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Carla Botelho Sottovia, PhD

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Director of Fitness & Personal Training Education / Professional Fitness Trainer


  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, The College at Brockport, State University of New York
  • Master of Arts in Exercise Physiology, San Jose State University
  • Doctorate in Exercise Physiology, Texas Woman's University


  • American College of Sports Medicine: Licensed Wellness Coach
  • POLESTAR: Pilates Trainer Certification


  • PTA Global: Mentorship Level I & II
  • Functional Movement Screen: Level I & II
  • Acceleration Training, Power Plate: Level I & II
  • Acceleration Training, Power Plate: Certification Instructor Level I & II
  • TRX Suspension Training: Level I
  • Athletes’ Performance: Mentorship Phase I
  • Tom Myers Kinesis: Body Reading 101
  • The Cooper Institute: Coaching Healthy Behaviors
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine: Integrated Flexibility Training & Performance Enhancement Specialist


  • Movement Specialist
  • Post-Injury & Preventive Exercise Intervention
  • Coaching: Running, Swimming & Triathlon
  • Wellness Coaching
  • Pilates Training


  • International Fitness Presenter (Asia; Europe; Central, North & South America; Middle East)
  • Developed & Leads CooperPT Mentorship (USA & South America), 2011-present
  • Official Master Instructor/Representative of Functional Movement Systems (FMS) in South America (FMS Certification Level I & II)
  • Personal Training on the Net Author, 2000-present
  • Adjunct Instructor for The Cooper Institute, 1990-present
  • Authored Energy Substrate: Truths & Misconceptions, 2006
  • IDEA International Personal Trainer of the Year, 2005
  • Completed Three Ironman Triathlons (Hawaii, 1994, Germany, 1995, Brazil, 1999)
  • Completed More Than 50 Triathlons
  • Completed 19 Marathons with a Personal Best Finish of 3 Hours 26 Minutes at the Boston Marathon in 1990
  • Started at Cooper Fitness Center, 1988

To schedule a personal training session, call Carla at 972.233.4832, ext. 4411 or email.