San Francisco–the embracive metropolis of all things innovative–is now the home of the world’s first cannabis friendly gym, Power Plant Fitness.
After becoming the fifth state to legalize recreational marijuana–with the passing of Proposition 64–California has seen a burst of new businesses ranging from dispensaries, delivery services and edible bakeries; making founder Jim McAlpine the latest and most versatile proponent of the botanical wonder. He believes, with advise, marijuana can bring focus to gym-goers and athletes. “If you use it right, cannabis takes the things you love and lets you love them more,” he told Outside.
Despite the limited and outdated studies on cannabis use for athleticism, McAlpine is basing the training regimen on his own experiences, as well as his business partner, ex NFL running back, Ricky Williams. In fact, recent studies show the benefits marijuana has to offer those deep in a workout–a decrease in pain threshold, inflammation and anxiety, just to name a few. It’s no wonder why McAlpine is committed to altering the stereotype for consumers.
“Cannabis has been part of athletic lifestyles for a long, long time. It’s just been hidden,” he expressed. “For people who are new to this, we’re going to have a very hands-on approach that helps them understand how much cannabis to take, when to take it, and why it’s applicable to them. We’ll work out with those people who want to use cannabis and help them figure out if it’s something we want to recommend to them, and then we’ll help them figure out their appropriate dosages.”
A consumption room will be available on-site for those who wish to maximize their workouts with the super plant. A glorious selection of signature Power Plant edibles and cannabis will also be available for purchase to ensure each member’s convenience. However, if a member is comfortable with bringing their own, they’re encouraged to do so. Membership fees for the fitness center will range from $150-$170 upon its opening in May,2017.