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Established in  2001 - Celebrating 23 Years!
Teaching the Art of Smart Movement

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Studio Offerings

At ABsolute Pilates we excel at providing corrective exercise that improves your quality of life, combined with an unwavering commitment to excellence.

We offer private, duet and small group apparatus classes, GYROKINESIS® group classes and Ortho-Bionomy® for bodywork.

We are dedicated to teaching the Authentic Classical Pilates method as developed by its creator, Joseph Pilates and preserved by his protege, Romana Kryzanowska.

Our studio has been located in Charlotte, NC in the heart of South Park for the past twenty two years and is the home of the best apparatus in the industry handcrafted by Gratz Pilates.

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Private Sessions

Our Pilates Instructors will tailor your session based on your individual needs and goals using a variety of Pilates apparatus in the studio. You will receive a 50-55 minute training session  catered to your body with hands-on instruction and plenty of attention to detail. You will learn the purpose of the Classical exercises so that you will gain greater awareness and understanding of your body with improvement to posture, strength and flexibility.



Duet & Trio  Sessions

Semi Private sessions consist of two students  per instructor and Trio sessions consist of three students per one instructor. We do our best to match students of the same skill level.

 These 50 -55 minute sessions offer a safe, energetic and a dynamic flow of exercises that incorporate the Gratz Mats, the Tower Units, the Reformers, Barrels, Magic Circles and Hand Weights. The 'Tower' is a wall unit with leg and arm springs, a push thru bar and a roll down bar - which offer resistance and an amazing full body workout that is suitable for the beginner as well as the more advanced students.

Virtual Pilates Lessons

Get a great full body Pilates workout from the comfort of your home, office or while on vacation!

All you need is wifi and a mat.

Our well trained eyes will guide you through a Pilates mat based workout  with clear direction and attention.

If you have access to any Pilates apparatus or small props then we can have even more fun and keep you  Pilates strong!



The Gyrokinesis Method is a movement method that addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original and unique method that coordinates movement, breath and mental focus.


The Gyrokinesis Method is practiced on a mat and chair without equipment. Without the feedback and guidance of equipment, participants in a Gyrokinesis class are more dependent on their own proprioception to explore movement sequences.

This class runs for a series of 4-6 weeks and is currently geared toward Pelvic Floor Health through movements that are reinforced by Gyrokinesis principles.

Core Barre - Smart Movement®
Teacher Training

We provide instructor training in the CORE BARRE System of Smart Movement® exercise modality for teacher training and continuing education.


Core Barre and it's complimentary workshops for continuing education make up  the Systems of Smart Movement® and offer intelligent and exciting programming choices for small group settings as well as private instruction.

The three day teaching training is aimed to inspire and invigorate the teacher, to deepen their own personal practice and to expand their knowledge base of biomechanics with a structured barre syllabus that truly promotes the beauty and Art of Smart Movement®.

