This spreadsheet attempts to translate RPE into a percentage of a one rep max (1RM) for different rep ranges (e.g. “How much should I lift for 5 reps at RPE 7?”). This is inherently an estimate, as RPE takes into account daily variations in strength, fatigue, etc, which 1RM percentages does not. That is the point of RPE.
Still, some folks may have difficulty estimating their RPE without a coach or experience. This converter is intended as a basic starting point. [Read more…]