East Bay Pilates teaches the Classical Pilates Method as intended by Joseph Pilates passed on to his protégé Romana Kryzanowska. We are certified comprehensively and continue to train regularly with senior teachers in the classical method.
Comprehensive training means you have not done a weekend workshop on a single piece of apparatus or simply completed an online course or workshop. It means you have done apprentice hours and extensive hands on training. Many programs today teach only reformer or mat, we teach the whole system with all of the apparatus designed by Joe Pilates.
We have been teaching since 1999, thus years of experience. We have worked with all types of bodies, ages and individual exercise demands over the decades. Krisna has a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and guides the studio in injury prevention.
We believe we are still students and thus continue our ongoing examination of the method through teaching, training and taking class ourselves. We walk the walk and honor the original method.
East Bay Pilates
Meet the Owners
Robert Surenbroek was most recently a teacher trainer for Power Pilates Classical...
Krisna brings a lifetime of involvement in the fitness and health industry...
Robert Surenbroek was most recently a teacher trainer for Power Pilates Classical Pilates Certification Program. He has taught certification programs extensively both in the USA and internationally most recently in Japan. He brings an extensive background in sports and personal training to the studio. Robert is the co-owner and founder of East Bay Pilates. In addition, Robert co-directed the Pilates Program for Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California.
Robert has trained extensively with Allison Gonzalez, Susan Moran, Jay Grimes and Bob Liekens, Trish Garland and follows the Classical Pilates teaching tradition. In addition to his Pilates’ experience, He has a broad background in swimming and water polo, including being a member of one of the top water-polo teams of the Netherlands. Robert is a certified snowboard instructor from the Austrian Snowboard Association, and is an avid snowboarder.
Growing up in the Netherlands, Robert received his Bachelor degree in Business Management from the Amsterdam Economic School, followed by a long career in the film and television industry. As a former director of photography for film, video and television, Robert’s international experience includes network and production companies across the globe, such as the, BBC, Deutsche Welle, MTV, Reuters, A & E., and Bravo. Through many years working as a cameraman and hands-on knowledge of the sporting world, Robert has a unique understanding of the body, and a passion for movement appropriate for all types of individuals.
Krisna brings a lifetime of involvement in the fitness and health industry to East Bay Pilates. As an entrepreneur, Krisna along with Robert Surenbroek founded East Bay Pilates in 2005 and has been involved in Classical Pilates since 1999. East Bay Pilates has provided Pilates’ training to Pixar Animation Studios since opening in 2005.
Ms. Hanks holds a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Francisco, along with numerous certifications in Classical Pilates, Iyengar Yoga, Senior Fitness, and executive coaching. In addition, Krisna is Certified Worksite Wellness Consultant and worked as a subject matter expert for the CDC’s Work@Health™ nationwide worksite wellness program. Her Pilates’ teaching is influenced by her training with Bob Liekens, Jay Grimes, Susan Moran, Marjorie Oron and recently Trish Garland of Romana’s Pilates.
Krisna has seventeen years experience as an executive coach for Executive Performance Training, an international company specializing in communication and coaching courses for CEO’s and senior executives. Krisna led courses for McKinsey & Co., ABN/AMRO Bank, Corus Steel, Findus Foodservices, Insinger De Beaufort Investment, DSM, Sabic and others. In 2014-15 she worked in Shanghai, China with the EPT team and in 2017 in Chicago for Akzo Nobel international workforce.
Her career includes many years in personal training as well as a strong background in theater and dance. Her credits include training international executives and corporations; such as Gianni Agnelli, former CEO and owner Fiat Corporation in Italy; CEO & senior executive staff of Bloomingdales and Grey Advertising in New York. Ms. Hanks professional dance career includes performances with renowned directors and companies such as Twyla Tharp, Lucinda Childs, Lisa Marcus, Peter Greenaway, The Dutch National Opera & Aspect Theater London, in Europe, Akasha and Company in Chicago and many others across the globe.
Hello! My name is Barnaby Edwards. I'm a 69-year-old survivor of head and neck cancer.
A year ago, when I began studying with Robert and Krisna at the East Bay Pilates studio I couldn't lift my head from a flat position to learn to do the "Hundred". Now I daily feel stronger and more evenly balanced as I go through my routines.
Pilates has, literally, changed my life and my gratitude to the studio and my Teachers is boundless!
When I started Pilates I had back, neck, shoulder, and wrist issues from working at a computer all day that were not only painful, but were also sapping my energy and bringing me down. Under Krisna and Robert's guidance, though, I began to build strength, and along with that, confidence and hope that I could actually feel better.
Now I am at a completely different level of fitness in that my posture has greatly improved, thus resolving many of my back, neck, shoulder, and wrist issues, and I am much stronger overall. I was never aware of my balance or efficiency of movement, but I can see how even those things have changed - I walk with greater confidence now. And my energy level is better than ever!
It was suggested by my physician - a specialist in joint and autoimmune diseases - that I do Pilates as the preferred method of strength building for my body. In investigating how to begin, I decided to find an instructor who would determine what was right for my body and work with me individually in learning to "do it right"- rather than walk into a group class where you were essentially on your own. I found East Bay Pilates by searching for certified Pilates trainers in my area - wanting to make sure I selected someone to work with me who was well qualified to teach the method.
The final determinant, of course, was the instructor - Krisna Lee Hanks, who is dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate about her profession and sincerely interested in my well-being and in seeing me develop physically. She is constantly trying to challenge me to do better but at the same time, aware of my current physical limits. My sessions with her are always interesting and varied and fun. I feel renewed and can really see the results of our work together. After trying many different forms of physical exercise over the years, this is the first program that has worked for me.