top of page

Studio Forte is in memory of, and dedicated to, my Mom, Josina "Josie" Tomak.

Her beauty, strength, humor, and grace shall remain with me forever. 

I miss you and I love you.


The Studio

The idea for Studio Forte came from the many memories of my strong-willed mother. As far back as I can remember, whenever I was being weak in choices, or hesitant with challenges in sports or dance, my mother would look straight into my eyes and say, "Con Forte, Con Forte" (with strength, with strength). Those words have carried me throughout my life. With certainty, I believed and still believe that we all have remarkable power stored within us.



We can achieve great things and accomplish spectacular possibilities! 

Let us begin that journey "Con Forte"!



Located in the business district of Evanston, Studio Forte is a private fitness studio that operates by appointment only Monday through Friday. By utilizing Pilates Reformers, weight/resistance/interval training, mind/body exercises and challenges, workouts are then designed and tailored specifically to your fitness personality.



55-minute private/duet/trio appointments can be requested on the Scheduling page or by emailing


Paul Tomak began his dance/fitness career at a very young age. He first studied dance at Lou Conte Dance Studio (now known as Hubbard Street) in Chicago and eventually received a ballet scholarship to Indiana University where he majored in Theatre & Dance. After college, he worked as a performer on Holland-America Cruise Line (Noordam) and travelled around the world for a year. Paul then moved to NYC and was blessed and privileged to be a working actor/dancer/singer. His credits include many National/International/Regional Tours, as well as numerous productions for Disney Theatricals and Disney Cruise Line. It was during this time that he and his friends also began to incorporate Pilates and dynamic strength training into their fitness routines. Paul also became one of the first instructors to teach Pilates Mat classes with New York Sports Club in Manhattan. 


Certifications: Peak Pilates (LTA-NASM), CPT (AFAA/NASM), Group Exercise and Pilates Mat (AFAA/NASM) and CSA/Specialty Training (NETA).


Paul is also a Lululemon Ambassador.

The Instructor


The Policies

    • Cash
    • Check
    • QuickPay
    • All packages expire 6 MONTHS from purchase date. No exceptions.
    • If one person cancels within 24-hours, the other person(s) will be notified and given the option of a private (or duet). Additional charges may apply. 
    • 24-hour cancellation policy
      • If you fail to notify Studio Forte, you will be charged in full.
      • No refunds or make-up sessions.
    • Cancellations accepted via phone 847-859-6454 or email ​​ ​​​
    • Silence all cell phones. If you must take a call, please do so outside the studio.
    • Please dress appropriately
    • Closed-toe shoes required for weight training only.




"The first wealth is health." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

bottom of page