CrossFitters’ of the Month-The Ferguson sisters
Where are you from? We were born and grew up here in South Lake Tahoe. We went to St.
Theresa’s up through 8th grade and then STHS.
Joleen: Ski Racing-FIS and club soccer from 4th grade through high school.
Justeen: Ski racing up through high school, and crew in college. I won nationals in
ski racing in the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
What do you two do for work?
Joleen: I’m a dental hygienist at Dr. Chamberlain’s office.
Justeen: I’m the owner of Adventurette Parties, and also work for Elizabeth Wedding Designs.
I am also a graphic designer for the Tahoe Weekly. On top of that I also coach skiing at Squaw Valley.
How did you hear about STCF?
We heard about it from Josh’s mom, Robin. (Josh is Joleen’s boyfriend.)
What was your first impression of STCF?
Joleen: I really like the environment and sweating very hard after the workouts.
Justeen: I liked the competition and accountability-and competing against each other.
What are your favorite movements or WODs?
Joleen: I like rope climbs, burpees, running, and wallballs.
Justeen: I like all barbell work. I’m starting to like snatches and handstand stuff.
I like chippers too.
What are your least favorite movements or WODs?
Joleen: I hate overhead squats and snatches And the bike! Not great at double-unders.
Justeen: Over the bar burpees, bike, and rope climbs.
What are your goals for CrossFit?
Joleen: To get proficient at double-unders, handstand push-ups, and handstand walking.
Justeen: To get good at all of it-not just at the stuff I can already do. Oh and I’m
sorry for all of my antics at the Christmas Parties-and at the gym!
Where are you from? I grew up here in South Lake Tahoe. I moved away and lived in L.A.for 20 years, and then moved back in 2014.
What brought you back to Tahoe? My son, Jack, was about to start school, and felt guilty that I wasn’t giving him the experience of growing up in Tahoe like I had.
What is your athletic background? In high school I competed in cross country skiing for STHS. Did some ball sports as well as cross country running.
What do you do for work? I am the lodging operations manager at Camp Richardson.
How did you hear about STCF? Actually from David Turner. He told me I should check it out. Back in L.A. I would run and do push-ups and pull-ups and such. When I moved back to Tahoe I couldn’t find a public pull-up bar. So I came in on a Sunday, and asked Monica if I could use the pull-up bar. She said that it’s a free class and suggested I try it. I did the class, loved it, did a few more Sunday classes, and then joined.
What was your first impression of STCF? I very much love the people and culture of the
gym. Everyone is equally encouraging. There’s a lot of respect for people who work hard. I hate the regular gyms where you go in and work on seperate body parts and then leave. I love the fact that it’s a full body workout. Being middle aged, I love how
CrossFit counteracts getting older. I have a 7 month old son as well and want to be able to chase him around when he’s 18.
They feel really good for some reason. As far as favorite WODs-
I like working on things I’m not very good at. I’m a decent runner so I do like it when we have running in workouts, but I’m not a strong lifter so when I make gains on my lifts that is very rewarding.
It’s a challenge? I want to get my double-unders and muscle-ups.
What are your goals for CrossFit? I just want to maintain and improve my general fitness.
If you see James around give him some props.
Marco’s first taste of serious exercise was in the Lake Tahoe Community College’s Fire Academy. Marco wasn’t doing very well in the physical aspect of the academy, and consequently his Class Commander and STCF trainer, Dylan Yuzbick, suggested he come check us out. Marco attended the free classes for a of couple months, and then officially signed up in February of 2013.
Marco admits that he was a little intimidated by CrossFit at first because he could barely squat the bar or deadlift more than 55lbs. However, with the encouragement of other members and witnessing others’ improvements, he left his ego at the door and jumped in with both feet. Marco focused on himself and is now backsquatting 250lbs and deadlifting 295 pounds.This is at a bodyweight of 150lbs. He’s put on 15lbs of muscle since joining South Tahoe CrossFit.
Marco’s favorite movements are power cleans and handstand push-ups. “DT,” which is 5 rounds for time of 12 deadlifts, 9 hang power cleans, and 6 push jerks, is Marco’s favorite Hero WOD. Movements he would rather not see come up in a workout are squat snatches and overhead squats, as well as anything with wallballs. I don’t think you are alone on those thoughts, Marco!
His advice to new members is to “not give up. It’s always hard at first, but it will get somewhat easier, and you’ll definitely see some good results.”
