Barre workouts change your body. Anyone who has done Barre Body consistently (three to four times a week for a month or more) will tell you that it tones and lengthens your muscles, making you look and feel firmer and slimmer.
Stay well in winter
Written by Yasemin Trollope, BodyLove Bootcamp Co-Creator. Kung fu kick your winter cold with these simple stay well tips and tricks.
Cinnamon Lane interview with Emma
Emma Seibold Is One Of Those People With Seemingly Boundless Energy. Full Of Enthusiasm At 6.30am (Amazing In Itself For A Mother Of A Two Year Old Boy), Emma warmly welcomes us to her beautiful new Barre Body studio in Sydney’s Surry Hills.
Easter treat: homemade raw chocolate strawberries
I’ve always been a big, big lover of all things sweet, particularly chocolate-y sweet things. In recent years, I’ve moved away from commercially made chocolates (with some lindt-y regret) which are typically very processed and laden with sugar. Instead, I make my own and because I only eat natural sugars my taste buds have changed and homemade goodness tastes so, so much better.
Letting go of having to lose weight
Why can’t I lose weight?
Surely you’ve experienced this; you want to lose weight so you try really, really hard, but nothing happens. Then you stop trying, and lo and behold, you lose weight. Why? Because you let go of the notion of having to lose weight and stopped giving so much attention and energy to the idea of losing weight.
Emma's food philosophy
I get asked about my food philosophy all the time and my answer is pretty simple.
Which foods should I buy organic?
I'm sure you'd love to buy organic 24/7 for everything, but budget and seasonal availability can make this tough, so the next question is, which foods should I prioritise?
Easy, healthy chocolate mousse
This healthy take on chocolate mousse is super yummy and super easy. It takes about 5 mins and looks quite impressive.
Happy summer & thank you 2013!
What an incredible year it has been! We opened three new studios in Windsor, Fitzroy and Bondi, hosted our first luxury yoga, barre & stand up paddleboard retreat in Fiji, welcomed 15 new teachers to the Barre Body team, launched our 2nd DVD, Tone & Shape... and Matt and I got engaged!
Stay fit over the holidays
I asked the girls how they were planning to stay well over the Christmas holidays and this is what they said… 1. Paula Lay – I’m including lots of delicious salads with my meals & continuing to experiment with raw desserts, getting lots of inspiration from ‘therawtarian.com’ to stay healthy without compromising on taste!
Why I switched to TOM Organic tampons
I was first introduced to TOM Organic by the lovely Sarah Jensen, the National Account Manager for TOM. She gave be a great big supply of samples that we gave out at Flinders Lane and Windsor. She also have me a huge personal supply to trial. At the time, we talked about the value of
New Barre Body DVD - Tone & Shape
Tone & Shape is longer, stronger and more challenging and the exercises are more complex. Try this if you’ve experienced in barre-style fitness or if you want an extra challenge. This is an intermediate level workout (with options to make it stronger or more gentle to suit your body).
10 things to know about quinoa
Being pretty much vegetarian (aside from fish occasionally), quinoa is one of my staple grains (and you’ll learn why pretty quickly).
1. It’s delicious!. When cooked, quinoa is light and fluffy and has a lovely, slightly nutty flavour. It’s easy to flavour with sauces and dressings. A little trick is to cook it in vegetable stock, rather than water and the veg stock is absorbed into the grains as it cooks, producing a delicious snack that you could eat on it’s own if you wanted.
Which blender should I buy?
I love to blend. I particularly love to make really thick, ice cold smoothies so I need a blender that will crush ice like it’s fairy floss and blend frozen fruit like they are fresh
Eat pretty: superfoods for your skin
Want gorgeous glowing skin? Don’t we all! Here are some of my favourite foods for skin health.
Green tea – I can’t bang on enough about how good green tea is. It’s full of antioxidants (good), which stop those nasty free radicals (bad) in their tracks. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to promote the body’s natural detoxification process as well as get rid of excess fluid from the body. Drink 1-3 cups a day. Trust me.
Giving back in Fiji
I am so proud to announce that Barre Body will be building a bus shelter to shade and shelter the children of the Sanasana Village in Natadola Bay Fiji.
Green smoothies 101
As many of you know, in my previous life I founded Urban Remedy Cleanse, Australia’s leading juice detox program. When I had Xavier, I passed the reins over to the gorgeous and uber-healthy Laura Minford, who has taken Urban Remedy from strength to strength. Today’s blog is a guest post from Laura on the basics of green smoothies.
Healthy cinnamon apple crumble
This is a firm favourite of mine, both as a healthy dessert and a warming comfort breakfast. It’s an adaptation on a less healthy version that my nanna and mum make.
Guest post: Do you need to surrender?
One of my closest friends, Claire Obeid from The Wellness Project, has recently released an ebook on the art of surrendering.
Choc oaty balls of yum
Matt isn’t feeling well today and so far he hasn’t been able to eat anything. That said, he just asked me (with a sad, little sick face & puppy dog eyes) to make him some choc oat balls as he thinks he “might be able to eat some of those.” Bless his heart.
Ballet classes at Barre Body
I’m super excited to announce that we will be running ballet classes at Barre Body, starting in June.
An update on my famous healthy chocolate brownies
I made these today. They are to die for. To. Die. For. We try not to eat refined flours or sugars, but I really love a fresh baked sweet treat, so these are on high rotation at my house.
The importance of fun and friendship
Forgive me, for it’s been a (looooooong) while since I have blogged.
Sugar free chocolate? Yes please Lee!
Here’s a gorgeous recipe for sugar free chocolate from Lee Holmes from Supercharged Food.
Stand-up paddleboard yoga in Fiji
Matt, Xavier and I had a LOVELY time in Fiji over the new year period.
Super yummy protein pancakes
This recipe comes to you triple tested in my home kitchen with Xavier a rigourous and unrelenting tester
Guest post: Here’s to a new ADVENTURE
Here’s a guest post from Fiona Hogan, one of the incredibly talented naturopaths from Johanna Clark Naturopathy.
3 ways to avoid silly season weight gain
I can honestly say that I never put on weight over the silly season. I think it helps that the weather is warm and I tend to eat a little less and lighter in the warmer months,
A truly magical question
About 10 years ago, a colleague asked me a question that changed my life. She told me to think about my work/career direction and to ask myself “does it make my heart sing?”
I heart chlorophyll
I heart chlorophyll. It’s like sunshine in a bottle. Literally. Well almost.
5 things I vow to do every day
This post goes very nicely with the spring detox we are embarking on at Barre Body. Spring is a wonderful time to clean out the old and bring in the new. In that spirit, I am vowing to actually do the 5 things that I like to pretend I do everyday, every single day until they are just part of what I do, like brushing my teeth.
Summer shape up & the weight loss formula
Did the words “weight loss formula” get your attention? I’m sneaky like that. Most of us put on a kilo or two during winter owing to less exercise and heavier foods. Now it’s time to strip off a layer or two (of clothing) and get our bodies ready for summer.
A little yoga with your spring detox?
Detox is a topic that’s very close to my heart. Not that long ago, I was living in Bondi, juicing up a storm as Founder and General Manager of Urban Remedy cleanse, the now cult juice detox program.
Spring DIY detox (and a juice cleanse discount)
September is spring detox month at Barre Body. Many of you know that before Barre Body, I created another little biz called Urban Remedy Cleanse, a super healthy juice detox program, designed to rejuvenate your body from the inside out, so the art of detoxification is very close to my heart and a subject I am very well-versed in.
Super Green Smoothie Recipe & Video
I really do love smoothies. Such a wonderful way to get a fresh and healthy nutrient hit. I challenge you to drink one and not feel amazing.
Behind the scenes at Lululemon Ambassador photo shoot
As many of you know, I am a very proud ambassador for Lululemon Athletica. This goes very well with the fact that I am a card-carrying member of the I HEART STRETCHY PANTS ASSOCIATION*.
What’s your life motto?
I like to take a big picture view and think strategically. I do this with Barre Body and I try to do this with my personal life.
Winter blows. Stay motivated…
Baby it’s cold outside. After eight lovely years living in Sydney (in Bondi no less!), I’m back in Melbourne and facing a pretty cold winter. I have a pretty special superpower that I’d like to share with you…
Oh so easy choc bliss balls
Ok, so these bad boys are so easy it’s almost criminal. The video below shows my somewhat haphazard method (ie. throw it all together and hope for the best) for making these, but basically it’s as outlined below the vid.
Wellbeing 101: pH balance
Just like the litmus paper tests we did in science class, our bodies have a pH level; ideally we want to be slightly alkaline (7.4 on the pH scale), but most of us tend to be more acidic. When your body is alkaline, it is easier to eliminate toxins and break down acidic deposits that lead to sluggish digestion and increased fat.
Wellbeing 101: Water
Life has been so full and busy of late, I’ve decided to go back to the very basics of healthy living and you are invited to come along for the ride. Each week we’ll cover a different wellbeing topic. Let’s start with water. It’s doesn’t get much more basic than that…
Tone your bum in 7 minutes
Who wants a toned bum? Me please! I created this video for the lovely Yaz over at The Happiness Cocktail(one of my all-time favourite healthy life blogs) – it’s one of the best bum-toning exercises I have come across so I had to share it with you.
