Joyce is soft spoken outside the gym, but don’t let that fool you. She can bring the intensity to the platform, and it shows – Joyce is crazy strong, and she knows how to make her clients strong too.

What is your athletic or professional background and when did you become a Starting Strength Coach?

I competed  in athletics when I was young, primarily basketball up to professional level. I have a Masters Degree in Sport Psychology and also competed  in Olympic Weightlifting and kettlebell sport in my 30’s and 40’s.  I’ve been coaching since 2005 and became a Starting Strength Coach in June 2017.


What made you decide to become a coach?

The gym has always been a place for me to learn and share. I really enjoy surprising people by showing them what they’re capable of.


Tell us about the gym or facility you coach out of. Where can people find you online? 

I own Luke’s Barbell Club in Austin, Texas and I coach out of there. I have 5  power racks and 3 fully equipped lifting platforms. I can be reached by email or the Club website.


What is the best and worst thing about living in Austin?

I’ve lived in Austin since 1998 and I love it. I think the best thing about it is it’s very dog friendly, there’s tons of amazing food, the accessibility to hiking trails and water is ridiculous, and of course you can always find live music of all types. Maybe the worst thing is everyone wants to live here!


What is your favorite lift and why? What’s your PR?

My favorite lift is definitely the squat. I can’t think of any other lift that has taught me more about the limits I place on myself, and what it’s like to overcome those. There’s just something special about making up your mind to handle the weight on your back no matter what. I haven’t hit my personal best in the squat yet. 🙂


What is your favorite quote about lifting, or life in general?

My favorite quote for lifting and life comes from my dad. He used to always remind me to “Follow through.” -Cuney Luke Jr.



Joyce pulls 360lbs for a single.


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