About


MISSION

Illuminating mind & body wellness: Personal training for lifelong joy and vitality


PILLARS

VISIBILITY

At Full Sun Fitness, you will always be seen, heard, and valued and your identity will be respected and honored at all times.

COURAGE

Advocating for oneself and for others, to notice and greet our softer spots and vulnerabilities, to build and sustain joy and vitality.

SAFETY

Our coaching is trauma-informed. We strive to keep language and actions inclusive to all people, all trauma, and all personal goals. You are free and encouraged to show up as you are and express yourself fully. Our team is also trained and certified to maintain physical safety including long-term exercise safety and we will never provide advice beyond the scope of our practice and education.

COMMUNITY

We are all unique and each of us make up a special part of the communities in which we identify. Here, we share, learn, and grow with each other.

CONNECTION

“[Connection is] the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship” – Brene Brown

OUR STORY

Full Sun Fitness was born of a lifetime of observing and experiencing first-hand the many access gaps for LGBTQIA+ folx in wellness spaces from gyms and recreational sports settings to yoga studios and massage parlors. We decided that if we didn’t feel safe or comfortable in most wellness settings, others might not either. Turns out, we were right… Enter: Full Sun Fitness, US & Canada (virtual) and Charlotte, NC (local) personal training for Queer (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, Gender-nonbinary, Gender-fluid, Gender-free +++) and Ally/Comrade community for members to explore, develop, learn, continue, and bolster their overall wellness. With remote and in-person personalized wellness plans, guidance, care, and accountability Full Sun offers a space to grow, safely, and a community for clients to support each other, share triumphs, and uplift one another. Full Sun Fitness is fully equipped to target, address, and achieve your wellness goals from mind to body. Full Sun maintains body neutrality and teaches body acceptance in that every body and every person exists in a beautiful, unique, strong, and capable vessel. Further, our firm belief in body neutrality promotes the truth that body image, size, and shape does not directly correlate with overall individual wellness. By focusing on your personal goals, we will guide you to the results that work for you and not just your body, but your mobility, movement, mind, vitality, and longevity.

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Jesse Elkins (he/him/they/them)
Full Sun Fitness Founder & Owner
Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Coach (International Sports Sciences Association)
Certified Hot Sculpt Yoga Teacher (Vibe Yoga)

Hello! We are all so much more than our bios, but here’s a little bit about me: I am a swimmer, HIV researcher, wellness coach, partner, step-dad, dog-dad, community lover, educator, traveller, supporter of #AllBlackLivesMatter , New Mexico born, Hoosier raised, North Carolina settled. After moving to North Carolina in 2019, I decided I wanted a healthier way to build community – one that felt supportive and loving – a community that uplifts each other to be the best they can and a community that “fails forward” with grace and kindness. The perfect intersection of all of this for me was and is community wellness. So, I began studying to become a CPT (Certified Personal Trainer) and Nutrition Coach. During my studies, I had time to reflect on my own experience around wellness more deeply, which highlighted my own insecurities and limitations not only as someone on a wellness journey, but as a Queer person on a wellness journey. I have struggled in the fitness arena. Language is often discriminatory, and even traumatizing, fitness is body-centric with “beach body” ideals, and the landscape is inundated with toxic masculinity and confining binaries. Now, amplify these challenges coming from a white cis-gender person, and imagine the burden on much more marginalized and ostracized people in our Queer community. Enter: Full Sun Fitness. I created this community to challenge social norms and create a safe space where people can build sustainable wellness through fitness and nutrition with supportive language, visibility, understanding, and camaraderie. I created this community to offer an affordable and personalized coaching option in an otherwise money-driven and capitalistic industry. I created this community to intersect my self-care and compassion with wellness for my Queer family. I also work full-time in the non-profit arena in HIV care, prevention, and research. With more than 8 years working closely with marginalized populations, namely transgender folx, people experiencing homelessness, and people living with HIV, I have developed a trauma-informed, compassionate, and loving tool-box in which I plan to utilize every step of the way for clients of Full Sun Fitness & Nutrition.

Thank you for being here. Thank you for being curious. Thank you for finding time to explore this option to give yourself more love. Finally, thank you in advance if you reach out to me. You will be seen. You will be heard. You will be valued. You will be cared for. Your coach, Jesse (he/him/they/them)

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Andrew Hodge (he/him/his)
FSFN Logo Designer
Professional Musical Theatre Actor, Director/Choreographer, Writer/Lyricist, Freelance Graphic Designer
Social Media @andruhodge

Why I support Full Sun Fitness: As an artist, especially lately, I often ask myself, “Does the world need this?” “Am I creating something with the potential to provide?” The answer isn’t always simple, and it can be tricky to keep ego out of the conversation. But, with Full Sun Fitness & Nutrition, the answer’s always been clear to me. It’s an emphatic, “Yes!” People yearn for this. We all have a body. So, fitness shouldn’t feel exclusive. In my own experience, I’ve felt intimidated out of taking my health and strength as seriously as I’d have liked. I’ve sold myself short, for not feeling comfortable or supported in my fitness goals. And I’ve avoided situations where I felt like I was being sold something I didn’t need. Full Sun Fitness is a space that can help people like me, or as unlike me as you can imagine. The threshold for entry is remarkably inclusive, and that’s not just fast talk. Having known Jesse for years, I can attest that his arms are open. Caring is his default setting, and he’ll undoubtedly assemble a team that shares his vision. And, in our talks about design, it’s always been apparent that inclusivity and real, full-spectrum wellness is at the heart of every decision Jesse’s made here. Now, I know it won’t just be hugs and singing bowls. Once you’re in the door, and you take that first deep breath from knowing you’re somewhere you belong, there’s work to be done. And the good news is, Jesse’s got your back. As a member of this community, your success is his success. I hope my belief in the good faith of this endeavor encourages you to leap.

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Stevie B. Smith (she/her/hers)
Apothecary Specialist: FSFN Natural Scent Creator

Company: Moonlight Magick ApothecaryEtsy: @moonlightmagick1111
IG: @moonlightmagickapothecary


Why I support Full Sun Fitness: I believe in and support Full Sun Fitness because this company not only supports, but also empowers the queer community in all of its beautiful complexity. I love that Full Sun Fitness supports all aspects of our health and wellbeing: physical, mental, as well as emotional. Companies like this change the world for the better, one client at a time and I am proud to support them for this and so many other extraordinary contributions to the queer community. [We are proud to partner with Stevie to bring our very own, all natural, healing and energizing post-workout oil & mist with rosemary, lavender, and peppermint, created with Stevie’s secret recipe.]about:blank

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