How it started

After losing our way in a world of overtime, happy hours, and long commutes, we were out of shape and out of health.  More importantly, we had lost a huge part of our core – the athlete inside.  In 2011, we chose to regain our health.  The journey included loads of learning (Paleo diet, fitness, capabilities) and lots of personal growth. Despite the non-linear progress and multiple course corrections, we've continued this journey of self-improvement.  Today the journey persists with Redbeard Barbell & Fitness.  We are excited for you to join our journey!

Our focus includes: Powerlifting, Weight Loss, Paleo Nutrition, Athletic Performance,
Interval Training, Metabolic Conditioning, and Strength Training


Tim Mercer

I've been around sports my whole life! I played baseball starting at age 4, and moved on to football and other sports during elementary school.  I started working-out in the weight room when I was 12 years old and at age 16, started competing in powerlifting.   I have a deep understanding of sports, fitness and training. I've also gained and lost weight multiple times, so I understand the struggles of people who battle weight gain.

I started working out in the weight room when I was 12 years old, and at age 16 I started competing in powerlifting

I've coached athletes in multiple sports, and I am a coach at my core!  I love helping someone learn to deadlift properly, get to a healthy body weight, or learn to see themselves differently in the world.  I strive to combine the fury of the vikings with the compassion my Norwegian grandmother showed every single day on earth, while working to help others become better versions of themselves.

  • B.S. Eastern Oregon University, 2007
  • Certified Powerlifting Coach, USAPL, 2016
  • Certified Powerlifting Coach, USPA, 2015
  • Certified Personal Trainer, NCSF, 2013
  • Level 1 Sports Performance Certification, USAW, 2013
  • Paleo f(x) Attendee, 2014 & 2015
  • Crossfit Football, 2014
  • Postural Restoration Institute- Integration for Fitness & Movement 2018
  • Balanced Bites Nutrition Seminar, 2012
  • RTS Classroom- Microcycles, Macrocycles, Individualization & Emerging Strategies 2016-17
  • Powerlifting Referee, USPA 2016, USAPL 2018


Jackie Mercer

The introduction to sport and competition happened for me in the 3rd grade. Being tall for my age and for a girl I naturally gravitated towards team sports like basketball and volleyball. Although I was an athlete all through college my true introduction to the barbell didn’t really happen until I was in my late 20’s.

After college I refocused my time and attention, applying my competitive drive fully into my career which resulted in working way too many hours, eating a lot of junk, and steadily putting on the pounds until I reached my largest weight at 220lbs. Physically my body was hurting all the time, I had developed extreme anxiety that was beginning to take over my life and I was desperate for relief. This is how my journey began….

Now days I’m 45lbs lighter... with 4 state records and an unwavering commitment to my long term health.

Now days I’m 45lbs lighter, I eat as a means to properly fuel my body and its functions, I have nine powerlifting competitions under my belt, with four state records and an unwavering commitment to my long-term health. I also have a growing passion for giving back to this sport of powerlifting that has given so much to me, with a special desire to help other women find empowerment through fitness and strength training.

  • B.A. Pacific University, 2005
  • Certified Powerlifting Coach, USAPL, 2016
  • Powerlifting Referee, USPA 2016, USAPL 2018

Photos via Amanda Lucier and Tim Mercer