About Us


The FitFat Coach® owns and operates TFC Barbell Club; a training facility built on purpose, progression, and privacy. We offer a training component that you won't find at any other fitness facility in Charlotte: a private or semi-private session.

We purposely cap the number of individuals allowed in the facility at one time to ensure an intimate and safe workout. This is acheived through appointment-based sessions. Imagine a gym without anyone breathing down your neck or asking to work-in with you. No waiting for equipment or trying to beat the rush-hour. 

Regardless of where you fall between novice and elite, our gym is designed to keep you tested, focused, and committed. 

Our biggest priority is improving your quality of athleticism and ability to accomplish your competitive goals safely and efficiently by providing an elite training facility with a small membership footprint. 


TFC Barbell Club is occupied with strength, conditioning, and accessory equipment for all of your training needs.

Equipment includes:

Prostar Power Half Racks

Texas Strength Systems Combo Rack

Deadlift Platform w/ Jack

Rogue Ohio Power Barbells

Bells of Steel Power Barbells

Rugged Fitness Olympic Barbells

Strencor CrossFit Barbells

Rogue MG-3 Multi Grip Bar

Rogue SB-1 Safety Squat Bar

2" Curl Bar

1" Curl Bar

Farmer's Carry Bars

Trap/Hex Bar

Cast Iron Plates (lbs)

Bumper Plates (lbs and kg)

Rogue Calibrated Steel Plates (kg)

Adjustable and Flat Benches

Squat Belt Machine

Sissy Squat Platform

Leg Curl Machine

Leg Extension Machine

Calf Raise Machine

Lat Pulldown/Low Row Combo Machine

Single Adjustable Cable Column

TRX Suspension Trainer (2)

Dumbbells: 5lbs to 150lbs

Kettlebells: pairs of 8kg, 12kg, 16kg, 24kg, 32kg

Slam Balls: 10lb, 20lb, 30lb, 50lb, 75lb

Rubber Medicine Balls: 10lb, 20lb, 30lb

Vinyl Shell Medicine Balls: 14lb, 20lb, 30lb

30 ft Battle Rope

50 ft Battle Rope

50 MM Rhino Rope

40 ft Turf w/ Sled

Post Landmine w/ Handle

Resistance Bands

Plyometric Boxes

C2 BikeErg

C2 SkiErg

Bicep Blaster

Jump Ropes

Speed Ropes

Disc Gliders

Ab Wheel

Foam Rollers

Balance Pads

PVC Pipes

Floor Mats


Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science 

UNC Charlotte, Class of 2014

Jess James is a 15+ year powerlifter with a vast athletic background. From dabbling in youth basketball and softball; to throwing the shot-put, discus, javelin, and hammer in high school; to playing collegiate club rugby – Jess has seen, done, and felt it all. 

In 2017, Jess created The FitFat Coach® with one mission: to inspire and promote female body positivity through powerlifting. In 2020, Jess launched the TFC Barbell Club: Charlotte’s very first African-American Woman owned open-gym training facility. 

Many have asked how she came up with the name The FitFat Coach. Primarily, Jess wanted to promote the philosophy that you don’t have to be thin to be fit, healthy, or strong. Secondarily, she needed an unforgettable attention-grabbing name that would ignite inquisitive minds. 

Unlike most fitness coaches today, Jess has real life experience with the cycle of weight gain and weight loss. Because of this, she’s able to provide relatable coaching and coping techniques for those trying to break the cycle. Jess’ ultimate goal is to help others achieve a strong and healthy lifestyle while continuing to improve her own.

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(704) 565 - 0860


7517 Orr Rd. Charlotte, NC 28213


Mon to Fri: 6am to 10pm

Sat and Sun: 8am to 4pm

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