LISTEN: Spartan Founder Joe De Sena on The Joe Rogan Experience (+ 10 Rogan Podcasts That Spartans Will LOVE)

Spartan founder and CEO Joe De Sena made his debut appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience on Friday. Rogan — a comedian, mixed martial arts commentator, and the most popular podcaster of all time — and De Sena had a spirited two-and-a-half hour conversation at Rogan’s studio in Los Angeles. As per usual with Rogan, the conversation was extremely wide-ranging, with topics ranging from nutrition to entrepreneurship to De Sena’s fascinating upbringing.

We couldn’t WAIT to hear De Sena on the podcast, and it didn’t disappoint. Wildly entertaining from start to finish, there wasn’t a dull moment.

Is this your introduction to The Joe Rogan Experience? Whether you’re a first-time listener or a JRE devotee, we are confident that you’ll find the 10 podcasts below compelling. When you’re finished watching De Sena’s interview, featured above, check out these fascinating conversations with world-class athletes, bestselling authors, innovative entrepreneurs, a decorated war hero, and more highly accomplished figures. Many of these guests have prior ties to Spartan and have appeared on De Sena’s podcast, Spartan Up!.

Put a pot of coffee on, fire up your phone or tablet, plug in your AirPods, find 25 hours of free time, and begin! (We kid: These podcasts are great to listen to when you’re exercising, washing dishes, folding your laundry, and handling daily errands.)

Happy watching!

If You’re Fascinated by the Mind-Body Connection, Listen to Ben Greenfield

A fixture on The Joe Rogan Experience, Ben Greenfield is the bestselling author of Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life and a dedicated Spartan. (Check out his 10 tips for conquering a Beast.) Greenfield has also been a guest of De Sena’s on the Spartan Up! podcast.

If You Need Some Perspective and Motivation, Listen to C.T. Fletcher

C.T. Fletcher, the host of Don’t Break With C.T. Fletcher — airing exclusively on Spartan’s YouTube channel — is a three-time World Bench Press Champion and three-time World Strict Curl Champion. Check out these fascinating facts about him — he’s flatlined five times, for example — and check out his emotional conversation with De Sena.

If You Want to Hear From a World-Class Athlete, Listen to Gabrielle Reece

A true renaissance woman, Gabrielle Reece is a professional volleyball player, announcer, model, and actress. She also owns XPT (Extreme Performance Training) with her husband, surfing legend Laird Hamilton. To hear more from Reece, check our her appearance on the Spartan Up! podcast.

If You Love Kettlebells As Much As We Do, Listen to Pavel Tsatsouline

We know how much De Sena — and all Spartans, for that matter — loves kettlebells, and he has Pavel Tsatsouline to thank for that. Considered by many to be the father of kettlebells, he has shared his training techniques with elite soldiers all over the globe. For more on this innovative training philosophy, and what it can do for you, click here.

If You Love Testing Your Limits Like Never Before, Listen to Wim Hof

Few people have what it takes to try the Wim Hof Method, an exposure to freezing temperatures that this extreme athlete swears by. Do you take cold showers? Multiply that by 1,000, and you're barely scratching the surface of what Hof does. Check out his fascinating conversation with De Sena on the Spartan Up! podcast, and learn why he puts himself through such pain.

If You Live for Entrepreneurship, Listen to Gary Vaynerchuk

If De Sena's two great passions in life are fitness and nutrition — and his lovely wife and four children, of course — a close third is entrepreneurship. So naturally he's drawn to Gary Vaynerchuk, the CEO of VaynerMedia and one of the brightest, most innovative digital marketing and social media minds in the world. He's been a guest of De Sena's on the Spartan Up! podcast, and the two chatted briefly about the current state of the world back in May.

If You Want to Learn From a Decorated War Hero, Listen to Jocko Willink

During Jocko Willink's tremendous 30-year career in the United States Navy, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander and served as the commander of SEAL Team 3 in Iraq. He was awarded Silver and Bronze Stars for his heroic service and has co-authored two books about leadership, Extreme Ownership and The Dichotomy of Leadership.

If You've Ever Wanted to Know What It's Like to Live Like a Monk, Listen to Jesse Itzler

The bestselling author of Living with the Monks: What Turning Off My Phone Taught Me about Happiness, Gratitude, and Focus, Jesse Itzler is an accomplished ultramarathon runner, entrepreneur, and rapper. Check out his conversation with De Sena from 2017.

If You're a Bona Fide Fitness Junkie, Listen to Aubrey Marcus

De Sena is a believer in holistic health, so it's fitting that he bonded with Aubrey Marcus, whose company, Onnit, helps people achieve and optimize their health goals holistically. His 2018 book, Own the Day, Own Your Life: Optimized Practices for Waking, Working, Learning, Eating, Training, Playing, Sleeping, and Sex, was a New York Times bestseller.

If You Want to Eat Like an Elite Athlete, Listen to Mark Sisson

Spartans are believers in the credo "Eat Like You Train," which essentially means that what you put into your body is as important, if not more important, than exercise. (They're both critical!) Mark Sisson — a triathlete, Ironman competitor, and healthy eating advocate — lives by that essential framework. Check out his conversation with De Sena back in 2017.

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