A lot of you might be walking around the gym thinking to yourself, “Who is that stud coaching people in the Olympic lifts?”
First things first, I have got to agree with all of you about the stud part, but back to the bio. My name is Cody. My full name is Cody Jackson Stormy Burgener. I come from a family with 2 brothers (Casey and Beau) and one sister (Sage, which a lot of you may already know), and I was definitely the boss of all three of them because I am the stud of the family. I grew up in a small town in North San Diego County called Bonsall.
Growing up, I competed in almost every sport you could imagine. The two sports I enjoyed the most were baseball and weightlifting. I’ve competed in both as long as I can remember. For my weightlifting career, I competed in many weightlifting competitions throughout my life. My most memorable experience was at the age of 17, I placed 2nd at the School Age Nationals in the 94 kg weight class. At that time, I was ranked 13th in the nation of all kids under the age of 18. After the age of 18, I became more of a coach than a competitor. I’ve been coaching all abilities and types of clients since the age of 14, but got a little more serious about coaching after I graduated high school.
As much as I love weightlifting, baseball was actually my sport of choice. I love everything about baseball. Baseball was the main reason why I still competed in Olympic weightlifting competitions. Weightlifting helped improved my baseball skills dramatically by making me more explosive, faster and stronger, as well as improving my coordination.
After I graduated high school, I attended the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota on a baseball scholarship, and yes South Dakota is actually a state. I was a four-year starter who received honorable mention my junior year, and First Team All Conference my senior year and was a Gold Glove winner in left field. I graduated in the spring of 2011 with a Bachelor’s in exercise science.
A year after graduating, I finally got my opportunity to move back to the great city of San Diego. So far I love it, and the people I have met so far at Invictus have been awesome. I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of new people in the Invictus community and improving their lifts, life and/or athletic ability . . . and of course, seeing the Padres win the World Series some time soon.