Tricia Byers

photo by Melissa Schwartz

photo by Melissa Schwartz

Division you will compete in: Bodybuilding – Bikini

Age: 32

Height: 5’8”

Weight/Competition Weight: TBD

Any Other Measurements: 

City: Boston, MA

Years as a vegan: 5

Why you became a Vegan: I became vegan after watching documentaries like Forks Over Knives and Food Matters and upon reading The China Study. I made a huge effort to try to lead a healthier lifestyle. After learning more about the cruel and unjust treatment of animals I wanted to take a stand against animal cruelty and exploitation everywhere. I started paying attention to the ethical and environmental impact of my dollar. Now, I buy vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics, clothing and other goods. It is now more important than ever to open our eyes and hearts to the realities of these industries. The only thing I regret about living a vegan lifestyle is not making the transition sooner!

History Competing: There’s a first time for everything!

What drives you to compete?: I am looking to prove to myself that I am capable of the level of dedication required to compete and am determined to prove to others that you do not need animal products to be strong! I also want to be an inspiration for people who are just starting their journeys; our past does not define us but helps shape us and we should not let who we were determine where we want to go!

What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete?: I love knowing that I fuel myself with healthful plant foods. There is something very positive and powerful to me about this. When I am not training for a competition, I eat more for performance to fuel heavy lifts. With proper rest, nutrition and hydration, I also find an improved rate of recovery allowing me to train hard more frequently.

What types of supplements if any do you use?: PlantFusion Chocolate Protein Powder, Clean Machine Cell Block 80, BCAAs, multivitamin, Amazing Grass Green Superfood, DIM, Vitamin B-12 & Yohimbe

How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition? Two words: broccoli & tempeh. Just kidding 😉 – sort of! I also eat a bit of quinoa, beans and protein powder.

Favorite food in your prep diet: That’s a joke, right? Chocolate Almond Milk mixed with PlantFusion Chocolate Protein Powder and Cinnamon

How would you describe your training for a competition? Consistency, tenacity and intensity!

Favorite exercises: Deadlift, Goblet Squat, Battle Ropes & Rowing

How many hours a week do you spend training?: 15 hours

Today I am most proud of: I am most proud of the transformation I have made since becoming vegan and beginning training. I have lost 130 lbs. (& counting) and become stronger, fitter, healthier and happier than ever before. Preparing to compete has not been easy and I work hard to maintain a positive outlook on it each and every day. This is another step in my journey and I am excited to share it with you!