Marco has some goals for his CrossFit future. He wants to start competing. Specifically, he wants to start his competitive career the “New Kids in Box” competition that our Carson City CrossFit neighbors host in the summer. If you see Marco at the gym, please give him props!
Last month’s CrossFitter of the Month was Anita Castles. I never got the chance to interview this amazing woman, due to our conflicting schedules and timing. However, I am still trying to get the full story. In the meantime, we still wanted to give a shout-out to her before August gets too far behind us!
We here at South Tahoe CrossFit have seen the efforts she has put into her workouts, her community, and ultimately, to herself. According to her Boot Camp coach, Monica, “She has been one of my longest bootcampers as well as has become a very good friend to me. She works so hard and doesn’t truly know how strong and how good of an athlete she has become. I look forward to our long conversations after class about raising our kids , nutrition, and everyday life.” Indeed, Anita is so strong, both mentally and physically. She has a can-do spirit and supports those around her. We wanted to spotlight her even though I didn’t get to interview her yet 🙁 We hope she continues on the path to fitness in both mind and body! Congratulations, Anita!!
Did you know that this month’s CrossFitter of the Month worried herself to tears the night before she had her first Elements session with Dylan Thomas? That’s right, she was scared to death. Well, after that first session, she was “hooked.” That was in 2013…here’s the rest of the story:
In 2013, Melanie and Dave Turner relocated to South Lake Tahoe from San Diego. Melanie, a Dallas native, had become a Tahoe local years before when her family had moved here when she was only two years old. She actually attended schools on the California side before her family moved to the Nevada side when she was in fourth grade. She is a graduate of George Whittell High School where she was a classmate of her first CrossFit Trainer, Dylan Thomas. In fact, maybe the real reason Melanie cried herself to sleep that night was because she would be working out with her former senior prom squeeze. Who knows? What we do know is that Melanie’s life kept leading her back to Tahoe! After high school, Melanie went to Sierra Nevada College and then onto UNLV Law School in 2001. While in Las Vegas, she met David Turner, a South Lake Tahoe native and graduate of South Tahoe High School, through his sister, Deanna, who was also Melanie’s older daughter’s teacher. The two were married and in 2009 had their first child together, Haleigh. In 2011, the cute family moved to San Diego where they celebrated the birth of their son, Colton. Two years later, Melanie walked into our “box” and never regretted it.
When I asked Melanie what her first impression of STCF was, she candidly explained that she was used to the luxurious gyms of big cities. You know, the gyms that have Day Spas and cucumber water. So, when she walked into our warehouse, she was a bit surprised. In place of the Day Spa, there were rollers and lacrosse balls to ease one’s weary muscles. And that cucumber water? Well, yeah, no. But despite the lack of “chi-chi” amenities, Melanie loved her first WOD: Filthy Fifty.
Since that fateful first day with Dylan, Melanie has become a positive force and role model in the gym. She signed up for her first competition, New Kids in the Box, back in 2014 and took 3rd overall. She then competed in two Hell of the West competitions and a two-day CrossFit Moxie event in San Jose, CA with other members of STCF. She has also completed a Spartan race, with her family in tow, and has recently convinced her mother to train for a powerlifting competition after she competed in one last year. She is super excited to wear that onesie again!
Melanie has not been overlooked for her accomplishments in the gym since joining in 2013. In fact, in 2015 she was selected as our female CrossFitter of the Year. She has set numerous personal records (PRs) and has helped push others to succeed where they didn’t think they could.
So why this recognition now? Well, last summer, Melanie had to have a PRP procedure on her shoulder which required months of physical therapy. While most would see this as a set-back, Melanie kept her eye on that proverbial prize and slowly gained back what she had lost during her time of injury. She began following a nutritional program, “Stronger U” and has since dropped 12 pounds and 15 inches. More importantly, however, is that she has PR’ed in most of her lifts and all of her workouts feel better. When asked what her favorite movements and WODs are, Melanie basically loves it all: the variety, the lifting, the community, and ultimately, realizing how strong she has become…except running. She doesn’t like running all that much, but will still do the running workouts because “you can’t get stronger by avoiding the things you don’t like.”
If you aren’t impressed with Melanie yet, here’s one more accomplishment: Melanie recently took the Bar Exam. Twelve years since attending law school, Melanie went back and finished what she had originally set out to do. She is an inspiration to all that face personal and physical challenges. Melanie remains one of our most consistent and committed athletes at the gym. Like all of our past CrossFitters of the Month, Melanie contributes to this “community of people who have decided that easy will no longer suffice.” Congratulations Melanie!!
PS…maybe this was the real reason for those tears… 😉