Meet Sonia Darbey – Director
Sonia’s foray into teaching Pilates came from being a Pilates enthusiast herself, initially because of a need to strengthen her back due to an injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident, and then due to the fantastic way it made her look and feel.
Coming from an athletic background, Sonia competed at a National level in athletics and played representative netball during her school years. After completing her tertiary education, she travelled the globe as an entertainer with Club Mediterrannee. Upon returning to Australia, Sonia worked as a publicist for several years in the entertainment industry. Fitness however was always a priority, leading her to completing her Certificate III in fitness in 1999 and studying the Pilates Method with Pilates Master Trainer Helen Tardent in Sydney, in 2000.
Sonia worked as a Pilates instructor in several leading Pilates studios in Sydney, including Helen Tardent’s studio Pilates Moves prior to opening Pilates Physique in Paddington Sydney in 2003.
In 2008 Pilates Physique moved to its new designer location on New South Head Road Edgecliff, Sydney.
Sonia has continually pioneered the way forward in the Pilates industry creating the top selling Pilates Physique Exercise Circle and workout DVD. Pilates Physique is the first studio in Australia to introduce tower cadillac group classes and one of only a handful of studios nationally to have a fully supervised crèche facility.
Sonia is also an accredited Stretch Therapist and Power Plate instructor. She has become a popular figure in the media regularly promoting Pilates in magazines and on television and writing for publications such as Women’s Fitness Magazine.
Sonia loves spending her free time with her family, young son and 2 badly trained Labradors!