Influence of aerobic fitness on ratings of perceived exertion during light to moderate exercise. Academic Article uri icon


  • Based on scores from a maximal exercise test on a bicycle ergometer, 24 college-age women were classified into three aerobic-fitness groups. Each subject then completed two randomly ordered cycle exercise bouts at 1-wk. intervals. The exercise bouts required the subjects to pedal for 24 min. attaining and then maintaining a target heart rate of either 30% or 60% of heart-rate reserve. Ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) were reported at the end of each third minute of the exercise period. Repeated-measures analysis of variance indicated the RPE was significantly related to the exercise workload and duration of exercise. No main effect was found for fitness. Two-way interactions were detected for fitness x duration of exercise and for workload x duration of exercise.

published proceedings

  • Percept Mot Skills

author list (cited authors)

  • Felts, W. M., Crouse, S., & Brunetz, M.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Felts, WM||Crouse, S||Brunetz, M

publication date

  • October 1988