About Us

Located in Kernersville, Carolina Athletic Development (CAD) builds a stronger, faster, and healthier client. Over the last decade, CAD has helped hundreds of athletes and active adults reach their personal and life goals of maximizing performance, getting fit, and minimizing injury. CAD’s philosophy is to provide a customized performance and fitness experience that will maximize potential by addressing the body’s key weak links and imbalances so one can function at a higher level, be it on the field or in the office. Carolina Athletic Development uses a thorough assessment and training program consisting of the Functional Movement System and LEVELS training systems. The LEVELS platform is proprietary to CAD. This system determines an individual’s strength, mobility, fitness, and performance in the upper body, core, lower body, and cardiovascular system. It further distinguishes imbalances between left and right and aims to correct the key areas needing help. This is why we are trusted by professional and collegiate athletes and teams. The program also takes into account injury history and pain. Young and older adults improved their strength, learn how to manage aches and pains, become more mobile, and feel better throughout the day. The primary goal in the CAD LEVELS system is to mainain optimal upper body, lower body, and core health and performance ratios. Think of it as keeping the body in the best state of balance as possible.


Our program is researched based and state-of-theart in both equipment and design. We believe in a balanced approach to your health, wellness, performance and fitness needs. We carefully match the intensity and volume of your experience with several factors (age, medical history, sport, nosport, goals, nutritional habits, sleep patterns, occupational demands) to ensure your program is efficient and completely custom to you.

AFFORDABLE: Several convenient and affordable training options that are sure to fit your needs.

FLEXIBLE TRAINING OPTIONS: We can be with you closely every step of the way or design a program that you can do independently and “check in” with us for new training programs.

SMART PROGRAM DESIGN: We vary the intensity of training sessions for optimal hormonal, neurological, muscular, and cardiovascular changes.

CUSTOM PROGRAMS FOR MAX RESULTS: Your fitness/performance experience is customized to you. We expect your body to “learn” correct form and reduce compensation before progressing to more demanding exercises.

ATHLETES: We have a proven track record with many of the best athletes in the region (high school to professional). LEVELS brings together strength and conditioning, speed, power, agility, plyometrics, corework, stretching, and sports specificity to ensure proper fitness maturation.

ADULTS: Our young and older adult population will feel the benefits of our LEVELS training. Expect improvement in strength, body composition, function, performance, fitness, energy, balance, flexibility and the way you FEEL.

BODYWORK/PREVENTION: CAD LEVELS participants will have easy access to physical therapy services to manage minor aches and pains or to just feel your best (additional charge applies).

Lee Howard PhD, PT, ATC, LAT, CSCS

Physical Therapist

Lee graduated with a Master’s degree with an emphasis in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in 1995. He began specialized training in spinal rehabilitation and sports medicine. Using a variety of soft tissue and joint mobilizing techniques, as well as unique corrective exercise programs he has successfully helped thousands of athletes and non-athletes achieve their goals of reducing pain, improving strength and restoring functional mobility.

In 1999, he received his Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and subsequently served as the NC State Director from 2001-2004. He also received his Athletic Training Certification from the National Athletic Trainers Association.

In December of 2005 Lee received his Doctor of Philosophy in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research focused on how the body compensates after knee or ankle injury.

His experience in general orthopaedic rehabilitation, sports medicine and expertise in strength and conditioning has made him the physical therapist and strength coach of choice for first team all ACC athletes (field hockey, basketball, football, volleyball, soccer), NCAA National player of the year award recipients and several athletes from the NBA, NFL, Champions Tour, NASCAR, World Champion Kick boxers, LPGA, National level Gymnasts, Dancers and more.

He has been an invited guest speaker from the following organizations: American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Trainer’s Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His lecture interests include lower extremity malalignment, spinal stabilization, plyometrics, corrective exercise and assessment of functional deficits limiting maximum performance and function. Current interests include advanced techniques in functional dry needling and Class 4 LASER.

Logan Howard

Logan grew up in Kernersville and played football at East Forsyth High School where he earned all conference and regional awards for kicking. He went on to attend Western Carolina University where he immediately made an impact on Special Teams and earned all conference awards. He graduated with a Business Administration Degree in the summer of 2019.

Logan has been involved in martial arts since he was 5 and won his first World Championship at the age of 10. He began training with strength and conditioning coaches when he was 12 when it was immediately clear he was a natural when it came to demonstrating good technique and the ability to challenge himself to become the best athlete possible. Logan’s true passion remains martial arts as evident in his multiple World Champion Kickboxing/Muay Thai titles. He is a member of the fight team at Eight Points Muay Thai located in Winston Salem. In the summer of 2019, Logan won the prestigious IKF World Championship in Muay Thai.

In his free time, Logan enjoys pushing himself in the gym whether in strength training or Mixed Martial Arts training. He also enjoys researching and practicing health and wellness techniques to enhance all areas of his life.

Logan brings a unique mental and physical perspective to training athletes looking to maximize performance and reduce injury risk. His experience working and being in physical therapy/rehabilitation makes him an ideal choice when transition patients from rehab to full work activity or sport. He is adamant about correct technique and helps ensure his clients are receiving the correct type of training for their goals.