On Hydrow, you're doing a lot of both endurance work and sprint work, which are going to look fairly different in terms of your effort over time, your average effort overall, and your distance rowed.
Think of the Journey rows as endurance or distance-based workouts, and the Drive and Sweat workouts as more interval-based sprint workouts. Your splits may look higher overall during those sprint workouts (and you may complete fewer meters) because of the rest time you take in between each sprint piece of the workout.
This is normal and encouraged! Rest time is for rest—your body needs to recover between short bursts of energy. This allows for the workout to be as efficient as possible when you let your heart rate lower during the rest pieces and then increase when you are working hard during the sprint pieces.
If you are enjoying the challenge of beating yourself as the Journey piece progresses (what we call "negative splitting", because your split decreases throughout the workout), you might be finding your niche as a distance rower.
Like most runners, many rowers develop a preference or a skill for either sprint-based or endurance-based workouts. Both are beneficial for your cardio base and overall health (TrainingPeaks gives a great explanation on the differences here as applied to running, but the principles are the same for rowing), and you might develop your own workout schedule based on how your body is feeling and the fitness goals you are trying to achieve. In other words, balance is key一just like on the water.
Here are a few articles from our own blog highlighting the possible workout variations on Hydrow alone:
- Hydrow Rowing Machine: An All-In-One Workout Solution
- On the Mat
- Rowing Machines: Why They’re Surging In Popularity
We would also recommend looking into booking a session with our Personal Coaches for more individualized coaching if that would be of interest to you! We’ll leave a few links below with more information on this service: