About us

AN UNRIVALLED RANGE OF EQUIPMENT, SECOND-TO-NONE GROUP CLASSES, AND A NEW HIIT N RUN 24/7 WORKOUT ZONE

After 15 fantastic years operating as Ballarat Body & Soul, we made the decision to re-brand as Genesis Health and Fitness. By doing so, we are able to provide our treasured members with even higher levels of services, facilities and experiences than they have grown to expect from us.

This has been a major evolution for the club, and positions us to better serve our community into the future.

Body & Soul (BAS) has long been a pioneer within the fitness industry, having been established in 2003 by fitness influencer and innovator Mel Tempest. Over the years it has garnered a worldwide reputation for having been among the first independent health clubs in Australia to introduce gym-goers to training options such as:

FOUNDER / DIRECTOR

MEL TEMPEST

At the age of 32, Mel joined a gym for the first time in her life and was immediately bitten by the fitness bug! Within a couple of years she became a qualified group fitness instructor, and a few years later opened Body & Soul in an old church hall on Bakery Hill, Ballarat.

Motivated by her passion for music and movement, Mel created Body & Soul in order to share the incredible, life-changing power of group fitness with as many people as she could.

Mel knew she had struck a chord in the Ballarat community, as Body & Soul quickly became the go-to destination for fun group fitness and non-intimidating gym workouts – a place where crop tops were banned and people of all ages, shapes and cultures were welcome.

After four years, Body & Soul outgrew its initial humble location and moved into its current premises, almost quadrupling in size. Today, the 1600m2 venue provides the Ballarat community with an inclusive, supportive fitness space where all are welcome. The club is now home to three group fitness studios and two large gym areas, and embraces the latest technology while maintaining a friendly, family culture. Mel and the team look forward to welcoming you to Genesis Health + Fitness, Body & Soul.

OUR TEAM

MEET YOUR NEW PARTNERS IN FITNESS!

Whatever your health and fitness goals, our diverse team of fitness professionals have the skills and experience to help you achieve them.

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GARY BLOOD

Group fitness instructor

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    RICK DONAT

    Group Fitness instructor

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      SAM HAMBROOKE

      Frontline team member and Personal Trainer

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        Tylah Bruhn

        Frontline team member and Personal Trainer

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          Larissa Kydd

          Group Fitness Instructor

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            Shane Simpkin

            Group Fitness Instructor

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              Tyler Frost

              Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer

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                Sarah Rykers

                Group fitness instructor

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                  Sarah Barby

                  Frontline Team Member Cert 3 & 4 qualified

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                    Erin Wicks

                    Yoga Fitness Instructor

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                      KAY Drummond

                      Group Fitness Instructor

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                        Troy Mullane

                        Personal Trainer

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                          Pete Mullane

                          Group Fitness Instructor

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                            Kim Lawlor

                            Simpkin - Group Fitness Instructor

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                              Megan

                              Group Fitness Instructor

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                                Stacey aggett

                                frontline team

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                                  James Dean

                                  Group Fitness Instructor

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                                    Cam Banks

                                    Personal Trainer / Group Fitness Trainer / Strength & Conditioning

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                                      ANNA

                                      Metafit and Dance Instructor

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                                        Talia

                                        cycle Instructor

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                                          Monica

                                          Cardio Pilates and Pure Pilates Instructor

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                                            Cherie

                                            BARRE Instructor

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                                              Bunny

                                              personal trainer

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                                                Libby

                                                frontline team member and personal trainer

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