Phil makes Awsum changes to waistline and career path
WHEN Phil Ball decided 127kg was too much, he didn't just transform his waistline - he transformed his life.
While the former Sydney security guard decided he was overweight, he kick-started his career at the same time by studying sports nutrition.
"It's not just a job, it's a passion," he said.
On Saturday he saw 10 years of work turn into fruition with the opening of Awsum Body Fitness Centre, on Grafton's Prince and Bacon Sts.
Awsum Bodies started as a nutrition company five years ago and is Mr Ball's brainchild.
This latest venture ties the healthy eating with exercise.
Mr Ball is excited about the prospects.
"We've had 50 members sign up so far for the small amount of marketing we've done," he said.
"And now we're just ready to rock and roll."
As well as nutrition advice, the centre has all the latest commercial gym equipment, including a women's resistance training area, men's resistance training area and an open area for aerobic classes.
It also has disabled access and a children's area.
Mr Ball said the gym could cater for all levels of fitness, from those just looking to tone up, to body builders.
"We have something for everyone," he said.
"This is the first Awsum Body Fitness Centre to open.
"It's also about healthy eating, as nutrition is about 70% of where you get your results.
"Tie that in with an exercise plan - and we can make plans for every singe age group from 16-year-olds to 70-year-olds."
Mr Ball said he moved to Grafton to be closer to his family.
"This has been 10 years in the making and we've been through lots and ups and downs, but it's finally all come together with a lot of support from friends and family," he said.
"We'll be here to stay and we hope to be Australia-wide."
He said his biggest inspiration was seeing people go through the same journey as him.
"I know how it feels to be that person. Nothing tastes as good as how it feels to get somewhere.
"That's what inspires me to do it - it's seeing that joy on people's faces when they start to change," he said.