Member Spotlight – Tracy Byers

September 2, 2018


In the twenty-first installment of our “Member Spotlight”, we’re featuring a lady with a huge variety of life experience, a killer deadlift, and an impressive devotion to early mornings at the SHOP! You may have seen her crushing pullups and chinups sometime, but if you’ve not met her yet make sure to say hello next time you see her!

Tracy Byers

First, give us a little background on yourself.

I was born in Corvallis, graduated from OSU and have a degree in Elementary Education. Three years into teaching I discovered I love learning, NOT other people’s children! I just celebrated my 39th wedding anniversary and have two adult children. I have been the GM of a small airport, started flying lessons, owned a quilt pattern company, taught quilting all over Oregon, was a superintendent at the county fair for over two decades, a foods judge, and taught backyard chicken keeping at LBCC. I recently obtained my personal training certification and Pn1 certification. I currently work as a buyer for a women’s athletic apparel company.

What got you started and how long have you been at the SHOP?

Coach Jess B. held our group class at The SHOP when we were training to climb South Sister. When she moved I started training with Cody and joined “officially” 3 months ago.

With what movement(s) have you seen the most progress?

Deadlifts, pull-ups, chin-ups, and bench press

What do you like to do outside the gym?

Hike, read, garden, and spending time with my animals, Annie the Wonder Dog and 6 chickens

What movement(s) would you like to improve on in the next few months?

Consecutive pull-ups and a 200lb deadlift

Favorite place to eat in/near Corvallis?

Laughing Planet and 2Stones Pizza

What advice would you give members just starting out at the SHOP?

Don’t be intimidated- everything is scalable and EVERYONE is really supportive!


Favorite Book

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Becoming Odyssa

Favorite Movie

Out of Africa

Favorite Food


Favorite Cheat Meal

No food should be shamed! I try to keep it all in balance 🙂

Favorite Exercise/Movement

Kettlebell swings and deadlifts

Least Favorite Exercise/Movement

Pushing that d**m sled

Something Others Might be Surprised to Learn About You

I own TWO Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge patches!