COR Personal Training Philosophy

We provide highly systematic and individualized personal training plans based off our frequent screenings. Our individualized personal training programs begin with an in depth interview and screen. This process helps understand the goals and potential inhibitors of the goals.

Nutrition advice (weight loss or sports performance) and supplement counseling is provided for proper fueling or metabolic efficiency. Mobility techniques (if needed) are used to improve any muscular limitations.

Our Trainers

Dr. John Mullen

Dr. John Mullen

Dr. John Mullen, DPT, CSCS is a World renowned expert and speaker in sports training and rehabilitation. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at USC, as well as the Josette Antonelli Division Service Scholarship, Order of the Golden Cane, and the Order of Areté. At USC, he also performed research on swimming biomechanics and lung adaptations in swimming training. Dr. John has worked with multiple professional and Olympic athletes, helping them earn Olympic medals. His dedication to research and individualization spurred him to open COR in 2011. Since 2011, Dr. John has been featured in Stack Magazine, Swimming World Magazine, Swimmer Magazine, USA Swimming, USA Triathlon, Swimming Science, and many more.  Before his Doctoral program, Dr. John swam on an athletic scholarship at Purdue University. At Purdue, Dr. John was an Academic Honorable Mention All-American and was awarded the Red Mackey Award and R. O. Papenguh Award. He also won the Purdue Undergraduate business plan and elevator pitch competition, as well as 1st prize with the Indiana Soy Bean Alliance. <span class=”accent-5″>Dr. John was born in Centerville, Ohio and was a 24-time high school All-American Swimmer. Dr. John is still a swimmer and holds a Masters swimming World and Pacific Swimming Record.

Coach Chris Barber

Coach Chris Barber

Coach Chris Barber is a foremost expert in sports training, body composition enhancement, and application of biomechanics for performance. Chris is a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF) and with United States of America WeightLifting (USAW).  Chris graduated with a B.S. at Concordia University in Irvine, CA.  He writes extensively on health, fitness, and sports, being featured in various sports magazines. Chris started as an Intern at COR in December of 2012 and has moved his way up to the Director of Personal Training and the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at COR.  Chris has been devoted in help everyone strive to achieve their goals.  Through the past 3 years Chris has developed a Kids Athletic Development Program and High School Strength and Conditioning Camps.

What to Expect

  • Please arrive at your appointment with your paperwork completed (you can download it from here).
  • You will be seen by the coach.

The coach will perform a systematic subjective evaluation, conversing on the following topics:

  • Your current problems/complaints.
  • Past problems/complaints.
  • Current training regimen.
  • Areas of strengths and weaknesses.
  • Current nutritional and supplement program.
  • How much you sleep and your sleep routine.
  • Your mental state during training and competition.

The coach will then perform the objective evaluation which may include some of the following:

  • Palpation – touching around the area of the pain/problem. This is done to check for the presence of tenderness, swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature, inflammation, etc.
  • Range of Motion (ROM) – the coach will move the joint(s) to check for the quality of movement and any restrictions.
  • Muscle Testing – the therapist may check for strength and the quality of the muscle contraction. Pain and weakness may be noted. Often the muscle strength is graded. This is also part of a neurological screening.
  • Special Tests – the coach may perform special tests to confirm/rule out the presence of additional problems.
  • Posture Assessment – the positions of joints relative to ideal and each other may be assessed.
  • Movement Screen – your movement will be assessed and monitored.

Unlike other facilities, we’re comprehensive and obtain a lot of information during this session. This information allows us to make recommendations for improvements.

What Should you Bring?

Please bring the following to each visit:

  • Comfortable clothes, allowing the therapist to access the area (and surrounding areas) being treated. We suggest a t-shirt and shorts.
  • Paperwork on the first visit.
  • Water.



COR: 3530 Lochinvar Ave. Santa Clara, CA 95051

The facility is a 1,600 square foot gym with equipment provided. We also offer complimentary towels and shower services.

Conditions Successfully Improved

  • Weight Loss
  • Muscle Gain
  • Weakness
  • Poor mental strength
  • Lack of energy
  • Balancing work/school and sport
  • Tightness
  • Plateaus
  • Decreased power
  • Decreased endurance
  • Much More!

Cancellation Fees

A no-show or late cancellation fee (less than 24 hours notice before session) results in a 50% penalty of services rendered.

Helpful Resources and Frequent Questions