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Joe Rogan, the stand-up comedian, and Host of The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast has one EPIC gym. Located in his podcast studio, Joe has utilized the top equipment manufacturers and technology to create a world-class facility. Today, we’re going to detail the tools Joe used to build his studio gym along with the training plan, nutrition, and supplements he uses to build his body and mind.
Although I’m sure many of you know, Joe Rogan is a man who wears many hats. Joe is a stand-up comedian, UFC Color Commentator, Host of The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, and formerly hosted the hit reality show Fear Factor among other things. On his podcast, Joe is constantly preaching the benefits of both mental and physical training along with the tools he uses to help accomplish his goals. Similar to the previous walkthrough’s we’ve done onJocko Willink’s Garage Gym andDwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Iron Paradise, we want to show you Joe Rogan’s gym, equipment, and training so you can apply some his principals and tools to your life.
Joe Rogan’s Studio Gym Overview
Joe Rogan’s studio hasn’t always been as large or impressive as it is today. In fact, up until recently, Joe’s studio was quite small and had been in a couple of different places. However, today the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast Studio is housed inside a 14,000 Sq. Ft. warehouse facility that features the studio, gym, sauna, Jui-Juitsu matting, and more.
Honestly, to see how Joe has risen through life is extremely inspirational and many of his habits could benefit nearly every reader. The JRE studio gym is where Joe produces his show, but also where he refines his craft and pursues the accomplishing of his physical and mental goals.
The JRE Studio Gym is filled with a wide variety of equipment, however, there’s a pretty consistent theme of American-Made Equipment. Sure, not all of what is featured in the gym is made in the USA, but a majority of it is. The companies that make up a majority of the gym are:
Rogue Fitness: the #1 American Strength and Conditioning Equipment Manufacturer. They also are the official equipment sponsor of the CrossFit Games, Arnold Classic, World’s Strongest Man, and other big name strength events. We’ve reviewed just about everything Rogue makes and fully believe they’re making some of the best gym equipment available.
Onnit: It’s no secret that Joe Rogan is a big fan of Onnit, and it makes sense because Joe is a partner with Aubrey Marcus. This said, Onnit is making great supplements as well as equipment. We’ve tested and reviewed many different Onnit products and are fans ourselves.
In addition to equipment made by Rogue Fitness and Onnit, Joe has a wide variety of other equipment from the likes of Concept 2, Fuji Mats, Assault Fitness, Immortal Combat Equipment (UFC Fighter Matt Brown’s Company), Iron Neck, Bandbell, and more. We’ve reviewed equipment from nearly all of these companies, which gives us a good idea on just how good of a setup Joe has. Without a doubt, for a personal training studio, this is one of the best available.
Although training equipment is important, so is recovery. If you don’t recover, you can’t train. In order to speed up his recovery, Joe has a cedar sauna built into his studio as well as a cold tub in the works. These combined with the various mobility tools throughout the gym allow Joe to train more often and with more intensity.
Strength Training Equipment
Strength training is a big part of Joe Rogan’s training. On the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, Joe states that,
“I say ‘I have to do yoga two times this week’ and ‘I have to lift weights three times this week’ and ‘I have to run twice this week.’ And however I fit that in, I fit that in. But I owe those things so I have to get those things in.”
Although this may fluctuate, Joe is doing some form of strength training around three times a week. This includes things like back squats, overhead presses, bench presses, deadlifts, dumbbell work, barbell work, kettlebell work and various other types of weight training. In order to strength train, you need equipment and although you don’t need a ton, the more you have, the more variety of workouts you can perform.
The fully redesigned Rogue Monster Rig, Standard Edition, introduces a wide range of new features, including your choice of 11 different color finishes. Version 2.0 retains the unmatched durability of the Monster Rig's 3x3" 11-Gauge Steel uprights and oversized 1” hardware, while adding the convenience of new pin-position numbering and a laser-cut keyhole pattern on the sides of each upright—creating compatibility with more add-ons and attachments. We’ve also swapped in 3x3” beams at the top of each rig section for added rigidity, and updated the 70” pull-up bars with a new pass-through gusset for more height adjustment positions and optimal stability. New laser-cut Rogue branding panels with stainless backing plates also come standard on all sizes. The Monster Rig 2.0 is manufactured in Columbus, OH, and designed with infinite customization options in mind. The unit is constructed in four standard lengths (10’, 14’, 20’, 24’) and can be continuously expanded by 4’ and 6’ sections. You can also incorporate an array of compatible Monster Series accessories, from Safety Spotter Arms to the Monster Matador, plate storage channels, the Monster Landmine, and many more. A standard-size Monster Rig can instantly create between 2 and 6 squat/bench stations and 6-14 pull-up stations (see sizing breakdown below). The rig ships with all necessary 1” bolts and fasteners, Monster J-cups, crossmembers, and 9-foot uprights (12-foot uprights are also available).
The centerpiece of the JRE Studio Gym is the massive ten-foot Rogue Monster Rig 2.0. The Monster Rig is Rogue’s premiere Squat Rack Rig which features, 3”x3” 11-gauge uprights with 1” hardware throughout. This is pretty much the biggest, baddest rig you can buy and is the envy of nearly every CrossFit Affiliate Gym in the world.
The Monster Rig 2.0 can be used for squats, pull-ups, presses, hang work, and with the various accessories that are available (Joe has many of them) the number of workouts you can do increases dramatically.
The accessories Joe has for his Rogue Monster Rig 2.0 include:
- Rogue Monster Flying Pull-Up Bar
- Rogue Monster Safety Spotter Arms 2.0
- Rogue Monster Rope Attachment Anchor
- Rogue Monster Single Leg Roller 2.0
- Rogue Monster Utility Seat
- Rogue XM-43R Neutral Grip Rotating Pull-Up Bar
- Rogue Monster Lever Arms
- Rogue Monster Landmine
- Rogue Monster Matador
A few of the more notable accessories are the Monster Safety Spotter Arms and Utility Seat. The Safety Spotter Arms are designed to allow the user to lift alone safely. If you end up missing a lift, you can easily dump the weight without hurting yourself or the equipment. If you combine the Utility Seat with the Spotter Arms, you suddenly greatly increase the movements you can do. The Utility Seat can be secured to the Spotter Arms for box squats, step-ups, box jumps, split squats, and more.
There are pull-up implements galore on Joe’s Monster Rig 2.0. In addition to three standard pull-up bars, there is a Monster Flying Pull-Up Bar that is extremely fun to use and a great test of upper body strength. There is also a XM-43R Neutral Grip Rotating Pull-Up Bar that is one of the most versatile pull-up tools available thanks to its actuation arms and knurled handles.
The Rogue LT-1 Trolley™ and Lever Arm Kit gives athletes the ability to quickly reconfigure a Monster rig or rack for a wide range of movements, without the need of a wrench or other tools. We’ve put years of research and refinement into this design, looking to create an optimal mechanism that can attach to an existing 3x3” upright and enable easy north/south adjustments with lock-in stability. The LT-1 is compatible with all Rogue Monster Series racks and rigs (a Monster Lite version is available separately) and can be set-up to perform everything from incline bench presses to rack pulls, shrugs, squats, deadlifts, bent-over rows, snatches, and lunges. The trolley portion includes 3/8” mounting brackets, (4) acetal rollers, and (2) stainless steel knurled handles, configured in a unique “trigger” design inspired by the look of the Browning 50 Cal used during World War II. Simply grasp the two handles and pull out the machined aluminum trigger to disengage the holes and set the trolley at the desired position on the upright. The trigger itself is spring loaded, so it snaps back into place at the selected height with the aid of a 1" machined pin. The (2) lever arms are constructed from 3x3” 11-gauge steel and come with adjustable 1.25” diameter handle attachments and a weight post with 12” of loadable length. Your kit includes: (2) Trolleys, (2) Arms of selected length, (2) Handle with loading pin. Please Note: The Monster Lite version does not include stainless steel trolley handles, or stainless steel weight loading pins. These features will be finished in our signature textured black powder coat. Knurled knobs located on the quick attach handles will be replaced by a 5/8" detent pin. Specifications: Made in the USA Patent Pending Design Compatible with Rogue Monster Series Racks and Rigs (Monster Lite option available separately) Trolley Attachment: (4) Acetal Rollers w/ Bronze Bushing at hinge point, MG Black finish Trolley Handles: Knurled Stainless Steel, 1.125” diameter 3x3" 11-Gauge Steel Lever Arms Arm Length Options: 48" Standard / 35" Short Handle Attachments: Textured Black, 1.25” diameter Weight Post: Stainless Steel, 12” loadable length 3/8" Thick Steel Mounting Brackets 1” Hitch Pin Browning 50 Cal inspired trigger design Product Weight: 71LB (single side) 142LB (total) As a complete system, the LT-1 represents an entirely new level of efficiency, user control, and versatility for home gyms and large-scale facilities, alike.
