UFC color commentator Joe Rogan is an interesting guy, not only is the stand up comic a podcast host in his spare time, but he also is a keen archer and and hunter too. On top of all this, the 48-year old likes to keep in the best shape possible. A former kickboxer in his younger years, Rogan has managed to maintain a pretty decent level of physical fitness, which he discussed at length in a recent edition of Rolling Stone Magazine.
Although it’s highly controversial in the world of mixed martial arts, TRT (testosterone replacement therapy) is a something Rogan uses on a weekly basis:
He shoots himself up with testosterone on a weekly basis — “It’s what fighters get in trouble for, but, obviously, I’m not competing. I just like the idea that I’m cheating old age and death, although, you know, you can’t cheat it forever”— as well as human growth hormone. If he’s dragging a little, he’ll pop a Nuvigil, a variant of the focus-improving drug that fighter pilots use.
Most mornings, he preps for the day with a Vitamixed, sludgy blend of kale, spinach, celery, “a large hunk of ginger about the size of a child’s thumb,” four cloves of garlic, an apple and some coconut oil. Tastes like crud. “But after your body digests it,” he says, “you’re like, ‘Whoa, we’ve got a lot of stuff to work with here.’ ”
As well as all his personal pursuits in fitness, Rogan likes to experiment with drugs of a different kind. An outspoken advocate for marijuana legalization, the UFC commentator also likes to experiment with DMT (dimethyltryptamine). The drug, also known as ‘the spirit molecule’ has often been described as the wildest trip of all hallucinogens, as Rogan explains:
“The experience is so overwhelming and so alien. It’s just hard for anyone to describe. You’re just boom! Shot to the middle of everything for 15 minutes. Constantly changing geometric patterns. Jokers with jesters’ hats on, all giving me the finger. I’ve had psychedelic trips where my own sanity was slippery. It’s so titanic that any words I use to describe it are just noise. It’s a fucking billion roller coasters, plus aliens. It is whatever it is. I don’t know what it is. A chemical gateway to another dimension? A portal of souls you can tap into? I don’t see any negative to it. And it’s so fucked up that we don’t have the freedom to experiment with it legally, because there are lessons to be learned that are just not getting learned.”
The full spread is a very insightful read, and even delves in to some more of the dark times in Rogan’s life. Check out his recollection of his abusive father, and then watch the video ‘A Day in The Life of Joe Rogan.’
“All I remember of my dad,” he says, “are these brief, violent flashes of domestic violence. And when I was five, I had a fight with one of my cousins — punched him in the face over something stupid — and his mother was screaming to my parents, ‘Your son’s a little monster. He punched my kid in the face!’ My dad pulled me aside and I told him the truth of what happened. He said, ‘Did you cry?’ I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Good, don’t ever cry.’ I mean, he was happy that I punched my cousin. But I don’t want to complain about my childhood. Nothing bad ever really happened to me. It was just confusing, you know? He was just a very violent, scary guy. After the split, we moved to San Francisco and that was it. Never heard from him again.”