Meet the Precor Master Coaches: Carla Sottovia

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Meet the Precor Master Coaches: Carla Sottovia

I am originally from Brasil but have lived in the US for over 30 yrs. I am based in Dallas, TX, with a husband and a dog. I have a PhD in Exercise Physiology and am an avid triathlete.

Continuing with our "Meet the Precor Master Coaches" series, say hello to one of three Master Coaches from the Cooper Fitness Center.


What got you into fitness?

I have been active ever since I was a child. My parents were avid supporters and role models. I swam in junior high, did classic ballet for several years, and then in college became a marathoner and eventually an Ironwoman. I’ve completed 3 Ironman distance triathlons!

How many years have you been involved in the fitness industry?

I’ve been involved in the fitness industry for 30 yrs.

What fitness certifications do you hold?

PTA Global, NASM, ACSM, and Cooper Institute

Why did you want to be a Precor Master Coach?

I believe in the mission of Precor and its educational platform.

What is your favorite piece of Precor equipment and why?

I like the elliptical – it is smooth, and a good cross trainer in lieu of my running.

What is your favorite move to do on Queenax equipment?

The monkey walk!

What’s your favorite personal fitness story or memory?  

My favorite fitness memory was when I crossed the finish line of the Kona IronMan Triathlon.

Tell us about a time you were able to help a client reach and/or exceed his or her fitness goals.

A memorable time was helping my 50+ year old client complete her first marathon. We pulled her in for the last 11 miles.

What’s your favorite fitness mantra?

Think of exercise just like eating and brushing your teeth.

What’s your favorite movie?

I just recently watched McFarland, USA, which is based on a true story.

Give us a random fun fact about yourself!

Here’s a few: I have 3 different nationalities: Brasilian, Italian and American. I have traveled all continents except for Antarctica, and I have traveled over 2 million miles

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Katie grew up under the Big Sky of Montana, but she has since moved to the beautiful city of Seattle. She is a self-proclaimed food connoisseur who loves playing in the great outdoors, traveling, and learning new things.

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