I guess I'll have to be less subtle. When did Greg Glassman ever say the goal of Crossfit was to be faster than a powerlifter and stronger than a marathoner? I'm no kool aid drinker, but I hate to see someone misquoted.
It's one of those crossfit "koans" you see tossed back and forth by the practitioners. From the site: "I'm not the strongest or the fastest BUT I'm a lot stronger than the fastest and a lot faster than the strongest. Thanks Coach."
If it didn't come from Glassman, I apologise. He has enough trouble with the stupid shit he says:
"The strength and value of CrossFit lies entirely within our dominance of other athletes. This is a truth divined through competition, not debate."
Greg Glassman, CrossFit Co-Founder & CEO
Here's an excellent response:
"ANYONE can do Crossfit workouts. Anyone can do the workouts and eventually become good at the workouts.
Not anyone can become an Olympian. Most who do Crossfit workouts have never been anything remotely close to an Olympian athlete in any sport. And if I'm wrong, go take 100 of your best Crossfitters and let's get them ready for the 2012 games. It will never happen, and we all know that.
I don't mean to come off as a prick, but the fact that Crossfitters are better at workouts that they practice weekly doesn't mean anything, aside from the fact that Crossfitters do these workouts weekly. One would hope that those who do such workouts weekly would be better at these workouts.
Working out isn't a sport however. Some people can't figure this out.
Show some respect for our nation's Olympic athletes. Comparing random workouts in your basement, garage, or gym to a competitive Olympian is ridiculous.
Go beat on your chest in your basement, but also put on the TV this month and offer support and respect for those athletes who are doing something that we all cannot do."