The Center of Optimal Restoration (COR) is a high-performance training center designed by athletes for athletes, and those looking to optimize their life in every regard. Our services offer an environment to grow and realize their potential inside and outside the facility.
With an emphasis on individualized goals and needs, each client receives unique programming, nutritional tips/guidelines, and the coaching necessary to carry out these measures effectively. Our sessions also look to correct and prevent any musculoskeletal discrepancy preventing an athlete from reaching optimal potential.
Dr. G. John Mullen, DPT, CSCS
Dr. John graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2011. At USC, John was a research assistant and worked on projects about physical activity and type II diabetes as well as lung adaptations in swimmers. He coached at Southern California Aquatic Club, the largest Master’s team in the United States and worked as a personal trainer. In 2010, John started writing extensively being featured in Swimming World Magazine, Swimmer Magazine, the Journal of the International Society of Swim Coaches, Sports Rehab Expert, and is an expert writer for STACK Magazine. At this time, he started a website to help congregate information on swimming research, Swimming Science, the monthly Swimming Science Research Review, the Swimmer’s Shoulder System, and was elected on the advisory board for the International Society of Swim Coaches. He is the current Strength Coach at Santa Clara Swim Club, consults multiple swim teams regarding dry-land, and is Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Dr. John has helped many celebrities and professional athletes reach their goals.
Originally from Centerville, Ohio, Dr. John graduated from Centerville High School in 2004, attended Purdue University on a swimming scholarship, and was an Academic All American Honorable Mention as well as a National qualifier. At Purdue, he helped manufacture a soy based clay pigeon, EcoDisc, which won numerous entrepreneurial accolades.
Chris Barber, CPT
Chris graduated from Concordia University Irvine with a degree in Exercise Sport Science. He has been a personal trainer for 3 years and is certified by the National Council of Strength and Fitness. In April, he completed an internship in strength and conditioning at the Center of Optimal Restoration. Chris graduated from Live Oak High School in 2007, playing both football and baseball at the Varsity level for all 4 years. He became interested in the fitness field after a football injury tore ligaments in his knee. After many months of rehab he was intrigued by the process and chose to pursue excellence in fitness as his career. Chris’s passion is helping people achieve their goals, changing lives through fitness.
Lower body mobility: Active and Passive. July 2011
Swimming World Magazine
The Science of Performance: Sweat Loss. August 2011
The Science of Performance: Shoulder Warm-up. June 2011
The Science of Performance: Resistance Training. November 2010
Journal of the International Society of Swim Coaches
Breaststroke Knee Pain. August 2011
Rehabilitation of Shoulder Injuries. January 2011
My House Call MD
Pectoral Tears: Not the Sexist Sports Injury. January 2011
Depression and Exercise: Run Your Way to Happiness. November 2010
Sports Drinks and Alkaline Water: What are your Drinking. September 2010
Barefoot Running: Is it the Way to Go? June 2010
Elbow Strains: What’s the Deal LeBron? June 2010
Breaking the Obesity Cycle. May 2010
The Achilles’: What’s Your Weakest Link. April 2010
Pinch my What? The Elusive “Pinched Nerve”. March 2010
The Hampering Hamstring. February 2011
Tendon Injuries: Getting Back to Go. February 2010
What on Earth is ITB Syndrome? January 2010
Pain in the Neck: Fixing the Problem at the Root. January 2010
Preventing Low Back Pain: $86 Billion Worth of it. December 2009
Winter Training: Preparing for the Slopes. December 2009
The ACL: Killing your Fantasy Team one Knee at a Time. November 2009