ARE YOU READY TO INVERT, TWIST, AND CONTORT
YOUR BODY IN WAYS YOU DIDN’T THINK WERE
POSSIBLE?

No matter your age, background, or experience, if you have the drive to push your 

athletic potential to insanely shocking levels, my expert team of rockstar coaches 

and yours truly will show you how.

ARE YOU READY TO INVERT, TWIST, AND CONTORT
YOUR BODY IN WAYS YOU DIDN’T THINK WERE
POSSIBLE?

No matter your age, background, or experience, if you have the drive to push your  athletic potential to insanely shocking levels, my expert team of rockstar coaches  and yours truly will show you how.

Hi, I’m Shelly, CEO of ShellyFLEX Athletics and your new BFF.

Why all the confidence in our newfound friendship? It’s simple…

Because badass people like you make my world go ‘round.

(And because you need friends who can teach YOU how to do crazy stuff like this…)

As a former rhythmic gymnast turned professional circus acrobat, my passion for hand-balancing & contortion is so intense that I HAVE to share my love for mastering jaw-dropping ninja skills with other crazies (like YOU!) who love to push limits like I do.

For 15+ years, I have shared this passion with adults of all ages—including MANY who were never athletic, flexible, or coordinated in their entire lives!

What started as in-person coaching eventually moved online when the pandemic sent everything to a screeeeeeching halt in 2020.

AND SO, FLEX-ED WAS BORN!

The #1 most comprehensive handstand, flexibility, & contortion coaching program IN THE WORLD.

Moving my biz online was the best decision I ever made

Not only have I been able to help so many more people do crazy things with their bodies than I ever could reach in person, but I quickly realized something else…

IN-PERSON TRAINING IS NOT AT ALL NECESSARY FOR ADULTS (LIKE YOU) TO GO FROM RIGID TO RESILIENT—AND BEYOND!

With the creation of FLEX-ED and its 50+ (& growing!) weekly live classes, I’ve witnessed HUNDREDS of incredible people learn all the skills and tricks that took me half of my life to learn, and in wayyyyy less time!

OUR SECRET?

(Okay, fine. I’ll spill the beans.)

My unique FLEX-ED method combines real-time coaching cues for each student as they execute every move, with a separate library of hundreds of skills, drills, & customized tutorials to be used alongside the live coaching sessions..

 (…PLUS daily access to me, my husband Ryan, our Client Success Manager, and our seriously awesome FLEX-ED family inside our exclusive Facebook group)

It wasn’t long before I realized that anyone could learn even the most insanely shocking, body-contorting, head-turning, upside-down, batsh*t-crazy moves WITH THE RIGHT ONLINE COACHING, SUPPORT, AND INSTANT FEEDBACK DURING THEIR PRACTICE.

If you’re done being ordinary and want to level-up the way your body performs, let me and my team show you exactly how it’s done.

Meet our team

Our Team of Experts

Shelly a former rhythmic gymnast turned professional circus acrobat, specializing in contortion, hand-balancing, and aerial skills.

She has had the opportunity to perform all over the United States in productions such as "Pippin the Musical" on Broadway and for the premiere of Cirque Du Soleil's Kurious. She has also performed internationally at special events in Hong Kong, Italy, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas.

In addition to performing, Shelly has been teaching flexibility, hand-balancing, and contortion to students of all backgrounds and levels of experience for more than 15 years!

She is extremely passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with flexibility, hand-balancing and contortion training and is excited to help you achieve your goals and perform skills you never thought possible.

Artur is recognized as one of the best hand-balancers in the world. Born and raised in Ukraine, he has performed all over the globe with Cirque De Demain and other cirque productions

He is very passionate about hand-balancing, and loves to invent moves and tricks that challenge gravity.

By incorporating his experience and knowledge as a professional hand-balancer, intermediate-advanced students will see great progress through his transformative classes.

Artur has a unique gift when it comes to coaching. He is able to identify small adjustments that have a significant impact on your handstand technique. He is extremely patient, understanding, encouraging and always brings a positive attitude to training.

Shauna Murphy is a certified and experienced yoga teacher who's constantly sought out a healing path. Her passion for the mind-body connection led her into a career based around holistic health.

Becoming an advocate of mental health after years of being a full-time yoga teacher, Shauna took a step back from teaching and dedicated herself to learning about healing and healthy spaces.

Shauna aims to create safe spaces where students can explore what their practice is capable of. While she is passionate about physically training your body. Shauna is equally as passionate about the need to train the mental and emotional parts of the body.

Candice is a professional pole athlete and acrobatics student, and has been teaching pole and flexibility for more than 8 years.

After starting her contortion journey with Shelly, she fell in love with incorporating core stability and split stretching into her training, as she saw a huge transformation in her skills both on and off the pole.

She is extremely passionate about flexibility training and looks forward to sharing her years of knowledge and experience with you.

Candice works hard to incorporate all aspects of stability and mobility into her classes so students can see progress quickly, efficiently, and safely.

Growing up in Johannesburg, South Africe, Tikara had always found herself fascinated with trying new sports and experimenting with different types of movement.

After a close friend introduced her to yoga, she was hooked. She soon started teaching yoga throughout the community and local gymnastics club.

A few years later, she began to explore contortion training and pushing her body to the limit, and now enjoys sharing this passion with her students.

Kielan grew up dancing semi-professionally for 15 years before changing career paths and her doctorate in Physics. She discovered yoga in 2013 and began training contortion with ShellyFLEX soon after.

She has now added to Barre to her skill set and enjoys how these different disciplines complement each other.

She is always bringing new and fresh ideas to her classes to keep herself and her students engaged and inspired.