Getting Started & FAQ's

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  • What is Pilates?
    What is Pilates? The Pilates method of body conditioning is a unique system of stretching and strengthening exercises developed nearly 100 years ago by Joseph H. Pilates. It strengthens and tones the muscles, improves posture, provides flexibility and balance, unites body and mind, and creates a more streamlined shape. - Brooke Siler “The Pilates Body”. Joseph H. Pilates, a German immigrant that came to the US in 1926 and settled in NYC where he and his partner, Clara, ran the "Studio for Body Contrology" for 50 years. He died in 1967 and passed his method on to his protege, Romana Kryanowska. The Pilates methodology is safe, effective and can transform the way your body looks, feels and performs. Classical Pilates combines equal amounts of stretch and strength using springs for resistance on specialized pieces of apparatus as well as your own body weight as experienced in the Pilates Mat exercises. It can be done on its own or combined with any other discipline and is a cohesive and intelligent movement system that will absolutely get you in shape and bring you to higher standard of fitness. The system works for accomplished athletes as well as those new to exercise. Be prepared to be inspired, to move and to sweat...the classical method is meant to be physically challenging and the results speak for themselves! Come and let us change your body and your mind. Benefits of Classical Pilates: It's a total body workout. Improves posture and alignment. Strengthens, lengthens and tones the muscles. Strengthens the bones and connective tissues. Improves circulation, concentration and mental alertness. Helps to prevent and heal injuries. It reduces back pain. Reduces stress, improves stamina and confidence. It changes bodies! Pilates is an amazing, complete, and corrective system of exercise, created by a man that George Balachine called a "genius of the body"
  • Is Pilates right For me?
    Pilates is an intelligent and invigorating form of exercise for any age or skill level and is one of the fastest growing exercise programs in the world. Any healthy individual can do it and it works! It is a unique way of thinking about your body and how it moves; a way of exercising your muscles and your mind to reshape your body to feel stronger, longer, and leaner! More importantly, Pilates improves your posture! The Pilates method can be adapted for any fitness level and is extraordinary by itself or integrated with any other sport or activity! Clients with chronic pain, health issues, or have recently become pregnant, should consult their physicians before beginning a new exercise regime and should take only private lessons.
  • How often should you practice Pilates?
    At least two times a week allows you to progress at a consistent pace and see visible results. Clients often supplement their private sessions with group tower/apparatus class that is not only cost effective, but also allows the body to build strength and flexibility faster. You will, however, feel a difference in your body after just a few sessions! "You will feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 sessions and have a completely new body in 30 sessions."
  • What can you expect to achieve?
    Classical Pilates will give you a strong flexible body, amazing posture, enhanced energy, and awareness of how your body works, and for many, help to relieve chronic pain and stiffness. Combined with good nutrition and a dedication to practice, Pilates alone is enough to get you into shape! It will make you stronger and will allow you to perform your daily activities in life with greater ease.
  • What is the best way to get started with Classical Pilates?
    Take advantage of our introductory special that offers three private Pilates apparatus sessions. Your instructor will assess your experience and skill level to be able to effectively program for your individual needs and goals and/or suggest an existing duet partner or group of an appropriate level that you can join if desired. We really have something for everyone and make every effort to keep you motivated, inspired and challenged.
  • What you will find at ABsolute Pilates
    A beautiful boutique style studio in the heart of the SouthPark Area of Charlotte with plenty of parking, an environment where you feel 'at home' and exceptional customer service. A clean studio with plenty of natural light that is committed to creating a healthy environment. We use non toxic chemicals to clean and sanitize the equipment after each use. Clear policies regarding registration and cancellations that are fair to both the client and the studio. A friendly face to greet you and take care of your appointments and schedule changes. Instructors that are professionally trained and participate in continuing education courses. A commitment to teaching the Classical Method of Pilates.
  • ​What type of equipment/apparatus is available at ABsolute Pilates?
    We train with Gratz Apparatus. Gratz is the company that makes Pilates apparatus using the exact blueprints that Joseph Pilates used for his original equipment. Anything made by other companies is not a replication, nor does it provide the same workout or ability to do the exercises as Joseph Pilates intended. It is a very important part of the special offerings at ABsolute Pilates and will add to the success of your workouts. You can feel and see the difference on the Gratz Apparatus! Gratz Apparatus available at ABsolute Pilates: Reformers Wall Units/Towers Cadillac High Chairs Wunda Chairs Arm Chair (Posture Chair) Ladder Barrel Spine Correctors Small Barrels Magic Circles Foot Corrector / Toe Correctors Breathasizer Sand Bag Push Up Device Airplane Board / Foot Board / Jump Boards Professional Gratz Mats
  • My first step?
    1. Call the studio at 704-442-8600. Allison, our studio manager is happy to answer any other questions you might have, arrange for a studio tour and greet you at the door with a friendly smile. 2.You can also email us at although since this is a relational business...we really don't mind you calling or stopping in. You are welcome to observe a lesson or group class in progress to have an idea of what you will be doing. 3. The private introductory special consisting of 3 private pilates lessons is the best way to start to give you a sense of how we train you to help achieve your fitness/wellness goals.
  • How does the online sign-up work?A few tips:
