I’ve been working out at home with Beachbody workouts for over 3 years. Recently my budget has allowed me to put some money towards a gym membership though, so I signed up for the Black Card at Planet Fitness. That will allow me to workout at any Planet Fitness, anywhere, but the one I will use primarily is in Davenport, IA. I know, I know. I said I’d NEVER signup at Planet Fitness. Well I’ve been doing a lot of things lately that I said I’d never do. Anyway, I still hate their “Lunk Alarm”. They advertise “judgement free zone”, but then what the hell is their lunk alarm? Judgement free zone my ass. They’re the ones judging!!! Anyway, Planet Fitness is the cheapest membership out there, and I can’t afford the other gyms. The free tanning will help with my psoriasis, and free massage chairs might be nice too. So I sacrificed my pride and signed up.
Beachbody workouts are great, and I’ve had great results with them, but I haven’t had the results I had when I worked out at the gym. You can’t do leg presses at home, or lat pull-downs, or seated rows, or anything calf related. These are all some of my favorite exercises. I definitely need to find my groove though. When I used to go to the gym, I knew my routine. I knew exactly what exercises to do, and what order to do them. For 3 years I’ve been lazy, just watching the trainer on TV and following along. I have to do some studying and pull out out my old training books. Grab the Ultimate Bodybuilding bible off the shelf again. I’ll still do my Beachbody workouts from time to time, especially in the winter months when I don’t want to deal with the cold.
So my blood sugar profile is REALLY different working out at the gym. I have to seriously CARB UP before workouts now. My blood sugar drops 100 points or more! Maybe it’s because I do 20 minutes on the eliptical before I lift? In fact, I haven’t completed a workout all week because my blood sugar crashes each night before I’m done with the workout. Thank god I have a CGM now!!! I’ve just met 2 NPC competitors online that are type 1 diabetic, so maybe I can get some pointers from them? Once I get a routine going, I’ll blog again with what’s working for me.