Reliability of heart rate responses at given ratings of perceived exertion in cycling and walking

Christos Katsanos, Robert J. Moffatt

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Eleven healthy men (M age = 27 years, SD = 4) completed three cycling and three walking trials in an alternating order. During each trial, participants were allowed, within 3 min, to adjust the work rate to correspond to given rating of perceived exertion (RPE) values according to the following order: RPE 11, 13, and 15. For cycling as well as walking, at each RPE there were no significant differences between mean heart rate responses across the three trials (p > .05). Mode-specific estimates for heart rate intraclass correlation coefficient and coefficient of variation ranged between .80 and .91, and 5.6 % and 8.3 %, respectively. This study provides absolute reliability estimates for heart rate responses when using RPE in a production format and suggests there may be RPE- (and mode) specific practice requirements for achieving a reliable heart rate response at a given RPE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)433-439
Number of pages7
JournalResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiovascular response
  • Day-to-day reproducibility
  • Heart rate consistency
  • Rate of perceived exertion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Nephrology


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