    Online sign-up for group classes is available for all group classes which inlcude: Pilates Group Tower/Apparatus and Core Barre, however, if this is your first time to the studio or you are new to Pilates then we ask that you initially call or email us to sign up. Private and Semi Private Pilates sessions are by appointment only and must be scheduled by calling or emailing the studio. 704-442-8600. Small Group Classes are designed for the healthy individual that has prior experience with Classical Pilates on Gratz apparatus. Please note that you must complete a minimum or three private lessons before signing up for group tower/apparatus classes. These classes will provide you with a solid foundation, a deeper understaning of the work and the ability to safely navigate the apparatus. Visit our schedule page for a current list of small group classes. Please visit our Rates page for prices or click on our online store to purchase lessons.
  • What to wear and what to expect on your first session
    Please arrive approximately 5 minutes prior to your appointment to fill out the new client registration form. You may also download the registration form by clicking on this link: Download Registration Form Wearing leggings, athletic pants or long shorts, without zippers, is preferred. Men should also wear compression shorts underneath their athletic pants or longer shorts. Covered toe socks with a grip bottom are required in the studio and are avaialble for purchase at the studio. Please refrain from wearing heavy perfume, scented body lotions or jewelry. A filtered water cooler, changing area, wifi and a comfy couch are provided for your convenience. Out of courtesy to clients and staff, please silence your phone when you are in the studio.
  • What are your studio policies?
    Schedule & Registration Policy Registration is required for first time private or group Pilates equipment sessions. Please call the studio at 704-442-8600 or email us at: Subsequent sessions (private and semi-private) are by appointment and may be scheduled through the studio. Online sign-up is strongly recommended for all group classes such as the Reformer/Tower and, through our 'mindbody' online server accessible from the 'SIGN-UP' tab. There is also a 'mindbody' APP that you can download from your smartphone. You may also call the studio at 704-442-8600 during the hours of 10am & 3pm to sign up. Priority will be given to clients that have pre-registered for group classes. You must complete at least 3 private intro sessions before signing up for group Tower/Apparatus classes. These classes will provide you with a strong foundation, a deeper understanding of the work, and the ability to safely navigate the apparatus. Group Classes are designed for the healthy individual and are not appropriate for those with chronic conditions or injuries unless their instructor has cleared them to join a group class. For your safety, Private sessions of 30 or 60 minutes are required for those that have special needs that would limit them from enjoying the benefits of a group class. Download a new client registration form by clicking on the link below and bring it in to your first session or class. All services are payable at the time or in advance of your session or class and are non-refundable. Sessions or Group Classes are not exclusive to a particular instructor. Studio Cancellation Policy As a courtesy to staff and guests, please give at least 24 hour notice when cancelling or rescheduling a session or a group apparatus class to avoid incurring a cancellation charge (loss of that private/semi private session or group class fee). Appointment cancellations may be completed via phone, email or on our online scheduler. ABsolute Pilates has the right to cancel a group class with less than 2 sign-ins. Clients are sent an email notice and confirmation in the event of a class cancellation. Subsequently, you will not be charged for that class. Studio Packages Policy Pre-registration and payment is required at time of service. All packages are non-refundable and expire three monthsfrom the date of the first session or class attended. Exceptions will be made in the event of illness or travel. A fee of $25 will be applied for all returned checks. Storm Day Policy School cancellations does not mean that classes are cancelled. Please look at the online schedule to see if your class has been cancelled. If you can't make it in, then let us know, otherwise our regular cancellation policy applies! The window will be shortened to 12 hours rather than 24 in the event of bad weather for both private sessions and group classes. Studio Etiquette Gripper socks are required for your protection. Please be respectful of others and do not come to class if you are sick. Please leave your shoes and belongings in the cubbies provided. Please do not wear street shoes into the studio area. Shoes that are wet or very dirty should be left on the mat outside the entrance to the studio. Please be courteous to other clients. Try to be quiet when classes are in progress and turn hand phones to vibrate or silent during class. Please refrain from wearing strong fragrances or heavy lotions at the studio. Please refrain from wearing any bulky or sharp jewlery to class or clothing with zippers as they can tear the upholstery on the apparatus. Please no chewing gum or hard candies/mints during class time. Download Online Registration Form
  • How long has ABsolute Pilates been in business?
    ABsolute Pilates was established in 2001 and has been proudly serving the community of Charlotte for 23 years.


Monica Hoekstra

Romana's Pilates® Certified Instructor, GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Trainer, ACE® Certified.

Monica Hoekstra is the owner of ABsolute Pilates in Charlotte, NC, founded in 2001, and the creator and founder of CORE BARRE - Smart Movement®.

Monica is passionate about teaching and enjoys coaching clients and students to achieve their optimal fitness goals.  She credits much of her teaching style to her early classical ballet training, where she was taught the importance of a solid foundation, a structured syllabus and  a  good understanding  of biomechanics that is relevant to all disciplines of good movement.

Her teaching style is both encouraging and motivating with an emphasis on good technique, precision and control.  She also understands the need to simply keep people moving while guiding them in their own journey of self discovery through an awareness of mind and body and the brilliant system of Contrology as developed by it's creator, Joseph H Pilates.

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