On today’s episode I’m talking with Roland van Amstel, who was nominated to be on the podcast by a mutual mate. Roland had been participating in the Wimp 2 Warrior MMA professional fight camp, otherwise known as “The Ultimate Human Experiment”.
Wimp 2 Warrior is a 6-month training program created by Sydney based Richie Cranny to transform participants with little or no MMA experience into true cage-fighting warriors. Interestingly though, contrary to the name the Wimp 2 Warrior program is not about who wins or loses. It isn’t Wimp 2 Winner, it’s Wimp 2 Warrior and the Warrior status comes from 6 months of training – which, as you’ll hear, can be pretty hellish at times – working through injuries and schedules and then stepping into the cage. Once you step into the cage, as far as Richie’s concerned, you become a Warrior win or lose.
Roland is a 50+ year old husband, father, works full-time in IT and is the quintessential everyday guy turned MMA fighter. As you’ll hear; Roland approached this incredible and confronting challenge in a measured and considered way. His motivation and journey are fascinating to hear and it’ll be interesting how many listeners will find themselves contemplating giving it a go, as I did.
Join us as we learn about MMA (mixed martial arts), the Wimp 2 Warrior training program, and Roland’s journey.
Topics discussed this episode:
- The Wimp 2 Warrior training program and schedule
- Mixed Martial Arts sport and rules
- Roland’s background and motivations
- The Wimp 2 Warrior final cage matches
- Roland’s physical improvements in MMA training
- Nutrition component of MMA training
- Mental strength and dealing with injuries
- Financial costs of the program