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 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.
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 & Shared Sessions
Plus Small Group Mat & Reformer Classes
Semi Private sessions consist of two students per instructor and Trio sessions consist of three to four 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 and/or 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.
Getting Started & FAQ's
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®
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®.
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.