Weed Friendly Gym?
Like to get ripped while getting ripped? Then the world’s first weed friendly gym, about to open in San Francisco, is your ultimate destination.
That’s right. Gym members can consume cannabis during their workout, on-site.
But Power Plant wants fitness and cannabis enthusiasts to know that the gym is going to be all business.
It won’t be a place to get high and just screw around,” wrote Jim McAlpine, founder of the cannabis event series 420 Games and co-founder of Power Plant Fitness. On the company’s blog, McAlpine wrote, “We are focused on the athletic side, not the cannabis side.”
That sentiment makes sense coming from Jim McAlpine, considering he founded the 420 Games. The 420 Games are the Olympics for stoners, and include events like triathlons, golf tournaments and everything in between, with the signature event being a 4.20-mile run.
Remember, cannabis is a banned substance for Olympic athletes. But athletes who compete in the games take their game very seriously.
McAlpine hopes to create a weed friendly atmosphere at the gym that allows athletes who use cannabis to achieve new levels of success.
For McApline himself, cannabis is a tool for workout focus and post-workout recovery. New members all work under the close supervision of staff.
The gym offers a “cannabis performance assessment” which helps members determine the optimal ways to consume cannabis during and after training.
Maybe a bite of a THC-infused powerbar is the perfect companion to your cardio workout but knocks someone else completely out. That’s what the staff is trying to determine.
“We will be helping our members figure out how is best for them to ingest their cannabis,” McAlpine says.
McAlpine’s gym is sticking to the letter of the law, too. Smoking inside public structures is prohibited under San Francisco medical cannabis laws, so the weed friendly gym will only permit edible consumption and vaping on-site.
There are plans in the works to add an outdoor smoking deck for people who actually want to puff. But smoking isn’t as popular among athletes as vapes or edibles.
Ultimately, the weed friendly gym may be just the thing to change some of the stereotypes around cannabis. It could also help teach people how to consume cannabis safely when they exert themselves. Problems like dry mouth and dehydration, dizziness, and anxiety are real concerns, especially in the weight room or on the treadmill.