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  • Austin Baraki
    Give this article a read first, as it goes into detail on how tot use this approach:

    It is late afternoon on a Monday and you’ve just arrived at the gym for Day 1 of this week’s training after a tough day at work. You pull out your

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  • Ricky92
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    How to use RPE effectively

    Hey guys! I've been away from the gym a long time due to strict quarantine in my country. So I'm back at beginner template again for some time. I will try to be as short as possible.
    I want to know if I did the right thing asessing RPE:
    Lets say my previous week OHP was:
    4 reps @6 with 47.5kg SET 1
    4 reps @7 50kg SET 2
    4 reps @8 52.5kg SET 3 and 4
    Nice week everything went according to plan.
    Now this week I did my warm up like usual and waited 2 minutes before my first set @6 to correctly asses the RPE (I dont know if this is correct also)
    4 reps @6 with 50kg set 1 (It felt like less than a 7 but not fully 6)
    Now what I did was 52.5kg (5% more) which was supposed to be an RPE 7. But it was an 8. So i did one more @8 for a total of three sets (@6 @ 8 @8).

    I wanted to know if this was the correct aproach or should I asses the RPE based on the @7 instead of the @6? So instead of going to 50kg @6 directly, I should keep the previous week 47.5 @6 and asses the RPE from the @7. So 47.5 @6 > 50@7 and if that 7 feels light then increase the plan of the @8. Hopefully i'm being clear.
    Beside this:
    What should my next week look like? Should I do again the 50@6? I feel that if I always overshoot on the sets I end up doing less volume, since I skip the @7 and end up doing only 3 hard sets.
    What would be the ideal approach here?

    Thanks in advance docs