Monica Hoekstra is the owner of ABsolute Pilates in Charlotte, NC, and the creator and founder of Core Barre LLC. 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 & structured syllabus 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 keep people moving while guiding them in their own journey of self discovery through an awareness of mind and body gaining an appreciation of Smart Movement®. ABsolute Pilates, established in 2001, is a full service Pilates Studio offering instruction in Classical Pilates, the GYROTONIC® method and CORE BARRE-Smart Movement®. Monica Hoekstra is a 3rd generation Classical Pilates Instructor certified by Authentic Pilates® Canada, a licensee of the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Training Program, under the direction of Sean Gallagher and Cara Hazelton. She also holds a full comprehensive certification by Balanced Body®, and Stott Pilates® for which she was an Instructor Trainer for ten years. In addition, Ms. Hoekstra is a Certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor and a GYROTONIC® Level 1 Pre-Trainer. She credits this methodology for inspiring her creativity and adding diversity to her teaching. Last, she is certified by the PMA® (Pilates Method Alliance), and ACE® (American Council on Exercise), and is a provider of continuing education for PMA® and ACE®.