Cody Burgener of Invictus Fitness
“Who is that stud coaching the Olympic lifts?”
Written by Cody Burgener

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.

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February 29, 2012 3:30 pm

THE reason we are as skilled with the lifts (and teaching them) as we are at CFSF: Cody Burgener. Take in all you can from this guy! Miss you already back here big man. –CM

Drew Devine
Drew Devine
February 28, 2012 9:51 pm

great coach, but Padres will not be going to the World Series, just sayin…

Annie Mello
Annie Mello
February 28, 2012 8:48 pm

It is sooo great to have you close to the Mellos again! Come visit us in LA soon!

Ben Sullins
Ben Sullins
February 28, 2012 3:44 pm

Well if the D-Backs can win 1 within 4 years of becoming a team I think anything is possible. Welcome Cody!

February 28, 2012 10:24 am

The only baseball wod I ever saw was:

Every minute on the minute for 2.5 hours:
2x spit
1x adjust your “junk”
3x adjust your visor
2x fix your necklace.
2x practice swing

Also, please help with my chicken legs.

George E
George E(@georgeeconomou)
February 28, 2012 8:32 am

Welcome Cody! Good to have you with us!

February 28, 2012 7:32 am


I have no doubts that you will contribute a ton to the Oly lifting and general awesomeness of Invictus, but I can not… and will not agree with your last sentence. GO SOX!

February 28, 2012 7:12 am

It’s SO great to have you here, Cody!