Tell us a little about you…
I’m Joyce Tartarchuk and I fell in love with CrossFit in 2013. I wake up every day to nourish my passions of coaching, competing, and nutrition, but most of all to be a part of a transformation in other people's lives every dang day and help others become crazy strong physically and mentally. There is no better feeling than seeing the look of joy on the face of someone who just PR'd their deadlift or performed their first toes-to-bar and celebrating the heck out of them.
Where do you see yourself in the sport of CrossFit?
Within the sport, I want to intentionally be an example of fitness to as many as possible, not to be seen, but to show a side of fitness that is seldom seen in the community I grew up in. I feel SO lucky/blessed to have found an avenue to inspire other women of color to compete and in general, DO BETTER (in every area of life).
Do you feel like that’s not something that you were encouraged to do when you were younger?
Lifting heavy, loving your body for what it is capable of, and chasing excellence in fitness is NOT something encouraged where I'm from. Every day I try to break the stereotype of what is expected of a WOC and what she should look like or how she should pursue fitness and celebrate being a part of that community and that mindset.
What are your thoughts on body image and body positivity?
I also struggled with my weight and body image for most of my life as I tried to figure out what I was “supposed” to look like. It wasn’t until I fell in love with fitness, which in turn made me fall in love with me for the first time in my life, where I started to focus on what I was capable of achieving through hard work and grit.
Would you say that caused you to feel ‘free’?
To say I felt free would be an understatement. I learned that my hustle and my dedication to the athletes at my gym made me more beautiful than any scale or mirror could ever tell me. And I won't rest until every woman who needs to hear how they can make it through that mess too, get to hear it!
What do you love about being a part of the SWOLVERINE Team?
I love being a part of this team because I can be a part of a tribe that is driven to compete for life every day, places people over profit, and offers products and services that work and will be a part of the journey of athletes who want more and want to DO BETTER. I believe in this company, and they believe in me. How much better could it get?