The Rock's Home Gym (Tour Through His Iron Paradise)

James Cunningham, BSc, CPT
Published by James Cunningham, BSc, CPT | Staff Writer & Senior Coach
Last updated: February 11, 2024
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Having devoted a considerable part of my life to different gyms, I questioned the true worth of any gym membership as soon as I saw Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's awe-inspiring home gym.

Outfitted with top-of-the-line equipment and abundant space, it easily surpasses the standards set by popular local establishments such as Gold's Gym or Lifetime Fitness.

Driven by curiosity, I delved into his Instagram posts, interviews, and articles to gather every detail I could about his gym, his equipment, and all of its impressive features.

Quick Summary

  • The Rock's home gym, known as the "Iron Paradise," is a fully equipped fitness haven with top-notch commercial gym equipment and custom-made tools.
  • This gym includes a variety of equipment, such as a power rack, unilateral leg press, commercial Smith machine, high-end dumbbells, barbells, and specialized cardio machines.
  • The Rock views his gym as a form of therapy, supported by a study on PubMed that states that exercising releases chemicals in the brain that increase feelings of well-being.
  • I find The Rock's home gym to be an inspiring example of how a tailored fitness space can significantly enhance one's dedication and results in physical training.

The Rock’s Stationary Gym

The Rock and his home gym

The most popular home gym is located in The Rock’s Miami mansion, and it looks like a fully equipped dream.

To accommodate the impressive scale of Iron Paradise, Johnson's remarkable fitness facility surpasses the standards of most commercial gyms.

So let’s go through this step-by-step to ensure no detail goes unnoticed.

Equipment

The "Iron Paradise," aptly named, serves as a physical embodiment of this dedication.

“My Iron Paradise gym is where I go to push myself to the limit, to test my limits, and to come out stronger on the other side.”

- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

The gym is located in a 10,000-square-foot warehouse and contains some of the most advanced home gym equipment on the market.

The Iron Paradise is filled with a wide range of equipment, including a power rack, a unilateral leg press, a commercial Smith machine, and a variety of high-end dumbbells and barbells.

I also made sure to include a wide range of equipment in my home gym, as this allows me to refine my workout routines.

Most of the equipment in his gym belongs to the fitness industry’s renowned trademarks, like StarTrac, Hammer Strength, Eleiko, and Rogue Fitness. 

The gym also features a vast number of training stations, a large selection of quality home gym resistance bands, and a variety of high-class cardio equipment, including treadmills and the best stair climbers made by the famous brand Precor.

Additionally, The Rock also has several custom-made equipment pieces tailored to his needs and specifications.

For example, he has a customized deadlift platform built to withstand the heavy weight he lifts and a custom-made squat rack (accompanied by a safety bar) to support the heavy load and provide maximum stability.

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Other Features

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The Rock’s home gym is not just a workout space; it’s also a place for him to relax and unwind.

He calls his gym therapy cheaper than a shrink, which makes sense as, according to a study published on the PubMed website, exercising releases chemical signals in the brain that increase feelings of well-being [1].

Therefore, you would expect a sauna, steam room, spa-like shower area, or TV, but Dwayne Johnson sees those things as obstacles drawing attention away from the workout.

The Iron Paradise only features white brick walls and a full-fledged kitchen where The Rock can prepare healthy meals and snacks.

This way, The Rock doesn’t have to ever leave the gym for a protein shake or snack before the session is over.

Judging by the informal poll I conducted among my clients, a good compact home gym machine appears to be the piece of workout equipment that also helps them crush their goals in their home gyms.

“The gym is my sanctuary, it’s my safe haven, it’s my therapy.”

- Dwayne Johnson

The Rock’s Traveling Gym

Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock

In addition to his stationary gym in Miami, The Rock also has a few other gyms that he frequently uses.

The most unique one is his mobile gym, which he takes with him everywhere he goes.

Equipment

This custom-built trailer gym is filled with all the necessary gear for a full-body workout, with a total weight of between 40,000 and 45,000 pounds of steel.

