Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bert Arnrich


Our novel dataset "PERSIST" was pubslihed in the MDPI Data Journal

We are happy to announce that one journal paper was accepted for publication in December!

PERSIST: A Multimodal Dataset for the Prediction of Perceived Exertion during Resistance Training

Published in the MDPI Data Journal

Justin Albert

Measuring and adjusting the training load is essential in resistance training, as training overload can increase the risk of injuries. At the same time, too little load does not deliver the desired training effects. Usually, external load is quantified using objective measurements, such as lifted weight distributed across sets and repetitions per exercise. Internal training load is usually assessed using questionnaires or ratings of perceived exertion (RPE). A standard RPE scale is the Borg scale, which ranges from 6 (no exertion) to 20 (the highest exertion ever experienced). Researchers have investigated predicting RPE for different sports using sensor modalities and machine learning methods, such as Support Vector Regression or Random Forests. This paper presents PERSIST, a novel dataset for predicting PERceived exertion during reSIStance Training. We recorded multiple sensor modalities simultaneously, including inertial measurement units (IMU), electrocardiography (ECG), and motion capture (MoCap). The MoCap data has been synchronized to the IMU and ECG data. We also provide heart rate variability (HRV) parameters obtained from the ECG signal. Our dataset contains data from twelve young and healthy male participants with at least one year of resistance training experience. Subjects performed twelve sets of squats on a Flywheel platform with twelve repetitions per set. After each set, subjects reported their current RPE. We chose the squat exercise as it involves the largest muscle group. This paper demonstrates how to access the dataset. We further present an exploratory data analysis and show how researchers can use IMU and ECG data to predict perceived exertion.