Alex Reid has written and co-authored a number of books that you may find useful…
Strength & Conditioning Publications
With almost 25 years experience in high performance sport and a passion for learning and keeping on top of the game regarding best practice and current research, Alex Reid is very proud to have written two books on different areas of strength and conditioning and co-authoured a book on running, making her portfolio of three books pretty impressive.
Elite Performance Running: Middle Distance to Marathon (A&C Black 2009) was Alex’s first book, published in 2009. She co-authoured the book with Dr Garry Palmer, a good friend and colleague. Alex’s focus within the book being strength and conditioning to improve running economy and performance.
The book has much detail regarding physiology and nutrition from Dr Palmer, as well as exercise selection regarding strength & conditioning and planning and programming from Alex to help with running performance.
It’s a very useful resource when considering all aspects of running from 5k or 10k all the way to a marathon. The book specifically targets those runners who want to enter an event and create an opportunity to perform optimally and learn some very useful applied conditioning, nutrition and physiology tips to help them improve and achieve their goals.
Alex’s first book as a sole author was The Science of Stretching (The Crowood Press 2017).
This is an applied book where Alex discusses the different modalities of stretching, flexibility and mobility.
It is a research based book, so all recommendations have a rationale and are referenced and there is a very useful table at the back to summarise all of the different stretching modalities and the appropriate prescription to ensure a positive outcome: sets, repetitions and frequency are all clearly explained.
Pilates, myofascial release, vibration training, yoga, static stretching and dynamic stretching are all examples of the modalities covered within the book.
Injured populations: both acute and chronic injuries are covered with guidelines as when to stretch an injured muscle to optimise recovery are explained in detail, as well as more chronic injuries like Achilles tendonopathy.
In addition, growth issues for youth athletes, like Osgoods Schlatters disease and Sever’s Disease are all discussed with recommendations for prescription to ensure the best outcome for these young athletes.
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is an outcome from unaccustomed exercise or overloading in a conditioning programme, but when should this modality be used and does it affect performance? Does static stretching affect performance and help with DOMS?
All these questions and many more are answered in depth and referencing recent research ensures that you can make the right choices for your own performance and recovery strategies.
Applied Core Conditioning
Applied Core Conditioning was published in 2019 by The Crowood Press and is Alex’s third book.
The premise of this book is that 80% of us will experience low back pain at some point in our life so if we can be proactive and look to prevent debilitating back pain then our quality of life will improve.
The book is also researched based and directs the reader into a number of rehabilitation case studies to demonstrate how one may rehabilitate a bulging disc, a hamstring strain, groin strain as well as after having a baby when the muscles may weaken yet we still have to carry, twist and turn, lift and function.
There are 6 case study examples show casing in depth exercise prescription, sets, reps, frequency and load progressions.
In addition the book covers sports specific exercise prescription to help with injury prevention as well as performance in various sports. Things like seated sports, multi-directional sports and rotational sports are all covered in depth with advice on how to improve your posterior chain, core and lumbo-pelvic region to improve function and performance and avoid injury.
Please contact Alex if you’d like copies of the books and I can guide you on where to buy these from.
I was introduced to Alex through my physiotherapist 9 months after my injury. My initial brief was to help me with strength & conditioning pre-surgery and post-surgery with a date fixed for 3 weeks time, as I had read this may improve outcomes. As my progress and function had plateaued over the previous 9 months, opting for surgery felt like the right decision at the time based on second opinions and options available to me.
Following a very detailed initial assessment and review, it was refreshing to hear an objective point of view that my function levels could still be further improved without surgery.
Alex was very mindful that I had a surgery date confirmed and put forward an alternative plan for consideration. She consulted with me on my decision over many days and connected with my physio for an agreed plan of action on my rehabilitation without surgery as an immediate choice.
Alex put a spotlight on the function I do have and broke down a detailed and progressive program for me which has been kept fresh and modified as I’ve progressed.
Since starting this program 2 months ago I have experienced improvements in my tolerance for running and sprinting without pain, something I couldn’t have imagined previously and expect to regain even more function.
Alex is highly professional, attentive and has a very positive can-do attitude which is much needed when dealing with a chronic injury.
Her expertise has helped me defer surgery and work toward regaining the mobility I wanted from it, I wish I had been introduced sooner.
Applied Core Conditioning helps the reader make the right choice regarding back health and helps promote prevention of low back pain which around 80% of us will experience at some point in our life.
A suggestion that if we maintain good spinal mobility and complete 2-3 core/lumbo-pelvic/posterior chain strengthening exercises 2-3 x each week then we can prevent low back pain and have a healthy back is the suggestion that we maybe all should follow…
If this is your MRI below and you have life affecting pain, how do you improve this? Is there a way? Chronic pain can affect your quality of life and lead to depression and other issues.
Applied Core Conditioning and a consultation with Alex Reid can help you become strong and make a significant improvement in your symptoms and long term back health. A great investment.
The Science of Stretching:
When should I stretch, for how long? Will it affect my performance? For better or worse? What if I am injured? When should I stretch an injured muscle?
All these answers and more can be found in The Science of Stretching.
Simply You Magazine:
In recent months Alex has been delighted to contribute to Simply You Magazine (H Bauer Publishing 2020) with an ‘ask the expert’ Q&A as well as advice on exercising at home during the current isolation and Covid-19 challenges.