On the far end of the rig, closest to the mirrors is a pair of Rogue Lever Arms. We’ve reviewed the LT-1 50 Cal Adjustable Trolley Arms by Rogue that is basically the upgraded version of what Joe has, and they are awesome. They’re extremely beneficial for doing all sorts of dynamic movements under-load which would be great for fight training.
It’s obvious that Joe uses the Monster Rig and its various accessories often due to the amount he has and the amount of space all of it takes up. This is the premiere rig on the market and rightly so, it matches the space perfectly.
Each Rogue Ohio Bar is machined and assembled in Columbus, Ohio, and includes a lifetime guarantee against bending. The bushing sleeves on the Ohio Bar promise a reliable spin, and their snap ring design maintains optimal stability throughout any type of weightlifting regimen-- from basic high school or collegiate strength training programs to intense Crossfit workouts. This steel is manufactured in the US and has proven to be one of the best steel variants for a multi-purpose barbell. Each barbell shaft is ground and polished prior to machining which allows the bar to have a very smooth finish post any black oxide, zinc or chrome finish. Every bar shaft is machined in Columbus, Ohio. A great deal of pride is built into each bar as the knurling process is an art. We spent months working on the knurl we believe to be the best for the Ohio Bar. To test the knurl it is more a beer tasting process than exact measurement. There is a look and feel that go into testing every bar. The Ohio Bar is available with 4 different finishes. Each finish offers a different level of oxidization protection and has a direct effect on the feel of the knurl. Black Oxide is a mild oxidization protectant process. This type of steel treatment will still require some maintenance but will give the best knurl feel, more like a naked bar. Zinc is a medium oxidization protectant process. This type of steel treatment requires minimal maintenance and is used on The Rogue and Bella Bars. The Ohio Bar is also available in Stainless Steel & an advanced ceramic-based coating called Cerakote. The Ohio Bar is assembled with bronze bushings which act as bearing surfaces between the bar sleeve and bar shaft. This is a very robust way of building a barbell. Each bar will come with an Ohio Bar card that has the initials of the Rogue team member that built the bar. This bar will have normal “whip” during Olympic weightlifting and enough stiffness to hold for heavy powerlifting. The steel in this bar is proven as an excellent choice for weightlifters.
Every gym needs a barbell, and Joe has two of them. The bars that Joe has are the Rogue Ohio Bar which is a general purpose bar made in Columbus, Ohio and generally considered one of the best value bars available.
We’ve tested and used many different Ohio Bars over the years and have found them to be an extremely long-lasting, high-quality bar. Rogue spends a ton of time and money perfecting the knurl on their bars, and if you’re doing a wide range of movements, the Ohio Bar is pretty much the best you can find.
At 190K PSI Tensile Strength, with bronze bushings, a lifetime warranty, and a great knurl, Joe made an excellent choice in choosing this bar. Although in our Best Olympic Barbell Guide we chose the Rogue 2.0 Bar as our Top Pick, it was only because it’s extremely similar to the Ohio Bar, but for slightly less money.
The Rogue AB-3 Adjustable Bench introduces a new decline setting to go along with the 50 seat and back-rest position combinations from the popular AB-2. Ideally suited for dynamic training or for gyms serving multiple athletes, this compact, 11-gauge steel weight bench offers a rare combination of sturdiness and maneuverability, with boundless customization options.The AB-3 Bench is built in the USA, and is a direct descendent of the time-tested Nebula 1080 Utility Bench. This design features an updated spine construction that allows for the connection of a telescoping foot catch assembly. The foot catch locks firmly into place using a pop pin, and sets the user up for movements including the decline bench, decline dumbbell press, and decline sit-ups, among others.Other standard features on the AB-3 Adjustable Bench include load-bearing rubber feet for stability, cordura edges for enhanced durability, and a convenient handle and wheels for easy mobility.
Everyone benches, even Joe Rogan. Although not necessarily the most functional exercise in the world, the bench press is a tremendous upper body builder, and, who doesn’t like being able to answer the question, “how much ya bench” with a big number?
The bench Joe Rogan has in his studio gym (and currently there is only one) is the jack of all trades, Rogue AB-3 Adjustable Bench. The AB-3 Bench is a design based off of the old Nebula 1080 Bench and was brought over when Rogue Fitness bought out Nebula. The AB-3 has over 50 seat and back pad adjustment combinations to dial in any angle you’d like to work at.
In addition to a lot of versatility via angle adjustments, the bench is extremely stout for how easily moveable it is. Included with the AB-3 is a Removable Foot Catch that allows the bench to be used for decline movements such as decline sit-ups and decline presses. The AB-3 is painted all black in Rogue’s signature textured powder-coat and features a firm foam pad that offers both stability and comfort.
Joe likely uses the bench for much more than presses as it’s one of the more versatile benches on the market.
MONSTER LAT PULLDOWN / LOW ROW (STAND-ALONE) This is the fully updated, freestanding version of Rogue’s 100% American-made Monster Lat Pulldown and Low Row machine (a rack-mounted version is also available). Occupying just a 40" x 60" footprint, the 8' tall unit ships fully assembled, and includes a 300LB weight stack (10LB increments), stainless steel lat bar, diamond-tread adjustable footplate, 6" nylon pulleys, and a set of custom-built black carabiners—one each for the lat pulldown and the low row. Key Updates with This Version: Our latest Monster Lat Pulldown introduces larger 6" pulleys (vs. the original 3.5"), which help reduce friction and prolong the life of the cable. We’ve also upgraded the cable itself (USA Mil Spec) and added protective UHMW plastic to the tubes and pulley assemblies that the cable passes through. The eye (where the cable connects and carabiner clips on) is now machined in house from stainless steel, and all orders include a long term lubricant for the guide rods, allowing the weight plates to slide more smoothly. *The bottom of the rollers are 4" above the seat pad at their lowest position and 9" above the seat pad (26.5" above the floor) at the highest setting. The total width of the roller assembly is 24", and each roller is 8.5" long and 5" in diameter. A pop pin is included for locking the rollers securely into place. Additional Specifications: Made in the USA Stand-Alone Construction, 3x3” 11-gauge steel (Must be bolted to floor, mounting hardware not included) Weight: 605LB Height: 96" Foot Print 40" x 60" 300LB weight stack (10LB increments) NEW 6” Aluminum pulleys + UHMW covers NEW Cable built to US Mil Spec for aircraft cable NEW Stainless Steel Eye Satin Black and Rogue Red Powder Coat Finishes (1) Stainless Steel Lat Bar, built by Rogue (1) Set of Plastic Covered Band Attachment pins (2) Custom Black Carabiners (1) Diamond Tread Footplate: 18.75" wide x 8" tall, with 10 adjustment positions spaced 1.5" on center (1) Foam Seat: 16.5" long x 6.25" wide (1) Foam Leg Roller Assembly: 6 total adjustment positions spaced 1" on center*
In the corner of Joe Rogan’s Studio Gym is the aptly-named Monster Lat Pull Down/Low Row by Rogue Fitness. The Monster Lat Pull Down features the same build construction and finish as Joe’s Monster Rig 2.0 along with a 300 LB weight stack capable of humbling even the strongest of Joe’s podcast show guests.
The Monster Lat Pull Down is great for, as its name would suggest, lat pulldown’s, seated rows, tricep extensions, cable curls, and more. Bands can easily be attached to the weight stack to add accommodating resistance and due to its weight, doesn’t need to be bolted down.
