Welcome to building your confidence and up-leveling your wellness and living that life you want.
You will become strong, confident and focus on what really matters in your life.
Alexandria Wellness was founded by a woman herself going through the phases of “victimhood”, uncertain identity and no authentic “compass” to totally “digging in” and defining for herself who she is. From there, the floodgates of wellness transformed her life. Finding total wellness, she will share, is beyond rewarding and confidence boosting. She believes these years in her 50’s are her best years yet.
She is stronger, more content, makes decisions easily because she knows her value system, chooses her “tribe” carefully and knows this is her vocation to help you and practices what she preaches.
Whether you are 45 or 65 – or somewhere in between- this is a phase of your life like no other. You can choose to take the “bull by the horns” and take advantage of the massive amount of unprecedented brain activity your body has not experienced yet OR you can choose to toil in the pesky symptoms of your changing body aimlessly with no real solution.
She has traveled up and down and all around the wellness, diet and fitness fads. You name it: she has tried high impact, cardio heavy, running, spinning, Vegetarian, Paleo, calorie restriction, and much more. Because she is in the fitness industry, she decided to research everything she could get her hands on to find true balance and total contentedness with her own health, wellness and body.
All plans are 6-month terms and include wellness foundations + virtual materials and resources.
Our program has one of the top fitness instructors in Northern Virginia to train you in your exercise and a highly skilled team of wellness and nutrition experts to help you with your food plan. We recognize we first must find the motivation for your desire for a certain health or weight. Mindfulness, meditation, daily habits and exploring the language you use daily will help us craft a personalized wellness plan for you – and help you reach those goals you thought unobtainable.
Adrien Cotton was the perfect student, leader in student government, winner of pageants, a skilled and successful athlete in her younger years. She earned her Master’s degree while working full time in a demanding position in government. She toiled through high levels of government and corporate America. She was raised in a family where “success” was measured by level of academic degrees and your bank account.
She knew she was filling her bank account, yet it wasn’t “filling” her soul.
So, in 2004 after the encouragement of a small group of friends, she decided to “jump off the cliff” and start her journey to help herself and others find real wellness and fitness. She has seen over 1,500 clients, worked with 3 dozen coaches, and calls her handful of mentors and leaders “friend”.
Eventually after 10 years in the business, she decided to find her own version of wellness, and no one else’s. Yes, you heard me right, even working in the fitness business didn’t get her where she wanted. She herself experienced her own personal crisis and she decided to “take charge” and explore why she had been so unsatisfied with her own wellness and fitness for the first 40 years of her life.
Her journey began and ended with her exploration of her own life experiences, how she interpreted them and how she had allowed them to identify her. She explored the messy way our society venerates “beauty” and has its own definition.
She needed her own definition as a mom and a wellness expert.
By “digging deep”, she realized she was carrying around a lot of “baggage” from her upbringing that either was real or simply perceived as truth. She had subconsciously turned almost 10 years into a place she now admits was “a daily challenge”.
She was a “victim”.
Have you ever thought about how certain experiences, like relationship break ups, family turmoil and work failures shape how you view yourself?
Take a certain comment from a superior at work, a teacher in school or a parent that is consciously or unconsciously defining how you feel about yourself.
Not only is the language we use to express ourselves to others (through written or spoken word), the way we speak or write them and choice of words we use to talk to ourselves has a lasting impact on our wellness.
“Should” and “sorry” are two of the many words that have found their way into many women’s lexicon. Adrien is on a campaign to either stop or massively limit the use of them and other words a commonly used by all of us that convey a fixed, limited and closed mindset. Adrien and
her team will help you replace certain words with more positive and growth mindset terms so you can truly achieve the wellness you wish.
In our program, you may be asked to think differently. You may be schooled in a new way.
We know the research on mindfulness and meditation. We know that even just 30 seconds or 1 minute of mindfulness or meditation can have a huge and lasting impact not only on your stress level yet also on your fitness and wellness goals.
Gentling “escorting our minds back to the present” can calm your breathing bringing immediate stress relief to a personal or work experience.
Learning how to simply focus on your breathing can – yet – also help you gain control of your health and fitness and bring you satisfaction you thought had long past you.
When you cheat your body of its primal need, metabolism slows, pounds add up easier, you are hungrier and your ability to recover – or handle – stress is compromised.
When you don’t get the consistent sleep you need, your cognitive function, athletic ability and response time are compromised,
Haven’t you tried so many other programs, diets and fads and are still stuck in the same “you” that is unsatisfying.
So, we still DO lots of fitness. Yet, more important we teach you how to move throughout your day, not just the gym.
In the gym, we will show you the strength you have beneath that skin that will eventually feel limitless. We believe strength is a badge of honor too.
Imagine no longer looking at others complete cool exercises you never thought possible and actually DOING them WELL yourself? It’s never too late.
Our program is at least 3 months because we want to pace your progress, remove any potential injury and lay the foundation for the more complicated and more challenging workouts you will learn to love.
We encourage all of our clients to consider a year of growth with us. A commitment of a year is also your own way to avoid the “roller coaster” ride you’ve already been on for so long. We hold your hand to NOT repeat the “ons and offs”, ups and downs and peaks and valleys of dieting and fitness trends.
While our program has one of the top fitness instructors in Northern Virginia to train you in your exercise and a highly skilled team of wellness and nutrition experts to help you with your food plan, we recognize we first must find the motivation for your desire for a certain health or weight. Mindfulness, meditation, daily habits and exploring the language you use daily will help us craft a personalized wellness plan for you – and help you reach those goals you thought unobtainable.
Developing a growth mindset takes time. Leaving behind our old fixed mindset is a daily practice and will mean lasting results for you and your wellness. We work with you to help frame your wellness plan in terms of the person you are, not the person who you thought you wanted to be.