It was officially the last class prior to the province-wide "Emergency Brake" lockdown, where memberships and existing class counts would be frozen until the lifting of pertinent restrictions.
Inching towards one end of the Carriage, a familiar bar pull-down exercise was revisited for strengthening of back muscles. The last rep involved a five-second hold.
The first part of class placed greater emphasis on stretching than strengthening, given the overall burden on the body. Mentioned throughout this portion were the scapula and spine, as well as their connectivity/relationship.
The first exercise involved standing with one foot on the Reformer Box attachment, and the other on the moving platform. While bending and straightening the supporting leg, the pelvis was to remain level. It was harder than it seemed, and served to strengthen via isolating specific muscle(s)/muscle groups. A variation of this entailed standing with the supporting leg bent for the entire duration, but bending and straightening the leg on the platform while maintaing a level pelvis. Significantly easier on my "good" side, the routine summoned awareness towards my prominent biomechanical nonuniformity. Due to flat feet, this also served as an ankle and inner thigh strengthener, along with the Pilates' fundamental of core engagement. Impressive quad strength was noted given the lack of soreness in the stabilizing leg(s).
The second exercise was reminiscent of blogilates' infamous Candlestick Dipper for the obliques. Eliminating the Box attachment, I was instructed to sit on the Chair with one leg positioned 90 degrees to the body and the other outstretched; pointed toes or sole flat did not matter as long as I remained in contact with the ground, as this was to reduce risk of toppling should balance be lost mid-move. Similar to the Candlestick Dipper, the arms were outstretched in airplane mode in the starting position. One arm would be stretched over body, with the palm of the other arm would press down on tension spring-attached platform. The position would be held for a brief moment before returning to the starting position.
I sat upright on the Reformer for the final exercise of the series: with a Pilates Ring held close to body, I was to rotate left and right exclusively using the oblique muscles.
Observing the aftereffects of my arduous four-day work week, I was left with the final comment of:
Love your body and love yourself.
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- The Biscotti, although containing the costlier of nuts (pistachio and macadamia), was overly sugary. I also did not enjoy the unpeeled approach to the macadamia nuts, for the dough had clung to the skin rather than the nut itself.
- The Pecan Tarts were average at best, with a meager amount of pecans in each.
- The Cannoli casing reeked of old fryer oil; although a tad satiating, the cream filling was delicious.
- The Tiramisu was undeserving of its name, given the underwhelming absence of Kahlua, overall bland profile, and that its bottom half was merely chocolate sponge.