The Rogue Grip Triangle is a versatile, standard-grip attachment featuring a pair of 7" (handle) long, 1.31" diameter handles. The Triangle’s compact design, quality knurling, and black powder coat finish make it a great option as a pull-up implement for a rig/rack, or as a go-to accessory for units like a Lat Pull down/Low Row. Warning: Lat pulldown machines from different manufacturers will have different amounts of resistance when unloaded which may or may not balance the weight of the attachment. Therefore it is important that the attachment is always supported while changing the weight to prevent it from falling and causing injury. Specifications: Made in the USA Standard Grip Design 1” Schedule 40 Knurled Handles Handle Dimensions: 7" (handle) Length, 1.31" Diameter, spaced 6" on Center 0.25" thick Steel Plates Laser-Cut Rogue “R” Branding Finish: Texture Black Powder Coat Includes (1) Carabiner Weight: 5LB
In order to maximize the usability of the machine, Joe has a few accessories that can be attached via carabiner to the unit. These include theRogue Monster Grip Triangle that is great for close grip pull’s, especially on the low row portion of the machine as well as theRogue Stainless Lat Bar that comes standard with the machine and features a great knurl and made from even better material. Lastly, Joe hasRogue’s Tricep Push Down Attachment that’s great for various tricep work.
The Rogue Abram GHD 2.0 combines consistent performance and stability with smooth, precision adjustments and unique portability. This compact machine is a comprehensive tool for midline stabilization and the strengthening of hamstrings and glutes–all in a way that's functionally transferable to an athlete's sport.Version 2.0 keeps the core elements of the original Abram GHD and adds design innovations from Rogue's own heavy-duty Monster Swing-Arm GHD, including an advanced 10-slot roller assembly. The unit is manufactured in the USA from 2x3" 11-gauge steel, with a bolt-together, triangular-base design and rubber feet for maximum sturdiness through peak power output.Along with strengthening muscles within the posterior chain, GHD training allows one of the only safe ways to actively train your spinal erectors. GHD sit-ups also result in one of the most powerful abdominal contractions of any movement in the gym. The midline stabilization gained acts like an intrinsic weight belt protecting the spine and improving sport performance.
The Rogue Abram GHD 2.0 is one of the most popular glute-ham developer’s on the market and is featured in Rogan’s Studio Gym.We’ve reviewed the Abram GHD 2.0 in-depth and found it to live up to the high expectations that the consumer has for Rogue equipment. Featuring a quick adjustment panel on the back, a sturdy, 2”x3” powder-coated steel base, and firm, yet comfortable padding, the Abram GHD is capable of taking any workouts Joe and his guests plan to unleash upon it and more.
A glute-ham developer was initially designed specifically for hamstring curls. Its utility has since been increased to include back raises, GHD sit-ups (popular among the CrossFit Community), and side raises. The GHD is a versatile piece of equipment that allows movements to be performed that are hard to mimic elsewhere. If you have space, like Joe obviously does, it’s a great addition to any home gym, garage gym, or studio gym (if you have a studio gym, we’d love to see it.)
Manufactured and fully assembled in Columbus, Ohio, the Rogue RH-2 is a reverse hyper machine designed to meet the unique, changing needs of the athletes it serves. Widely utilized for physical therapy and back rehab exercises, the Reverse Hyper can also be used with light weights in everyday training to reduce lower back tightness and strengthen hamstrings, glutes, hips, and more.
One of the most entertaining guests Joe has had on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast is Powerlifter and Strength Coach Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell. Louie Simmons is the creator of the reverse hyper and came to its creation after breaking his back multiple times and trying to rehab to get back on the platform.
The Rogue RH-2 Reverse Hyper was built in conjunction with Louie at Westside Barbell to create an affordable, yet high-quality reverse hyper to be sold by Rogue Fitness. The RH-2 is the same reverse hyper that I have in my gym and is largely considered the best value hyper available. It features the familiar textured black powder coat, rubber feet for increased stability, and a wide enough pad to accommodate even an absolute unit like Joey Diaz.
Although the reverse hyper is great for strengthening the posterior chain (think hamstrings, glutes, spinal erectors, etc.) it also doubles as a rehabilitation device. I often use the RH for warm-ups and for higher reps following heavy squats and deadlifts to traction my spine; I wouldn’t be surprised if Rogan did something similar.
Joe did have this to say about the reverse hyper in JRE #854: “That reverse hyper… I’ve talked about that a hundred times on my podcast because that thing has done wonders for my back and it’s just a genius product.”
T Bar Row
This fully assembled, no-nonsense machine gives you all the benefits of a neutral-grip T-bar row without the need of a barbell, landmine unit, or other accessories. Compatible with most styles of steel and rubber plates, the Rogue T-Bar Row features a 1.88” diameter post with more than a foot of useable length. After loading a desired weight, athletes can establish their proper foot placement on the machine’s 10x20” diamond tread footplates and choose from either the wide or narrow set of easy-grip, knurled handles. The entire T-Bar Row machine creates just a 76" x 39.75" footprint, and includes 0.625" laser cut holes for band work as well as holes for bolting the unit to the floor (not required). The inclusion of high-end pillow block bearings ensures a uniquely smooth rotation point, eliminating unwanted side-to-side movements of the arm assembly so you get a consistent, straight return on every pull. The T-Bar Row movement itself targets every major muscle group in the back, while also working the shoulders and biceps. Despite its considerable benefits, this movement sometimes gets overlooked simply due to the inconvenience of setting up a row station. This machine eliminates that problem. Rogue T-Bar Row Specifications: Made in the USA 2x3” 11-gauge steel Footprint: 76" x 39.75" Length: 76" , 12.5" useable post length Knurled Handles for both Wide and Narrow Grips Includes 0.625” holes for Band Work (Optional set of 4 Band Pegs can be added to your order) Finish: Rogue's Signature Black Powder Coat
The Rogue T Bar Row is a pretty simple piece of equipment that is fully welded and has a bar secured via bushings to a fixed point and is made for bent over rows. This is actually a surprising piece of equipment to be featured in Joe’s gym as he could easily use his Monster Landmine that is attached to his Rig for the same purpose without taking up so much space.
Despite this, the T Bar Row is extremely nice to have due to its convenience and build quality. To build a strong back you need to pull heavy and often, and t bar rows are a great way to achieve this goal.
Same quality plates, revamped design. Rogue HG 2.0 Bumpers feature new artwork (still black, still old school), with the consistent dead bounce, durability, and distinctive smooth finish athletes have come to expect from the HG line. These quality, budget-priced plates are the IWF standard 450mm in diameter, but are cut thinner than a lot of comparable bumpers to allow for more weight to be loaded on the bar. HG 2.0’s also score an average of 88 on the Shore A Durometer scale, giving them a dead blow on par with a lot of the pricier comp plates in the industry. Battle-tested at the CrossFit Games and Regionals, HG Bumper Plates are both a high-performance and smart economical choice for any training facility. Check out the wide range of plate sets or simple pairs available to order on the right column, or read the reviews below to see what current HG Bumper owners have to say about the product. Specifications: Diameter: 450MM / 17.72" (IWF Standard) Collar Opening: 50.40MM / 1.98" Stainless Steel Inserts Weight Tolerance: +/- 1% of claimed weight Minimal Bounce Updated artwork with Rogue logo in black on black Imported from China
The majority of weight plates that make up Rogan’s gym are Rogue HG 2.0 Bumper Plates. I have a full set of HG plates and they’re likely one of the most sold bumper plates in the world. They’re simple, accurate, and extremely durable which checks most of the boxes available for bumper plates.
Although I’m not sure the exact amount of weight plates Joe has in his gym, it appears to be somewhere between 800 and 1,000 lbs. Bumper plates can be used for any barbell movement and are, in all reality, the best type of weight plate for most applications. The only downside to the black bumpers that Joe is using is that you can’t load much more than 500 LB on the bar. For 99% of people, this will never be an issue, but for the few that are, it’s an important point of consideration.
The bumper plates Joe has can be used on all of his barbells, reverse hyper, sleds, t bar row, and more.
More Bumper Plates
Part of Onnit's officially licensed Marvel Hero Elite Series, these exclusive bumper plates are modeled after the iconic shield of everybody's favorite patriotic Avenger, Captain America. They're not made from vibranium like Cap's actual shield, but a high-quality urethane paired with a steel center proves just as effective for durability and minimal bounce in the weight room. Onnit's Captain America Plates are available in three weight increments (25LB pair, 35LB pair, and 45LB pair), all of which feature the same 467MM overall diameter. Each plate is also designed with a thin profile for greater efficiency and more loading room on the bar All Onnit bumpers are rigorously tested and held to the highest performance standards. You can order yours here a la carte or as a complete 210LB set. Additional Specifications: Quality Urethane Construction Steel Center Diameter: 467MM Officially Licensed Marvel Comics / Capt. America design in Red, White & Blue Raised lettering with weight, Onnit logo, and Hero Elite Series logo Plate Width: 25LB: 21.2MM 35LB: 25.3MM 45LB: 29.5MM
In addition to the wide array of black Rogue HG 2.0 Bumper Plates, Joe has quite a few Captain America Shield Bumper Plates from Onnit. Other than Rogue Fitness, equipment from Onnit makes up the majority of the studio gym and their Captain America Shield Urethane Plates are extremely eye-catching.
