Core Fitness Education - Fitness Qualifications & Courses | About us

Quality, high standards, expertise and family feel are the words our students use to describe us. Founded in 2010 by fitness industry expert and medical doctor: Dr Dane Vishnubala. CORE Fitness Education is a group of doctors, physios, sports scientists, university lecturers and experienced fitness professionals with a passion for imparting their experience and knowledge.

We pride ourselves on delivering evidence (research) based high quality courses by our expert team of tutors and supporting our students on their journey, whether it be finding employment or setting up their own business.

We set our bar extremely high and in our biased opinion, our students are the best fitness professionals in the country!

Delivering world-class research based education by the right people, raising the standards of the fitness industry and making sure our students are employable is our key goal. To do this, Dane has handpicked this extremely experienced team that you see below. Our team members are trained by us and only teach for us! What makes our team unique is not just their experience and qualifications but rather that the majority of the team have known each other for many years, some even decades, making us less a team and more a family!

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Dr Dane Vishnubala MBBS PGCME MRCGP FHEA

Founder and Managing Director

Dane has over 14 years experience in the health and fitness industry as an exercise professional and has worked in a number of gyms and freelance in the North and South.

Dane is a GP at Haxby Group in York, an NHS Sport and Exercise Medicine Doctor and Public Health England GP Clinical Champion for Physical Activity. As a Sports Medicine Physician, Dane is currently the Great Britain (GB) Basketball Senior Men's Team Doctor and the York City Football Club Doctor.

He is also the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) Lead Clinical Advisor for Physical Activity and Lifestyle and a British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) Executive Member. He is passionate about physical activity and health and writes for patient.co.uk and has contributed to a number of national newspapers and magazines.

Dane is passionate about teaching and designs the majority of our courses and teaches our tutor team regularly. He is a lecturer at Hull York Medical School and Leeds Beckett University and is a visiting lecturer at a number of other universities including Leeds University, Queen Mary's University London and UCL. He teaches on undergraduate medical school, sports therapy, and sport science courses as well as Sports Medicine MSc courses. He regularly presents at a number of national conferences.


Interesting Facts! Dane captained the University of York Men's Basketball 1st team when he was at university. Dane is a twin! He is 15 minutes younger.

Joanne Battson

Chief Operating Officer

Jo has been working in the fitness industry for over 15 years as both a Personal Trainer and an exercise to music (ETM) instructor. She has worked and managed numerous gyms including Next Generation, Cannons and Nuffield Health. Jo's passion is ETM and she is an experienced freelance studio instructor teaching a wide variety of studio based classes as well as Aqua. Notably a number of years ago, she developed a 6 week intensive nutrition and weight loss programme called Bootcamp for a major fitness chain. Jo has been with CORE Fitness Education since the beginning!


Qualifications: Diploma in Personal Training, Exercise to Music Qualification, Step Instructor, Pre and Post Natal Exercise Instructor, Diploma in Exercise Referral, Suspension Instructor Certificate, Kettlebell Instructor Certificate, Studio Cycling Instructor, Aqua Instructor, Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate


Interesting Facts! Jo does a range of charity work with her husband Andy, as well as short term fostering. Her other passion is Daschunds and can be found walking York with Barney regularly! Jo was a keen ballet dancer when she was younger. Jo and Dane have previously worked at David Lloyd together.

Ann-Marie Jeffery

Course Manager

Ann-Marie has been working in the industry for over 16 years. She is a qualified Personal Trainer who has worked for a large gym chain as well as a qualified Exercise Referral Instructor where she used to work for Selby Leisure, however her passion lies in Exercise to music and she teaches numerous classes all over York from studio classes to aqua and fitness pilates as well as working for Core she is a Medical Secretary. Previously Ann Marie has worked as a studio coordinator for two large gym chains as well as developing a boot camp programme for a large gym chain.


Qualifications: Diploma in Personal Training, Exercise to Music Qualification, Step Instructor, Pre and Post Natal Exercise Instructor, Diploma in Exercise Referral, Suspension Instructor Certificate, Kettlebell Instructor Certificate, Studio Cycling Instructor, Aqua Instructor, Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate


Interesting Facts! Jo, and Ann Marie have been teaching together for well over a decade! Ann Marie has two boys who are technically now men who keep her extremely busy, plus her best friend Ronnie the dog.

