Once you’re in, you’re in for life…

My reason for starting this blog is simple… I love to help athletes get better at what they do. I’ve been involved in both fitness and athletic performance coaching for more than a decade, working with and around athletes at every level, from social league amateurs to Olympic level champions. I’ve been involved with roller derby for nearly as long, first as a player and later as a head coach, a league announcer and as a strength and conditioning coach.

Over the past two years I’ve had some amazing opportunities to learn directly from some of the best sport performance coaches in the world, including those who work with the NFL, the NHL, the PGA, Major League Baseball, national level rugby, professional soccer and members of the US Olympic Track and Field team. Throughout all of those incredible experiences I find that my mind always comes back to the same thought… “how could I apply this information, this technique, this coaching cue, this drill, this program design, to roller derby?” I’m hooked for life, no two ways about it.

rollerderby-112223_19202And so this blog is dedicated to all of the women and men of the amazing sport we call roller derby. Whether you are fresh meat or a seasoned vet, play flat or bank track, skate women’s, men’s, junior’s or co-ed, or are in the US or abroad, this space is yours.

Each week we will endeavor to bring you the very latest and best science-based information about athletic performance as it relates to the sport we love. There will be training posts, discussions regarding biomechanics and kinesiology, articles on sports psychology and coaching technique, interviews with some of the best coaches and sports scientists from around the world and guest posts from a whole range of strength and conditioning specialists.

So that’s what this blog is about. It’s about making roller derby players better roller derby players. Sound like something you might be interested in? Make sure to sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss out on any of this great info.

Citius. Fortius. Altius.

Shelley J. Murray, CSCS

(aka Justass of the Piece)


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Whether it's in an introduction for my business or an "about me" section of a social media site, I find that writing about myself is always one of the hardest things to do. The phrase "I'm a ..." has always filled me with anxiety. I guess then that the easiest way is to start with the basics. I'm in my early 40's, have no kids but do have two pit bulls who think they are children, am married to a giant Scotsman and I currently spend the majority of my time coaching both athletes and regular 9-5ers to get stronger, faster and more physically powerful. Although I currently work predominantly in strength and conditioning/fitness, I am also a licensed attorney and still handle a case or two on occasion and serve as a guardian ad litem for the court system here in South Florida. I've never been one to be defined by a job and over the years I've played a whole lot of different roles, including exotic dancer (i.e. stripper), concert promoter, entertainment agent, motorcycle shop owner, magazine editor and cocktail waitress. I have multiple bachelor's degrees, an associate degree in music production and, of course my law degree. I've also got a bunch of different strength and conditioning and fitness certifications from various national and private organizations including the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the American College of Sports Medicine and the Titleist Performance Institute. My strength and conditioning career stemmed from my days as an athlete, when I played softball and basketball in high school in college and roller derby and American football until just a few years ago when I retired from contact sports. I've recently started training for Highland Heavy Athletics too, so I guess you can say I want to do "all the things." The same applies in my non-work life. I love hiking, kitesurfing (I'm terrible at it but love it nonetheless), camping, spending time at the beach, going to concerts, spending time at the zoo, skydiving or driving around in my ridiculously non-ecologically friendly Jeep with my dogs. Oh, and I'm learning to play Irish Tin Whistle. Yep, I'm pretty eclectic. Although I've dabbled with writing in the past (mostly travel stories for the motorcycle magazine that I used to edit), I've never done so on a consistent basis or with any sort of deeper purpose in mind. I'm hoping that the stories I share on both #haveshoeswilltravel and rollerderbystrengthcoach will do just that... help others learn some stuff and maybe even give them incentives to try new things.

One thought on “Once you’re in, you’re in for life…”

  1. Well, I must say….I’ve known you for quite a while now. Everything you choose to do, you are awesome at. You’re a great coach, and a great friend. I can say to anyone who wants to better themselves, that you’re definitely the person to get them in the right direction.
    Miss you my friend! Hope to see you soon.


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