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Meet Cody Novak, our new Strength and Conditioning Coach

01/12/2018, 9:45am PST
By Marcus Monteiro

Cody Novak

Owner of Pursuit Performance

Pursuit Performance is founded on one core principle: the relentless pursuit of excellence.  Striving for excellence, and not perfection, propels us on a journey of constant improvement and facilitates a mindset of never settling.

At Pursuit we take a holistic approach to programming and training protocol.  We adhere strongly to the belief that the key to building strength and mental toughness is not just by lifting weight, but by also focusing on nutrition, hydration and recovery so an athlete can pursue their optimal level of performance.  Technique is stressed in all aspects of sport-specific programming which is comprised of a wide variety of body-weight training, Olympic lifts, functional movement, plyometrics, and regeneration.

Coach Novak was born in Nebraska, but has spent the majority of his life in the Pacific Northwest both in Oregon and Washington.  When Cody was playing football for Battle Ground High School he fell in love with the weight room.  He realized early on that he not only had a passion for strength and conditioning, but more importantly a desire to help others achieve their personal goals.

Coach Novak has been a performance coach in the strength and conditioning industry for 12 years, and is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a CSCS. While earning his B.S. in Exercise Science and Physiology from Western Washington University, he interned as a strength coach for Football, both Men’s and Women’s Basketball, and Women’s rowing. He also interned at Bellingham Athletic Club working closely under their Director of Sports Performance, Mike Locke, who specialized in NFL Combine prep, speed and agility for collegiate athletes. After graduation, the next 10 years of Coach Novak’s career was spent coaching a wide variety of athletes at Pro Sports Club, ranging from competitive high school and collegiate athletes to individuals just looking to establish a healthy lifestyle. 

Helping people along the journey to pursuing and discovering their “best self” is what drives Coach Novak.


  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Poliquin International Certification Program (PICP Level 1)
  • Precision Nutrition Certified (Level 1)
  • USA Triathlon Coach Level 1
  • USA Cycling Coach Level 3
  • VDOT Endurance Running Specialist
  • Pose Method Technique Run Specialist


Cody is not just a performance coach, he is also a competitive triathlete, and competes in races from Sprint to Ironman distances.  He has qualified for and raced for Age Group Nationals in the Olympic distance (twice) and the 70.3 Ironman World Championships. When not racing triathlon, Cody can be found training for some kind of event, whether it’s Spartan obstacle course racing, Ultra Mountain Bike Racing, or just anything else related to cycling, running and weightlifting. Coach Novak has been on the Freshman Football Staff since 2016 and is so grateful for his daily opportunity to make an impact on the Eastlake community. Coach Novak’s wife, Megan, has been an assistant in the Eastlake girls’ basketball program since 2010 and when the two of them aren’t coaching (and he’s not racing) they love to travel and hang out with their dog Bailey.

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