We reverted back to the Bosu ball for the warmup series, much to my delight. After 20 counts of marching and 20 counts of running, we proceeded with activation of the gluteus medius:
- Side leg lifts with one foot on the Bosu
- Side lunge lifts with one food on the Bosu and feet in turnout position
Core work ensued with one blue spring for my neighbours and one blue plus one white spring for me. The addition had been made likely to render the exercises fitting of my strength (core endurance) level, as an alternative to increasing the range of motion.
With the pelvis in imprint position and hands woven through tension straps, the following exercises were performed:
- With the head rested on the Carriage, hands were pressed down to beside the hips without touching the Carriage and returned to the starting position pointing towards the ceiling
- With the head rested on the Carriage, hands were extended out to the sides of the body with elbows locked, then drawn towards the trunk (adduction)
- Tabletop crunches while gazing at the ceiling at a 45-degree angle (The descriptiveness of pilates is truly wonderful, I must say)
- Tabletop crunches with leg extensions (5 reps) while gazing at the ceiling at a 45-degree angle
- Leg extension hold in pilates stance with hundreds - likely the most challenging of them all
The upper body routine never strays too far from posture rectification and upper back exercises. We sat on the Long Box facing away from footbar and with legs crossed over the head rest and hands threaded through crossed tension straps - think an "X" formation. From there, we would engage in:
- Upper back pulls ("Use your wings!")
- Seated chest presses with elbows raised to shoulder height, isolating the upper back once more while maintaining a straight back
- Holding the hand straps to form a circle with softened elbows slightly lower than the chest, then slowly conducting a rollback and returning to the starting position while maintaining a C-curve. A variation of this move involved rotating to left (inhale), centre (exhale), and right (inhale), and back to centre (exhale), then finally coming back to starting position via C-curve.
The cooldown adopted a child's pose/rolldown hybrid on the Reformer, where we pushed out against the footbar in a kneeling position to stretch the chest/pec muscles and release the mid/lower back when rolling up.
Class concluded at 11:54 AM, earlier than expected, as even after sanitization, it was only 11:58 AM.
The cafe had since introduced a merchandise area and added more small tables for seating. Though, a persistently high number of patrons ultimately led us to take ourselves elsewhere.
A second sheet identified alcohol options, and a third the Specialty Drinks. The Junmai Ginjo Strawberry Yeast Sake caught our attention, prompting a proposal for the 150 ml. Split four ways, the twenty-nine dollar price tag was deemed reasonable, initially.
The sake came floated in a tub of ice, shot glasses nestled beside it. As the clear, viscous fluid was brought closer, mixed responses were heard across the table. In contrast to the sweet, strawberry-like essence I perceived, orangecane took one whiff and exclaimed of an unpleasant, yeast-y stench. Our group was in consensus about the profile though: an overall letdown.
- Black Sesame Spinach
- Wasabi Octopus
- Salmon Tataki
- BBQ Eel Bibimbap
- Mentai Kimchi Udon
- Junmai Ginjo Strawberry Yeast Sake (150 ml)
- JFC aka Karaage - Garlic Soy
- Scallop Oshizushi
- Sapporo Pitcher (1.8 L) >
The Scallop Oshizushi had been the last to arrive, even after our 1.8 L Sapporo pitcher. The pairing had been a splendid choice, though our appetites had reached capacity and we could not longer thrive in the presence of sustenance.
I craned my neck upwards to see a handful of twinkly celestial bodies - a rare sighting in the presence of light pollution and even rarer in urban areas.