The average office cubicle jockey has little in common with a mixed martial arts fighter. On the one hand, you have pasty number crunchers and tech gurus; on the other, some of the meanest and most physically fit people on earth.
But if a new reality TV show has its way, the lines between the two vocations will be blurred. “Cubicle to the Cage,” a series from Hemmings House Pictures, follows 30 office workers as they train to become MMA fighters. Over the course of the year, they will go from flabby to ferocious, trading casual Fridays for killer cardio sessions and lessons in fighting technique. The top four or five fighters will “win” the right to compete in an actual MMA fight.
To be honest, we would be delighted to even make it through the first training session. MMA fighter Pete Martell is supervising the training, and we bet he doesn’t reward his trainees with smoothies and sauna sessions after every workout. (Which is the only way we’ve ever been able to convince ourselves to do anything, exercise-wise.)
Here’s how serious the training is: Hemmings House Pictures president Kevin Schyf attended one 15-minute cardio session, and then passed out in the parking lot. Other highlights in the 13-episode series will include a montage of participants barfing into trash cans.
The production company behind the series is known for its “combat TV”-themed shows. They already have two shows, “Wrestling Reality” and “Kardinal Sinners,” which document the lives of professional wrestlers in Maritime Canada. Wrestling reality airs on the Fight Network, which we imagine is not known for its programs about fluffy cats taking naps.
“Cubicle to the Cage” will air March 2013 on radX. It’s in HD, in case you’re afraid you’ll miss some detail in all of those trash-can puking sessions.
The show’s site has bios of all the wrestlers. Fair warning to true cubicle workers who signed up for the show: there are a few former athletes on the list, such as Rick Doyle, who currently works at Scott Farms, but was once known as professional wrestler Trash Canyon.
However, we are rooting for either dentist Norm Ferguson or Ernst & Young VP Steve “the Calculator” Goodfellow.
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