Winter can be a little gloomy. This is especially true if you keep noticing yourself expanding every time you look in the mirror. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, going to the gym is a lot more fun if you get high before you start working out! Get warm in a non-traditional way this winter: hit up one of these 8 strain recommendations and get your body moving!
Winter: the easiest time to get fat. What’s the point in sugar coating it? There’s nothing more satisfying than a bowl of pasta (twice the size it should be) covered in pesto and cheese in winter. For some reason, all we ever want to eat in winter is pasta and potatoes, right?
Now, there’s absolutely no shame in getting fat or “growing out” of your jeans. I know I appreciate the extra cushioning that I pick up in winter. But if you’re not into that, or want to avoid letting it get out of control, we can offer some assistance. We’re going to help you make the gym fun with some of our strain suggestions.
There’s no reason the gym needs to be boring. In fact, it’s a perfectly good indoor activity that keeps the body warm while it’s snowing outside. And if you do it with weed, it’s all the more fun and focused.
Get pumped to go to the gym this winter, knowing that you’re staying warm, staying fit and of course, because you get to smoke a joint before you work out! It’s kind of like having the reward before you accomplish the task. But we promise that with these strains, you’ll nail your workout even better.
A few tips on getting high before your workout
Before we get started on the best strains for the gym, we have a few pieces of advice when it comes to this kind of stoned adventure.
- Don’t get absolutely blazed. This isn’t the same as smoking weed before watching a movie, or getting absolutely demolished on a day off. You’re about to go lift heavy weights, or run on a treadmill, or operate some kind of machinery where it probably isn’t advised to be heavily intoxicated. We don’t want you fainting on the exercise bike and then telling the paramedics that we told you it was ok. Smoke a little, not a lot. Give microdosing a chance!
- Probably avoid trying this if you’ve never smoked weed before. Prior to smoking before a workout, maybe try smoking weed in the park or on the beach. This isn’t a task for beginners.
- If you can, use it in tincture form or edible form. It’s much better for your workout and really reaches all the parts of the body. Plus, you won’t be messing around with your cardiovascular abilities when you eat it. Smoking can be a little tough on the lungs.
Okay, now that we have all of those disclaimers out of the way, we can get straight into the strains of weed that we recommend as the best workout accompaniment.
8 Best strains for working out
1. Super Silver Cheese
Super Silver Cheese is a hybrid strain that was created by Royal Dutch Genetics. It is about 80/20 sativa dominant, giving you a cerebral euphoria perfect for focusing on your workout. When it starts to wear off, a deep relaxation ensues, easing you into that sense of accomplishment when you’re on your way home. It’s best to take your hit right before starting your workout.
This strain can also help to ease muscle soreness and spasms, getting your body into the optimum state for working out.
2. Lemon Haze
Lemon Haze is a sativa strain that smells as though you just sliced open a hundred lemons. Even the zesty smell on its own should get your body in the kind of energized mood required to get off the couch and into the gym. Expect to feel a rush of energy in your body and mind, while remaining euphoric and focused.
3. Green Crack
We don’t advocate the use of crack, stoners. But if it’s green, then it’s ok. And you know, this strain isn’t called Green Crack just for fun. It is guaranteed to wire you up to the point where you feel like Schwarzenegger himself.
This strain is perfect whether you’re going to do a cardio workout or weight training. Energy and focus are sharp with Green Crack, so stick your headphones in and be prepared for the workout of a lifetime.
For those who want to avoid getting fat but would rather forget about the workout they had to do to get there. Just kidding. But seriously, Amnesia is kind of psychedelic. So your body might be at the gym but your mind could be traversing the cosmos. Be careful of using too much before the gym, lest you lose focus and do some injury. Keep dosage on this one pretty sparse.
However, sometimes that mental absence is necessary for a workout, especially if it’s much more tempting to stay at home, eat potato chips and watch Netflix. Use your imagination with Amnesia. Make believe you’re running on the beach rather than the treadmill. Pretend you’re at a weightlifting championship or that the punching bag is your boss. Wherever your imagination leads…
Harlequin is a sativa dominant hybrid that leans heavily on the CBD aspect. The ratio is 5:2 CBD:THC, making it a great agent for killing muscle soreness. The winter can make muscles stiff, but Harlequin will soften them right down in preparation for the gym.
Plus, you can experience the huge rush of energy without getting absolutely blazed. The added CBD content is also great for the recovery process after your workout, which is a necessary part of progress.
High-CBD strains still are not readily available everywhere though, so until then you can always opt for some CBD oil instead.
6. Sour Diesel
The effects of Sour Diesel are just as invigorating as the smell. It’s literally like diesel for your body, fuelling it with energy for your gym session. If there’s any stress left after you smoke a bit of Sour Diesel, you’ll definitely work it out while you’re pumping weights. The sativa effects are highly pronounced in this strain, giving you all of those sativa qualities perfect for exercise: energy, happiness and mental focus.
7. Durban Poison
Durban Poison is one of the most sought-after strains in the whole world. The heavy sativa cerebral effects are quite literally mind-blowing. If you’re the kind of person who struggles with the mind during a workout, this might be the solution to all of your problems. Overcoming the mind is one of the hardest aspects of working out. The voice inside your head that says “this is too much!” is completely silenced in the face of Durban Poison.
The energetic effects of Durban Poison are sure to keep you productive during your workout, rather than lazily wondering around doing random exercises. However, this is very potent stuff. Take a few puffs about 30 minutes before heading to the gym. That will give decrease the likelihood of getting too high before the workout.
8. Girl Scout Cookies
This might be an unconventional strain to use before the gym, because it isn’t a sativa. It is very much a hybrid, with the sensations expressing equally on both sides. While the mind shoots straight to the heavens, the body is in a deep state of relaxation.
It is actually the perfect balance, and if you can get yourself to the gym after using this, your body will thank you for it. Another alternative is to use GSC before a yoga class, giving your body the flexibility but your mind the agility.
Don’t let yourself go during winter. That doesn’t mean you can’t eat that piece of cake every now and then or veg out with a lasagne. If you hit the gym regularly, you won’t be fighting to get that summer body back when the winter is over! Enjoy our strain recommendations and leave a comment telling us what it was like!