Before Joe Rogan was a comedian or the color commentator for the UFC, he was a US Open champion in Tae Kwon Do. In fact, his Tae Kwon Do skills are so good that Georges St. Pierre, the reigning welterweight champion of the UFC, asked Rogan to teach him how to do a spinning side kick. Click here to watch the video of that session. Rogan also trains BJJ on a regular basis and was recently awarded his BJJ black belt by none other than Jean Jacques Machado. Rogan also works out religiously as anyone who listens to the popular Joe Rogan Podcast can attest. In particular, Rogan touts Keith Weber’s “Extreme Kettlebell Cardio Workout” DVD as a tremendous test of strength and cardio. Rogan discussed his fitness philosophy in this interview that was published on September 3.
Rogan talks about how he works out hard in part because he trains BJJ. As he says in the interview “to enjoy jiu-jitsu you have to be in good shape, otherwise you just get f***ing strangled all the time.” Anyone that trains in a combat sport can bear witness to that being the case. The article includes a shirtless picture of the 46-year-old Rogan, who clearly puts in a lot of hard work in order to look the way he does.
He describes his workouts as “extreme, rigorous exercise.” Rogan talks about some of the equipment he has in his house, like kettlebells and heavy bags, and what he does to stay motivated to work out as hard as he does. He also discusses the mental and emotional benefits that he gets from training. Training hard for Rogan is a great stress reliever and a way to sane even in tough times.
The best part about Rogan’s philosophy is simply that he trains hard. His workouts are relatively short in duration but he trains at maximum capacity. Rogan is a famous comedian, with a new television show (“Joe Rogan Questions Everything”) and does the UFC commentating. He has worked hard for everything that he has achieved, yet he continues to push himself in every way. Anyone looking to become more fit to train in MMA or BJJ would do well to follow Rogan’s example.