The Effects of Rest Interval Length on Ratings of Perceived Exertion During Dynamic Knee Extension Exercise

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Woods, S., T. Bridge, D. Nelson, K. Risse, and D.M. Pincivero. The effects of rest interval length on ratings of perceived exertion during dynamic knee extension exercise. J. Strength Cond. Res. 18(3):540–545. 2004.—The objective of this study was to examine the effects of rest interval length on perceived exertion and during 3 sets of 10 inertial knee extension repetitions. Thirty healthy men (n = 15) and women (n = 15) volunteers were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups (1-, 2-, or 3-minute rest interval length) following the establishment of each subject's 1 repetition maximum (1RM) for inertial knee extension exercise. Subjects in each group performed 3 sets of 10 repetitions at 70% of a theoretical 10RM (based on each subject's 1RM), with a 1-, 2-, or 3-minute rest interval between each set. Perceived exertion was recorded, via the Borg category-ratio scale, from each subject after each repetition of each set. The results demonstrated no significant rest interval length effect on perceived exertion across the 3 sets of 10 repetitions. The results revealed a significantly higher perceived exertion value following the first repetition in set 3 as compared to sets 2 and 1 in all groups. The increase in perceived exertion within each set, as described by the slope, was found to be significantly lowest in set 1, as compared to sets 2 and 3. The major findings of this study demonstrate that perceived exertion significantly increases in a similar manner across 3 sets of 10 knee extension repetitions, despite rest interval lengths of 1–3 minutes.

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