Ryan Airey has been a personal trainer with ShellyFLEX Athletics for over 5 years, and he loves helping students build strength and develop their cardiovascular endurance in order to reach their fitness goals.

As a volunteer firefighter for over 25 years, Ryan has always valued the importance of physical fitness and nutrition, and he enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge with others.

Ever since he began dating Shelly, Ryan has adapted his conditioning routines to best fit the needs of students looking to strengthen their handstands, stabilize their core, and complement their flexibility training in order to prevent injury.

As a competitive athlete with horses for over 30 years, Ari began practicing yoga in 2005 to help oversomce injuries.

Over the years she has trained under countless yoga teachers, becoming certified herself in yoga as well as functional range conditioning.

With a huge love for handstands and backbends, Ari started training with ShellyFLEX in order to pursue the art of contortion and incorporates these newfound skills into her personal practice and teachings.

Vera Alvarez, is a Certifiex Experienced Yoga Teacher by Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 in Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Rocket Yoga.

In 2013, Vera embarked on a life changing adventure moving from her busy life in Portugal/Europe to follow her husband to a tropical island in South India/Sri Lanka, leaving behind her career as a financial advisor to become a full time mom, and one year later, yoga teacher.

Learning the practice of yoga from its origin was a privilege that she felt the need to share.

She loves to lead fun and dynamic classes, not only out of her love for movement, but also for her devotion to the mental and spiritual benefits that the practice of yoga creates.

Ahmad Hijazi has been training calisthenics for about 2 years and Hand Balancing for about a year. His story with hand balancing started when he tried and achieved a headstand.

He felt how amazing it was to be upside down and do amzing things while forgetting about everything else that was going on in his life. From there it was a daily journey exploring the amazing world of Inversions.

Ahmad's classes will help you kick up into and hold that handstand while building a strong foundation and the body awareness necessary for transitioning into harder variations of inversions.

Being active and strong has always been an important part of Hayley's life. She has over 10 years' experience in weightlifting/bodybuilding and fell in love with pole dancing in 2019 wanting to try something new, find community, and get in touch with her feminine side. She is currently a private pole coach working with students one-on-one from her home to provide specialized training. Her favorite part of pole is putting together combinations of moves and smoothing out each transition down to the details to make it fluid and mesmerizing. - bonus points if there's a good song to go with it. She is also new to Yoga which she started practicing earlier this year. Still exploring various styles, but so far Yin is her favorite and she has seen a huge difference in her comfort level and abilities in various tricks on the pole since focusing more on flexibility work. She's excited to continue to grow in her craft and share her skills with her students through Flex-Ed!

Brenna began studying pole during her sophomore year in college when she took a free introductory class with a friend. She was hooked after that first class. She continued to consistently take classes and began teaching during graduate school and well afterward. Her experience with pole has led Brenna to do various competitions and performances as well as cross train with aerial silks, contortion, and cross fit. Before COVID she was teaching various levels of pole, aerial silks, and flexibility. During 2021, Brenna and her husband lived in Las Vegas where she had the opportunity to train pole and aerial with various Cirque du Soleil Performers past and current. Brenna is happy to be teaching again and can't wait to help everyone on their pole journey.

Aren is a New Zealand Circus Artist specializing in multiple different disciplines including Pole Straps Cyr Wheel and hand-balancing. He started circus when he was 14 and found immediate passion for it and haven't stopped since.

Lisa has been a student of FLEX-ED since 2021 and she's super excited to share her passion of pole dancing with the FLEX-ED. community. She has a background in physical education and loves all things fitness and adventure. She has been pole dancing for more than 5 years now and was hooked right away. She loves how pole has such a variety of styles, moves, and tricks that there is always a new challenge to get after next and it never feels boring.

Jessica is a stretch & strength enthusiast from Baltimore, Maryland. There she trains and performs contortion, aerials, fire & flow arts. In 2014, her movement journey started with YouTube yoga classes and hula hoop trick tutorials. A few years later Jessica expanded her training to aerial arts and fire performance. Flash forward to 2020, and suddenly there was time to dive into online flexibility training. What started as an obsession with getting a split and handstand quickly blossomed into an interest in all things contortion. “Being a student of the ShellyFlex program has brought so much improvement to everything I do. I can’t wait to step into a coach role and train with you!”

Meet our team

Our Team of Experts

Lisa has been a student of FLEX-ED since 2021 and she's super excited to share her passion of pole dancing with the FLEX-ED. community. She has a background in physical education and loves all things fitness and adventure. She has been pole dancing for more than 5 years now and was hooked right away. She loves how pole has such a variety of styles, moves, and tricks that there is always a new challenge to get after next and it never feels boring.

Jessica is a stretch & strength enthusiast from Baltimore, Maryland. There she trains and performs contortion, aerials, fire & flow arts. In 2014, her movement journey started with YouTube yoga classes and hula hoop trick tutorials. A few years later Jessica expanded her training to aerial arts and fire performance. Flash forward to 2020, and suddenly there was time to dive into online flexibility training. What started as an obsession with getting a split and handstand quickly blossomed into an interest in all things contortion. “Being a student of the ShellyFlex program has brought so much improvement to everything I do. I can’t wait to step into a coach role and train with you!”

Brenna began studying pole during her sophomore year in college when she took a free introductory class with a friend. She was hooked after that first class. She continued to consistently take classes and began teaching during graduate school and well afterward. Her experience with pole has led Brenna to do various competitions and performances as well as cross train with aerial silks, contortion, and cross fit. Before COVID she was teaching various levels of pole, aerial silks, and flexibility. During 2021, Brenna and her husband lived in Las Vegas where she had the opportunity to train pole and aerial with various Cirque du Soleil Performers past and current. Brenna is happy to be teaching again and can't wait to help everyone on their pole journey.