Although not more functional than a traditional bumper plate, the urethane used to make the Onnit Plates is extremely durable and in our tests, the ideal bumper plate material. The Onnit Shield Plates are pricey, but if you want something flashy, they’re some of the coolest plates available.
Rogue Dumbbells are sold in pairs and available in weights ranging from 2.5LB to 125LB. This standard rubber hex design is a great, budget-priced option that still delivers on quality, performance, and longevity. The heavy-duty, rubber-encased heads minimize noise and limit wear and tear (to both the bells and your flooring), while the chrome-plated handle is ergonomically designed for a firm but comfortable feel in any grip style. All smaller Rogue Dumbbells up to 10LB feature a 25MM diameter handle, while those 12.5LB and up have a larger 35MM diameter handle. Dumbbell training has stood the test of time for good reason. Along with the versatility in weight choices for multiple athletes, a good set of bells can be used to duplicate nearly all types of barbell exercises, while also offering a wider range of single-arm, rehab-specific, and explosive movements in virtually any sized space–something not possible with bars or most weight room machines. Specifications: Weight range: 2.5LB to 125LB Tolerance: +/- 3% Handle Diameter: 25MM up to 10LB, 35MM for 12.5LB and above Heavy-duty Rubber Encased Heads: minimize noise, floor damage, and wear and tear on the dumbbells themselves. Easy-grip, ergonomic Chrome-Plated Handle Proprietary head to handle construction ensures the head does not come loose
Joe’s Studio Gym features a set of 5-50 LB Dumbbells in increments of 5 LB. The Rogue Dumbbells are a conventional rubber hex-head dumbbell that is popular throughout the industry and is a proven long-term performer.
Dumbbells can be used to load a myriad of movements for both the upper body and lower body. In addition to conventional movements, dumbbells can be loaded onto a belt to weight pull-ups and dips as well used for snatches and core exercises.
Although Joe is known mainly for his use with kettlebells (more on those in the conditioning equipment section) he obviously isn’t afraid to use dumbbells.
Joe’s dumbbells are sitting on a 43” Rogue Monster Mass Storage Unit that holds both his dumbbells and kettlebells. The Monster Mass Storage Unit is the most overbuilt storage unit available and matches the Monster Rig 2.0 in the gym perfectly (same color and all.)
Designed around the principle of Oscillating Kinetic Energy (OKE), BandBell Bars are unique, hand-made 80" barbells that weigh 6LB. each – yet can handle weights in excess of 300LB. For rehab, prehab, CrossFit, strength building and functional training programs, this is your one-of-a-kind, go-to apparatus. The Earthquake BarAs the Bamboo Bar grew in popularity, some lifters began using it more without the Safety-Slots. In fact, what they were calling for was a BandBell Bar that could hold a lot of bands and a lot of weight, all at the same time. Enter the Earthquake Bar!The Earthquake Bar was specially designed to hold a huge amount of weight and can be setup in a multitude of ways with bands and weights. Instead of safety slots, it has two-inch grooves cut into the wood to channel and grip the bands as the Bar bends radically under super-heavy weight. Use it for squats, bench, deadlifts, etc. This design works perfectly for CrossFit, high-performance & functional athletes, powerlifters, bodybuilders and general workout programs because it has the unique capability of teaching perfect form however it's used. BandBell Bar Specifications:Made in AmericaMaterials: Hardened Ash Wood & Durable Composite ResinLength: 80"Diameter: 1.5"Weight: 6LBDistance between collars: 54"Loading Capacity: 300LB+Weights and Bands not includedApplications: Rehab, Prehab, Balance, Flexibility, Range of Motion, Endurance Training, and more
The Bandbell Earthquake Bar, also known as the Bamboo Bar is an extremely unique bar that will humble even the strongest of men. In order to work on stability and control, the Earthquake Bar can be loaded up on each end with kettlebells attached to resistance bands. Doing any movement with the bar is an incredibly hard task.
Joe likely uses the Bamboo Bar for presses, overhead squats, overhead carries, and curls. No doubt, it’s one of the hardest bars we’ve ever used.
Strength equipment is great, but it’s obvious by both Joe’s conditioning and talks with guests on the podcast that he greatly enjoys cardiovascular work. In fact, much of his strength work could still be considered somewhat aerobic.
In order to do conditioning work, it’s nice to have some tools for different movements and durations. Although you could certainly get fit at your home gym with just some running shoes and a jump rope, the monotony of the task will likely get to you eventually. It appears Joe has just as much conditioning equipment as strength equipment and that’s probably because of the importance he places upon both.
Conditioning equipment is also used most often for the Sober October Challenge Rogan uses to have people avoid alcohol for the month of October and tracking their heart rate to increase life expectancy and fitness. It’s an awesome challenge and these are many of the tools Joe used himself to compete in the challenge.
Joe Rogan is known for his use of kettlebells. Not only are they one of the most popular products at his partner company Onnit, but he’s also been seen many times using them and heard often talking about them on his podcast.
Although kettlebells could certainly be used for strength training, they are most often used for longer sets that are designed to improve the condition of the user. Joe has a wide variety of kettlebells, but the ones that stand out the most are the Onnit Primal Bells, many of which have been custom painted. The Onnit Primal Bells both look cool and functional well, although due to their shape are limited somewhat in the movements that can be done with them.
In addition to the Onnit Primal Bells, Joe also hasRogue Competition Kettlebells. These kettlebells vary from a traditional kettlebell in that they have a uniform size despite the weight, a uniform handle, and these specific kettlebells feature four specially concaved flats that reduce friction and discomfort during cleans, snatches, and overhead presses.
We take our reputation for building high-quality, uncompromising products seriously—and our new kettlebells are no exception. Inspired by the demands of our elite athletes and fitness professionals, each kettlebell is carefully crafted to meet all of your training needs. Here’s what you need to know about our brand new line of kettlebells: GRAVITY CAST FOR MORE CONSISTENCY AND DURABILITY POWDER FINISH FOR BETTER GRIP DURING STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE WORK COLOR CODED—SO YOU’LL NEVER ACCIDENTALLY GRAB TWO MISMATCHED KETTLEBELLS AGAIN Effortlessly cool and ready for the most challenging workouts, Onnit kettlebells are built with functionality and durability in mind first. Manufactured with a cutting-edge gravity cast molding process, these kettlebells have an ultra-durable, smooth, even finish. Snatch, press, and swing—or test out any other unconventional exercise you can think up—you’ll quickly find Onnit kettlebells are flawlessly designed to handle whatever you throw their way. With a chip resistant powder finish, you can expect a professional-grade kettlebell with more traction and a better grip, ready to combat fatigue, sweaty hands as a limiting factor. Smooth enough to handle stamina building work sets without irritating your hands, yet with just enough texture for heavy strength work, these kettlebells are battle-tested and built to provide the performance and durability required for all of your workouts. The days of shuffling through vaguely labeled kettlebells are over. Sold individually in weights from 4 kg to 32 kg, Onnit kettlebells are strategically color-coded so that even as you’re gasping for breath and wiping sweat from your eyes, finding the right weight at a glance has never been easier. We’ve taken the guesswork out of finding the right kettlebell so that you’ll never accidentally hoist two mismatched weights over your head again.
It doesn’t stop with the Primal Bells and Rogue Cmpetition Bells either. Rogan, also has many different Onnit Kettlebells, which are their standard kettlebell offering and one of the best cast iron kettlebells currently available.
It doesn’t appear that Joe has a full set, but he does have the ones that are most important, 24 KG and 32 KG, which also happen to be the standard for many kettlebell competitions. Combined with all of the kettlebells he has from Onnit, he likely has one in each weight increment that’s made.
