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

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Abstract

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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