COR Sports Performance Training Philosophy

Looking to swim faster? Run faster? Throw harder? Recover quicker? Our sports performance takes an individual approach at enhancing performance. Quit accepting that working harder is all it takes. Hard work combined with perfect programming is the key to elite sports performance!

Sports performance is a multifactorial equation requiring detailed evaluation and intervention. At COR, we strive for “making you better”, no matter your sport. We are very methodical about our approach and unlike others, we’re not going to give you a program just to workout hard. If you are looking simply for a workout, go run up a hill. We’re looking to make you better, during each and every session. This is the process we’ve used with Olympic Gold Medalists.

Our initial personal training session begins with a detailed screen. This process helps us uncover weak points, areas of fatigue, past injuries, sleep, nutrition, mental strength and much more. This information helps us determine the best route for improvement, helping you get to your goals.

Many people have tried different trainers, coaches, and private training sessions, creating skepticism of these claims. Sometimes other systems provide short-term results, while others provide no improvement. At COR, we take a systematic look at each individual, not just having someone hop on a treadmill! We unlock the underlying problem and provide the solution! 

You should be skeptical when you hear these claims, as talk is cheap. Therefore, world-renowned and International speaker Dr. John, DPT ensures a streamlined and cost-effective treatment approach. “Making you better” isn’t only our motto, but our philosophy. To prove this, we offer a complimentary Performance Assessment. This assessment unlocks the root cause of your problem and outlines a plan for improvement. This complimentary Performance Assessment sets the stage for “making you better”.

If you’ve been referred and want Personal Training or Group Personal Training, or please schedule these sessions accordingly.

*Performance assessment is only valid for new clients/patients. A late cancellation fee of $22.50 will be applied to performance assessments cancelled or changed 24-hours before service date.

Our Personal Trainers

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 Gizmodo, Motherboard, 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. 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.

Dr. John Mullen Physical Therapy Santa Clara, CA
Dr. John Mullen, DPT with World Record holder Femke Heemskerk

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.

Chris is an elite personal training and specializes in weight loss and body composition changes.

Chris Barber Santa Clara Personal Training, COR
Coach Chris Barber with two happy clients

Coach Michael Vaandering

Michael Vaandering graduated from the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology with a B.S. in Physical Education and a minor in Health Education. He is a Certified Personal Trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Michael grew up on the west side of Michigan, where he competed on his high school’s water polo team as well as the swimming and diving team. As a springboard diver, he earned all-state and all-american status. During his junior and senior years, Michael used his experiences on the diving board to informally mentor the middle school diving team, including occasionally taking the role of interim coach. During his college career, he was a member of the University of Michigan Men’s Swimming and Diving Team where he helped his team toward NCAA and BIG 10 Championships. During that time he was also a coach for the local rock climbing team. He used these outlets to apply his knowledge of the underlying biomechanical principles involved in motor movement and performance to gain an edge over competitors and improve the strength and efficiency of his climbers. Michael has also been published in the International Journal of Case Studies as well as the Journal of School Health for his research into the connection between physical activity and cognition. As a supporter of lifelong sports and the many benefits that accompany them, Michael spends much of his time in such activities as tennis, squash, rock climbing, hiking, and swimming.

What to Expect

  • Please arrive at your appointment with your paperwork completed.
  • You will be seen by the coach.

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

  • Your current physical limitations and injuries.
  • Past physical limitations and injuries.
  • Current training regimen.
  • Areas of strengths and weaknesses.
  • Current nutritional and supplement program.
  • Mental association with food and nutrition.
  • How much you sleep and your sleep routine.
  • Your mental state during training.

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

  • Palpation – touching around the any areas of pain.
  • Range of Motion (ROM) – the coach will move the joint(s) to check for the quality of movement and any restrictions specific to your sport.
  • Muscle Testing – the coach may check for strength and the quality of the muscle contraction. Pain and weakness may be noted. Often the muscle strength is graded and is specific to the sport.
  • Power Testing – measuring the ability to create and transfer power.
  • Speed Testing – hand, foot, and overall body speed dictates the results of many sports.
  • Special Tests – the coach may perform special tests to confirm/rule out the presence of additional ailments.
  • Posture Assessment – the positions of joints relative to ideal and each other may be assessed.
  • Biomechanical Evaluation – the effectiveness and safety of specific exercises may be assessed.

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 to Santa Clara Personal Training at COR?

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.

Group Session

Group training is available. Groups are not provided by COR.

Location of Santa Clara Personal Training at COR

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.

Successfully Addresses

  • Improve all sports performance
  • Biomechanics training
  • Muscle gain (hypertrophy)
  • Poor mental strength
  • Lack of energy
  • Low motivation
  • Balancing school and sport
  • Limited range of motion
  • 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.