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Samantha Briggs

Two days, eleven different workouts, and some of the world’s most serious athletes – this is the annual Immortals Team Challenge, Australia’s leading team CrossFit competition which helps raise money for the Legacy charity in honor of fallen soldiers.

Out of 100 teams of 6, team MOBOT box jumped, power cleaned, and air squatted our way to 1st place. BOOMSHAKALAKA!

And here’s how it all went down…

Our brawny crew consisted of six take-no-prisoner athletes including 2013 CrossFit Games winner Sam Briggs, 5th ranked Talayna Fortunato, and ex Great Britain rugby player and Muay Thai boxing champ Nicola Simpson. Rounding out the group was Australian regional level athletes Jonnie Lamore and Dean Linder-Leighton, and InnerFight founder Marcus Smith.

The team went into day one facing five different workouts and dominating three to land us in the number one spot. Day two kicked off with a beastly two-round 12.9.6 rep scheme – 80kg for males and 50kg for females – which team MOBOT also rocked with another first place finish.

For the next workout we needed to finish in the top five to make it to the final, which we did, coming in second by a mere 50m on the rowing machine.

The final workout of the competition was a punishing set of six workouts, back to back. Fifteen calories air dyne, Fran, 30 squat clean thrusters, 30 deadlifts with 30 burpees over the bar, 150 wall balls and a 15 meter wombat flip at 220kg to polish it off.

After leading the pack for most of the weekend it was in this final showdown where team MOBOT really flexed their muscles pulling from 5th after the dyne into 3rd, thanks to Fortunato setting an all-time personal best on Fran.

At this point we were trailing two of Australia’s top athletes, but that didn’t last for long after Linder-Leighton and Larmore went to work on the squat cleans, deadlifts and burpees. Tagging in The World’s Fittest Female, Briggs completed her 150 reps at lightening speed building a sizeable lead on the rest of the field. Finally Smith brought us home for a herculean win, racing the 220kg pig down the stadium floor clocking in over two minutes ahead of the second place team.

Just a little hydration, rest and rolling. And a lot of hard work. That’s how it’s done!

For more about the event and pics of the action check out Marcus’s post on and make friends on their Facebook page.