Expert Coaches

Meet the Coaches

WHO WE ARE

We take pride in offering our members the best.  From Gymnastics to Olympic Lifting our coaches all have extensive backgrounds to help you reach your goals.  With over 30 certifications combined we have coaches with 10+ years of CrossFit experience and Regional athletes instructing you.  You’ll know instantly why Full Strength is far from average.

Gayle Shalloo | Owner

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • CrossFit Level 2 Certified
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification
  • CrossFit Kids Certification
  • OPT CCP-Exercise Physiology, Assessment, Program Design
  • USA Weightlifting Performance Coach
  • USA Weightlifting Club Coach
  • Level 4 USA Hockey Coaching Certification

CROSSFIT AND OLYMPIC LIFTING ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • 2010 CrossFit San Diego/Arizona Sectionals and Southwest Regionals (8th place finish)2011 CrossFit
  • Open (8th place finish in Southwest Region)
  • 2011 CrossFit Regionals (9th place finish in Southwest Region)
  • 2012 CrossFit Regionals
  • 2013 CrossFit Regionals
  • 2012 East Valley Nitro (1st place finish)
  • 2013 Rush Club winner (2 times)
  • 2014 East Valley Iron Athlete (2nd place finish in 58kg)

“Full Strength is my home. I am surrounded by an amazing support system every single day that welcomes new people with open arms. Being one of the oldest CrossFit gyms in Phoenix has given us the opportunity to build an amazing coaching staff, program, and reputation. We have experience, knowledge, and want to motivate every person that walks in our doors. We are more than a gym…we are a community created by people like you!”

Chayet Pagano

CERTIFICATIONS:

Level 1 Certification

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Chayet was born in Colorado and spent his childhood in Denver Colorado, San Diego California, Cabo San Lucas Mexico and San Pedro Sula Honduras. He also enjoys traveling and has spent time in Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Canada and many countries in South and Central America. Chayet loves healthy living, especially organic foods and wild caught, grass fed, free range meats. He enjoys making his own natural toothpaste, deodorant and soaps and many other items. He also enjoys living like a caveman from time to time. He enjoys survivalism camping in the Grand Canyon Arizona, Lake Powell Utah, Glen Canyon Utah, Zion Utah and the South eastern mountains of California and the rockies of Colorado for weeks at a time sleeping under the stars and hunting and gathering his food. Discovering CrossFit in early 2009 fit right into the healthy lifestyle he was creating for himself. He enjoys outdoor activities and sports. His activities and sports include:
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Raquel Kahn

CERTIFICATIONS:

CrossFit Level 1 Certification

Education:

Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering, Rice University

About Me:

I started doing CrossFit with my family in 2012 in my hometown of Ashland, Oregon. Outside of CrossFit, I am an avid dancer with 15+ years of experience in various dance styles and instruction. I have also participated in a number of endurance races such as the Portland Marathon and Bass Lake Triathlon and love everything in the outdoors!
Over the years I have grown to admire the diversity and passion of the CrossFit community. Getting people moving, learning and reaching their goals gets me out of bed everyday and I am thrilled to be part of the Full Strength family.

Ian Blake

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • CF Level 1
  • CF Level 2
  • Crossfit Weightlifting
  • Crossfit Gymnastics
  • Crossfit Strongman
  • Crossfit Mobility
  • Lifeguard Certified
  • CPR/AED Certified

First introduction to fitness was in the water. I was in the water every summer since before I could stand. Spent all of my childhood and teen years competing in swimming. Later taught swim lessons and coached swim teams as well. Starting high school I got into the typical gym lifting. I also took to cross country finishing with a PR 5k of 18:00. Once I started college I was hitting plateaus on all my lifts and decided CrossFit might help mix things up. Immediately fell in love. A year later I got my Level 1 to see what the magic behind the madness was. A year after that got a coaching position to hone in on my coaching where I spent numerous weekends studying or attending additional CrossFit seminars. I still plan to continue on that path until I receive my Level 3 and 4.

Emily Gullikson

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Level 1 Certification
  • CrossFit Nutrition
  • CrossFit Kettlebell

Leo Laport

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Level 1 Certification
  • Level 2 Cerfitication

“I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil until my family moved to Miami, FL. I was raised with a soccer ball and playing in the streets, being active was a huge part of growing up. Once, during my high school years, my mom invited me to go to the gym with her. I was unsure of what exactly I was signing up for, but it was “Murph”. My very first day, 1 Mile run, 100 jumping Pull ups at the time, 200 push ups from the knees and 300 squats, followed by a finishing 1 mile run. It took me over 90 minutes and I was wrecked, but I was also hooked. A few years later I was given the opportunity to coach once I got my first certification and it has been my passion since. Helping others achieve their fitness goals, rather it is their first pull up or a new squat PR, those feats drive me.”

‘Everything worth doing is worth overdoing. Moderation is for cowards.’