Chad ByersAustin, TX

Owner of Beyond Fit Austin, Bodybuilder, Entrepreneur

Chad, 38, began his love for health and fitness at an early age playing sports from basketball to soccer and tennis. He now works with clients of all ages and fitness levels at Beyond Fit, his gym in Austin, Texas.

Chad is a member of the vegan bodybuilding team PlantBuilt and has written articles on health and fitness topics for Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness, Naturally Fit, InFluential and Vegan Health and Fitness Magazines. Chad also has a BS in Exercise and Sports Science and Certification in Plant-based Nutrition.

As a vegan bodybuilder and fitness model he understands the importance of quality programming and nutrition. Chad believes that if you train hard and give your body the fuel it needs any goal can be reached. His degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Crossfit Kettlebell, TRX and Hyperwear Sandbell Certifications and over 15 years experience makes him the perfect trainer to get you fit.

Areas of Expertise: 80/10/10, Bodybuilding, Bulking, Cleansing, Nutrition, Raw Food, Toning, Weight Gain, Weight Loss

Services: Consulting, Meal Planning, Personal Training, Coaching

Credentials: CPR, American Red Cross, CrossFit Certificate Holder, Personal Trainer, Plant-based Nutrition, eCornell, TRX Suspension Training Course Certified

Availability: In person, Online, Phone

After reading Dr. Campbell's research outlined in the China Study, and watching documentaries such as Vegucated and Food Matters, I decided to become plant-based in 2011. Until then, I was uninformed about the treatment of animals and how animal protein is unhealthy and unnecessary. I have become healthier, more fit and stronger since adopting a plant-based diet. When I first made changes to my diet, I began losing weight. I needed to eat more food than I had as an omnivore since the foods I choose to eat are not very calorically dense. I am constantly revisiting my meal plan to try new things and see how my physique and performance responds.

As a member of PlantBuilt, I help raise money for different animal rights organizations. As a team, it is our mission to live, train, compete and educated in our communities, showing the success of compassionate Veganism. In July 2014, I visited New York City and spoke at an event for The Seed Experience with several of my teammates. We presented the For the Animals Sanctuary with a check donation. Later that weekend, I visited For the Animals Sanctuary in New Jersey and had the opportunity to meet some of the animals we were helping.

Mercy for Animals is a great organization that runs many campaigns educating the public on animal protection issues in addition to urging them to adopt a vegan diet. The undercover investigations they run are extremely eye opening. Whenever I tell someone about the cruelty animals face in slaughterhouses or egg farms and cite their investigations, they are often shocked. I am especially interested in helping raise awareness about the cruelty animals face when used for entertainment. We see this in Texas, especially, with the rodeo. is a great resource for people looking to transition to a vegan diet. In addition to health tips, it offers up recipes, tips for family members, baking substitutions and more! I tell people to take it one day at a time. Ease into it and don't give up everything at once. Set yourself up for success by taking out food items slowly and replacing them with plant-based options. Continue to do this until most of your diet is plant-based. You will feel the difference and probably won't miss anything. Once I discovered the benefits of eating a plant-based diet and learned more about how animals are treated there was no alternative. I could never go back to eating/using animal products. Try it for yourself and see!