Features an advanced PM5 Performance Monitor, improved ergonomically designed handles, adjustable foot-rests, and a flywheel designed for smooth movement with minimal noise. The Model D has a comfortable 14" (seat) height with an aluminum I-beam monorail and stainless steel track for a consistent back-and-forth slide. When done training, you can quickly break down the rower into two segments for storage or use the included caster wheels for easy transport. Rogue offers an optional space saving wall hanger. The Concept 2 Rower provides one of the more comprehensive, full-body workouts of any fitness machine. Engineered to last a lifetime, it's low impact enough for use in physical rehabilitation centers, and intensive enough to be used by the world's fittest athletes. The Concept 2 uses air resistance generated by the fanned flywheel. To adjust how much air enters the flywheel housing on each stroke, the Model D Rower includes a unique spiral damper adjustable from a setting of 1 to 10. This functions much like the gears on a bike, affecting how much energy will be needed to accelerate from one stroke to the next. 10 allows in the most air for more wind resistance. For most people the recommended settings is from 3-5. The PM5 is another leap forward in what a performance monitor can do. Track distance, speed, pace, calories burned, and watts—all presented on a clear, backlit display. Connects to wireless heart rate monitors and via bluetooth to the optional ErgData app to track detailed workout data. The monitor itself can be custom positioned using the adjustable monitor arm. USB flash drive compatible and built for machine-to-machine racing. Designed to last, the Concept 2 rowing machines offer a comprehensive fully transferable warranty. From home gyms, to Olympic training centers, to major professional sports teams, Concept 2 has been put to the test time and again. The Concept 2 Rower includes everything you need for a quick set-up. The front legs are installed using 8 screws, and clear, concise instructions are included. Your machine will be up and ready to use within 20-30 minutes of opening the box. Includes PM5 Performance Monitor** Flywheel design for smooth feel, minimal noise Spiral Damper with adjustable 1-10 settings Ergonomic handle promotes natural arm and hand position. 14" (seat) moves smoothly on aluminum rail / stainless steel track Adjustable monitor arm and simple two-part separation for compact storage Flexfoot footrests adjust for quick and easy sizing Easy assembly with tools and illustrated instructions included Caster wheels for mobility
The Concept 2 Rower is largely considered one of the greatest pieces of endurance equipment ever created. Not only does it simulate water rowing rather closely, but it provides an extremely smooth, yet difficult workout in a piece of equipment that requires hardly any maintenance and is practically bomb-proof.
Rogan has had multiple videos of guests using the Concept 2 Model D Rower featured in his studio gym, most notably, Ari Shaffir during last years Sober October Challenge. Having used and reviewed the Concept 2 Rower as well as just about every other best rowing machine, I can confidently say Rogan made a great choice going with Concept 2. It’s become the industry standard, is absolutely abused in CrossFit boxes, and is made to last.
If you were wondering what piece of endurance equipment you should get if you only have enough space/resource for one, this is it.
The Rogue Echo Bike combines heavy-duty steel, precision engineering, and convenient customization to forge a stronger, sturdier fan bike. Overbuilt for a Smoother Ride This overbuilt 127LB, 350LB weight limit unit provides a rock solid foundation for max output bursts, while still offering easy portability around the gym via a set of 1" polyurethane front wheels. A quiet, belt-driven steel fan blade produces a smooth, consistent ride, while a high-contrast, battery-powered LCD console allows athletes to track intervals, distance, calories burned, heart rate, and more. Rogue Fitness (Rogue) warrants that the ECHO Bike (Product) shall be free from defect in material and workmanship for a period of two years from the date of purchase when the product is used under normal uses and conditions and as recommended in the User Guide. Weighing in at 127LB, 350LB weight limit, the Echo Bike is not the wobbling breed of exercise bike. Its reinforced steel construction gives it the rigidity and balance to help eliminate sways and bumps during even max output bursts, and the fan’s steady response delivers a uniquely consistent, smooth riding experience. For added stability, we’ve included rubber leveling feet under each base tube. These feet adapt to your flooring and provide added “stick,” helping to level the bike even if it’s not on a level surface. The mounted LCD console measures 6.375" x 6.375" and features a crystal clear, high contrast display. Athletes can select or create a wide range of modes, including Intervals (20/10, 10/20 or a custom Work/Rest interval), Target (choose a goal Time, Distance or Calories and the console will count down based on your selection), and Heart Rate Tracking (please note that a heart rate transmitter is required to send data, but is not included). The console runs on two AA batteries, which are included. The Echo Bike is built with a range of durable steel tubing (2x3", 1.25x3", and 1.625x3.125" steel finished in a texture black powdercoat. The adjustable padded seat locks into 8 different height settings and 5 front-to-back settings, and the 1.5” diameter rubber grip handles are welded directly to the bike’s arms for added rigidity. A steel step plate is provided along with knurled 4.5" long rotating foot pegs and rubber-tread pedals. The fan itself is a belt-driven, precision steel blade. Assembly is required to set-up the Echo Bike, but all necessary tools and black hardware are included standard with your order, along with easy step-by-step guidelines. While the fully constructed bike is a beast, we’ve included a set of 1" wide polyurethane wheels at the front of the unit, allowing it to be rolled around the gym or stored out of the way with ease. Additional Specifications: Patent Pending Design Quality Steel Construction for Dependable Stability Height: 52.75" (to top of handles) Length: 58.875" (overall with seat in position furthest from fan cage) Width: 29.875" (at handles - widest point) Footprint: 44.5" x 23.75" LCD Console Display (Batteries Included) with customizable modes Belt Driven Steel Fan Adjustable Seat with 8 height and 5 front/back settings 1.5” diameter rubber grip handles Rubber-tread Pedals Texture Black powdercoat finish Rubber Leveling Feet All Hardware & Assembly Tools Included Weight: 127LB, 350LB weight limit
The Rogue Echo Bike appears to be Joe Rogan’s favorite piece of conditioning equipment. I say this because I’ve heard him mention it multiple times on his podcast, he’s posted on Instagram and Twitter about it multiple times, and he has one at his home gym and his studio gym.
We’ve reviewed the Echo Bike in detail, and it even took our top pick for best air bike. It is without a doubt the best air bike for most people. Not only is it overbuilt and extremely durable (as with just about everything made by Rogue), but it also gives a killer workout whether you decide to use it for long-duration or short-term, high-intensity work. It is called the devil’s tricycle for a reason.
Although there are many air bikes now available, the belt drive of the Echo Bike is vastly superior to the chain-driven systems like what theAssault Bike uses (still a good bike, but it’s been surpassed.)
The AssaultRunner Pro completely redefines the manual treadmill, offering superior steel construction, dependable stability, and no-limits functionality in a streamlined, energy-efficient design. Few high-performance running machines are as lightweight (280 LBS) and portable (built-in transport wheels) as the AssaultRunner Pro, and its compact footprint makes it adaptable to just about any type of training space. Because it’s a motorless treadmill, the AirRunner uses no electricity, running instead on the energy produced by the user’s own movement. Whether you’re a beginner athlete or a competitor at the highest levels, the machine can instantly conform to your desired speed, even if you change your output randomly at will. There is no maximum speed setting—if you want to push your limits during a workout, the AirRunner will be uniquely up to the task. Assault’s precision design includes not only a solid steel frame and handrails, but corrosion resistant hardware and a durable slatted running surface—built with HIIT (high intensity interval training) in mind. The included AirRunner console keeps you informed on your time, calories burned, distance, speed, watts, and pace, with a number of heart-rate and interval programs available. The absence of a drive motor and lift motor also makes this treadmill easier to clean and maintain than many comparable indoor running machines. Specifications Motor-Free Treadmill / Indoor Running Machine Steel Frame & Handrails + Corrosion-resistant Hardware Weight: 280LB / 127KG Built-In Handle and Transport Wheels Digital Console with HIIT and Heart Rate Programs Can be integrated into Queenax™ functional circuit training Uses no Electricity - low carbon foot print For All Skill Levels Color: Black
A treadmill is nice to have. Sure, you can go outside and get your run on for free, but it’s nice to be able to superset various movements with running, watch TV while you run, or just hop on at any time and go for a jog.
The Assault AirRunner is a non-motorized treadmill. This means there are no motors to propel the belt, but instead, the belt runs on a track filled with bearings and your legs propel it forward. We have a couple of different motorless treadmills at our gym, and although they have a small learning curve, once learned, they’re vastly superior to the traditional motorized treadmill. They’re also much more durable.
The Assault AirRunner at Joe’s gym allows him to go from a sprint to a walk within seconds and no requirement of fiddling with buttons. Although pricey, the Assault AirRunner is one of the cheapest non-motorized treadmills available and just simply works. It’s held up to the abuse from those at the CrossFit Games and is even a featured in the CrossFit Games Champ, Mat Fraser’s Home Gym.
