Alexandra Allred

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Alexandra Powe Allred (born February 5, 1965) is an American athlete, author, environmental advocate, and fitness instructor. She has written and contributed to more than 20 books, fiction and nonfiction.

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Personal life[edit]

Allred was born in Frankfurt, West Germany and was raised in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic with her parents and one sister.[1] Her father was an American diplomat stationed throughout Europe. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in History. There, she met her husband Robb Allred and they were married in 1991. Alex has three children Kerri Allred Beckman (also an author),[2] Katie Allred, and Tommy Allred.[3]

In 2017, Allred graduated from Tarleton State University with a M.S. in Kinesiology.[4] She teaches fitness at a gym in Dallas, Texas and Navarro College.[5][6]



Alexandra Allred was the first female to make and form the US Women’s Bobsleigh team in 1994 by winning the nationals competition with a push time of 6.386 seconds.[7] She was four months pregnant with her second child at the time and was a subject in studies by Dr. James Clapp for health and fitness in pregnant athletes.[8] These studies were used to write the Olympic Committee’s safety guidelines for pregnant athletes in 1998.[9]

Allred was featured in Redbook magazine,[10] FIT magazine,[11] and Oxygen magazine[12] in articles about her expertise on health and exercise during pregnancy.
Allred was featured in Real Simple magazine [13] as a coach and mentor for women in sports.

She has also been featured in several books as an expert on fitness and exercise.

  • The Athletic Woman’s Sourcebook:: How To Stay Healthy And Competitive In Any Sport by Janis Graham (1999) [14]
  • The Women’s Home-Based Business Book of Answers by Maria T. Bailey (2001) [15]
  • Hard Fought Victories: Women Coaches Making a Difference by Sara Gogol (2002) [16]
  • Driving Forces: Inside the First U.S. Women’s Olympics Bobsled Team by Tammi Wark Marcoullier (2002) [17]
  • The Daring Female’s Guide to Ecstatic Living: 30 Dares for a More Gutsy and Fulfilling Life by Natasha Kogan (2006) [18]
  • The Martial Arts Woman: Motivational Stories of Human Triumph by Andrea F. Harkins (2016) [19]


The Allred family moved from Ohio to Midlothian, Texas (cement capital of Texas) in 2001. Alexandra’s youngest child, then two-year old Tommy, had a sequence of pneumonias, bronchitis, and other asthma related complications.[20][21] In 2008, the elementary school was named by the USA Today [22] as being in the upper 1% of most toxic schools in the nation. In 2006, Alex, as a part of Downwinders at Risk,[23] went to talk to Congress about clean air regulations. There she and her son Tommy met with future-President, then-Senator, Barack Obama and Senator Dick Durbin,[24][25][21] and was nominated as a White House Champion of Change in Public Health in 2014.[26]


Allred’s most recent book is White Trash (2016).[27]
She wrote Damaged Goods (2012) which won the Independent Publisher’s Silver medal.[28]
The Allie Lindell Series of mystery novels contains Roadkill (2013), Sweet Breath, and Anniversary Killer.[29]

Her 2013 book, Swingman, was the inspiration for the documentary Swingman by filmmaker Mark Birnbaum.[30][31]

She’s contributed to several books on fitness and dog training.[32] Best Breast Exercises: Simple Steps to Lift & Shape your Breasts (Fit Expert Series) (Volume 2) (2014) and Get Fit For Your Pregnancy: Simple Exercises To Help You Look Great & Feel Energized Through Your Pregnancy (Fit Expert Series Book 4) (2012).

