Alexandra Powe Allred was born in Frankfurt, Germany to Karen and Marc Powe. Because her father was a U.S. Diplomat, Alexandra had the opportunity to live and travel around the world. Her experiences molded and shaped her to be the adventurous, outgoing person she is today. When attending Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, she met her husband, Robb Allred. They were married in 1991. It was when they had their first daughter, Kerri, that Alexandra began writing.
But when Alexandra learned that women were not allowed in bobsled, she began a letter writing campaign. As a former competitive fighter in martial arts, she could not step away from that challenge. When the call came, she accepted the opportunity to train and try out for the Women's U.S. Bobsled team. Despite having no experience in the sport, Alexandra made the team. She later won the U.S. Nationals in September 1994, making sports history as she was named to the first women’s bobsled team. When the United States Olympic Committee named her Athlete of the Year for her sport, it was the beginning of a lucrative sports career as a bobsledder, martial artists, professional football player, and adventure writer. ("Ever been chased by a beefalo? They're a helluva lot faster than you'd think they'd be!" [beefalo: buffalo/cow]) But what made internaitonal news was Alexandra was pregnant when she made the US women's bobsled team!
When Alexandra became pregnant with her second child, she took part in a study with the renowned Dr. James Clapp, III, who was interest in how extreme exercise affects the placenta. Dr. Clapp was particularly interested in Alexandra because very little data had been collected on sport training, plyometrics, and heavy weight lifting. At five months pregnant, Alexandra was squatting 375 lbs. and clocked at 20 MPH while running. Sports Illustrated also took interest, asking her to try out for a women’s professional football team and write about her experiences. Today, both the United States and International Olympic Committee use Alexandra’s training data as a safety guide for pregnant athletes and she serves as a fitness/nutrition expert for www.pregnancy.org.
While competing and living in the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, Alexandra conducted sports camps for disadvantaged and/or physically challenged children, opening their world to physical education and sports. She worked with the United Nations officials to incorporate ‘Games for Girls’ as part of their educational program to underdeveloped nations, was nominated Mom of the Year by iParening.com for her contributions to research in obstetrics and gynecology and continues to appear in national publications, syndicated radio programs and news programs on topics of female athletes, self-esteem for children, sports and pregnancy, and the correlation between fitness, diet and healthy children. In 2002, PBS presented a documentary on Alexandra. She has served as a commentator for NBC's coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Games and now sits on the board Bridges Training Foundation for disabled adults (to help them find employment after high school). She has appeared in Real Simple, NYTimes, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, USA Today, Better Homes and Garden and more for her work with public health, family fitness, clean air and industrial responsibility. She routinely testified before the EPA and US Senate, has blogged for the White House website and works closely with Earthjustice in Washington D.C. In 2014, she was a nominee for the White House Champion for Change in Public Health. In 2016, she launched her company, Power On! Core workout for those with disabilities, special needs, as well as mainstream fitness enthusiasts.
As an adventure writer for such publications as Sports Illustrated, Muscle&Fitness, Ms. Fitness and Fit, to name a few, Alexandra was bitten by the writing bug. Volvo flew her to a secret destination to test drive and write about a brand new gravity car – the only prototype in the U.S. She played professional women’s football (until suffering a broken hand, multiple fractures in her hand and a dislocated arm); acted as bait for attack dogs; tested for a grueling fire fighters test; and tried her hand (and body) at the dangerous sport of skeleton all in the name of getting a “good story.”
With more than two dozen books to her name, including multiple awards, Alexandra has turned to fiction writing though sports are never far away. She continues to teach kickbox, boxing, Pilates, aerobics, running and Silver Sneakers. She is also a board member and instructor for the special needs group, The Bridges Training Foundation. Alexandra is also a 4th degree Black Belt, a dog lover and trainer, and a friend to all.