Who would have thought that a global pandemic would place our wellness plans front and center of our lives and we’d accomplish so much in nine months?
Is it really true these Alexandria Wellness women got strong(her) and got super uncomfortable digging into their physical and emotional wellness? They are here one more week to share their journey with you.
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Checking back in with our stress resilience practices has been the most gratifying result of this time with the Alexandria Wellness community. While, yes, we have all benefited from more muscle, better athletic movement, and stronger bodies, we have fine-tuned our stress resilience practices that will last a lifetime.
As a community, we learned to practice channeling our time and energy into the things that are in our control, rather than focusing on the things outside of our control (COVID, elections, news). We focused on improving our physical strength, developing a growth mindset, and the choices we make for our calendars. Our connections with others are deeper (even over Zoom Video!).
Another rewarding byproduct of this time is how we found new friends who are the basis for our wellness circle. Friends who support your wellness and motivate you to be your “best self” will help you continue along the path of holistic wellness. I can name at least ten women who now consider each other friends who didn’t know each other before COVID.
Read on to see how the women in the Alexandria Wellness community have prioritized and improved their health and wellness despite the challenges this year has presented them.
Katherine A. – “I contacted Alexandria Wellness once I realized it was okay to prioritize my health and well-being enough to recognize I needed help to get healthy.
I see Adrien as a partner in the process of becoming the best version of myself. I found her through Alexandria Stylebook. She is someone who works with me, for me, to help me. I have not looked back since I started working with her in August. I am on this amazing road filled with adventure, fun, and surprisingly, fitness that somehow gets snuck in there, and now I am kind of addicted to doing it. And with the potential of another lockdown looming over all of our holidays, I know now that I am on an amazing journey of health and wellness that I will never leave. Even in the worst of times.”
Holly C. – “Consistent workouts held outdoors with AW. Meeting in small groups with fellow classmates who encourage one another; acknowledging the importance of stress reduction during a stressful time and being flexible/open-minded. Working with AW on being mentally strong no matter what’s happening with COVID changes. Practicing gratefulness and blocking off time in my schedule for health/fitness.”
Robin – “What had been driving time is now yoga and extra workout time. Every muscle group is stronger and I have more agility than before. I can even teach my teenage son a thing or two!”
Tiffany – “I think what has helped me stay strong is the sense of community and that we are all in this together. I look forward to helping a neighbor or a stranger and trying to keep up relationships even in this bizarro world. Seeing friends and getting together for workouts or book club or fundraisers over Zoom helps me to keep going! So, thank you for the virtual workouts and the sanity and sense of normalcy they give me.”
Linda C. – “1. Faith in God. 2. Living intentionally and on mission every day (planning my day every am so that I do this) 3. Adrien! 😁“
Tracy N. – “With plans and schedules upended, I’ve focused on giving wellness and exercise a prominent slot on my daily calendar and I’ve embraced new healthier habits. I’m so grateful to the inspiring women I’ve met through Alexandria Wellness for the support, great advice, and friendship that motivates me to keep moving, breathe deeply, and get a good night’s sleep every day!”
Holly L. – “Navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge, no question, but it has also brought many blessings, including the opportunity to get stronger. To me, strength means consistency, commitment, and control. Before COVID, I only exercised once per week and didn’t blink an eye if I had a conflict. Now, I exercise six times per week, and I never miss. Not ever. Instead of trying to fit exercise into my crazy schedule, I now plan my crazy schedule around my exercise. Sometimes that means loading my kettle bells and slam ball when heading to a lacrosse or soccer game and using my children’s warmup time before the game to Zoom into my Alexandria Wellness class – from the parking lot. Skipping is non-negotiable, regardless of my location. My commitment, consistency, and control continue to help me get stronger every day. With newfound strength, I can do one-handed kettlebell swings, a handstand, and six real pushups… to name a few. Thank you Alexandria Wellness for not missing a beat during this extraordinary time and for building a community of strength!”
Wrapping up our strong(her) series feels bittersweet. Our community has grown strong(her), more resilient and closer as a community. We have all looked forward not-only to writing this series yet living it! We have forged friendships that will last a lifetime.
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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.