Street Style: Remi Rory

A gentleman, a fashion junkie, Alexandria’s best trainer. You can tell by my choice of words to describe Remi how I feel about him. I’ve known Remi just shy of four years and over the course of that time, I can honestly say the more I get to know, the more I love.

Remi is kind. He is thoughtful. And, he observes non-verbal communication better than any instructor I’ve met. He knows how to adjust the session according to who walks in the door that day, not simply the “program for the day.” He makes it for you. It is not a “one-size-fits-all” with Remi.

He seems to put all of us in his company first. As trainers, we are used to this. One of the first tips I was given when I decided to take this “leap” was to make the session about the person you’re training, not you. Remi takes this to a different level. He listens and makes those of us in his company feel welcome and truly heard. I observe people’s listening skills. Remi has a way of hearing and listening to what you say. He gives you the chance to complete not only your sentence but also your thought.

So it was no surprise to my husband when I told him I was going to ask Remi to step up into management at FOR and become our Head Trainer. Bill says of Remi, “He makes you feel like you are the only person in the room. Remi brings fresh approaches to every session and helps you feel comfortable trying new things.”

Remi has stepped up to the plate as Head Trainer, helping to deliver results for our clients. He is focused on making our personalized sessions even more personal with fun introductions, noting big life events and celebrating successes of all clients.

Remi is passionate about fashion, like all of you Stylebook readers. Sarah Marcella used him as a model recently; we ask him fashion advice at the gym and he even developed his own label!

Last, as our Head Trainer, he is a gifted instructor. No two sessions or classes are the same. He keeps you moving without raising his voice or making you feel “less strong” if you can’t complete a movement. He always offers alternative movements for those who may be injured or if it’s just a slower day for his clients. But the most compelling characteristic about Remi is his uncanny ability to work with clients from ages 9 to 80 years old. They all adore him, consider him a close friend, and know if they miss a session, something’s missing in their week.

Remi has a cult-like following. The time he provides for Personal Training sessions are full and his classes fill weeks in advance. Need I say more?

Eva Alexander says of Remi: “What a fabulous trainer! Remi is perfectly attuned to his clients’ needs and capabilities. His infectious and upbeat personality makes you feel like you can achieve anything. I love working out with Remi!”

Cindy Creelman says, “Remi is not only a fantastic trainer, he is an amazing person. Some of our classes get pretty boisterous and he takes it all in stride, with a smile or a laugh. His knowledge, dedication, and good humor make his workouts challenging, fun, and sometimes even cathartic. I love working out at FOR and Remi is one of the main reasons I’m there.”

And from a member of the FOR training team, Heather: “Remi always welcomes everyone with a genuine ‘How you feeling today’ and a smile! He is quick to help out around the gym helping others to get or put away equipment. If I’m putting balls away he’ll start taking them and stacking them up for me. He’s always eager to try new things to improve himself and for enjoyment like yoga, hiking, and bike riding.”



Photography by Sarah Marcella Creative




How do you spend your time? Reading, podcasting, biking, and hiking. Anything outdoors.
Neighborhood: Old Town
How long have you lived in Alexandria: One year
What is your hometown? Baltimore, MD
What brought you to Alexandria? My great job! Fitness on the Run
What would surprise people about you? I used to trade currencies on the Forex Market, A LOT!
You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower? To heal the sick, feed the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless.
Favorite cocktail: Lemonade Mimosa
Last book read or movie seen: Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch
Guilty Pleasure: French fries
Phrase you overuse: Really, bro?
Facebook or Instagram? Twitter (sorry I’m a bit of a rebel)
Latest binge-watch: Black Mirror on Netflix
Bucket list travel destination: Denmark
If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee? Wine





Define your style in three words or less: Geek meets Street
The go-to piece in your wardrobe: Watch
Favorite trend ever: Converse
Favorite current trend: I love that the 90s era is making a comeback. Those were my teenage years, so I love the 90s.
Beauty product you can’t live without: Vitamin E
Favorite fragrance: I love 1 Million
Heels or flats? Ehhh…Vans? LOL




Favorite room in your home? Loft space
Antiques, modern, or a mix? Modern
Last item bought for your home: A dresser
Next planned purchase: A standing desk for the office
Favorite way to entertain: Music and vegan food
Clutter-free or well-lived in? Clutter free
Wallpaper — yes, totally modern or no, so dated: No. No. NO.





Your go-to work-out: Anything with a kettlebell
Most fun way to exercise: Outside
Group exercise or solo: Solo, but I don’t mind groups
Fitness goal: To do great at my next competition in April
Haven’t yet, but might be willing to try with coaching / encouragement: Judo
Proudest fitness achievement: Being a Fitness on the Run Instructor




Favorite spot in Alexandria: The Potomac. Anything on Union Street. I love being by water.
Last purchase in Alexandria: Groceries from Trader Joe’s
Best coffee / happy hour / date night spot: Sunday at Saigon
Favorite charity: Carpenter’s Shelter
Favorite annual Alexandria event: I love the farmers market! Always some fresh veggies there.



  • The latest from Adrien
Adrien founded Fitness on the Run in 2004 out of her home. 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 1,500 clients, 25 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. Adrien is now-more-than-ever passionate about helping others 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 workout weeks to some days getting in her 10,000 steps, consciously breathing, her 7.5 hours of sleep and her beloved 5-Minute Flow. Now, 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 metabolix work and ultimately helping her clients gain real strength. Adrien believes we all benefit from being curious about our bodies and our health and that change, or improvement, is always within reach despite what your “inner voice” or others may tell you. Adrien is bubbling with excitement to help Alexandrians 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 and listening to clients’ success stories and bragging about her twin 12 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.

Fitness on the Run is Fitness for Life. Combining a focus on strong bodies and strong minds with a robust wellness education program and unparalleled personalized attention, we provide fitness for health, longevity and functionality.

Fitness on the Run
210 N Lee St.,
Alexandria, VA 22314

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