation count

  • 58

complete list of authors

  • Gearhart, Randall F||Lagally, Kristen M||Riechman, Steven E||Andrews, Ryan D||Robertson, Robert J

publication date

  • January 1, 2009 11:11 AM