Intermediate - Springboard, Mat & Props


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!

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.


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.

Intermediate - Pilates experience required. Intermediate level exercises will be the focus (with any necessary modifications).

 

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon May 01 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Susie Durant
  • Mon May 08 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon May 15 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon May 22 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon May 29 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Jun 05 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Jun 12 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Jun 19 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Jun 26 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Jul 03 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Jul 10 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Jul 17 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Jul 24 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Jul 31 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Aug 07 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Aug 14 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Aug 21 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Barb Imhoff