Former Dolphins running back and distinguished cannabis user, Ricky Williams, is set to manage a pot-friendly gym in San Fransico. The gym, which is to be called Power Plant Fitness and is set to open in November, will be a place where clients who are keen on keeping fit can also vape and consume marijuana edibles on the premises, even whilst working out.
The former NFL star – who was suspended multiple times throughout his career for testing positive for marijuana – has teamed up with Jim McAlpine (the founder of 420 Games) to make a concerted effort to push back against the stigmatization of using cannabis for health purposes. In particular, the duo hopes to show how the use of marijuana can improve a person’s recovery after a strenuous workout and how it can aid rehabilitation after sports-related injuries. McAlpine also hopes that by opening Power Plant Fitness, he and Williams can highlight how weed naturally aids athletic performance.
“Having Ricky Williams as a partner is fucking awesome because he exemplifies a successful and very athletic person who also uses cannabis… I think sports will become one of the bigger pieces of the marijuana industry, [and] marijuana, if you use it in a responsible way, accentuates the parts of sports that you love and helps you to do them better…” – Jim McAlpine, co-founder of Power Plant Fitness.
McAlpine isn’t the only advocate for exercising under the influence. For years, hardcore athletes including NFL players, UFC fighters, triathletes, and Olympians have been using marijuana to help them face hours of grueling training sessions. By vaporizing cannabis before, during (yes, even during) and after working out, athletes gain focus, discipline, confidence and benefit from better pain regulation and improved muscle recovery afterward. Gordy Megroz, a professional skier, claims that getting stoned helps him function better. After consuming cannabis he noticed a remarkable improvement in his stamina, focus, and confidence.
In 2003, scientists discovered that marijuana and exercise both stimulate the naturally occurring endocannabinoid system found in our brains. This neurological system helps a person maintain a healthy mind and strong body and is responsible for easing pain, controlling appetite, relieving stress, influencing mood and even regulating memory. Vaporizing cannabis just goes to strengthen all of these effects, and vaping is undoubtedly the best way to consume cannabis whilst exercising thanks to how fast-acting and pure the method is. Unlike consuming marijuana in the form of edibles, which can take over an hour to enhance performance and aid recovery, vaping can reach peak blood concentrations of cannabinoids in less than 10 minutes.
McAlpine revealed that Power Plant Fitness will give every client who wants one an initial, personalized “cannabis performance assessment.” The aim is to discern how consuming marijuana can positively influence their individual workout. It should also, hopefully, destroy the idea that the typical weed frequenter is nothing more than a lazy beatnik.
“I am proud that I use cannabis and I want to show the world that a cannabis user is not the [Jeff Spicoli] character from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” – Jim McAlpine.