Medicine balls are mainly used for throwing and catching drills, which build explosivity and the ability to absorb and redirect force—all of which are crucial to athletes. Lifting barbells and dumbbells builds strength, which lays the foundation for power, but according to the American College of Sports Medicine, it doesn’t develop explosivity as well as med ball training does. These Onnit medicine balls are made of a super-strong ballistic grade material, which is designed to hold up to the most punishing abuse. The high-tack surface of the ball ensures maximum grip, and the high quality construction helps the ball maintain its spherical shape. The Onnit Ballistic Medicine Balls are 14” in diameter and available in 10, 15, and 20lb weights.
Joe has a few different medicine balls at his gym. The first and most notable ones are the Ballistic Medicine Balls from Onnit. We’ve reviewed the XD Medicine Balls, which is the company who makes these for Onnit, and they are extremely durable, grippy, and a great alternative to the traditional medicine ball.
Joe also has Medicine Balls from Rogue, Sandbags, and SteelBells from Onnit.
Onnit's supreme quality 100% Steel Clubs are an excellent tool to enhance your primal fitness. Originally developed in ancient Persia as a means for conditioning soldiers and wrestlers, heavy clubs are particularly valuable for grip strength, shoulder work, and rotational core power. With a variety of movements and infinite possibilities, Steel Clubs can be used to train all aspects of fitness, including strength, conditioning, and balance. They are also an excellent addition to more traditional methodologies like barbell training, allowing you to enhance your functional capabilities through full body exercises. Onnit's Steel Clubs are unique in that they are made of a machined piece of steel, powder coated with a chip resistant matte finish. Steel is a heavier, more dense metal than iron and is highly resistant to rust and denting. The powder coated matte finish is very chip-resistant, and offers the right balance of glide and traction for gripping clubs deep into work sets. Our unique steel clubs are the most economically viable, impeccable quality heavy clubs on the market today. REHAB/PREHAB: Light Steel Clubs (5-10lbs) are particularly valuable in rehabbing joints, tendons, and small muscles, as well as preparing them for further intense workouts. The constant balancing of the weight will help your stabilizing muscles develop, helping to protect and strengthen key areas. GRIP STRENGTH: The weight displacement on the heavy Steel Clubs (15-45lbs) greatly enhances forearm and grip strength. The position of your grip on the club will enhance your ability to grasp an opponent's arm or gi in martial art competition. BALANCING ONE SIDED ATHLETICS: Tennis, Golf, Baseball, Volleyball, Basketball all require the use of one side of your body to a greater extent than the other. Clubs are an ideal way to help balance out the body by introducing similar motions to serving/swinging/shooting/throwing with your non-dominant hand. ROTATIONAL CORE POWER: Very few training implements offer rotational training the way that Steel Clubs can. By using the dozens of transverse plane movements offered with Steel Club training, your rotational power will increase dramatically. REAL WORLD STRENGTH: How many times do you find yourself needing to press three hundred pounds in a straight line off of your chest? Not very often. In the real world strength counts in your shoulders, core, and forearms,as well as with dynamic full body movements which inspired the ancient Persian wrestler and warrior elite to develop club and mace training.
It’s no surprise that Joe has a full set of steel clubs in his gym. Steel clubs are a modern and heavier version of traditionally wooden Indian clubs. Instead of the light, wooden clubs, Onnit Steel Clubs are much heavier, up to 45 LBs, and can be used for a larger variety of movements.
Onnit Steel Clubs are great for swings and various flow-type movements. They are not only a fun piece of equipment to use for these movements, but they’re also great for increasing your conditioning as well as strength. Joe likes doing unconventional movements that work rotation and the trunk in a unique way, so these are perfect for that style.
You can find our full, in-depth review on the Onnit Steel Clubs here.
In the real world, loads are rarely ever perfectly balanced. You juggle kids, your groceries, and imperfectly balanced boxes. Steel maces were originally developed by the Persian Warrior Elite for real world combat and wrestling. Thanks to the disproportionate weight displacement, you’ll be optimizing your stabilizer muscles, joints and primary power centers. The Onnit Steel Mace is one of the most effective ways to train and condition your whole body while mimicking real world movement. Mace training dates back all the way to 13th century Persia, where the elite warriors and wrestlers of the day would train with the heavy Gada to condition their muscles for battle. The first Gada used in training were nothing more than stone attached to a bamboo staff, however when made for battle, the Gada were often made of iron or bronze. Mace training continued into modern day India, where it began to trickle down into mainstream strongman training at the start of the 20th century. A recent resurgence in unconventional and functional training by elite athletes have put this ancient exercise implement back on the forefront of cutting edge performance exercise. With an extremely disproportionate weight displacement many normal movements prove quite challenging and beneficial to the myriad of stabilizer muscles surrounding our joints and primary power centers. The mace is one of the most effective ways to build core and rotational strength, and is a steel testament to one's desire to take fitness back to its primal roots. The majority of the weight of the steel mace is in the ball at the end of the steel shaft. Because of this imbalance in weight, the steel mace allows for some very challenging counterbalancing movements that can work muscles in a completely unique way. Here are some popular steel mace movements.
Similar to the Onnit Steel Clubs, the Steel Maces from Onnit are another unique piece of equipment that’s come into growing popularity within the past few years, largely because of people like Onnit and Joe Rogan.
The Onnit Steel Maces feature a long handle and a heavy head ranging from 7 LB to 25 LB. There are all sorts of movements that can be done with steel maces, many of which are done with Indian clubs, such as flow movements, swings, and lunges. Behind the neck rotations with maces are another movement that is great for both mobility and conditioning.
In addition to the full set of Onnit Steel Maces, Joe also has a full set of Immortal Combat Equipment Battle Hammers, which we also have and are created by UFC Fighter Matt Brown.
It also doesn’t stop there, Joe has the 25 LB Onnit Quad Mace that is more of a cool looking product then purely functional, but nonetheless great for swinging.
One of the more unique pieces of conditioning equipment in the Studio Gym is the custom VersaClimber. A VersaClimber is designed to feel like you’re climbing up a ladder and is an absolutely brutal workout. Many MMA fighters have found it to be an incredible form of conditioning and they’re used throughout pro sports.
This is what Joe had to say about his VersaClimber:
“It’s amazing how tired you get from this thing and it’s a fantastic tool for cardio. You can get an absolutely BRUTAL workout with this thing in a short amount of time.”
Presenting one of the most rugged and versatile pieces of equipment that you will ever own. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter “The Immortal” Matt Brown designed the War Wagon™ so that he could maximize his training output in minimal time in order to accommodate his very busy schedule. The War Wagon™ is a multi functional training apparatus that can be transformed from a standard weighted wheel barrow into various other training tools within seconds by using its unique interchangeable handle system. (Attachments and more Information to be released soon) The War Wagon Barrow™ can be used to develop the following -Dynamic Strength Endurance -Maximal Strength -Grip Strength -Increases General Physical Preparedness -Core and Posterior Chain Development -Anaerobic Threshold Training -Much much more
The Immortal Combat Equipment War Wagon is a piece of equipment designed and created by a friend of Joe and UFC Fighter Matt Brown. We’ve tested and reviewed the War Wagon, and although it does take up a lot of space, it’s a great piece of equipment for GPP (General Physical Preparedness) Training and is vouched for by some of the strongest people in the world, namely the guys at Westside Barbell.
Similar to a wheelbarrow, you throw weight plates on the weight horn and are able to do farmer’s walk type work that is great for both the core, upper body, and lower body. It’s truly a full body killer and likely something Joe gets a lot of use out of.
Battle ropes are one of the oldest and most versatile exercise implements available. You can take them with you anywhere, anchor them to a tree or kettlebell, and get in a great workout on the go. Ideal for high-intensity interval training, supersets or work in between sets, battle ropes will guarantee a full body workout in an incredibly short period of time Battle ropes are often thought of as a tool for your upper body, which they are. However, their benefits don't end there. Battle rope workouts work the muscles in your abs, back, and glutes, and you can incorporate movements, such as jumps, lunges, and squats, that work your legs. Battle ropes also provide a great way to get top-end power like you would doing a one-rep max in barbell lifts like the squat or snatch. But unlike with the bar, there’s a very nominal risk of injury. If your form breaks down on a max with a barbell, your risk for injury increases enormously because of the weight involved. If you screw up with the rope, the exercise won’t be effective but it won’t hurt you.
