Helen Tardent

Australia's first Matwork & Reformer group instructor & trainer, Pilates host of Aerobics Oz Style, owner of the Pilates Moves studio in Double Bay, Sydney, and author of Beautiful Pilates.





b a c k g r o u n d



q u a l i f i c a t i o n s

  • Dance Medicine Australia – Certified Clinical Pilates instructor (Melbourne) 1995
  • Australian Fitness Accreditation Council (AFAC) – Fitness Leader 1995
  • Physical Mind Institute – Certified Teacher Trainer (USA) 1998
  • Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) – Founding member & Pilates Practitioner IV 1997
  • Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA) – Founding member & Principal Trainer 2003
  • PAA – Educational Body
  • Equilibrio & Pilates Moves Certificate – Neuro Linguistic Programming 2004
  • EFI Sports Medicine – Gravity Trainer in Pilates 2004
  • Certificate IV  Workplace Assessment & Training 2004
  • Certificate IV Pilates (91121NSW) 2005
  • International Society of Neuro-Semantics (ISNS) – Coaching Essentials 2007
  • Neuro Power – Accredited Neuro Power co-facilitator 2008
  • Licenced Provider of Fletcher Towelwork 2010-11
  • Diploma in Professional Pilates Instruction (91491NSW) 2010
  • Core Fitness Roller Certification 2012
  • Total Barre Foundation Certificate 2013
  • Booty Barre Instructor 2014
  • The Center for Women’s Fitness – Pre/Postnatal Pilates Specialist Program 2014
  • Xtend Barre Instructor 2014
  • Franklin Method – Level 1 Franklin Method Educator 2014
  • AntiGravity Instructor 2015
  • AntiGravity AirBARRE Instructor 2015
  • AntiGravity Restorative Instructor 2016
  • AntiGravity Suspension Fitness Instructor 2016
  • AntiGravity Kids 2016




Alan Herdman, founder of Pilates in the UK, first introduced Helen to the Pilates Method. Helen continued to use the Method as her major form of supplementary exercise during her years as a professional dancer. This continued after she had stopped dancing professionally.


Helen began teaching Pilates in 1993 after completing her apprenticeship in Sydney. The early focus of Helen's Pilates career was to establish and manage a Pilates studio in the “Solutions for Pain and Injury Centre” (Sydney, Australia 1995). This was one of a few multi-disciplinary centres dedicated to a holistic approach to injuries and special needs.


In 1998 Helen pioneered Pilates Matwork classes in gymnasiums nationally. Now her accredited courses train professional instructors who provide the general public with increased availability to the Pilates Method.


In 2001 Helen opened the professional state-of-the-art Pilates Moves studio in Double Bay, Sydney, and pioneered the way forward in the Australian Pilates industry, establishing group Reformer, Circuit and Pre- & post-Pregnancy Circuit Classes.


In 2001 Helen also became the host of Australia's first Pilates show for the Aerobics Oz Style television series, which aired in forty countries worldwide.


Helen and Sally Anderson co-founded the Mind Your Body Conference in 2002, the first conference of its kind in Australia, providing a non-competitive environment for education and collaboration for professionals in the Pilates and other associated industries.


Helen published her first book Beautiful Pilates for Penguin Books in 2005. A coffee table book, it outlines the fluid beauty of the method while showing how it can leave you feeling agile, firm, exhilarated, strong & revitalised. Along with acclaimed photographer Greg Barrett’s photographs, Helen reveals the beauty of Pilates poses as you have never seen them before.


After over 25 years in the Pilates industry presenting, instructor training and writing, Helen’s true passion is teaching. She is most fulfilled when she is face-to-face with her clients.