What’s your ayurvedic body type?
Ayurveda is an Indian system of traditional medicine. Ayur means life and veda means science, so it is quite literally “the science of life”. It has been around for a very long time (5000 years or so) and while, like everything, it has its critics and shortcomings, I particularly like its constitution based model of determining balance and health.
Guest post (about me!) from The Happiness Cocktail
Show of hands if you’ve ever done an Urban Remedy Juice Cleanse? Awesome. Me too. Oh, your hands are still down. OK, show of hands if you’ve heard of Urban Remedy Juice Cleanse? Aha, that’s the majority, I think.
Comfort foods with a healthy twist
It’s easy to eat healthily in summer. Our bodies naturally crave healthier foods; we opt for salads and lighter meals, favouring vegetables and lighter proteins. As the weather turns cooler our tastes and cravings shift toward warmer, heavier meals and comfort foods.
Will I lululemon? Yes, I will.
I should have been suspicious when the whole team from lululemon athletica Bourke Street booked into my class this morning, but I wasn’t. Why not? Because from the moment I told them I was opening Barre Body, they have been so incredibly supportive, enthusiastic and encouraging, so I just assumed they were popping in for a team class. No so.
Beach barre flow part 3: legs
Get beach ready with this 8 minute yoga-inspired beach barre sequences for legs.
Beach barre flow part 2: arms
Get a beach ready upper bod with this 10 minute arm weights sequence.
Beach barre flow part 1: warm up
10 minute barre yoga warrior flow sequence to challenge your balance and heat you up.
Tone part 5: Core
A short, but strong core sequence designed to flatten and carve your waist.
Tone part 4: Arms
10 minute arm & upper body workout designed to tone
Tone part 3: Glutes
12 minute glutes segment designed to tone and tighten your tush
Tone part 2: Toned pins
10 min barre sequence designed to tone and trim your legs
Long & Lean part 6: stretch cool
6-part series designed for bodyandsoul.com.au. Part 6: stretch for flexibility
Long & Lean part 5: core
6-part series designed for bodyandsoul.com.au. Part 5: strong core
Long & Lean part 4: arms
6-part series designed for bodyandsoul.com.au. Part 4: defined arms
Long & Lean part 3: derriere
6-part series designed for bodyandsoul.com.au. Part 3: high, round derriere
Long & Lean part 2: legs
6-part series designed for bodyandsoul.com.au. Part 2: Long, lean legs
Long & Lean part 1: stretch warm
6-part series designed for bodyandsoul.com.au. Part 1: Dynamic stretch for flexibility
Fiji part 5: Strong yoga flow
15 minute strong yoga flow practice to dynamically stretch your body
Fiji part 4: Bikini butt
A short, but sweet derriere toning sequence. All you need is a chair (or a tree!).
Fiji part 3: Bikini arms & core
15 minute mat sequence to strengthen and tone your core muscles, upper body and arms.
Fiji part 1: Salute to the sun
10 minutes of sun salutations (5 A salutes + 5 B salutes) in beautiful Fiji
His 'n' hers part 1: Burner lunge
Super strong leg work – challenge someone to do this with you!
His ‘n’ hers part 2: Butt kicker
Fun, quick glute work out designed to challenge the boys too.
His ‘n’ hers part 3: Core challenge
Challenge yourself with some super strong standing core work.
Choc bliss balls
Delicious protein and good fat packed bliss balls. Make them in 10 mins!
Super green smoothie
Super healthy and delicious green smoothie recipe, with special guest star, Baby Xavier
Choc berry protein smoothie
Super quick, super delicious protein smoothie – perfect for breakfast on the run.
Tone part 1: Yoga flow warm up
12 min yoga flow designed to warm up and increase flexibility
Tone part 6: Stretch & lengthen
10 min yoga flow following by a short and sweet savasana.
This gorgeous 10 minute meditation is a little slice of sunshine in winter.
Fiji part 2: Beach barre legs
A quick and effective beach barre workout to tone your legs.
Lengthen & Tone DVD preview
Lengthen & Tone is a fun 1hr workout that will tone your entire body. Includes prenatal mods.
Tone & Shape DVD preview
Tone & Shape is longer (75mins), stronger and more complex. Try this for a fun challenge.
30 min holiday express workout
Total body workout in just 30 mins to keep you fit and toned on holiday
Strong detox yoga flow
Strong 20 minute detox yoga sequence designed for our BodyLove Bootcamp program.