June 2024 | Chicago, Illinois

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Pure Pilates Chicago only uses Gratz equipment because Joseph Pilates worked with Mr Gratz to develop his equipment. Gratz is the way Pilates is supposed to feel!  Our students appreciate us teaching the original Method of Pilates on the original equipment, which continues to help change bodies, improving their strength, stretch, and alignment through control.

Kym Costa
Owner of Pure Pilates Chicago


Pure Pilates Chicago works with all body types, ages, and fitness levels. We want our students to work deeply to get the most out of each exercise and experience Pilates the way Joseph Pilates meant it to be done: gaining stretch and strength through control on Gratz equipment! 

Located in the River North area of Chicago, Pure Pilates Chicago instructors are all Romana's Pilates certified, so you can be confident you're getting quality and experienced instruction. Click here to read our instructor's bios

Join us in person or on Zoom. We are here to help you, working in a safe environment with kind and caring instructors, ensuring you can confidently work toward achieving your goals! Click here to learn more about Pure Pilates Chicago!



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Kym Costa founded Pure Pilates Chicago in 2005, about five years after becoming certified by Romana. That is when she purchased her first Gratz equipment! Now, almost twenty years later, Pure Pilates Chicago has a studio full of Gratz equipment, and her teachers and students love it!

Whether we are teaching on the Reformers, Towers, Cadillac, Chairs, Barrels, or using the smaller equipment, Pure Pilates Chicago truly appreciates the craftsmanship and quality of Gratz.


PEOPLE: About 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 when she was 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 various 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, ACE 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 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 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 studied at Yoga View and 105F.




Pure Pilates Chicago

833 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL, United States

Email: purepilateschicago@gmail.com
+1 312-208-1603

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