In the front corner of Rogan’s Studio Gym is a pile of Battle Ropes from Onnit. Onnit has quite a few different battle ropes, but they’re all pretty similar and designed to do the same thing. Once hooked to the Rope Anchors on his Monster Rig, Joe can do various movements with the battle ropes to increase his shoulder strength and also overall conditioning.
The Onnit Battle Ropes are some of the higher quality battle ropes that are available with nylon capped ends and a mixture of 80% nylon and 20% polypropylene which creates a much more comfortable rope than the traditional manila battle rope.
Mobility & Recovery Equipment
It’s great to be strong and well conditioned, but it doesn’t do much if you’re unable to move and recover from your training. Joe recognizes this and has invested quite a bit of money into items designed to increase his ability to recover from workouts and increase his mobility.
The Crossover Symmetry System is an advanced, fully customizable shoulder health and performance system that’s unlike anything else in the industry. Developed by leading physical therapists, coaches and athletes, this dynamic training and recovery method can help bulletproof the shoulders against future injury, eliminate post-workout aches and pains, and maximize performance in a wide range of athletic pursuits. There is no training kit better equipped for developing the mechanics needed to quickly eliminate shoulder pain and develop strength and mobility overhead.
Sitting in the middle of Joe’s Monster Rig 2.0 are a few bands associated with the Crossover Symmetry program. Crossover Symmetry is a program that is designed to increase scapular strength and is great for improving posture and overhead strength and control.
We’ve reviewed and used the Crossover Symmetry System for a couple of years now and are big fans of how easy to follow, yet how effective it is. You can see our full review here.
Iron Neck Pro offers full range isometric and concentric neck training with fully-adjustable rotational resistance. A built-in adjustment dial and braking system allow you to change the level of concentric training to your desired setting, meaning multiple athletes or patients can use the device and quickly customize it between workouts."‹"‹ "‹"‹Iron Neck Pro works with any weight-loaded cable pulley system, pneumatic resistance machine or resistance band. With our resistance bands, you can use the Iron Neck anywhere. The cinch anchor securely loops around any stable vertical post (i.e. squat rack, structural column, goal post, basketball hoop, etc). Clip one end of the resistance band into the cinch anchor and the other into the Iron Neck and you're good to go! - Clips into cable pulley or resistance band for linear resistance - Adjust Fitting System uses air to get an optimal fit on head - Adjustable rotational resistance - Anti-microbial foam wipes clean with disinfecting spray
The Iron Neck is a strengthening and mobility increasing tool for the neck and the surrounding musculature. Joe has discussed multiple times on his podcast how much he likes the Iron Neck and how he thinks more MMA guys should be using it due to its benefits in decreasing concussions.
We’ve reviewed multiple Iron Neck models and agree with Joe’s assessment on the effectiveness of it. We try to use the Iron Neck during warm-ups and would guess that Joe does something similar. You can find our full review on the Iron Neck here.
It’s no secret that Joe is a fan of the sauna. He’s had many guests on his show, most notably Rhonda Patrick, who espouse the benefits of having a sauna. Instead of just getting a small, pre-made infrared sauna-like an absolute schmo, Joe just had them build out a room in his studio with cedar paneling to create a sauna.
We have a sauna in our backyard and use it often (especially in the winter months.) No doubt, they’re great for recovery and honestly are just very relaxing.
The Dex II is a versatile forward-rotating, hip-supported inversion device for relief of back pain and so much more!. The Dex II places the body in a bent-knee/bent-hip position ideal for targeted decompression in the lower back and hips. Better than a roman chair or bench, this position is also ideal for back extension exercises because it prevents over-extension and neutralizes the hamstrings to isolate the core during strength work. This versatile platform accommodates inverted stretches, core strength building exercises, and use of the base for reverse dips, modified push-ups and exercise band work. Forward-rotating, hip-support inversion device Decompress or work out the core and upper body Adjustable padded vinyl lap cushion Ergonomic, adjustable leg rollers Rubber-coated upper grips for assistance Multi-purpose lower handles for support & strengthening FDA Registered; 5-year Full Warranty User capacity: 300 lbs. / 4'8" - 6'6"
Joe has talked about spine decompression and inversion tables on his podcast for years. He has a couple in his gym that likely get a lot of use. The first is the Teeter Dex II Decompression and Extension Machine. This is one of the more expensive decompression machines, but is considered by many to be the best due to its versatility and ability to target the core.
The other inversion table Joe has is the Teeter EP-960 LTD Inversion Table. This is designed for spinal decompression by holding your ankles and letting you hang freely. An inversion table is a great way to decompress your spine after a long day on your feet, or with lots of weight training.
Made from a reciprocating polyurethane foam blend, the Sanddune Power Stepper is a unique balancing implement that recreates the feel and challenge of moving on thick sand, with an added, beneficial rebound effect. The design utilizes two independent platforms (one slightly higher than the other), enabling unilateral training and dynamic movements. This makes it ideally equipped as a low impact, rehabilitation tool for anyone recovering from an injury (especially foot, ankle, knee, hip, and shoulder), but also equally useful as a great pre-lift warm-up for weightlifters and athletes at the highest levels of competition. The Sanddune Stepper can be used for lower and upper body movements, and can function as a platform for your normal conditioning work and active recovery. The design has also proven particularly beneficial to users with neurological disorders, helping to enhance body movement awareness in many patients. As a unit, the Sanddune is conveniently portable, weighing just over 12 LBS and measuring 22” x 26” x 6”. Each order includes an antibacterial cover and carrying bag. Specifications: Balance tool for rehab, warm-ups, recovery, more Made from reciprocating polyurethane foam blend* Two independent platforms, low and high (moving on one won't impact the other) Dimensions : 22" x 26" x 6" Average Weight: 12.5 LBS Effective exercise and rehabilitative method for neurological / orthopedic patients Includes Antibacterial cover and carry bag
The Sand Dune Stepper is designed for rehab and conditioning. It’s essentially a block of foam that can be used for running on, pushups, and other movements. Although we have one and haven’t found a lot of great uses for it, there are a few people who swear by it.
In addition to all of the equipment we’ve listed, Joe has a few funhouse items that can be considered training equipment, although are a bit different.
For instance, Joe has a PowerKube next to his training area that is designed to track the speed and power of your punches and kicks. It looks extremely fun and also would create a killer workout.
Joe also has a Technohunt setup that he lets friends like Shane Dorian use. Bow hunting is an obvious passion of Joe’s, and this is a great way to train for when you’re not in the wild.
Joe Rogan’s Training Program
Joe has an awesome physique and there’s few who doubt that. At over 50 years old, Joe still looks and performs like an elite level MMA fighter, and this is thanks in large part to his consistent training.
Joe got into kickboxing when he was young and that eventually transformed into Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, of which he holds a black belt under Eddie Bravo. In addition to MMA type training, Joe has a steady diet of strength and conditioning as evidenced by all of the equipment in his gym.
Although Joe trains a lot, it appears that he has a unique training style, following the advice of Pavel Tsatsouline, founder of StrongFirst and a big name in the kettlebell community.
This is what Joe had to say about his training schedule on his podcast:
“I schedule my workouts every Sunday. I schedule everything that I’m going to do during the week.”
“I say ‘I have to do yoga two times this week’ and ‘I have to lift weights three times this week’ and ‘I have to run twice this week.’ And however I fit that in, I fit that in. But I owe those things so I have to get those things in.”
“The only exceptions are injuries and sickness. That’s the schedule.”
“On top of that, there are other things that I enjoy doing like kickboxing and Jiu-Jitsu. I work those in when I can.”
To get to the level of Rogan’s fitness, you have to be disciplined and this is the way he gets it done. In relation to the type of training he does, this is what he had to say:
“I follow the Pavel Tsatsouline protocol, where say if I can do 10 reps of something, I never do 10. I do five.”
“If I’m doing something heavy. Like if I’m doing 90lbs clean press squats where I’m holding 90lbs over my head, I could probably do 10 of those but I’ll only do four or maybe five.”
“I don’t go to failure. I don’t believe in going to failure. What I think you’re best off doing is fewer repetitions but more often. So instead of doing one day where you blow your whole f****** system out and you do ‘ONE MORE BRO, COME ON. ONE MORE!!’ And then the next day you can barely walk.”
“I think, and this is what Pavel says, and this is what a company called StrongFirst recommends… there are a few people at the front of the line when it comes to what you would call functional fitness and functional strength. It’s what Pavel calls ‘greasing the groove,’ which means to do it more often but not to failure.”
