Simultaneously getting high and getting swole at the gym is not an option for most fitness
enthusiasts. Ricky Williams, retired NFL player, and Jim McAlpine, founder of 420 Games, plans
to change that practice by launching the world’s first weed-friendly gym.
“The stigma runs deep and people immediately go to the propaganda engrained in their brain
that says marijuana and athletics don’t mix. Well, that’s exactly why I started The 420 Games,
because I knew all of those people were wrong,” said McAlpine.
Power Plant Fitness
Williams, who was also the Heisman Trophy winner in 1998, is no stranger to the cannabis
community. He tested positive for the plant several times during his professional career, which
led to multiple suspensions. Now that he’s not playing in the NFL, Williams shifted his attention
to his secondary passion: marijuana. Called Power Plant Fitness, the workout facility will feature
a line of consumer edibles, designed to enhance one’s focus and concentration. There will also
be a vaping and outdoor smoking area for people who want to light up a joint before, during or
after their workout session. Smoking indoors in the city is currently prohibited. The duo plans to
open the gym in San Francisco by the end of the year.
The only thing stopping the two-man team from fulfilling their cannabis dreams is California
law. If passed, recreational marijuana could streamline the company’s objectives of becoming a
full-blown, weed-friendly fitness center (the measure is scheduled for voting on the November
8 ballot). This would allow more people to participate in the gym’s services. For now, the
business may have to register as a medical dispensary in order to sell marijuana products legally
to qualified consumers.
Benefits of Exercising with Cannabis
Smoking weed and working out may not seem ideal for most people, but new studies have
revealed a plethora of benefits in the unlikely combination. A study from the American Journal
of Medicine showed that cannabis users have up to 16 percent less fasting insulin, compared to
non-consumers. Furthermore, participants who consume cannabis frequently also had smaller
waist circumferences. Based on the herb’s fat-burning and metabolism-increasing properties,
marijuana might help individuals reach their gym goals faster, as long as they don’t give into the
Interestingly, people who indulge in cannabis on a regular basis might be getting a light, green
buzz after their workouts. The connection draws its origins from the THC storage process. The
human body stores THC in fat, where it is released during exercise, according to a report
published in Science Direct. During the process, the main psychoactive compound in the plant is
released back into the bloodstream. This phenomenon is known to increase THC levels in active
individuals by up to 15 percent after moderate exercise. It is important to consider that people
with high Body Mass Index (BMI) levels generate more THC during reintroduction.