Meet the Vitalé Studio Team
Born and raised in Brazil, Alex (Alessandra) Gil has always had a deep passion for movement and play. She attended college in her native São Paulo, where she found time to excel in competitive swimming, volleyball and track while obtaining her B.S. in Physical Education. Alex continued her studies with an M.S. in Sports Conditioning, and during this time began her career as a fitness professional and exercise coach.
After obtaining her Master’s degree in 1995, Alex was called to seek an experience that was beyond Brazil. Her curiosity first took her to San Diego, where she spent five years building her fitness career while continuing to “walk the walk”; her free time was spent embracing a life of constant outdoor adventure, including running, rock climbing, skiing and beach volleyball.
Alex was eventually drawn to Boulder: an international Mecca for outdoor, health and extreme sports enthusiasts. Here, as part of a thriving community of world-class amateur and professional athletes, she was inspired to pursue higher levels of both professional and physical education, pushing herself to become a stronger athlete and a better coach. Alex soon added competitive cycling and mountain biking to her ever-growing list of physical pursuits, joining a highly respected athletic training team.
Then, in 2012, Alex began to explore a different kind of coaching—one designed to nurture the mind and spirit as well as the body. As a successful trainer for more than 20 years, she had seen first-hand how exercise can create both harmony and imbalance, both health and illness. But most importantly, that when accompanied by chronic stress, poor nutrition and emotional disconnection, physical activity can become an energy drain rather than an energy source. With this revelation, Alex began to see herself in a different, more holistic role; she wanted to guide her clients beyond mere bodily strength to a place where their physical, mental, spiritual and emotional lives could seamlessly align.
With this goal in mind, she enrolled in the Holistic Lifestyle Coach Certification Program at the CHEK Institute in San Diego. Founded by renowned holistic health expert Paul Chek, the Institute gave Alex not just critical knowledge in corrective and high-performance exercise, but also fresh insights about what it takes to be an effective coach—and new perspectives on the nature of health itself. She learned many lessons from her studies, but one stands out above the rest: to be a great coach, one must first master what one teaches. This principle is Alex’s practice, and the foundation of Vitalé. She does what she loves, loves what she does…and welcomes the opportunity to teach—and to learn—every single day.
Sara Kosick, MNT, CSCS
Holistic Roots Nutrition, LLC
Growing up in Boulder, Colorado helped lay the foundation and pique Sara’s interest in health & fitness at an early age. After completing her masters at the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver , Sara implemented the Nutrition Department at Pura Vida Fitness & Spa in 2009 to compliment her personal training career.
Continuing education has led her to specialize in functional blood chemistry, thyroid health, diabetes, women’s health, pre-natal nutrition, food allergies, GI health, endurance training, strength training for athletes, strength training for rehabilitation, and so much more. As a personal trainer, Sara works with all client levels and goals; male, female, young, old, rehabilitation, pre/post natal, weight loss, sport specific, and enjoys utilizing functional training modalities.
Her study of nutrition and work as a personal trainer over the last 10 years has been an exploration and ever-changing journey.
She discovered firsthand, both personally and through her clients, the undeniable power fitness and food can have on our bodies. Sara has been able to heal and manage her own hypothyroidism, weight fluctuations, stress, food allergies, and the overwhelming and rewarding task of being a mother of two with appropriate diet and exercise. Making a positive impact on hundreds of clients, as she helps motivate and navigate the many individualized roads to wellness.
Sara’s practice helps individuals implement behavioral changes, gain strength and lose weight, and gain knowledge and empowerment around YOUR nutrition and fitness. Her personal experiences have allowed her to connect with her clients on a compassionate level, knowing that everyone is different and everyone needs to find their own sense of accomplishment and strength by first feeling good about themselves.
Sara is available to meet you wherever you are in your health and fitness goals to help you thrive in a better, stronger, happier, more rested, you!
Mike’s personal struggles with chronic pain, injury and limitation are what inspired his interest in health and led him on a meandering educational journey – from somatics to biomechanics to the science of mobility and motor control (with many additional stops along the way). Eventually, Mike started to the put the pieces together and is moving better now, in his late 30’s, than he did as a blue chip basketball player in his teens. Most of his clients have the same story – they used to train to look good, blow off steam, or cross-train, however in spite of being fit and strong, they were also tight, stiff, hurting and unable to engage freely in their physical passions. Mike helps people who are beat up and bound up to improve their functional mobility so they can live and move more dynamically.
Notable Certifications: NSCAmCSCS, Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist, Certified Kinstretch Instructor, Certified GMB Trainer.
Focus: functional mobility (flexibility + useable ranges of motion), injury prevention, injury recovery, joint health and longevity, natural movement and gymnastics strength training.
How can Mike help you?
Mike helps the tight, stiff, beat up and bound up to develop the body and abilities required for living and moving more dynamically. If this isn’t your first rodeo, you know how much it sucks when you’re unable to engage fully in the activities that you love because of injury, pain stiffness, or limitation. And how confusing and frustrating it can get when your PT, Chiro, Massage Therapist and Trainer are all giving you different diagnosis and conflicting advice. And the dejection you feel when you’ve done “everything right” but are still not really able to get over the hump. You start to lose hope. You start to wonder if life is going to be the painful process of prematurely and sequentially letting go of all the things you love – your physical passions. The things you do with your body to add LIFE TO YOUR YEARS. When it hurts to move, we tend to withdraw from the things that give our life meaning. Not only does our physical health suffer, but so does our general sense of wellness, our mood, and even our relationships. This sucks!!! But, things can change. I find out what you want to do but can’t (because of pain, injury, stiffness, limitation) and use principles of science and research to systematically help you regain the body and abilities required to live and move more dynamically. .
I help people go from feeling…
Fragile to resilient
Tight to free
Stiff to mobile
Rigid to adaptable
Scared to confident and adventurous
And once you regain the ability to engage in your physical passions safely, competently and confidently, the quality of your life improves as does your ability to upgrade all facets of your health — sleep, stress, metabolism, etc. In fact, there’s very little that doesn’t improve when you’re doing the things you love with a body that works.