“So instead of having one workout every three days where you blow your body out, have one workout every day where you don’t blow your body out. And you’ll get stronger quicker.”
“There is no reason in nature why you would go to failure. Why would you go to failure in nature? You wouldn’t!”
“How do animals and people and farmers get strong? Farmers don’t get ridiculously f****** strong from going to failure every day. They get ridiculously strong from consistently taxing their bodies, moving bales of hay and picking up heavy things.”
“You do that consistently and you get stronger and stronger so that’s mostly what I do.”
In my own training, I’ve greased the groove for many different types of training, including for grip and sprinting. It works extremely well and keeps things interesting so you can’t wait to get back in the gym.
Joe Rogan’s Diet & Nutrition
A physique with abilities like Joe has aren’t just made in the gym, but also the kitchen. This is what Joe had to say about his nutrition and supplementation on a recent podcast:
“The diet is pretty strict in terms of no bread, very few carbs, no sugar, no bullshit. Healthy food, a lot of vegetables and a lot of game meat, mostly wild game.”
“I take vitamin supplements every day. I take multivitamins, I take probiotics, I take vitamin B12 and D.”
“I do everything that I can to put my body and my brain in a good place so I’m keeping my engine smooth. I’m changing my oil, I’m changing my spark plugs and I’m making sure that it’s operating. It’s not going to be perfect but I know that I’ve done my best to keep it operating to the best it can.”
Joe Rogan Supplement Stack
A question many people ask is, “What supplements does Joe Rogan use.”
Well, Joe is known for taking and talking about the wide array of supplements he takes. Sure, he’s sponsored by Onnit so he has the ability to get just about any supplement he wants for free, but no less, many of these he likely pays for.
If you were to follow the exact supplements that Joe takes, you’d be spending hundreds of dollars a month, but you may be able to find just a few that you can add to your supplement stack to improve your micronutrient uptake.
The Pure Encapsulations Athletic Pure Pack is a multi-vitamin that lays the foundation for Joe’s supplementation. A multi-vitamin is excellent to cover a wide variety of bases and the Athletic Pure Pack from Pure Encapsulations is one of the best there is.
Each serving of the Athletic Pure Pack contains the following: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D (500 IU), Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Pantothenic acid, Choline, Calcium, Iodine, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Chromium, Potassium, Boron, Vanadium, Proprietary mixed carotenoid blend, Inositol, Creatine monohydrate, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha-ketoglutarate, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine, Alpha lipoic acid, L-Carnosine, PowerGrape®, Fish oil concentrate.
For most people, this is enough various micro-nutrients to cover all of your bases, and this, along with the purity of the product is the reason it’s so expensive.
On the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast #802 with Tom Papa, Joe discussed the why he takes this product and a good reason is that he prefers powdered vitamins that come in a capsule form, which is how these are
In addition to Joe liking Pure Encapsulations, Dr. Rhonda Patrick, a consistent guest on the show, likes the daily multivitamin from Pure Encapsulations called the O.N.E Multivitamin.
By far one of the most popular products Onnit has made to date, and one that Joe Rogan has discussed quite often on his podcast is the Onnit Alpha BRAIN nootropic. Alpha BRAIN is a nootropic supplement that is designed to enhance brain function by improving memory retention, focus on tasks, and overall mental output.
Alpha BRAIN was actually created after Joe suggested to Aubry Marcus, founder of Onnit, to create a cognitive enhancer. Joe has stated that he has been using Alpha BRAIN since it’s release in 2010 and takes it before every podcast, UFC Fight, and stand-up comedy routines as it allows him to recall words and form sentences better than without.
One of the side effects of the supplement that Joe has mentioned a few times, however, is that it causes extremely vivid and over the top dreams. I’ve experienced these a few time and to be honest, they’re pretty nice to have.
We suggest getting a free trial of Alpha BRAIN to see how you like it and then going from there. Pretty low bar to entry.
If you want to take pretty much everything Joe takes, then the Onnit Total Human is an all-in-one supplement pack that’s probably your best bet price wise. If you buy all of the individual supplements separately, unless you buy them in huge bulk, you’ll likely be spending much more than going with this option.
The Onnit Total Human supplement comes with a pack for the day and a pack for the night. The Day Pack comes with Alpha BRAIN (which is something we previously mentioned that Joe takes), Shroom Tech Sport, Stron Bone, and Total Human B Complex. The Night Pack comes with New Mood, ViruTech, Key Mineral. Both packs include Shroom Tech Immune, Krill Oil, and Spirulina & Chlorella.
If you were to take everything that comes in Onnit Total Human by buying them individually, it would cost $7.68/day. That’s a pretty penny for supplements. If you purchase it through the Total Human packs, it costs $4.60/day or $3.91/day if you purchase the subscription. This is really for the person that wants a holistic supplement approach and is probably why Joe Rogan takes and endorses it.
Fish oil is a tremendously well researched and suggested supplement that is high in Omega-3 fatty acids. On episode #1178 with Dr. Rhonda Patrick, Joe shared that he takes Carlson’s The Very Finest Fish Oil which is fish oil that comes either in capsules, or my favorite, in liquid form that digests quicker, although it has been said to taste worse (however, the lemon flavor actually tastes pretty good.)
Each serving of the fish oil Joe takes contains 1,600mg of Omega-3 and is extremely highly rated with a 4.5/5 star rating with over 1,800 reviews. Fish oil is one of the top supplements we and many others would recommend and Joe is taking one of the best.
Athletic Greens is a favorite among both Joe Rogan and another popular podcast host (and fellow home gym owner) Tim Ferriss. It could be that Athletic Greens is a sponsor of both podcasts, however, Joe says that he consumes Athletic Greens and specifically their Travel Packs with him on the road for all of the comedy shows and UFC fight nights he’s a part of.
Athletic Greens is an extremely popular product, and for good reason. It’s a powder that mixes with water and contains 75 different micronutrients including vitamins, minerals, and whole food including both chlorella and spirulina (which is found in other supplements Joe has said he takes.) When you’re traveling like Rogan often is, it’s great to have a pack that you can take with you and drop it into water to make sure you’re getting all of the nutrients you need to keep you going.
It’s come out, in many ways thanks to the guests on the Joe Rogan Experience that many people are deficient in Vitamin D3. This is largely due to the fact that we work mostly indoors and most of the light we receive is from our computers and phones. The Vitamin D supplement that Joe uses is Solgar Vitamin D3 as shown here.
Solgar Vitamin D3 is a very highly rated Vitamin D3 supplement that helps to maintain healthy bones and teeth while supporting a healthy immune system and tissue health. It is a bit pricier than some generic vitamin d supplement, but you often get what you pay for, and this is one of those instances.
Creatine is a foundational supplement for just about anyone looking to increase muslce mass and improve performance. It’s long been considered one of the best supplements that aren’t illegal and because of this, it’s no surprise that it’s been apart of Joe Rogan’s supplement stack for some time.
Joe said on JRE Podcast #799 with Brendan Schaub and Bryan Callen that, “creatine is one of the few legit supplements that actually increases your strength.” And, he’s completely right, creatine works and if you’re not taking it, you should.
At this point, just about all creatine monohydrate powders are the same, despite the marketing. We suggest going with Now Sports Nutrition Creatine Monohydrate from Amazon as it’s the cheapest per ounce. However, the creatine that Rogan likely uses is Onnit’s Creatine Monohydrate that is a bit more expensive, but still a good, clean product.
Out of all the supplements on this list, creatine is one of the most researched and effective.
Joe has discussed TrueBrain, which combines caffeine, oxiracetam, and piracetam. On JRE episode #629, Joe interviewed Dr. Andrew Hill, which is the neuroscientist behind TrueBrain and is similar to another supplement that Joe takes called Neuro1.
TruBrain is comprised of a pack of 1 OZ pouches that can be used on the go and are a popular nootropic for those that want to “overcome mental blocks conquer procrastination, and improve verbal fluency.”
Although there are likely cheaper ways to get the ingredients found in TruBrain, if you’re looking for something on the go, then this is a great option and something that Joe has taken at some point in his life, if not currently.
What Supplements Does Joe Rogan Take?
- Pure Encapsulations Athletic Pure Pack
- Onnit Apha BRAIN
- Onnit Total Human
- Carlson The Very Finest Fish Oil
- Athletic Greens
- Solgar Vitamin D3
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