Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op
Laid off from her job at the hospital, Christian Stark of Pryor, Okla. knew exactly what she was going to do with her employment benefits: open a weed-friendly gym that welcomes patients and works to stamp out stigma around the plant.
The owner of Mission Purpose Fitness in nearby Broken Arrow — a recent college graduate — regards the gym’s goals as being very much in line with her work in healthcare over the past dozen years. “This is a different kind of helping,” Stark, a certified trainer, told FOX23 last week.
“We are here to help our clients lose weight, get in shape, and gain muscle for a healthier, happier life,” notes the gym’s Facebook site.
In an excited Facebook post earlier, Stark encouraged people to show their support for the gym, which had a soft opening in June and its grand opening Jan. 16. “I really need those of you that are close, local and want to work out and need to medicate, come to class because it’s going to be awesome,” she said. “Come support small businesses, cannabis businesses, and let’s show the world that we are productive citizens in our communities. Just because we use cannabis doesn’t mean that we are lazy. It means that we can function fully, wholly and healthy,” Stark added.
A member of the gym must sign a liability waiver that he or she has a medical marijuana card and that they do understand not to over medicate, FOX23 reports. Stark monitors those members who choose to medicate, as well as works to educate them about how best to exercise safely.
And normalizing cannabis through education is one step toward kicking related stigma to the curb, Stark suggests. Beyond getting educated about cannabis, all participants — all fitness levels are welcome — the gym provides information about nutrition, private personal training, group fitness and yoga.