The purpose of the study was to determine the relationship between heart rate and RPE in novice female subjects during aerobic bench training. After a 5-min warm-up, 20 women (18-30 yrs) performed 28 minutes of aerobic bench training on a 6-in. bench. HR and RPE were recorded at eight selected 3-min intervals. A Quinton Q5000 electrocardiogram was used to monitor HR response. Step rate was 120 steps per minute for five intervals and 140 steps for the remaining three intervals. Pearson product-moment correlations for each interval revealed r=-.02, .10, -.06, .19, .17, .11, .27, and .12, respectively. Means over the entire 28-min exercise period ranged from 11 to 14 for RPE and from 148 to 160 for HR. The results indicate that RPE does not significantly correlate with HR in novice female subjects during aerobic bench training. Caution should be used when relying on RPE to monitor response in novice female step trainers.
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