A New Movement: Alexandria Wellness

I was a busyness addict, a calendar filler, and checking the boxes made me feel accomplished. I was a “fixer.” I spent most of my days in a state of stress. I worried a ton. Worse, I didn’t even realize it was having a negative impact on my health, wellness, waistline, etc., and the scale seemed to be a central part of my daily habit.



Author and humanitarian Chris Hertz says:


We live un-awakened lives marked by self-perpetuating lies about
who we think we are or who we wish we could be seen to be.”


So many of our struggles, even our struggles with our wellness – fitness, weight, size, etc. – stem from our own identity and who we really think we are and who we want to be.

Today, we are influenced by so many external factors that – at the core – do not matter. In our society, we can be surrounded by:


“I am what I have.”

“I am what I do.”

“I am what others think of me.”


Who we are, our identity, stems directly from the voice to which we choose to listen. For a long time, I was listening to a lot of external voices and my health and overall sense of well-being suffered. Over time, through committing to my own personal wellness journey, I have come to realize that I am who I am. I am not the things I do, what I have, who I please, or what I accomplish. I am who I am and the anchor I most hold dearly and whom I want to please is my Maker and myself. As I embrace this, my commitment to and journey to wellness strengthens every day.

My own personal wellness story is a combination of family roots and my outgrowing those that made me feel like less than a gift. It is an adventure I’m still on, yet now I have perspective, an abundant mindset, and do believe each of us is the combination of the five people with whom you spend the most time.

Mine is a story rooted in my faith and finding my own anchor in me, no one else. Not how many likes on Facebook or Instagram, but how many times I say “I’m awesome” or “I’m grateful” to me, the one I aim to please. This has been a challenge for a fitness industry professional where “likes” and tags are what “make you.”

Putting my personal story out there like this to you feels vulnerable and scary, yet as one of my latest favorite authors, Brené Browne, says, we need to Dare to Lead. I’m daring all of us to lead the new movement for wellness in Alexandria. I dare each one of you to take a fresh look at your wellness. Contact me if you are at all interested in our new company, Alexandria Wellness Concierge Wellness Program, and meet with me for 30 minutes free by clicking here to schedule a time to talk about you and your wellness.

Over the next few weeks, I will share with you my own relationships with each portion of my Alexandria Wellness wheel and how you, too, can overcome any struggles to achieve your own definition of wellness.


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Adrien founded Fitness on the Run in 2004 out of her home after a successful career in policy and public affairs communications. After spending 15 years developing her own personal definition of wellness and watching thousands struggle with theirs, in January 2019 Adrien founded Alexandria Wellness, the home for the Concierge Wellness Program and Corporate Wellness with Adrien Cotton. Over the course of 15 years, “FOR” was home to more than 2,000 clients, 30 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. Adrien is now, more-than-ever, passionate about helping women view their fitness as a journey, not a quick fix. Adrien’s recipe for success herself has evolved from a rigid training plan of sweaty and heart pumping workouts to some days getting in her 10,000 steps, consciously breathing, her 7.5 hours of sleep, and her beloved 5-Minute Flow. Adrien believes the most important ingredient is making small changes for big results, even if it’s one new habit formed each month. Still passionate about fitness, Adrien’s clients appreciate her ability to make sessions seriously challenging without a “beat down,” a healthy mix of strength and metabolic (cardio) work and ultimately helping her clients gain real strength in mind and body. She believes we all benefit from being curious about our bodies and that change, or improvement, is within reach despite what your “inner voice” or others may tell you. Adrien is bubbling with excitement to help women learn the importance of a comprehensive approach to wellness, weight loss, and contentedness with yourself, and that every person has the right to feel good about themselves. Most days, you can find her helping clients with their wellness, listening to success stories, and bragging about her twin 13-year-old children and “fittest man in Alexandria” Bill Cotton. Adrien prides herself on her practice of mindfulness, meditation, and putting it all into perspective.

Alexandria Wellness offers achievable answers for anyone who is tired of chasing fitness and health without a clear plan, someone who has struggled and is not satisfied with their fitness and wellness or someone who is open to maximized healthful longevity and fitness along with healthful weight loss. Adrien and her team offer help with food guidance, body acceptance, sleep and stress issues, and insist you have fun along the way.

Schedule your free 30 minute consult here!


Alexandria Wellness
215 North Payne Street
Alexandria, VA 22314




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