Former NFL running back Ricky Williams is teaming up with other investors and entrepreneurs to open a “weed gym” in San Francisco. Called Power Plant Fitness, the space will allow members to get high — through marijuana infused edibles, vaping, topical gels, and even smoking — before, during, and after workouts.
The concept is also spearheaded by Jim McAlpine, who organizes the 420 Games, an athletic events company that “works to break down the stereotypes that have been built up during the era of cannabis prohibition.” In a statement on the 420 Games site, McAlpine emphasized the new facility — set to open this Fall – is seriously focused on fitness, not just getting an easy high.
“It won’t be a place to get high and just screw around….We are focused on the athletic side, not the cannabis side.”
According to Tech Insider, the current plan for Power Plant Fitness is to partner with a local, legal marijuana dispensary to deliver products to the gym on demand (and within five minutes of ordering). So it’s possibly gym-goers could get their products in about the same amount of time it takes to mix a pre-workout shake — though it’ll be interesting to see the most popular usages and means of delivery for those who want to lift while high.
Marijuana is still a banned substance for tested athletes in most federations and sanctioned sports, though the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has in recent years raised the threshold for testing; basically, though marijuana is still on their banned substances list, the concentration necessary for a positive test is up to ten times higher than it used to be.
Marijuana is not generally considered a performance enhancing drug, though some initial evidence suggests it could reduce anxiety related to exercise in some users.
Right now, the exact layout of the facility hasn’t been released, though we’re interested (of course) in seeing what sort of strength equipment offerings are on tap: weightlifting platforms and bumper plats? Mono racks and calibrated powerlifting plates? Gymnastics rings and atlas stones?
We want to know what you think. Is this a facility you’d try out, depending on the equipment offerings? Do you think getting high before, during, or after strength training can be beneficial to athletes? Sound off in the comments below.