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 risk factors. 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 research backed model known as the Functional Movement System (FMS) to challenge and correct client’s movement inefficiencies. The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) may be used if pain is experienced so that sinister problems can be addressed while working toward peak performance / fitness. The performance and fitness testing portion of CAD’s system reveals strength, power, fitness, and performance in the upper body, core, lower body, and cardiovascular systems. This information is compared to normative standards and through proper program design and training bring any poor performing areas into acceptable ranges for best and balanced performance. These methods are why we remain trusted by professional and collegiate athletes, high school teams, and numerous weekend warriors and working professionals.


Our program is researched based and state-of-the art 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, hobbies, 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). Programs consist of strength and conditioning, speed, power, agility, plyometrics, core work, stretching, and sports specificity to ensure proper fitness maturation.

ADULTS:  Expect improvement in strength, body composition, function, performance, fitness, energy, balance, flexibility and the way you FEEL.

BODYWORK/PREVENTION: CAD 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 BS, CSCS, FMS-C

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.