March 17, 2016

Tight Club Check In: Joy Pecknold

Take a peek inside the Tight Club community, each week we’re checking in with one of our crew to learn what they get up to when they’re not slamming balls or crushing burpee challenges. These are the people that motivate you in class when sh!t gets real. From OG’s to newbies, here’s their inside scoop.

Meet Joy.


Joy Pecknold


What's tight in your life?

So many things. If I didn’t find the hashtag #blessed so annoying, I’d be using it all the time. I count so many cool human beings as friends. I get to write stories for a living. I’ve got a personal project that’s been gestating for a long time about to launch. I’m the most alive and adventurous I’ve ever been.

Even if something goes sideways, I feel like I can hit that curve ball because my happiness isn’t quite so circumstantial anymore. But when I do get sad I’ll just look at the pictures Valerie took of me for this Check In and be like, “Huzzah, I’m white Beyoncé.”

Signature Move?

Shasocksana (sha-socks-ana), my version of shavasana, because I always put socks on before assuming corpse pose in Anita’s Power Yoga class. If I didn’t I’d just lay there thinking about how cold my feet are and never reach nirvana.

Joy Pecknold


Joy Pecknold


Something people might not know about you?

I can be quite the jokester in class, but it’s easy for me to make the conversational jump to more serious shit. You want to get existential, I’m down. Also, I did a lot of theatre when I was younger and I had a real knack for landing male roles. Most notably, the summer after my first year at university I got a job at a logging and sawmilling camp turned National Historic Site. I was cast to play a teenage boy who worked the green chain and had to stay in character all day, every day. The Joan of Arc monologue I auditioned with is probably what did it.

What’s your favourite workout song?

Like most people, I’m going to pretend that’s pluralized and go with Missy Elliot “Get  Ur Freak On,” Beastie Boys “Sabotage,” and Robyn “Dancing On My Own.”

What’s your spirit animal and why?

I’d be a manatee-killer whale hybrid (so, man killer?), because I love water, and I identify both with the sweet, lackadaisical manatee and the fast, clever killer whale.

Joy Pecknold


Joy Pecknold


Who would be your celebrity best friend?

Bill Murray. We’d crash weddings together. And sometimes Amy Sedaris would come along and we’d pretend to be this really weird family.

Favourite way to procrastinate?

Running away to nature and YouTube rabbit holes related to music, animals or comedians.

What was the last thing you read?

The fourth chapter of M Train by Patti Smith. In that chapter I love how she describes Max Sebald’s writing, “He sees, not with eyes, and yet he sees. He recognizes voices within silence, history within negative space. He conjures ancestors who are not ancestors, with such precision that the gilded threads of an embroidered sleeve are as familiar as his own dusty trousers.” Smith’s last book Just Kids is one of my all-time favourites.

Joy Pecknold


Joy Pecknold


If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?

Madagascar. Because I have this thing with islands (maybe because I was raised on Vancouver Island) and endemism (fancy word for species unique to one geographical location). Similarly, I’d gladly take off for the Galápagos Islands too.

What does The Tight Life mean to you?

Having a mind and body that facilitates getting things done and having the most fun.

What is your fitness goal?

Linda Hamilton arms, specifically the Terminator 2 years, so I’ll be better equipped to fight a robot war, or, more likely, escape a mental hospital.

Joy Pecknold


Joy Pecknold


Do you have any pre or post workout rituals?

Before: trying to remember to drink lots of water. After: trying to remember to drink lots of water.

How do you treat yourself?

You mean “Treat. Yo. Self.” Clothes, fragrances, massages, mimosas and fine leather goods are all acceptable answers, but I most often treat myself to a night of binge-watching Netflix in bed and an entire bag of Old Dutch Baked Dill Pickle Chips.

Joy Pecknold



Photos by Valerie Lina Photography.

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