Years of hard work and lots of writing are finally paying off - personal trainer and owner of Physix LLC, Shannon Sorrels, has a new location that is all her own in Ahwatukee Foothills.

"It means the chance to grow," Sorrels said. "We've got space now and complete control over our space. The clients get a vote in what we do and where we put things but, most of all, it's a chance to continue growing. That's our big excitement."

Sorrels started her company in September of 2009 and has been subleasing a space as the business was slowly growing. Now, two years later, she has about 40 clients and room to grow.

"We wanted to be a little bit different. There's a lot of fitness businesses and people have a lot of choices," Sorrels said. "A lot of other places do very well, we just wanted to be different and offer something extra."

Physix focuses on every day people, she noted. Physix offers one-on-one personal training as well as small group classes, but each program is personalized.

Sorrels said they do not "push" things on their clients. She, or one of her two other NSCA certified trainers, sits down with a new client for about an hour before they begin a program to find their goals and the best way to achieve it. Once a client has begun working out at the gym and attending classes, Sorrels said they keep in close contact to make sure that goals are being met. Last year, her clients lost a total of 475 pounds. By July of this year they had already lost a total of 478 pounds.

"Joining gyms, or walking into a gym for the first time, I can still remember what that felt like," Sorrels said. "I felt a little conspicuous. Looking back on it nobody was noticing me. I might have felt like they were but they might have been noticing my shirt or something.

"When people looked at me I instantly felt judged or all sorts of negative emotions. I wanted to offer a place where people who were just getting into things or getting into things for the first time could come in and feel like they belonged, they weren't judged, they weren't intimidated, they weren't going to be pushed to a point where they're nauseous. I wanted them to feel like they could do it."

Sorrels has been writing regular columns for the Ahwatukee Foothills News and the East Valley Tribune since 2010, offering fitness advice and encouraging readers to make a change. For more information on her new location at 14647 S. 50th St., Suite 170, call (480) 528-5660 or visit

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