Sonia Darbey

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 2000.  She subsequently became an accredited Stretch Therapist and Power Plate instructor.

In 2003, Sonia opened the highly successful Pilates Physique studio in Edgecliff which went on to become an integral part of Sydney’s fitness landscape for many years. Sonia pioneered the way forward in the Pilates industry creating the top selling Pilates Physique Exercise Circle and workout DVD and becoming a popular figure in the media regularly promoting Pilates in magazines and on television and writing for several publications such as Women’s Fitness Magazine.

After 18 successful years at the forefront of the fitness industry and the unfortunate after effects of the COVID-19 pandemic Sonia has decided to close Pilates Physique permanently to start a new venture : Kids Core – group core stability fitness classes for juniors and teens. For more information email us at