IronMike wrote:How's everyone else doing?
I tweaked my routine during March. I noticed that jogging stairs dominated in the cardio front so I stopped doing burpees completely and focused on making sure I was in vertical running shape. It took a couple of weeks to go from being comfortable walking and reading German up a 9.5-floor building for multiple sets to being able to jog and listen instead. I still love reading in motion, so as a compromise, I tend to run some, walk some at the moment.
The story of my pressing, I managed to stall out at a very weak level in bench, but at least did not regress during March (barely managing some reps with 185 lbs). To compensate, I replaced burpees, which amounted to doing pushups as singles (works with deadlifts but isn't so smart for pushups in my view) with straight sets and am now comfortable doing a set of 35 narrow-grip pushups @195 lbs bodyweight. That is mainly an experiment in endurance strength and cultivating an anywhere bodyweight workout. I can out of curiosity check periodically and see what impact it has on limit strength, but I am not expecting anything in particular since I know or at least believe that the wiser path to endurance strength is via increasing 1RM, not the other way around. With all my shenanigans pressing and playing, I do deadlifts maybe every week or 10 days and am now comfortable with 255x5 lbs. Deadlifts normally start feeling heavy for me somewhere around 295, so I won't pull the issue further since I don't have a current need for the extra power. From my younger years, baseline for me is being able to work with 225 cold for quite a few reps. I am very interested in adding some overhead pressing, but it seems a bit much at the moment and partially redundant against the pushups. From a completeness standpoint, I think I can do about five chin-ups and have made zero effort to improve there even though some extra pull-up strength would be practical (that is one case where you never know for sure when you may need it).
Edit: I should also mention that I re-added normally street jogging to my routine, mainly for language-learning purposes. I jog so slow, it does next to nothing for cardio, but it is great for language learning since I can read, do anki or listen to podcasts while jogging. There is a pattern in there in that a workout may last 30-45 minutes and the cool-down afterwards tends to be one of my best and most reliable times for German reading and/or more intense work. I also find it helpful acutely to include 2-3 short cardio sessions daily to boost language learning and help overall blood flow. Jogging is helpful there and is more or less the fitness analog to extensive reading/listening (can be done for long periods of time without tiring and can be easily added to other intensive training).