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Your coach and the Founder of Full Sun Fitness, Jesse Elkins, comes with 20+ years of competitive athletic experience along with nationally accredited certifications with the International Sports and Sciences Association (ISSA) as an Elite Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Personal Trainer (CPT), and Nutrition Coach. Jesse also holds certifications in Functional Movement Systems, Hot Sculpt Yoga Instruction, Trauma-Informed Care, and Suicide Prevention. Jesse continues to build his expertise as a coach, community leader, and public health professional as he pursues his Master of Public Health in Physical Activity and Nutrition at Charlotte.
We are all beautifully unique with stories that have the power to bridge and connect the world in kind, wholehearted ways. We know that all people deserve to be able to show up just as we are: all sizes, all opinions, all genders and non-genders, all moods, all efforts, all income levels, all abilities, all races, all professions, all sexualities, all everything that is authentically us. Beyond this, we should be able to take what we need and leave behind what we don’t. We should all have the freedom and trauma-informed support to express what we need and what we want to illuminate, practice, and deepen in our lives. We believe that you deserve the best wellness and exercise tools founded in scientific evidence and lived experience and we will refer out for anything we are unable to provide in complete confidence. Finally, we are grateful that you are here and we will uphold that gratitude and care for you throughout your entire Full Sun Fitness experience and as you take what you learn to your friends, families, and communities.
You share you, we’ll share us, and maybe we can all shine brighter under the Full Sun.
Jesse Elkins | All Pronouns | Founder & CEO | Charlotte, NC
Certifications: Elite Trainer (ISSA) 2022; Corrective Exercise Specialist (ISSA) 2022; 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.