The amazing, brilliant, hysterically funny, and caring Amy Hatcher raises the intelligence and levity in any room. Amy was referred to Fitness on the Run (FOR) by our mutual friend (also lovely and super smart) Ann Bartlett of Body in Balance Center several years ago. We’d talk over the phone about client stuff like billing, scheduling, and some topical “life stuff.” Over the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Amy one-on-one. It has been an amazing ride…and gets better every day.
One of the smartest people I know (and I know a lot!), Amy is humble about her professional success as an attorney. A former federal prosecutor, she has seen a lot, yet she still manages to make laughter a priority in her life.
Her marriage to the love-of-her-life Sid, her relationship with her two beautiful children, and her two dogs Rabun and Bella visibly bring her joy. She lights up when she is with them or even just talking about them. She also finds time to hang with her friends and talks with them often about how to “be the village” for each other.
Amy even found time this year to start a new program at her children’s school. The program involved frequent meetings with the Head of the School, collaborating with a group of more than 20 parents, and organizing their students, who eventually competed against other area schools in a tournament. It involved a bit of creativity and engineering from both children and parents alike. It was no small task and one she shared with a handful of other parents. And, of course, it was a huge success.
Like her professional and family life, Amy brings everything she has to give to her training with me at FOR. She works hard to get ample sleep and maintain balance between her personal and professional lives – a non-negotiable staple for my clients to make progress. Like everything else in her life, she wants to be the best. So, in her workouts, we have “upped” her game and “raised the stakes” to including three challenging training sessions with me and her “homework” of several “flows” a day. Some weeks we squeeze in four. On several mornings at 6am, Amy and I can be found simply getting her strong, massively working her mobility, and discussing her continual list of fitness and health goals. Next up: handstand training. But first, pulls ups are in order!
How do you spend your time? Lots of family and work, but I’m also trying to carve out some good, quality time to work out and get some “soul time” – whether it’s cooking, reading a good book, taking a walk with the dogs, listening to music, stretching, spa time, date night, or meeting a friend to catch up. It can be really hard to juggle it all but I’m working at it.
Neighborhood: Belle Haven
How long have you lived in Alexandria: More than 15 years
What is your hometown? North Haven, Connecticut
What brought you to Alexandria? I came to D.C. for law school and then lived in and around Alexandria when I worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. I craved being in an area that was smaller, walkable, had great restaurants and shops, lots of history, and where I could run. It provided a respite from the difficult cases I worked on and then I was hooked. I never left.
What would surprise people about you? I may look organized but I drop balls all the time, even with backups.
You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower? Ability to stop time. My world is measured by time and time is finite. It would be so cool to stop the world and just wander around.
Favorite cocktail: Dirty martini up with extra olives
Last book read or movie seen: The Greatest Showman
Guilty Pleasure: Getting a massage
Phrase you overuse: “No, but…” My kids inherited it. It’s awful. I would love to change it to “Yes, if…”
Facebook or Instagram? Probably Facebook but I don’t love either. Social media is a blessing and a curse.
Latest binge-watch: The Crown
Bucket list travel destination: Tuscany, Italy. I’m headed there this summer.
If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee? I need both but if I could only have one it would be coffee. I can’t start my morning without it.
Define your style in three words or less: Casual, comfortable
The go-to piece in your wardrobe: Simple jeans, black shirt
Favorite trend ever: Fleeces
Favorite current trend: Shirts and warm sweaters with bell sleeves
Beauty product you can’t live without: Mascara
Favorite fragrance: Lavender
Heels or flats? Heels
Favorite room in your home: Our open kitchen with a fireplace and windows to the garden.
Antiques, modern, or a mix? Mix of old and new. I love a comfortable, rustic feel.
Last item bought for your home: Kitchen chairs
Next planned purchase: Kitchen furniture re-do! Sofa, rugs, lights, bar stools…can’t wait!
Favorite way to entertain: Dinner party with friends.
Clutter-free or well-lived in? A mix but leaning more towards clutter-free.
Wallpaper — yes, totally modern or no, so dated: I’m not a huge fan of wall paper. I like paint – especially with texture.
Your go-to work-out: Love kettlebells
Most fun way to exercise: Trying new things that force me to completely disconnect from reality and the clock. I love exercising at Fitness on the Run for that reason. They really challenge me to focus, get stronger, and understand the importance of strength and mobility. I also love how Adrien Cotton and the FOR trainers have embraced my family. Both my husband, Sid, and daughter, Olivia, go to FOR and love it. My son, Jack, is next. For kids, it is a huge confidence builder. It’s really become a family affair.
Group exercise or solo: Duet with Sid or Olivia where we can challenge each other and do something together
Fitness goal: Strong core, solid abs
Haven’t yet, but might be willing to try with coaching / encouragement: Handstand push-ups
Proudest fitness achievement: Triathlon
Favorite spot in Alexandria: The waterfront
Last purchase in Alexandria: Shoes from The Shoe Hive
Best coffee / happy hour / date night spot: Date night — it’s a toss-up between Brabo and Restaurant Eve.
Favorite charity: My favorite place to give is Children’s National Medical Center.
Favorite annual Alexandria event: All of them!
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Fitness on the Run
210 N Lee St.,
Alexandria, VA 22314