High Energy Springboard & Cardio - All Levels


This class is taught by:

Susie Durant

Certified Instructor
 
Susie’s approach to Pilates comes from a background in ballet, modern dance, yoga, fascial release work, with the ultimate goals of pursuing healthy, mindful living and graceful aging. Susie received her BA in Dance from UC Irvine, taught ballet to children and adults, and studied yoga. Moving from the dance world, she became a recreational athlete, exploring fitness through soccer, running, rafting and hiking - and raising a family. She discovered Pilates 15 years ago while addressing joint issues, and found the practice to be the very best form of mindful movement, providing both physical and mental well-being. Convinced that Pilates is a technique that is accessible to everyone, she began a long term personal practice and exploration of Pilates and complementary mindful approaches, with a plan to teach. She has completed the PhysicalMind and Stott Pilates instructor programs, and taught group classes in the Sacramento area for eight years. After retirement from a desk job, she moved to Santa Cruz two years ago, and discovered Agile Monkey. Its high quality, supportive environment and excellent instructors inspired her to participate in the Balanced Body instructor training program to further develop her teaching. She is thrilled to be a part of such an outstanding Pilates studio and hopes to provide support to those who want to keep moving!

Dixie Mills

Senior Certified Pilates Instructor.  

Dixie Mills has been teaching Pilates for more than twenty years. In 1993 Dixie became certified through the Pilates Center of Boulder, while pursuing an MFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from the University of Colorado. After graduating from both CU and The Pilates Center, Dixie got a chance to teach some of the healthiest and most athletic people in the country. The following year she moved to Seattle where she got a chance to stretch her rehab skills teaching at a studio near Microsoft. Dixie also worked with many teenagers in the Seattle area on building strength and coordination to support their sports or dancing pursuits (how wonderful to have the alignment, strength, flexibility, and connectedness that Pilates brings when you are young—please consider sessions for your teenager or college student!).

After 5 years of teaching clients, Dixie relocated to New York City, where she developed several continuing education workshops for Pilates teachers. She has since taught in Connecticut, New Jersey, Long Island, Philadelphia, Seattle, Virginia and Hawaii. Known as a teacher’s teacher, Dixie has great eyes for seeing the body’s quirks, and great hands and words for explaining how to reach your best potential.

Barb Imhoff

Certified Pilates Instructor.  

Barb Imhoff is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Certified Pilates Instructor at Agile Monkey. She has been an avid Pilates practitioner at Agile Monkey since 2009, where she fell in love with the practice while working with Ky Carnell-Russell. Having Ky as her mentor has motivated her to pursue a second career as a Balanced Body Pilates Instructor.

Barb comes with a background in competitive bodybuilding and ballet, as well as Spanish Classical Flamenco (she was a dance company member for the Patri Nader Dances of Spain from 1988-1992). Her fascination for the mind-body connection and how Pilates has made a long-lasting improvement in her mental and physical well being has kept her craving for more. For Barb, "Pilates is my sanctuary, a place to leave my busy life at the door, to take a deep cleansing breath, focus and ground myself into the practice of the ultimate movement principles of Joseph Pilates". Observing the exceptional group of talented Agile Monkey Pilates instructors is also a motivating factor towards taking the next step of becoming a Pilates instructor. Barb's over 20 years of nursing experience, her hands on ability to care and nurture for others and how that relates closely to teaching Pilates has led her to pursue her Pilates Certification with Balanced Body, which she attained in 2015.

Barb's passions are her love for music and dance, physical activity, her family, her granddaughters, and her LOVE of Pilates at Agile Monkey.


High Energy Springboard & Cardio - All Levels
 
The High Energy class incorporates Pilates Springboard and High-Intensity Interval Training (HiiT), and ends with a restorative cool down. This type of training technique gives the client a proper warm-up and alignment prior to the cardio circuit.
HiiT is where you give 100% effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short recovery periods. HiiT has been shown to burn fat over a short period of time and increases the resting metabolic rate for 24 hours afterwards.
DO PILATES, BURN FAT, INCREASE CONDITIONING, ENDURANCE and HAVE FUN! You will leave feeling energized and exhilarated!
 
This class is designed to support clients at all levels of ability who want to introduce a little more cardio challenge into their workouts, improve endurance, build strength and lose weight through the strategy of interval training. 
 
The wall mounted springboards are a great way to get a total body workout utilizing springs based resistance (which can make exercises more achievable and also more challenging, depending on the circumstance and level of the class). The springboard repertoire was originally modified from the original Cadillac exercises, but has been expanded to include familiar favorites from the Mat and Reformer, as well as a lot of exercises you can’t do anywhere else. Most Springboard classes also include some Mat and & Props repertoire for flow.

All Levels - Some Pilates experience strongly recommended but this class is open to all. The instructor will teach to the level of the students in the class, modifying exercises for less advanced students, and adding challenges for those that need the extra intensity in their workout. Clients with serious injuries or limitations, should first take an Introductory Private Session and/or seek the advice of an Agile Monkey instructor before taking any group class.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Jul 06 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Susie Durant
  • Tue Jul 11 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Jul 13 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Susie Durant
  • Tue Jul 18 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Barb Imhoff
  • Thu Jul 20 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Barb Imhoff
  • Tue Jul 25 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Barb Imhoff
  • Thu Jul 27 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Barb Imhoff
  • Tue Aug 01 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Barb Imhoff
  • Thu Aug 03 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Barb Imhoff
  • Tue Aug 08 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Barb Imhoff
  • Thu Aug 10 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Barb Imhoff
  • Tue Aug 15 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Barb Imhoff
  • Thu Aug 17 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Barb Imhoff
  • Tue Aug 22 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Barb Imhoff
  • Thu Aug 24 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Barb Imhoff
  • Tue Aug 29 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Barb Imhoff
  • Thu Aug 31 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Barb Imhoff
  • Tue Sep 05 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Barb Imhoff