Should You Row More Than Once a Day...
Updated: Nov 20
Many fitness enthusiasts often wonder if rowing more than once a day is beneficial. The answer isn't a simple "yes" or "no", as usual with my blog posts, it depends on several factors, including your fitness level, goals, and how your body responds to the additional exercise. So, let's jump in and see whether rowing twice a day is right for you!
Checkout the most recent YouTube video I made about this topic if you'd like to listen instead of read.
Understanding Your Fitness Level and Goals:
First, to determine whether working out twice a day is right for you, it's important to evaluate your fitness level and goals.
Are you a beginner or an experienced rower?
What do you aim to achieve through rowing?
Whether you want to lose weight, improve your overall fitness, or train for a specific event, your goals will influence the frequency and intensity of your workouts.
Consider the Length and Intensity of Rowing Sessions:
Another crucial aspect to consider is the duration and intensity of your rowing sessions. Are you engaging in hour-long rows, half marathons, or shorter sprints? The length and intensity of your workouts play a role in deciding whether multiple daily sessions are appropriate.
If you are doing multiple longer rows on the same day, are you pushing yourself really hard and going all out, or are you working out at a comfortable pace and it's more like going on a long walk? If it's the latter, then it might be easier for your body to jump into two longer sessions in a day. Think of it as going walking for an hour and then taking a few hours for a break and then walking another hour. If it's the former, then you will want to see how you are feeling to determine if you still feel up for a second workout, or if you need a rest.
Listening to your body is important when determining the feasibility of working out more than once a day. If you find that additional workouts leave you fatigued, in pain, or affect your sleep quality and energy levels negatively, it may indicate that you're pushing yourself too hard. Pay close attention to how your body responds to the increased exercise and adjust accordingly.
Pushing yourself too hard without adequate rest and recovery can lead to exhaustion and can cause negative effects on your overall well-being.
For some individuals, incorporating two rowing workouts per day can yield positive results. If you feel energized, accomplished, and your routine remains unaffected, it might be beneficial for you. Breaking up your workouts into shorter sessions can also be considered as a form of "two-a-day" workouts. Additionally, if time constraints limit you to a single daily workout, giving it your all during that session is still valuable.
Can You Overdo The Rowing Machine?
Simply put, yes. Taking into account the factors above can help you determine if doing two workouts a day on the rower will be overdoing it. However, you can also take this into account with just your one workout. Listen to how your body feels, what intensity you are giving into the workout, and your fitness level. All of these factors together can help you determine if you are pushing too much, too litter, or just the right amount.
No One-Size-Fits-All Answer:
It's important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of whether you should work out more than once a day. Each person's circumstances, goals, and body responses are unique. Therefore, it's crucial to pay attention to your own needs and consult with a fitness professional or healthcare provider for personalized advice if you are uncertain.
TLDR Should You Row More Than Once a Day:
Deciding whether to incorporate multiple rowing sessions into your daily routine depends on several factors, including your fitness level, goals, and how your body responds. Evaluating the length and intensity of your workouts, listening to your body's signals, and considering the benefits and drawbacks are essential steps in making an informed decision. Remember, your well-being and progress should always take priority. So, pay attention to what works best for you and adapt your routine accordingly. Happy rowing!
If you are wondering why your numbers don't match others when you are following along with a workout on YouTube, this video will hopefully give you some insight.
If you are curious what some of the common rowing machine terms are that you see floating around, checkout this video I made all about rowing lingo.
If you need more help with your rowing form, here is a blog post with more information.
Happy rowing and wishing you a pain free rowing experience!
If you found this helpful, you can grab a copy here of my book, Beginner's Guide to Indoor Rowing for more info on how to adapt the rowing technique for you and common things to look for that might cue you into adaptations you might want to make to avoid getting hurt.
You can also join our community of rowers!
Please remember, this is NOT medical advice, and is a forum. If you would like medical advice, please follow up with a healthcare provider or feel free to reach out to me and we can chat on how I might be able to help or help you find someone who can.