Chris Statham

Co Founder and Tutor

Chris has been working in the fitness industry for over 20 years. He also holds a diploma in Sports Psychology and has worked and managed numerous private gyms in Manchester and Yorkshire.

Chris currently runs a highly successful Sports performance and therapy business. When Chris is not writing or teaching for CORE fitness education he may be found swim coaching, teaching studio cycling or fuelling his sporting passions. Chris is also a British triathlon coach and a founding member of the York triathlon club. When he is not working, Chris can be found on one of his many bikes, breaking the sound barrier!


Qualifications: British Triathlon Coach, Diploma in Personal Training, Kettlebell Instructor Certificate, Suspension Instructor Certificate, Studio Cycling Instructor, Gait Analysis, Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate, Diploma in Sports Massage Level 3, Sports Massage Therapy Level 4, Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate


Interesting Facts! Chris is originally from Manchester and cannot live without coffee. He can be seen around York in his very cool VW Camper Van.

Paul Turnbull

Senior Tutor

Paul has been working in the fitness industry for over ten years and is a level 4 instructor. He has worked in a number of gym chains as well as freelance. As well as working as a senior tutor for CORE Fitness Education, he currently works as a Personal Trainer at David Lloyd.

When Paul is not teaching or delivering PT sessions, he can be found in the weights area of the gym!


Qualifications: Diploma in Personal Training, Kettlebell Instructor Certificate, Suspension Instructor Certificate, Studio Cycling Instructor, Exercise to Music Qualification, Diploma in Exercise Referral, Diabetes and Obesity, Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate, Gait Analysis


Interesting Facts! Paul is born and bred in Hull. Paul and Dane met initially when Paul was working at Fitness First in Hull back in 2006.

Emma Brown BA (Hons), QTS

Senior Tutor

Emma is an experienced teacher with qualified teacher status through her studies at Leeds Beckett University for a degree in Physical Education, specialising in Sports Psychology. In addition to working for CORE Fitness Education, Emma is a Senior Leader responsible for staff training at a large independent school.

Emma has a longstanding interest and experience in personal training through her training and employment as an Officer in the Army Reserves. She also regularly teaches studio cycling.

When Emma is not teaching or away with the Army she can generally be found swimming or studying for her M.Ed.


Qualifications: BA (Hons) Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), PGCE Coaching and Mentoring for Teacher Development, Far from Help Wilderness Medic Trained, Circuits Instructor Certificate, Diploma in Personal Training, Kettlebell Instructor Certificate, Suspension Instructor Certificate, Studio Cycling Instructor, Aqua Instructor, Diploma in Exercise Referral, Pre and Post Natal Exercise Instructor, Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate, Gait Analysis


Interesting Facts! Emma was one of CORE Fitness Education's first graduates.

Anna Twose

Senior Tutor

Anna has been working in the fitness industry for over a decade teaching a range of studio classes. She specialises in pre and post natal fitness and has previously worked for GB Gymnastics.

She leads as the senior tutor on the aqua instructor course.


Qualifications: Gymnastics Coach, Diploma in Personal Training, Kettlebell Instructor Certificate, Suspension Instructor Certificate, Studio Cycling Instructor, Exercise to Music Qualification, Diploma in Exercise Referral, Pre and Post Natal Exercise Instructor, Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate


Interesting Facts! Anna, Ann Marie and Jo have worked on the studio class circuit together for many years! Anna has 3 young children! We don't think she sleeps!

Joe Thorpe

Tutor

Joe has been working in the fitness industry for over ten years. He focuses predominantly on strength and conditioning and works at both David Lloyd in York and freelance with a number of athletes.

As well as his vocational qualifications, Joe is completing his Strength and Conditioning degree. When he is not teaching for CORE Fitness Education or personal training, he can be found on his road bike, generating some serious speed!


