Shay Kostabi

Shay Kostabi is an International Master Trainer, teacher and mentor in the fitness industry. A certified movement specialist with a background in professional dance and theatre, she loves creating stories through music and movement while coaching people to tap into their authentic strength and grace. Shay is also the co-founder of The Local Skill DTLA and creator of the PowerLines workout.


Where did you grow up?

At a ballet barre. Fullerton, CA + New York City

It is Friday night - beer, wine, cocktail, or fresh pressed juice?

Friday is for Pizza and Wine.

If you had one last meal, what would you eat?

I wanna say scallops with edible flakes of gold but really... a breakfast burrito. And it there better be avocado.

Do you have a favorite movie or actor/actress?

There are too many to name but maybe Hedwig and the Angry Inch or Chappie. Also I love Brit Marling.

You are stuck in LA traffic - what music are you playing to pass the time?

Cocaine by Eric Clapton. The Tron soundtrack. Or lately, Jesse De Young's November 2016 Playlist on Spotify.

What first got you into fitness as a lifestyle and career?

I was a depressed, unemployed actor with a broken heart and a body out of shape. I actually joined a test group for a Beachbody program as a last ditch effort to turn the tables. It ended up changing my body, my life, my spirit and my career.

What is one of your favorite fitness moments so far in life?

I think teaching for 350 people on the Santa Monica Pier at a Lou Ferrigno event on an incredibly gorgeous summer day tops the charts. Working with Charles Oakley is a very close second.

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

I love core work. I really dislike running.

What is one of your favorite inspirational quotes?

Every single phrase of the Tao Te Ching. Let's start with this one: "Knowing others is intelligence. Knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power." ~ Lao Tzu

What does the word "Sanctuary" mean to you?

A familiar + safe respite from the chaos. Peace.