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About Me

Mary teaching pilates private via in-person or virtually.  Gurnee, Grayslake, Libertyville, Lake Villa, and surrounding areas

Mary Star (czynski)

Hi, I'm Mary - thank you so much for visiting my page!

I've been teaching in the Pilates world for over a decade, and my passion for this amazing form of exercise just keeps growing as I learn more.

When I first discovered Pilates, I was in a lot of shoulder and upper back pain, and I remember after just a few sessions on the Reformer, light bulbs were starting to go off as I was learning a whole new way of carrying myself through this world.  My pain went away, my body was more balanced and strong, and best yet, I felt mentally healthier as well.  Pilates is truly the full-package deal, and I absolutely love being able to share it with others.

My 10+ years of teaching Pilates has prepared me to work with all ages and abilities.  I've taught children in the school setting, and I've worked with clients recovering from surgery or injuries.  I've helped clients train for their next big race, and I've worked with prenatal clients looking to stay healthy while preparing for baby.  Pilates truly is for every body and everybody, and I look forward to working with you and sharing my passion for healthy movement!


Pilates Mat Instructor Training,

Balanced Body - 2008

900+ hour Apprentice Program,

Essence Pilates, IL - 2010

National Pilates Certification Program - 2010

Masters Program,

Pilates Center of Boulder, CO - 2015

Bodhi Suspension System Training - 2016

Pre & Postnatal Specialist,

Center for Women's Fitness - 2017

Oov Foundations Training - 2020

Marystar Pilates offers private sessions in person or virtually via Zoom.  Gurnee and Grayslake
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