We're Building A WORLD CLASS RESEARCH COLLABORATIVE to Improve Human Performance, Health & Wellness Through Nutrition And Exercise

What We Do

The United States Performance Center is a 10,000 square-foot performance facility located in Charlotte, NC dedicated to research-based athletic development, injury prevention, and overall health and wellness.

At USPC, we utilize an integrated approach to performance training, supported by proper nutrition protocols and state-of-the-art technology, to offer customized training programs scientifically developed to help each individual athlete reach his or her full physical potential. Our life-long development offerings range from youth, middle / high school, collegiate, and elite / professional, including young adult through later adulthood. All programs are backed by a research-based training protocol developed in conjunction with motor development models to provide safe and effective training, regardless of age and activity level.

USPC’s long-term mission is to create a community of athletes united in the common goal of reaching their full potential in human performance, health and wellness. We look forward to the new developments on the horizon as we expand our vision throughout the Carolinas and beyond.

Our Progress

Innovation and strategic collaboration have been in our DNA from the start. Check out a few of USPC's major milestones as we continue to thrive ahead.

The Innovators

The strategic advancements of USPC has required vision, leadership, collaboration and perseverance. Meet our founders who have proven those qualities and continue to take strides towards what’s next in human health and wellness.

David Koerner

Cofounder / Owner

Watch David in action throughout the day and two dominant qualities will become evident: determination and decisiveness. It’s no surprise that he is a former Division I option quarterback, someone proficient in being able to quickly make smart decisions while under a tremendous amount of pressure. While it’s been a few years since David has been on the gridiron, those quarterback qualities continue to serve him well as he steers the USPC from concept to completion. The idea for a facility that would redefine the very approach to athletic performance started when David was just out of college and embarked on a career in the field of exercise science.

David Koerner

Cofounder / Owner

Watch David in action throughout the day and two dominant qualities will become evident: determination and decisiveness. It’s no surprise that he is a former Division I option quarterback, someone proficient in being able to quickly make smart decisions while under a tremendous amount of pressure. While it’s been a few years since David has been on the gridiron, those quarterback qualities continue to serve him well as he steers the USPC from concept to completion. The idea for a facility that would redefine the very approach to athletic performance started when David was just out of college and embarked on a career in the field of exercise science.

After volunteering for 3 years, in the weight room, as an assistant strength coach, David found his true passion. He then started working as a strength coach upon graduation. That naturally moved into the field of exercise science. As a former player and emerging coach, he channeled genuine talent for finding the best ways to improve athletic performance. Endless hours in weight rooms and training facilities gave David unrivaled ground-level experience, but his continuously curious nature also led him to a realization that motivates him to this day.

“I noticed,” he recently said, “that there was a huge disconnect between the academic world and the athletic world. I mean, the exercise science community was leaning on time-worn techniques and traditions. They certainly worked to a degree, but the community was largely unaware of any breakthroughs or innovations in sports performance, recovery, and injury prevention that originated from academic research. For me, that was inconceivable.”

Armed with that realization, David became determined to put himself on the forefront of academic research awareness, and use it to inform his approach to exercise science for the betterment of his athletes. He emphasized that he has “always continued to look at the next thing -- the latest innovations and improvements, provided, of course, they are affirmed by credible academic research,” David explained. Extrapolate that notion to its greatest possible scale, and you have the philosophy that’s powering the USPC.

David elaborates that the USPC goes well beyond a commitment to performance training and into that much deeper research oriented organization. Its impact will transcend optimized sports performance to encompass rehabilitation, nutrition, mental skills, biomechanics, recovery and any other variables that will improve outcomes for everyone from athletes to stroke patients to injured soldiers.

“It’s simple,” David. “The USPC is bridging the gap between what’s happening in the sports performance world, and what’s evolving thanks to breakthroughs in exercise science. Our mission is to lead the real-world implementation of research findings, translating the academic for the sake of application. No other facility anywhere in the world is making this happen.”

David continued, noting that the USPC is already attracting standout researchers under the human performance umbrella. It’s the synthesis of top academics, top athletes, showcasing testing and research across the board. It will unify everyone and everything at a single location that’s home to an unprecedented assembly of expertise.

“Bottom line,” David concludes, “the USPC will be the global epicenter for the human performance industry.”

Ike Belk

Cofounder / Owner

A legacy of world-class amateur sports excellence runs in the Belk family. Ike’s grandfather was instrumental in helping set up the United States Olympic Committee back in 1921. A millenia later, his grandson embodies a continued commitment to seeing the United States remain at the forefront of athletic competition and human performance innovation -- the very priorities that have driven his dedication to the United States Performance Center.

Ike Belk

Cofounder / Owner

A legacy of world-class amateur sports excellence runs in the Belk family. Ike’s grandfather was instrumental in helping set up the United States Olympic Committee back in 1921. A millenia later, his grandson embodies a continued commitment to seeing the United States remain at the forefront of athletic competition and human performance innovation -- the very priorities that have driven his dedication to the United States Performance Center.

Ike’s intuition has been instrumental in bringing the USPC to Kannapolis, not merely as another Olympic outpost similar to existing facilities throughout the country. His vision was decidedly broader, one that encompassed not only the coaches and athletes, but also the many researchers, academics and similar professionals who would thrive in a single collaborative community. Kannapolis has proved to be an ideal launching pad for the USPC, a city that has made advocating healthy lifestyles and personal wellness its very identity. The city’s Discover a Healthy Life campaign syncs up beautifully with Ike’s determination to unite sports performance and health research with anyone who stands to benefit from those breakthroughs, whether Olympic athlete or weekend warrior.

“We wanted to combine all aspects of human performance,” Ike explained. “Nutrition, strength, endurance, recovery, injury prevention, even efforts to fight disease and aging.” Ike continued, noting that a fundamental tenet of the USPC is the insistence on validation of new training and performance modalities via credible university research. “We already have more than eight universities working together. The location of Kannapolis made this proximity possible. The city’s culture, plus its location at the nexus of so much academic brainpower gives the USPC exactly what we want. It’s a true harmonic convergence.”

Having zeroed in on the location, Ike has started to direct his boundless energy toward the creation of the complex itself, as well as ensuring that it will deliver benefits to communities both locally and globally. He’s quick to add that a fearless belief in the ultimate impact of the USPC will reverberate coast to coast, evident in the success of US athletes, and improved well being of US citizens.

“We have always dreamed big, and the USPC will be a massive complex,” Ike noted. “The challenge for me has been getting people to really see the full scope of our vision. This is big in every aspect: the extent of the campus, the interconnection of the academic and research communities, and the impact it will have on the world of sports performance and overall human health.”

Ike, honoring his family’s indelible Olympic spirit, is quick to sum up the next step: “It’s time to tell the world what we are doing. We’ve been adding momentum to this idea for almost seven years, and we’re on the cusp of its realization. We see the finish line. It’s time to get the dirt moving.”