Chicago’s Pure Pilates™ (CPP) founder and owner, Kym Costa, traveled back and forth from Chicago to New York during her long and intense certification process under Romana’s Pilates accumulating over 1000 hours as an apprentice. Kym continues to take lessons and attend continuing education to grow as an instructor. Kym and CPP pledge to Romana and our clients to teach Joseph Pilates’ exercises in their purest form maintaining the utmost integrity and therefore effectiveness of the exercises.
Get the Facts on Pilates
Admittedly, the history of many ancient fitness activities is sometimes sketchy. Tai chi, swimming, yoga, and even running all started thousands of years ago, and although there is some documentation, the precise beginnings are unknown. Things are different with Pilates. The beginning is clear. It was created in the 1920s by the physical trainer Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) for the purpose of rehabilitation. Some of the first people treated by Pilates were soldiers returning from war and dancers such as Martha Graham and George Balanchine (to strengthen their bodies and heal their aches and pains). Since the 1920s, the basic tenets that Joseph Pilates set down have been preserved, and to this day, even with some modifications, the Pilates remains true to its origins.