The Iron Paradise #2 includes high-end weight and cardio equipment from top brands such as Nautilus, Free Motion, Rogue, Star Trac, and Hammer Strength.

Dwayne Johnson’s Iron Paradise also has Iron Grip plates and dumbbells, a popular choice among professional athletes.

The Rock wanted his mobile gym to be functional and straightforward, like his stationary gyms, without fancy accessories or distractions.

That's why Iron Paradise #2 also doesn't contain TVs, spa towels, or anything else that could cause a distraction.

I also found that creating a training environment that's all about the workout and nothing else provides the best results to my clients.

Transport

The Rock in front of Iron Paradise

The traveling Iron Paradise is designed to be easily transported, set up at various locations, and towed by a truck.

It is built to withstand the rigors of travel, with heavy-duty cables, axles, tires, and a reinforced frame to ensure it can handle the weight of the equipment and provide a smooth ride.

The trailer is also equipped with a generator, so The Rock can train anywhere, regardless of whether electricity is available.

The Reasons for Building Fully-Equipped Traveling Home Gym

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Being a professional athlete and actor, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s schedule is incredibly tight and often requires him to travel frequently.

At first glance, the fully equipped traveling gym may seem like a luxury for a famous star, but upon further consideration, Iron Paradise #2 brings him several important advantages:

  1. Familiar gym setup: Iron Paradise #2 allows him to maintain consistency in his insane work schedule and progress.
  2. Control over the equipment and environment: The gym ensures The Rock has access to good working equipment at any time.
  3. Complete focus: It allows him to train in private, controlled environments.
  4. Time management: The Rock doesn’t have to waste time searching for a gym or a suitable place to train.

He said that working out in a public gym became too chaotic for him, so a traveling gym allows The Rock to continue progressing toward his fitness goals and stay in top physical condition while on the road.

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Evolution of The Rock's Home Gym Over Time

The Rock's initial home gym setup was relatively modest. It consisted of basic equipment - free weights, a bench, and perhaps a few machines. This phase was more about functionality than flair, mirroring his focus on building a foundation of strength and endurance.

As The Rock's career took off, so did the scale and sophistication of his gym. The gym grew in size, and high-end equipment started making its way in.

This was the birth of the "Iron Paradise" - a term that aptly described the haven he was creating for his grueling workouts.

With his rising fame and the diverse physical demands of his roles, The Rock's gym underwent further customization. Equipment was now handpicked to suit his specific workout regimes.

In recent years, The Rock's home gym has seen the integration of cutting-edge technology. From advanced cardio machines with personalized training programs to apps that track workout progress and nutrition, technology became a cornerstone of his fitness journey.

FAQs

How Much Is the Rock’s Home Gym?

The Rock’s Home Gym is estimated to cost $300,000. The cost includes equipment, construction, and design. However, since it’s not a regular gym and the new pieces of state-of-the-art equipment keep coming, the price tag might have gone up in recent years.

Does The Rock Have a Bathroom in His Gym?

No, The Rock doesn’t have a bathroom in his gym. According to his 2017 interview, his gyms don’t have bathrooms because they are “hot, sweaty, and dirty.” Therefore, if the urge happens during his workout, he goes with the classic solution—peeing in a water bottle.


References:

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/6091217/
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James Cunningham, BSc, CPT
Staff Writer & Senior Coach
James Cunningham, BSc, CPT holds a BSc degree in Sport & Exercise Science from University of Hertfordshire. He's a Health & Performance Coach from London that brings a unique blend of academic knowledge of health supplements and practical exercise experience to the table for his readers.
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Benedict Ang, CPT, PN1-NC
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Benedict Ang, CPT, PN1-NC is an ex-National Soccer player turned MMA and Kickboxing champion, with ACE CPT and PN1-NC certifications. His advice is rooted in education and experience, ensuring that readers receive scientific and battle-tested insights. His mission is to empower his clients and readers to realize their potential and become the best versions of themselves.
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