Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

On September 15th, Fitness on the Run at 201 N Lee Street will close its door and Alexandria Wellness, Alexandria’s premier holistic wellness program, will officially open its doors at 215 Payne Street.

  • Fitness on the Run: Fitness on the Run is a boutique gym founded and operated by Adrien Cotton for 15 years. It has offered specialized fitness options designed to support clients of any age for long-term physical strength, stability, and agility. It has evolved from a large universal machine gym to one that embraces the clients’ body as their “machine”. Due to the overwhelming success of FOR professional development focus, FOR trainers are well-suited to start their own fitness businesses and Adrien couldn’t be more proud.
  • Alexandria Wellness (AW): During Adrien’s tenure for 15 years as the owner of Fitness on the Run, she placed great emphasis on her continued professional development as a fitness professional. During this time, she became much more educated about the holistic nature of wellness. In other words, she realized that it was very difficult to maintain long-term health and well-being by working out alone. She became keenly aware that diet and exercise alone are not the answer to achieving wellness. She came to realize just how significant sleep, nutrition, stress levels and a growth mindset are to the whole wellness picture.
     

    Adrien began integrating education about these other aspects of wellness into her fitness programs in 2015, formally began teaching about them in the Fit for Life program that launched in 2018, offered the first Alexandria Wellness programs (Concierge Wellness) January 2019, and is now making a more permanent and complete transition. Alexandria Wellness, therefore, replaces FOR and incorporates equal emphasis on all aspects of wellness to promote long-term health, well-being and fitness. This holistic and fully integrated approach to wellness offers members education, access to experts, and support in developing a wellness way of life and fitness. Because research consistently supports the notion that people make more progress when surrounded by a like-minded and equally motivated community, one of the primary features of Alexandria Wellness is the community.

    Adrien also launched “Corporate Wellness with Adrien Cotton” in an effort to help organizations maintain a culture of wellness in 2018. Adrien plans to continue to grow her reach in the corporate, legal and association community providing wellness and health coaching programs for organizations focused on integrating wellness into their culture. Corporate Wellness with Adrien Cotton will be a component of Alexandria Wellness.

Every member of the Alexandria Wellness team will be fully committed to all the tenets of the AW philosophy – Wellness as a way of life. All the team members will be engaged in continuous learning and teaching not only about the best, safest and most effective forms of fitness, but about the importance of sleep, nutrition, stress management, and mindset.

As of September 15th, the AW team will be led by Adrien Cotton and will include Megan Crozier, who many of you know as our resident Nutrition Therapist and FOR trainer, and another experienced health, wellness, and organization development coach. Adrien is also in discussion with other nutrition, fitness and wellness experts in the DC area to join her select team of professionals.

August – September 15th – Everything will remain as is for current clients of FOR and Alexandria Wellness.

September 16th forward – Any client currently enrolled in the Alexandria Wellness Concierge Wellness program will see no change except the new and innovative location of 215 North Payne Street.

September 16th – November 1st – Personal Training and Small Group clients of Adrien and Megan will transition during this period to:

  • A one month trial Alexandria Wellness package for wellness only or for wellness and fitness
  • Selecting a hybrid program that includes working with a FOR trainer and enrolling in an AW add-on wellness option

September 16th forward – All clients of Fitness on the Run trainers:

  • Will work independently with a FOR trainer in their new chosen location. These will be independent relationships between trainer and client.
  • Choose another fitness provider

This is called a ‘Transition Period’ because the personal training clients who are currently working with Adrien and Megan will have a 6-week period to make their final decision. In other words, there will be a grandfather period during which FOR clients working with Adrien and Megan can continue to do so until November 1st. During this period, clients will have the opportunity to transition to a best-match Alexandria Wellness trial membership. By November 1st, anyone working with Adrien or Megan will be enrolled in an AW membership.

January 1, 2020 onward – All FOR clients will either be Alexandria Wellness members (at 215 North Payne Street), working independently with a FOR trainer at 215 North Payne Street, working independently with a formerly FOR trainer at another location or will have selected another area fitness provider.

Clients who have been working out with Fitness on the Run have a number of options:

  • Enrolling in any one of (3) Alexandria Wellness programs. Options include wellness add-on programs, wellness small group programs, and private concierge wellness programs. More details can be found below.
  • Independently contract with their trainer to work with them in their new location.
    • B) Clients who wish to continue with their trainer and also want the benefits of the Alexandria Wellness education and community programs can enroll in the Wellness Add-on Program that is specifically designed for clients working with trainers outside the AW community.
  • Due to the expected high enrollment, those who choose to continue their fitness with AW will have priority scheduling.

