Simulating the extreme Arctic cold in the FWD North Pole Marathon Training Facility’s Blast Freezer
The moment Louie Sangalang entered the blast freezer in the FWD North Pole Marathon Training Facility, he immediately felt the harsh cold in his extremities. It was the first time he’s been anywhere below freezing temperatures. To literally warm up his body, he immediately started doing jumping jacks and sprinted from one end of the room to the other.
“Physically, it was very demanding. Thirty minutes in, my body has already acclimatized. Then I realized, kaya naman pala (I could handle the cold),” Louie says. Breathing was not as difficult as I thought it would be. His personal coach and trainer Ige Lopez wants him to build his muscle and aerobic endurance inside the freezer. That means long runs and intervals for one to two hours.
“This facility is supposed to simulate the extreme cold in the North Pole. We want to see how my body adapts to long cold runs and gauge my capacity as we bring down the temperature from -35° to -40°,” he says.
One thing Louie noticed training inside the freezer is that he doesn’t sweat too much if at all. “Maybe that’s a good thing in the North Pole. So that I don’t have to manage or worry too much about the buildup of ice, from sweat, in my body. But it’s also something we need to observe in the coming training days because it might not be so good if I don’t sweat at all,” he says.