Adrien founded Fitness on the Run in 2004 out of her home after a 17 year career in policy and corporate communications. After spending 15 years developing her own personal definition of wellness and watching literally thousands struggle with theirs, in 2019 Adrien founded Alexandria Wellness, the home for the Concierge Wellness Program and Corporate Wellness with Adrien Cotton.
Today, “FOR” is home to more than 250 clients, 12 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. She is 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 program to some days getting in her 10,000 steps and her 7.5 hours of sleep and her beloved morning 5-Minute Flow. Now, Adrien believes the most important ingredient to achieving wellness is making small changes for big results, even if it’s only five minutes and a new positive thought.
Adrien works daily to help clients understand that the three most vital components of any effective fitness program are consistency, sustainability, and fun. 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. She believes her vocation is 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 FOR client’s success stories. Adrien prides herself on her practice of mindfulness, meditation, and putting it all into perspective and teaches the same to her two elementary age twin children.
Adrien’s favorite exercise: Pullup, The Get Up and heavy Deadlifts.
Adrien’s exercise goal: Stay healthy and injury free and maintain my strength as I age.
Adrien’s favorite place to exercise: Cardiff-by-the-Sea.
Adrien’s stress relief: Exercise and prayer or BOTH simultaneously.
Adrien’s greatest fitness challenge: Teaching students to ignore trends and aim for THEIR own goals, not others’.
Adrien’s biggest food challenge: See’s Candy!
Adrien’s rise and shine: 5AM morning walk, 5-minute Flow, 12 oz. water…
Adrien’s wellness lesson learned this year: Watching my father age and struggle with long term illness motivates me to live healthy and show our children not only to live but to also think healthy and strong.