Meet Alex

Perform: Fitness: is run and directed by Alex Reid (nee Court), B.Sc., CSCS, ASCC.

Alex began her professional career at a private sports medicine clinic in Northamptonshire, where she conducted corporate health screens and fitness testing for clients such as Nationwide Building Society, Toetectors, Northampton Fire & Rescue Service and Northamptonshire Police Force. She also conducted fitness testing on various sports teams as well as on individual athletes.

In 1997 Alex worked at Harrods Limited in the occupational health department, providing health and fitness screening on executives, company directors and staff. She shared her time between the corporate environment and the professional football players at Fulham Football Club. Alex spent a total of seven years at Harrods Limited and Fulham Football Club. She worked with the Fulham Football Club Academy of Excellence players (Under 9-19 years), the Fulham ladies team and the mens first team, where she became the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach in 2003, preparing the players for the challenges of the Premier League on a daily basis.

Between 2004-2007 Alex spent three years at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club where she was recruited to conduct all of the rehabilitation of injured players. Alex was then promoted to Head Strength & Conditioning Coach woking with Martin Jol and Chris Houghton with the first team squad and Clive Allan with the Spurs Reserve Team. She managed all of the strength & conditioning of the professional players in addition to conducting the rehabilitation of injured players, working closely with the physiotherapists and ensuring that the players returned to action fit and robust ready for the rigours of the Premiership.

Alex’s experiences also involve time as a consultant exercise scientist for The Football Association, working specifically with the England Women’s U23 and U17 teams. In addition, she has worked with a number of International athletes from other sports, including tennis, karate, basketball, golf and hockey.

Alex is working hard on creating excellent relationships with corporate clients. One such client is Discovery Communications Europe Limited with whom Alex has previously conducted a number of wellness seminars to their employees.

After her time in football, Alex decided to become self employed and this is when Perform:Fitness was created.

She is a mother of two and balances her time with the children and running her own business and seeing private clients, in addition to her current role in high performance sport with the Rugby Football Union where she is in charge of the strength and conditioning of the professional game match official team, that being referees and assistant referees.  Alex has completed this role for 9 years and within this has completed some consultancy for World Rugby, including fitness testing in preparation for the 2015 Rugby World Cup for the Northern hemisphere match officials in addition to fitness testing the match officials for the Women’s 6 Nations in 2017.

Alex is very proud of her experiences in high performance sport  which spans over 20 years and brings her experiences and love of sport and rehabilitation to her role with Perform:Fitness.

In recent years Alex has taken to writing and has now written three books within the area of strength & conditioning:

  • Elite Performance Running: Middle Distance to Marathon (A&C Black, 2009)
  • The Science of Stretching (The Crowood Press, 2017)
  • Applied Core Conditioning (The Crowood Press, Nov 2018)

Alex is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength & Conditioning Association who are the worldwide authority on strength & conditioning, in addition to being an Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach (ASCC) with the UK Strength & Conditioning Association.

Alex’s continuing professional development is important to her. Her on-going qualifications and certifications include the following:

  • The Football Association Fitness Trainers Award
  • Certificate in Sports Nutrition
  • SAQ (Speed, Agility & Quickness) Certification
  • British Weight Lifting Association (BWLA) Instructors Award
  • British Weight Lifting Association (BWLA) Leaders Award

In addition, Alex is certified in Emergency First Aid in accordance with the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations.

She has Professional Liability Insurance through the United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA). Alex has clearance on the Criminal Records Bureau disclosure (CRB) and has attended the National Coaching Foundation workshops on child protection.

She is a member of The British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) as well as the UKSCA and the NSCA.

Other relevant skills include:

  • Polar Heart Rate monitoring, downloading and interpretation (including the Polar Team system)
  • Suunto HR monitoring
  • Smart Speed training system (speed testing)
  • Optojump and Micro Gate speed measurement system
  • Newtest Power Timer Speed & Power System
  • Witty Speed testing system
  • Cybex Norm Isokinetic Dynamometer

Alex maintains her continuing professional development by keeping up to date with current research and sports science practice via sports science journals, on-line reviews as well as attending seminars and conferences whenever possible.

A keen sportsperson, Alex has played basketball since she was ten years old. She competed Internationally, representing England at all age groups, gaining a total of 21 International Caps through her career. She gained a full basketball Scholarship to Georgia State University, NCAA Division 1 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA where she played for four years and completed her degree in exercise science.