Qualifications: BSc Strength and Conditioning (pending), Diploma in Personal Training, Kettlebell Instructor Certificate, Suspension Instructor Certificate, Studio Cycling Instructor, Exercise to Music Qualification, Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate


Interesting Facts! Joe, Dane and Jo Battson used to work together at Nuffield Health.

Hannah King Bsc

Tutor

Hannah has been working in the fitness industry for over 5 years and holds a degree in sport science from Leeds university. She is currently completing her masters in strength and conditioning.

Having completed the year long customary CORE Fitness Education tutor training, Hannah teaches on a range of courses. With her blend of academic qualifications and vocational experience she meets the CORE Fitness Education ideals for a tutor. Hannah is also an old CORE Fitness Education graduate!


Qualifications: BSc Sports Science MSc Strength and Conditioning (pending), Diploma in Personal Training, Kettlebell Instructor Certificate, Suspension Instructor Certificate, Studio Cycling Instructor, Diploma in Exercise Referral, Gait Analysis, Diploma in Sports Massage Level 3, Sports Massage Therapy Level 4, Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate


Interesting Facts! Hannah was runner up in the Miss York contest. She is an avid York City Football Club Supporter!

Jo Lobb BSc

Tutor

Jo is an experienced sports therapist and has worked with a number of professional rugby and football teams. She is also a personal trainer working in the Harbour Club in Chelsea-London. She is currently completing her masters in strength and conditioning.

Jo is one of our lead tutors for the diploma in sports massage and the level 4 qualification.


Qualifications: BSc Sports Therapy MSc Strength and Conditioning (pending), Diploma in Personal Training, Kettlebell Instructor Certificate, Suspension Instructor Certificate, Studio Cycling Instructor, Diploma in Exercise Referral, Gait Analysis, Diploma in Sports Massage Level 3, Sports Massage Therapy Level 4, Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate


Interesting Facts! Jo was a CORE Fitness Education graduate! She has also worked at Next Generation/David Lloyd like many of the CORE Team. She now lives and works in London.

Dr Michael Cooke MBBS BSc

Research and Development Team

Michael is an emergency medicine doctor working in Leeds with a degree in sports science, a rare combination! He is well published and has presented many of his research. His research interests lie in obesity and biomechanics.

Michael also has a specialist interest in sport and exercise medicine. Michael is one of the key members of our exercise referral and level 4 qualifications research and development team.

Michael has completed his fitness qualifications with CORE Fitness Education and we are proud to call him one of our graduates! When Michael is not working in the NHS or writing for CORE Fitness Education he can be found pursuing a variety of sports.


Qualifications: MBBS Medical Degree, BSc Sports Science, Advanced Life Support (ALS), Certificate in Fitness Instructing


Interesting Facts! Michael has recently become a dad to Anya! Michael is married to Victoria!

Adam Sawyers MSc

Research and Development Team

Adam is a core fitness education graduate and final year medical student. He completed his masters in clinical exercise science at Portmouth University and is a keen powerlifter.

On top of his medical studies, Adam runs his own personal training business focusing on strength.

When he is not writing for CORE Fitness Education, Adam can be found in a spit and saw dust gym, pumping iron!


Qualifications: MSc Clinical Exercise Science Portsmouth University, 5th Year Medical Student (Hull York Medical School), Diploma in Personal Training, Diploma in Exercise Referral


Interesting Facts! Adam has won gold for England at the powerlifting commonwealth championships. He was sponsored by CORE Fitness Education. Adam has been a medical student of Dane's.

Sam Bacon Bsc MSc CSCS

Research and Development Team

Sam is a sports scientist with a masters in strength and conditioning (S&C). He has worked with a number of professional teams and athletes and has a strong interest in the research side of S&C.

As well as writing courses and reviewing research for CORE, Sam works as a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach up in Newcastle.


Qualifications: MSc Strength and Conditioning Northumbria University , BSc Sports Science Northumbria University, Diploma in Personal Training, Diploma in Sports Massage Level 3, Sports Massage Therapy Level 4, Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate


Interesting Facts! Sam was a CORE Fitness Education graduate! Sam likes cats!