We encourage clients to attend one of Adrien’s Town Hall Meetings which will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, August 13th at ALX Community, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 21st at ALX Community, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 21st at 215 N. Payne Street, 10:00 – 11:00 am
  • Saturday, September 28th at 215 N. Payne Street, 10:00 – 11:00 am
  • PT client
    • For PT clients who wish to continue training with Adrien or Megan, the only change that will take place at this time is the location in which they train. As of September 15th, clients will no longer be training at 210 N Lee Street. As of September 16th, all training will take place at 215 North Payne.
    • For PT clients who wish to continue training with their preferred trainer outside of Alexandria Wellness or at another facility, they can work independently with a FOR trainer in their new chosen location. These will be independent relationships between trainer and client.
  • Class client
    • FOR class clients are welcome to join AW with an affordable trial package for one month. AW plans to offer a limited number of classes for those who are in the program. Those classes will take place at 215 North Payne Street.
    • For class clients who wish to continue training with their preferred trainer outside of Alexandria Wellness or at another facility can independently contract, the following changes will take place:
      • They will no longer have access to Mindbody for Fitness on the Run needs
      • Their package and training rates may change. The trainer they choose to work with will provide them with details including their rates, location and availability.
  • Concierge client
    • The only change that will take place for current concierge clients is the location in which they will be training and meeting with Adrien, Megan and other AW coaches. They will no longer be training at 210 N Lee Street as of September 16th or meeting at ALX Community as of October 1st. All Concierge clients will train with Adrien and Megan at 215 North Payne from September 16th forward. All concierge clients will meet Adrien and Megan at ALX Community until October 1st when the shared office space at 215 North Payne Street will be ready.
  • Travel client
    • AW will not offer travel personal training only. You may contact your fitness trainer to request at-home or at-work training.
  • Small Group client
    • For small group clients who wish to continue taking group sessions with Adrien or Megan, the only change that will take place is the location in which they train. As of September 16th, small groups will no longer be held at 210 N Lee Street. As of September 16th, all small groups will be held at 215 North Payne. AW plans to expand its small group program beyond its current schedule.
    • For small group clients who wish to continue training with their preferred trainer outside of Alexandria Wellness or at another facility, they can work independently with a FOR trainer in their new chosen location. These will be independent relationships between trainer and client.
  • Move Better client
    • As of September 16th, we will no longer be offering the Move Better program and the following changes will take place:
      • Move Better clients will no longer have access to Mindbody (unless they decide to continue with the Alexandria Wellness small group program at 215 North Payne)
      • Move Better clients who wish to continue their training with Heather should communicate directly with her regarding next steps after September 15th.

Fitness on the Run clients will have several choices. As always, the goal is to provide our clients with options that can best meet their goals and needs. Clients will have the following options:

  1. To sign up for an Alexandria Wellness program for wellness AND fitness (or continue with Alexandria Wellness if they already are AW clients) with one of the Alexandria Wellness coaches

  2. To join Alexandria Wellness for wellness only and train elsewhere with a Fitness on the Run trainer or anyone else they choose

  3. To transition to 215 North Payne with an Alexandria Wellness coach and continue with their current Fitness on the Run training package. This option is only available through the end of October for Adrien and Megan’s personal clients.

  4. To transition to 215 North Payne or to another location with their preferred trainer outside of Alexandria Wellness. Clients who choose this option can work independently with a FOR trainer in their new chosen location. These will be independent relationships between trainer and client. Current FOR packages will be settled with no sessions remaining by September 15th.

  5. To choose another fitness option altogether

Adrien is happy to help you determine your best approach for your health, wellness and fitness. Please join her at one of her FOUR Town Hall meetings listed above.

Clients with a 24 or 48 Session PT Package:

  1. If you are continuing your training with an Adrien or Megan at 215 North Payne, there will be no changes to your package at this time.

  2. If you are continuing your training with your preferred trainer outside of Alexandria Wellness, we will take your package is already no longer auto-renewing and we have removed all future installments. Depending on where you are in your package(s), we will simply charge your credit card on file after each session until September 15th. You will be charged the same per session rate as you were paying with the 48 PT package.

    **If you have unused sessions as of September 14th, you may convert those sessions to money and use that credit toward an Alexandria Wellness trial package at 215 North Payne, or we can refund you the amount those sessions are worth to your credit card on file.

Clients with a 5 PT Package or Buy 5 PT Get 1 Free Package:

  1. If you are continuing your training with an Alexandria Wellness coach at 215 North Payne, there will be no changes to your package at this time.

  2. If you are continuing your training with your preferred trainer outside of Alexandria Wellness, we ask that you complete your 5 PT package or Buy 5 PT Get 1 Free Package by September 15th.

    **If you have unused sessions as of September 14th, you may convert those sessions to money and use that credit toward an Alexandria Wellness trial package at 215 North Payne, or we can refund you the amount those sessions are worth to your credit card on file.

