Jim McAlpine, who founded 420 Games, which “works to break down the stereotypes that have been built up during the era of cannabis prohibition” through athletic events, is working to create Power Plant Fitness, the world’s first cannabis gym, originally partnered with Ricky Williams.
According to McAlpine, cannabis helps him control his weight and focus. As this is not the case for everyone, when new clients join PPF they will complete a cannabis performance assessment to determine when or if cannabis-influenced workouts are right for them. With McAlpine’s record of promoting a healthy and responsible lifestyle, it’s safe to say this gym is not going to have the stereotypical “lazy stoner” atmosphere.
Smoking at the gym will not be allowed due to California state laws, but edibles and vaping will be permitted. McAlpine addressed the fact that the press likes to proliferate the image of people lazily sitting on a bench, taking bong hits, but that won’t be the case at Power Plant Fitness. Edibles will be allowed in the gym, and there will be a segregated medicating area for vaping. The emphasis on professionalism is very important to McAlpine, and the gym as a whole.
McAlpine explains that, “we want to educate people and teach them the most healthy ways to consume cannabis. In terms of our gym’s philosophy, edibles are the best way to consume. You don’t put anything into your lungs. Vaping is definitely secondary and heads and shoulders above smoking if we are putting it on a health scale, and then third is smoking. All of them are okay to do,but we want to educate everyone that we work with on the optimal health methods for consumption.”
With cannabis being openly available at the gym, McAlpine addressed the risk of underage consumption. As a cannabis advocate and family man he affirmed that, “I use cannabis every day, all day long, all of my life—and I will until I die. I have two daughters. I am a strong proponent of educating the youth the right way, but we will be looking at marijuana from a legal and compliance level,so you won’t be able to consume cannabis at our gym without a certain membership and we will know if you’re over 21. The last thing in the world we would ever want to do is propagate or push underage people to use cannabis.”
Although no longer partnering with Ricky Williams, it sounds like Power Plant Fitness has covered all their bases, and they may have begun to change the course of intelligent discourse surrounding gym supplements and routines, but only time will tell. The gym won’t be open until the end of the year. Those eager to find out if cannabis-influenced workouts are a right for them can sign up for any upcoming boot camps, until the gym officially opens.