For anyone that combines cannabis and calisthenics, Power Plant Fitness in San Francisco is a gym you should get a membership to. The pot-friendly gym is currently under construction, launched by co-founders Ricky Williams, a former football player with the NFL, and Jim McAlpine, founder of 420 Games. 420 Games organizes athletic events for cannabis lovers.
The gym will allow members to vape cannabis, consume edible, and open a balcony for social smoking outdoors. It’s schedule to open in the fall.
“It won’t be a place to get high and just screw around,” McAlpine said in a blog post on the 420 Games website. “We are focused on the athletic side, not the cannabis side.”
The gym’s concept is more than the shtick of a new business venture – it’s part of a movement pushing back against the stigma of lazy pot users. Williams himself is a victim of the stereotype, his career hindered after testing positive for marijuana.
“I was a really good football player,” Williams said, “really good person, my teammates loved me, my coaches loved me, but my career and life were ruined because of a drug test.”
Besides maybe easing the pain for training, the marijuana will serve a purpose, too. McAlpine says the gym will give people an initial “cannabis performance assessment”, to discover how the drug affects their workout, and how to consume it for optimal performance.
“We will be helping our members figure out how is best for them to ingest their cannabis,” he said.