BROTHERS James and Mitchell Aubusson have opened a new Body Fit Training gym at Ballina.
Both grew up in Ballina before going on to play NRL together at the Sydney Roosters.
James left the NRL in 2011 while Mitchell retired last year having played over 300 games.
"We'd spoken about doing something in business together but it was probably going to be more of a side project," James said.
"It progressed fairly quickly once we got talking and now we're all in here."
"We set a record for NSW and Queensland presale memberships, I think that was more brand awareness and having one nearby in Byron Bay certainly helped."
James had been living in Goulburn since 2011 and decided to move home after the sudden death of his father Brian last year.
"I was ingrained in another family business at a car dealership in Goulburn for several years," James said.
"My wife and I ended up being home longer than expected trying to organise dad's funeral and in the end we just thought there was nothing stopping us from moving back and raising a family here.
"Mum is back here now and so is my younger brother Nathan, they've both chipped in and helped out.
Why the Body Fit Training franchise
Body Fit is 100 per cent group training with five other instructors currently working at Ballina.
"It's premium group fitness where we create a team environment," James said.
"I didn't want to get bogged down in writing programs and BFT was a brand which really suited us.
"Once we met with head office we knew we were in pretty safe hands."
Supporting mental health
Body Fit Training Ballina will run a community challenge in conjunction with local group the Healthy Minds Club this weekend.
It will be a team fitness Mate For Mate challenge run inside the gym on Saturday between 11am-3pm.
The Healthy Minds Club is a growing group of young local men who have set up support services for people suffering with mental health.
"I'm living at Lennox Head and first came across them through Stu Kennedy," James said.
"I was keeping tabs on them on social media and I'm really impressed with what they're doing.
"We're basically trying to promote the same thing through a healthy lifestyle so I reached out to them to see if there was something we could do."
The gym is located in its own building outside Ballina Fair Shopping Centre on the corner of Kerr Street.