Street Style: Jennifer Poersch

In my job I call my “vocation”, I get to meet not only individuals interested in achieving a new level of health, wellness and fitness, I get to know them, their lives, their passions and what drives them. Many cross the divide from wanting to “lose 10 pounds” (the most common reason they seek my help) to beginning to live a life filled with little habits that contribute to their long term health – and yes, they lose the 10 pounds and sometimes even more.

Jennifer Poersch and I met partially because our children’s school, partially because we belong to the same church and because we have a load of mutual friends. What started as a new way to get fit and strong has turned into a friendship I am psyched is just the beginning.

Jennifer has a network of very good friends; she gives her time generously to the Carpenter’s Shelter and may be one of the most caring and thoughtful people in my life. She shares her love and commitment for her two lovely daughters with her also-amazing husband J.B.

When you meet Jennifer, you can tell she has a way to engage in a conversation that is intentional which I’m sure is why she has a large network of good friends. She cares. She asks questions and waits for the answer (unlike so many of our conversations).


Jennifer’s outfit is from TSALT.
📸 ::Sarah Marcella Creative


Jennifer is fully committed  to the The Carpenter’s Shelter and serves on the Board of Directors and is the Development Chair for the Board as well. She also serves on the development committee for the New Heights campaign, the designated fund to raise for the new shelter that is currently being built. She believes the organization is giving us a huge opportunity for Alexandria to eradicate homelessness in our community.

Jennifer’s fitness program is defined by her ability to see that the journey is so much more rewarding than the actual result. When we can accept that what we will learn along the way may even change the ultimate goal, we have reached a new fitness, wellness and acceptance that real change takes time.

I look forward to sharing more updates on Jennifer in the new year to showcase her journey and how a renewed perspective on total health, wellness and fitness has made her stronger than ever!





How do you spend your time? I love making family dinner and sitting around the table talking about what everyone in the family is up to.  It is a great time to reflect and catch up.

Neighborhood: Jefferson Park

How long have you lived in Alexandria: I moved to the DC area in 1999 but landed in Alexandria in 2001

What is your hometown? Springfield, MO

What brought you to Alexandria? Politics brought me to DC and my husband brought me to Alexandria

What would surprise people about you? I was the mascot (Wildcat) for my college football team

You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower? Multitasking!

Favorite cocktail: Petron Silver with club soda and lots of lime!

Last book read or movie seen: Southernmost by Silas House

Guilty Pleasure: Meeting girlfriends for a glass of wine

Phrase you overuse: Seriously?

Facebook or Instagram? Facebook, my daughter deleted my Instagram account a couple of years ago and I haven’t gotten around to re-downloading it

Latest binge-watch: Queen

Bucket list travel destination: Africa

If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee? Coffee, preferably from Swings






Define your style in three words or less: Tailored with a flair

The go-to piece in your wardrobe: Tall black Steve Madden boots

Favorite trend ever: Ripped white jeans

Favorite current trend: Stylish workout attire

Beauty product you can’t live without: Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizer

Favorite fragrance: Bliss lemon sage body butter

Heels or flats? Flats





Favorite room in your home: Breakfast nook

Antiques, modern, or a mix? Mix

Last item bought for your home:  Fun custom-made pillows in a variety of patterns

Next planned purchase: New basement furniture

Favorite way to entertain: Having friends over for dinner

Clutter-free or well-lived in? I’d like to be clutter free, but it is a constant struggle!

Wallpaper — yes, totally modern or no, so dated: I like wallpaper in small rooms like the office and powder room






Your go-to work-out: I like variety but I’m really into Barre3 right now. Meredith and her team are awesome and make you work muscles you don’t even know you have.

Most fun way to exercise: One-on-one or small group training with Adrien Cotton—she is an inspiration!

Group exercise or solo: Group, I work harder when someone else is pushing me

Fitness goal: Be as strong and healthy as I can be

Haven’t yet, but might be willing to try with coaching / encouragement: The dreaded pullup—it really intimidates me

Proudest fitness achievement: Running a marathon


Jennifer is wearing Smythe Blazer, Good American Jeans, and Tara Jarmon Top available at TSALT, shoes available at The Shoe Hive.




Favorite spot in Alexandria: My back patio

Last purchase in Alexandria: Probably coffee at Swings, I just love that place

Best coffee / happy hour / date night spot: Grape + Bean for happy hour and Brabo Tasting Room for a last-minute date night

Favorite charity: There are a lot of great local charities, but I recently joined the board of the Carpenter’s Shelter and love the work we are doing here in Alexandria

Favorite annual Alexandria event: Carpenter’s Cook-off


  • 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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