Carbohydrate supplementation and perceived exertion during resistance exercise

Alan C. Utter, Jie Kang, David C. Nieman, Victor A. Brown, Charles L. Dumke, Steve R. McAnulty, Lisa S. McAnulty

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The purpose of the present study was to investigate the relationship between carbohydrate energy substrate and the perception of exertion during resistance exercise. Thirty strength-trained subjects were randomized to a carbohydrate group (C) or a placebo group (P), and lifted weights for 2 hours (4 sets; 10 repetitions maximum; 10 exercises; 2-3-minute rest intervals). Subjects ingested 10 ml·kg-1·h-1 of 6% carbohydrate or placebo beverages during the resistance-training bout. The 15-category Borg Perceived Exertion Scale was used to assess overall body (RPE-O) and active muscle (RPE-AM) perceived exertion after completion of the last repetition in each set for each exercise. No significant differences were found between the C and P groups for either RPE-O or RPE-AM, with the exception of RPE-O for the upright row and back squat (p < 0.05). Carbohydrate supplementation exerted no attenuating effect on ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) during resistance training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)939-943
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2005


  • RPE
  • Strength training
  • Weightlifting


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