Motion Storm blow Strength in Depth Origins Finals rivals away as Team Bath once again hosts world’s largest team fitness challenge

30 January 2023

Nearly 1,000 competitors were pushed to their limits across two gruelling days and nine challenging events when the University of Bath once again hosted the world’s largest team fitness event.

The WIT Strength in Depth Origins Finals 2023, which took place on Saturday and Sunday, saw hundreds of spectators cheer on 70 mixed teams of 12 as they tested their endurance in a transformed Team Bath Sports Training Village.

The sports hall and indoor tennis courts became giant fitness arenas, while other challenges took place in the Olympic-sized swimming pool and on the outdoor athletics tracks.

A 3,600m sandbag run in freezing temperatures got the event under way on Saturday morning and it finished on Sunday evening with deadlifts, holds, handstand walks and synchro gymnastics as the competitors were tested to the full.

Motion Storm, one of three teams representing CrossFit Surbiton, were the only team to finish in the top 10 across all nine disciplines to ensure they came away with the trophy.

Cornwall-based Jolly Sailor Invincibles, who took the title in 2019 and 2021, had to settle for second spot this time round and were joined on the podium by Chelmsford’s The Training Design following a strong finish in the last two events. CrossFit Bristol North were the top-ranked local team in 10th and Norway’s CrossFit Lillestrøm were the top international team.

Ten teams also took part in an invitational competition, which was won by JST Compete.

It is the eighth time that the STV has hosted the Strength in Depth Finals event, with this year’s competition the biggest to date.

Click here to find out more about staging an event at the Team Bath Sports Training Village.

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