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Jesse Elkins | All Pronouns | Founder & CEO | Charlotte, NC

Certifications: Level I Functional Movement Systems 2021; Certified Personal Trainer (ISSA) 2020; Certified Nutrition Coach (ISSA) 2020; Certified Hot Sculpt Yoga Teacher (Vibe Yoga) 2018 Courses: Anatomy & Physiology for Transgender Individuals (ACSM) 2021; International Health & Fitness Summit (ACSM) 2021

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 All Black Lives Matter, 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.

Ryan Schuhler | All Pronouns | Lead Virtual Coach | Seattle, WA

Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM), Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM), Functional Aging Specialist (FAI), Aquatic Therapy Certified (ATRI)

Hi All, I’m Ryan! Husband, friend, pet parent (Corbin, pup; Oscar, cat), environmentalist, indoor jungle grower (disco balls included), activist, trainer, group exercise instructor, creative mind, and football aficionado… to name a few things. As you know, our paths are long and winding, full of detours, pit stops, photo ops, flat tires, and breathtaking views. So, here is a bite-sized glimpse of me: My fitness journey: I attended Purdue University where I stumbled between a few majors until I found my home in Health and Kinesiology. I never looked back. Since, and over the past decade, I have deepened my kinesiology practice by individualizing my own art and style of coaching within group exercise and personal training. My experience and academic specialties include: Senior Fitness, Posture Correction, Balance, Aquatic Exercise, Functional Fitness, and Core/Back Strengthening. Throughout my career, I have also deepened my sense of self. Growing up in a small town in Indiana did not nurture a total sense of self-discovery, nor self-expression, making it hard to navigate who I was and who I wanted to be. Luckily, Purdue helped me find my community and chosen family, which helped me nurture my unknowingly dormant seed. ‘With a little help from my friends’, the doors swung open, and I truly began to discover my fabulous, expressive, shimmering, Queer identity. On brand with self-discovery, I had a few kinks to iron out. Fighting my low self-esteem with materialism and comparative judgement, you could suffice to say that I went through quite a few highs, lows, and internal struggles. However, with support from the people closest to me, I have grown into my best self. Now, residing in Seattle, WA with my husband, cat, and dog, I am actively living out my sense of self in expression, loves, career, passions, and equity work, including coaching with Full Sun Fitness. Seattle’s diversity has helped me realize my privileged position as a white, cis-gender male in this life and in all wellness spaces. It is of my utmost best intention to use my position and role as a Full Sun Fitness Coach to educate others about systemic racism and misogynistic problems while uplifting those most marginalized through providing well-informed coaching and wellness support. Beyond this, I am here to learn with open ears, heart, and mind. I, like many of you, are in the long fight to paint the world in a rainbow light with equitable opportunity so that we can all reach our goals and dreams…

If you’d like to work with me, I’d like to work with you! For virtual coaching, contact me at: Ryan.FullSunFitness@gmail.com

Partners


Andrew Hodge | He / Him | 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.

Stevie Smith | She / Her | Natural Scent Creator

Apothecary Specialist
Moonlight Magick Apothecary | Etsy: @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.

Danielle Codere | She / Her | Consultant & Magic Maker

Chief Unicorn at Free Range Unicorn
IG: @freerangeunicorn_

Why I support Full Sun Fitness: Full Sun Fitness represents strength building from the inside out. Not just physical strength, but emotional, and dare I say even on a spiritual level. As someone who has faced an avalanche of adversity, I recognize my need to be as happy and healthy as possible. Unfortunately when you’re considered morbidly obese, your doctors will tell you to stop eating and move more, leaving so many unanswered questions. This is why I chose to find answers regarding health through my work & training as a certified NLP Coach where I found my ability to dig deep regarding my own struggles with obesity. Now having lost 77lbs (and still counting), I am dedicated to helping others pursue their own dreams, in whatever form they develop. Partnering with Jesse & Full Sun Fitness is the opportunity that I’ve been longing for. While the Coaching industry is taking a turn towards the darkside, Jesse is building an empire on the foundation of diversity and inclusion. Full Sun Fitness is wellness for every BODY, especially for anyone who has ever felt as though they were embarrassed, ashamed or outcasted in the past. It’s with Full Sun Fitness where you can begin your evolution to your best self.

We are always looking for partnership opportunities. Have an idea? Reach out to FullSunFitness@gmail.com!