In 2005, she was recruited by Volvo to test drive and then write about driving their prototype ‘Extreme Gravity Car’ then featured in Volvo Magazine.[33]


  • Code (2001)
  • Atticus Weaver and His Triumphant Leap from Outcast to Hero and Back Again (2002)
  • My Gaza (2003)
  • Damaged Goods (2012)
  • Swingman: What a Difference a Decade Makes (2010)
  • Roadkill (2013)
  • Sweet Breath (2013)
  • She Cries (2014)
  • Anniversary Killer (2014)
  • White Trash (2016)


  • Atta Girl! A Celebration of Women in Sports (2000)
  • Entering the Mother Zone: Balancing Self, Health & Family (2000)
  • Passion rules! Inspiring women in business (2000)
  • Teaching Basic Obedience: Train the Owner, Train the Dog (2001)
  • Personal Hygiene (2004)
  • Physical Activity (2004)
  • Dogs’ Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Historic Hounds, Professional Pooches, and Canine Oddities (2004)
  • Disease Prevention: Healthy Living (2005)
  • Nutrition (2005)
  • Cats’ Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Mysterious Mousers, Talented Tabbies, and Feline Oddities (2005)
  • Athletic Scholarships for Dummies (2005)
  • Operation We-Got-This!: Taking On Senior Age, Dementia & Alzheimer’s (2016)
  • PAS: Fitness for All (2016)


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  • ^ [1][dead link]
  • ^ Allred, Alexandra (20 December 2016). “Christmas 2016 – the best/the worst”.
  • ^ “Tarleton State University – Department of Kinesiology – Members”. ResearchGate.
  • ^ “Sport: More Than a Game, It’s a Life Coach”. 10 March 2017.
  • ^ “Alexandra Allred”. Goodreads.
  • ^ Putnam, Candace. “Their Program Needs a Push”.
  • ^ Allred, Alexandra Powe; Powe, Karen; Powe, Michelle (23 July 2017). “Atta Girl!: A Celebration of Women in Sport”. Wish Publishing – via Google Books.
  • ^ Allred, Alexandra (4 July 2015). “Kinesiology & Sport Review: How Pregnant Athletes Train … Safely”.
  • ^ Redbook Magazine July 2003 issue
  • ^ FIT Magazine August 2003 issue – pages 46-48
  • ^ Oxygen Magazine September 2003 issue – pages 71-75
  • ^ Real Simple Magazine July 2012 issue article titled ‘Sole Sisters’
  • ^ The Athletic Woman’s Sourcebook:: How To Stay Healthy And Competitive In Any Sport – pages 156-157, 182-184
  • ^ The Women’s Home-Based Business Book of Answers – pages 3-4, 7-8, 16-17, 33-34, 67-68, 142, 197-198, 203, 230, 336
  • ^ Hard Fought Victories: Women Coaches Making a Difference – page 197
  • ^ Driving Forces: Inside the First U.S. Women’s Olympics Bobsled Team – pages 1-101
  • ^ The Daring Female’s Guide to Ecstatic Living: 30 Dares for a More Gutsy and Fulfilling Life – pages 122-125
  • ^ The Martial Arts Woman: Motivational Stories of Human Triumph – pages 153-156
  • ^ “Alexandra Allred”. 27 April 2011.
  • ^ a b Yerman, Marcia G. (2 August 2011). “Asthma and Clean Air: One Mother’s Fight in Texas”.
  • ^ “Archived copy”. Archived from the original on 2010-12-12. Retrieved 2017-07-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  • ^ “Downwinders at Risk — Cleaner Air Through Citizen Action”.
  • ^ “Tommy Allred Meets the President”. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  • ^ “How I Met the President” (PDF). Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  • ^ “Champions of Change”. The White House.
  • ^ Allred, Alexandra (15 October 2016). “White Trash”. Next Chapter Publishing – via Amazon.
  • ^ Allred, Alexandra (14 September 2012). “Damaged Goods”. The Writer’s Coffee Shop – via Amazon.
  • ^ “Roadkill (Allie Lindell, #1)”. Goodreads.
  • ^ “Swingman (2012)”. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  • ^ “A Best Friend, Yes. Best Runner, Maybe Not”. The New York Times. 21 January 2010.
  • ^ Volvo Magazine 2005 Issue 2 – pages 38-43

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