Meet the Team


Kym Costa

Kym was a professional Ballet Dancer having danced for the Civic Ballet at The Ruth Page Foundation in Chicago and freelancing with small companies around the US.  Kym studied with several prominent ballet companies including the Joffrey Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet and started teaching Ballet at the age of 16.  Kym used her strong background as a Dancer to transition into the Fitness Industry.

As a Fitness Professional, Kym used her knowledge of movement to instruct a variety of exercise classes including: step, hi/low, cardio dance, Ballet Barre, slide, sculpt, interval, stretch, Spin, circuit, water, walking, boxing and treading.  She studied anatomy, physiology and proper biomechanics receiving several fitness certifications including NASM Personal Trainer, ACE Instructor & Personal Trainer, AFAA Instructor, Spinning, N’Stretch and CPR.

Kym ranked nationally as a Sports Aerobic Competitor and coached and choreographed for other competitors while managing Group Exercise Programs at several upscale health clubs managing teams of over 60 instructors.  Kym was the Co-Captain and Choreographer for Reebok’s Performance Team and traveled nationally to conduct master classes and present for Fitness Workshops.

In 1998, Kym turned her focus from mainstream fitness to the mind/body exercises of Yoga and Pilates. She received her first Pilates Certification from the Physical Mind Institute and devoted herself to Pilates and Yoga as a serious student as she had in Dance.  

In 1999, while living in Los Angeles, Kym studied at the Yoga Place, YogaWorks and The Yoga Centre.  Kym has been fortunate enough to take workshops from several masters including Anna Forrest and Tim Miller.  While in New York, Kym studied at Jivamukti Yoga Center and in Chicago studies at Yoga View and 105F.

In 2000, after completing over 800 hours of apprenticeship from the training centers in Chicago and New York, Kym received her certification in the Authentic Pilates Method of Body Conditioning now called Romana’s Pilates.  Romana Kryzanowska was Joseph Pilates’ protégé and Juanita Lopez was Romana’s highest-ranking instructor and is a “Teacher to Teachers”.  These two Masters are the teachers with whom Kym spent the most time shaping her teaching style and giving her knowledge needed to maintain the integrity of the exercises and continue the “work”.  Kym feels extremely grateful to have studied under Romana and Juanita’s instruction.

In 2008, Kym began studying the link between nutrition and fitness performance, injuries and disease realizing there is a difference between being fit and being healthy.  Kym teamed up with a company that provides programs, products and services to help all people maximize their physical performance and reach their optimal health.  Kym provides presentations and workshops to help all types of people become or stay healthy and fit.

Today, Kym owns Pure Pilates Chicago, LLC where her focus is personalized attention to each student’s body, needs and goals.  She strives to provide each workout with precision & flow while using the breath & control.  The concentration needed to move from the center is the ongoing challenge and keeps workouts fresh, interesting and effective.

Kym believes that regardless of your age or level of fitness – from sedentary senior to professional athlete/Dancer – she can help increase your quality of life/performance by providing you with an energizing Pilates workout focusing on what your body needs.

Danielle Bernier

Danielle is an awesome instructor who has great positive energy and a spark that brings new vitality to the studio!  Her kind and caring approach along with her keen eye for precision make Danielle a perfect fit and we could not be more thrilled to include her as part of our team!
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Ceci Fano

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