The terms 'pocket rocket' and 'glows from the inside' could easily have been coined for the effervescent blonde behind Barre Body—the latest celeb-endorsed fitness craze taking root in Melbourne. Ditching the corporate life, Emma Seibold traded in a 10-year career in marketing back in 2009 to found the hugely popular Urban Remedy juice cleanse, before turning her attention to the fitness industry and launching the ballet-inspired, Barre Body in late 2011.
A longtime yoga devotee, Emma incorporated barre conditioning work into her practice in an effort to shift some weight post pregnancy (TUL note: little Xavier is the most angelic toddler you'll ever see). The results were fast and furious, prompting Emma to set up her first Barre Body studio in the heart of Flinders Lane.
Barre Body classes combine yoga and barre conditioning to tone the entire body - think long and lean like a ballet dancer. Seen Black Swan? You get the picture . . . The signature class is a challenging combination of interval training (hello, fat burning!), isometrics, dance conditioning, dynamic yoga, and core-strengthening pilates—a complete workout for strength, tone, and flexibility.
The classes have gone gang-busters and there's now a Barre Body online studio and DVD. May saw the opening of a second studio in Windsor, Fitzroy is set to open in two weeks, and there's also a retreat in the works for August.
A certified yoga and pilates teacher, holistic health and nutrition coach, and former gymnast, Emma lives and breathes the healthy life. Join us at the barre for a date with the delightful Ms Seibold . . .
TUL: Barre Body—what's it all about and why should we drag our wobbly bits to the nearest class?
It's a super fun (and incredibly effective) fusion of ballet, yoga, and pilates. It will definitely help tone up the wobbly bits!
TUL: You also founded Urban Remedy Cleanse. Have you always been a health & fitness nut?
Pretty much. I love the way my body (and mind) feels when I eat, rest, and exercise well.
TUL: What's the best part about your job?
I love teaching. I love my clients. I love creating the videos for the online studio. Now that we have finally hired a cleaner for the studios, I love it all to be honest ; )
TUL: If you weren't a wellness guru, what other career path would you choose?
My past life was in marketing and I really enjoyed that, so probably marketing (for the wellness industry, of course).
TUL: What are your three top tips for staying fit and healthy during the cooler months?
1.Move Daily—go for a walk, do a class, take the stairs. However you can fit it in.
2.Eat Well—don't fall into the trap of comfort eating in the winter, unless it's a healthy version of your favourite comfort foods.
3.Hydrate & Sleep—I couldn't decide between these two, so I cheated by making them one.
TUL: Other than Barre Body, where else do you love to work out around our fair city?
I walk around the Tan a lot and we swim at MSAC. I also like to share the love around and go to lots of different yoga studios.
TUL: What are your fave healthy haunts around Melbourne?
TUL: Best way to spend $50 in Melbourne?
Purchase the two-week intro special for Barre Body, of course! Two weeks of unlimited classes for $50.
TUL: And the best way to spend $500 in Melbourne?
Dinner and a show. I went to Chin Chin (Flinders Lane) and King Kong last weekend and it was amazing. If you have $500 to spend in Melbourne you should definitely spend it on culture/an experience as Melbourne is brimming with it. Or a hot air balloon ride. We live on Spring Street in the city and see them outside our window on fine days. That's how I'll spend my next $500.
TUL: What would you request for your last meal on earth?
A Japanese hot pot. Heaven! Although the broth is loaded with sugar, it's my last meal so I won't have to deal with the consequences.
TUL: Favourite Melbourne coffee spot? Or are you more of a Chai girl?
I am definitely a Chai girl and will happily have a Chai anywhere that makes theirs with T2 or Prana Chai (always tea leaves— never powder!). I love the Chai at Tusk on Chapel Street in Windsor.
TUL: Favourite Melbourne restaurant?
Chin Chin. It is one of the few restaurants that pretty much suits any occasion. And it's right near my house, so no taxis required.
TUL: Place for a drink?
Siglo rooftop bar on Spring Street.
TUL: Latest Melbourne discovery?
Spring St Grocer, the new deli that has recently opened on Spring Street (near the corner of Bourke Street). The front part, Gelateria Primavera, is a to-die-for gelato/juice bar, the back part is a deli (nothing short of amazing) and the downstairs is soon to be a cheese room.
TUL: Best way to while away a lazy Sunday in Melbourne?
Take in a barre or yoga class and then a healthy home-cooked brunch (cooked by my baby daddy while I read the paper on the sofa).
TUL: Biggest Indulgence?
TUL: You recently opened a second studio in Windsor and launched your 'Lengthen & Tone' DVD. What's next for Barre Body—world domination?
Yes! Exactly. We are planning another DVD and another two new studios in the next 12 months (Fitzroy is opening on 7 August). We also have our Fiji retreat in August and are launching a new teacher training program in October. Lots happening!