March 03, 2011
Karyn Marshall, the first woman to clean and jerk more than 300 lb., has joined CrossFit Shrewsbury in New Jersey as a member and coach. Like most endeavors in her life, she’s attacking CrossFit at nothing less than full force.
On Aug. 17, Karyn Marshall walked into CrossFit Shrewsbury without fanfare.
She had come to inquire about the training methodology; one of her chiropractic patients had told her about it, and it caught her attention.
So before her scheduled trip to Norway a few days later, she stopped in and “just introduced myself,” she said.
There, Marshall met Stefanie Hicks, co-owner of the affiliate in the New Jersey borough roughly 50 miles south of New York City and about a mile from the Atlantic Ocean.
“I told her who I was (and that I was) interested in CrossFit,” Marshall said.
But when she made the acquaintance, Marshall omitted some details.
“When she walked in the door, she had a presence,” Hicks said of the 5-foot-10, 175-lb. woman. “I knew she was somebody; I just didn’t know who she was.”
When Marshall left, Hicks hopped on the Internet.
“I looked her up and was like, ‘Oh my God!’” Hicks said.