Street Style: Heather Elkins

To the readers of Alexandria Stylebook: watch out. This is a Street Style you won’t want to miss! Want to feel great about yourself, your body, and your workout like none I’ve ever seen? Look no further.

Heather Elkins will bring the hugest and brightest smile to your face the minute you read about her and check out her stunning energy and beauty. Grab a “sesh” (as she calls “sessions”) with her soon. She will very soon have a wait list!

Heather and I first met through a mutual friend. We are always looking for skilled, compassionate, and energetic trainers to join our Internship Program and eventually join as a trainer on the team. As you can imagine, all of these three qualities are tough to find. I think Remi, our Head Trainer, interviews 20 for every candidate we welcome to the next step. So when Remi spoke with Heather, I already knew her happy disposition and fun approach to life. It was a no-brainer: PLEASE COME TO FOR!

Thankfully, she accepted our invitation to join the FOR team. It has been nothing short of a pleasure working with her. As a colleague, she’s the first to step in and help out. As a trainer, you are in skilled hands and add a huge dose of fun and energy. She’s always looking for new ways to keep the “sesh” fresh, including boxing movements, playing fun music, or just blessing us with her hysterical sense of humor.

Heather is incredibly skilled as a fitness professional, for sure. Yet it’s Heather’s approach to her clients, her colleagues, and anyone who comes into her presence that makes her such a valuable member of our team. She lights up a room. She may yell something across the gym, she may laugh rather audibly, and she may help her clients laugh through a tough workout.

A communications professional turned fitness professional myself, I realize how helpful marketing is to our business. Heather has a similar background in marketing-turned-fitness instructor. In that regard, you may see her in the community warming up running races, distributing marketing materials to local businesses, and or even struggling with the City to see if we can get more signage!

She’ll joke her husband often tries to “switch her to the off position.” We at FOR want everything she’s got and turn that ON switch on forever!


Heather is styled by Kiskadee | 📸:: Sarah Marcella Creative




How do you spend your time? Netflixing with my husband when we are not sprinting after our two boys

Neighborhood: Beverley Hills

How long have you lived in Alexandria: I recently boomeranged back to Alexandria after living in Arizona and California for more than 10 years. I was born and raised here, and it is great to be back.

What is your hometown? Alexandria

What brought you to Alexandria? My husband’s job returned us to the area.

What would surprise people about you? I asked everyone and here’s what they said, “Um, your dad is 96 years old!”

You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower? I’m in a stage of life where I’m literally jetting from one thing to the other and I’m usually running late. So being able to fly would be pretty awesome right now.

Favorite cocktail: My husband makes the perfect Old Fashioned Smash

Last book read or movie seen: Incredibles 2, with my boys

Guilty Pleasure: PB&J on white bread with a glass of milk. So freaking good.

Phrase you overuse: DUDE!!

Facebook or Instagram? Insta

Latest binge-watch: Sharp Objects. It was such a creepy series, but Amy Adams was incredible.

Bucket list travel destination: Greece

If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee? Coffee. I’d take an IV if it were available.





Define your style in three words or less: Colorful, flirtatious, and sporty

The go-to piece in your wardrobe: AG Farrah High-Waisted Jeans paired with a peplum top

Favorite trend ever: Steve Madden Platforms — you know they were the best!

Favorite current trend: Athleisure to street chic. I have a pair of motto leggings and I can’t get enough of them!

Beauty product you can’t live without: Eye liner. It’s like my war paint.

Favorite fragrance: Acqua di Gioia – I’ve been wearing it for years.

Heels or flats? Wedges




Favorite room in your home: Screened-in porch

Antiques, modern, or a mix? Mix

Last item bought for your home: Linen bedding

Next planned purchase: A couple pieces of art

Favorite way to entertain: Spontaneous street parties with our neighbors

Clutter-free or well lived-in? Clutter makes my brain hurt. Clutter-free.

Wallpaper — yes, totally modern or no, so dated: Totes.





Your go-to work-out:  A cardio/kettlebell sweat sesh

Most fun way to exercise: With loud music among friends

Group exercise or solo: I’m a fitness class junkie.  Working out with friends is LITERALLY my idea of fun.

Fitness goal: Master the double-snatch and do 10 unassisted pull-ups (it’s in writing, I have to follow-through now).

Haven’t yet, but might be willing to try with coaching / encouragement: StrongFirst Certificate and/or a half marathon

Proudest fitness achievement: Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification




Favorite spot in Alexandria: Anywhere by the water

Last purchase in Alexandria: A pint of Nice Cream

Best coffee / happy hour / date night spot: South Block / Bubbles with neighbors on our street / Cheesetique

Favorite charity: Carpenter’s Shelter

Favorite annual Alexandria event: Does the Turkey Trot count?



  • The latest from Adrien
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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