Clients with a Get Fit for Life Package:

  1. If you are continuing your training with an Alexandria Wellness coach at 215 North Payne, there will be no changes to your package at this time.

  2. If you plan to continue your training with your preferred trainer outside of Alexandria Wellness, we ask that you complete your Get Fit for Life Package by September 14th.

Clients with a Class Unlimited Package:

  1. Alexandria Wellness will be offering a small number of “pop-up” and fun classes for those enrolled in the Alexandria Wellness Small Group program.

  2. We will take your class package off of auto-renew and remove any future autopays. Once your autopays have been removed and you current month of classes is complete, we will simply charge your credit card on file $18 after each class until September 15th.

Clients with a 5 Class Package:

  1. Alexandria Wellness will be offering a small number of “pop-up” and fun classes for those enrolled in the Alexandria Wellness Small Group program.

  2. You may use your current 5 class package until September 15th. We will take your class package off of auto-renew and remove any future autopays. Once your autopays have been removed and you have no classes remaining on your account, we will simply charge your credit card on file after each class until September 14th. You will be charged the same per session rate as you were paying with the 5 Class package.

    **If you have unused sessions as of September 14th, you may convert those sessions to money and use that credit toward an Alexandria Wellness trial package at 215 North Payne, or we can refund you the amount those sessions are worth to your credit card on file.

Clients with a 5 Small Group Package:

  1. If you decide to continue taking small groups with an Alexandria Wellness coach at 215 North Payne, there will be no changes to your small group package at this time.

  2. You may use your current 5 small group package until September 14th. We will take your small group package off of auto-renew and remove any future autopays. Once your autopays have been removed and you have no sessions remaining on your account, we will simply charge your credit card on file after each small group until September 14th. You will be charged the same per session rate as you were paying with the 5 Small Group package.

    **If you have unused sessions as of September 14th, you may convert those sessions to money and use that credit toward an Alexandria Wellness trial package at 215 North Payne, or we can refund you the amount those sessions are worth to your credit card on file.

Clients with a Move Better Package:

Unfortunately Alexandria Wellness (AW) will no longer be offering the “Move Better” Program. We will, however, be offering an array of Small Group sessions and would be happy to chat with you about joining. Our last Move Better small group will be held on Friday, September 13th, and we ask that you complete your Move Better package by that date. We have taken all Move Better clients off of auto-renew, so once your current 5 package is complete, we will simply charge your credit card on file after each small group until September 15th. You will be charged the same per session rate as you were paying with the Move Better package.

**If you have unused sessions as of September 14th, you may convert those sessions to money and use that credit toward an Alexandria Wellness trial package at 215 North Payne, or we can refund you the amount those sessions are worth to your credit card on file.

We have been assured by the owner of 215 North Payne Street the gym space will be up and running so that there will be no interruption to client training programs.

Clients will have the following choices:

  1. To sign up for an Alexandria Wellness program for wellness AND fitness (or continue with Alexandria Wellness if they already are AW clients) with Adrien or Megan

  2. To join Alexandria Wellness for wellness only and train elsewhere with a Fitness on the Run coach or anyone else they choose

  3. To transition to 215 North Payne with Adrien or Megan and continue with their current Fitness on the Run training package. This option is available through November 1st, 2019.

  4. To transition to 215 North Payne or to another location with their preferred trainer outside of Alexandria Wellness. Clients packages will be settled with no sessions remaining by September 15th. Clients can work independently with a FOR trainer in their new chosen location. These will be independent relationships between trainer and client.

  5. To choose another fitness option altogether

Clients will have the following options:

  1. To train at 215 North Payne Street with Adrien or Megan

  2. To train with their preferred trainer outside of AW at either 215 North Payne Street or their chosen location

  3. To choose another fitness facility altogether

If you are continuing your fitness program with Adrien or Megan, you will continue using Mindbody to schedule and cancel sessions. If you are continuing your fitness program with your preferred trainer outside of Alexandria Wellness or at another facility altogether, you will not have access to Mindbody after September 15th.

The FOR Newsletter will be replaced by the Alexandria Wellness newsletter for all those who are participating members of an Alexandria Wellness program.

  • We encourage all clients to attend our Town Hall meetings where we will do our best to provide our community with as many details and answers with regard to the upcoming changes. We encourage clients to come with questions?

  • Feel free to email Erica at contact@fitnessontherun.net if you have a question that was not answered in this FAQ

  • Please speak directly to your FOR trainer about the training packages and training location after September 15th.

215 North Payne Street (corner of Queen and Payne street) Queen Street is a one way street heading east

Adrien has realized how important it is for her Wellness business to combine a fitness facility with a private office space. She has so enjoyed her time at ALX Community and valued the networking and community so much she wants to share it with you. It is co-working for Alexandria combined with a wellness center feel. What could be better?