The Zunis Wonder Trainer, Page 2


Here is the Zunis Foundation $646.26 Wonder Trainer Plan:

  • Meet at the San Antonio, Texas, Airport at 11 a.m. on August 1st. Travel by car to San Pedro Park.  At 2 p.m., in the Park, the average Heat Index will be 97F on August 1st. (An air temperature of 87F with relative humidity 70%, the Galloway experiment conditions, also gives a Heat Index of 97F. In fact, the effect of sunlight at the Park in San Antonio would probably raise the temperature another 8 degrees, to about 105 F. You will get even more than your money's worth!) Ride a stationary exercise bicycle in the Park at a work load of 70% of your maximum for as long as you can. This will probably take about 52 minutes.


  • After finishing your ride to exhaustion in the Park in San Antonio, take a shower and go back to the Airport. Get a one-way ticket to Phoenix ($144 on Southwest Airlines) and fly there. In Phoenix, get a one-way ticket to Nome, Alaska ($502.26 on Air Alaska) and fly to Anchorage arriving at 1:47 a.m. At 6:50 a.m., catch a connecting flight to Nome, arriving at 7:38 a.m. You have now spent your $646.26.


  • In Nome, travel by car to Submarine Beach, where another stationary bicycle ride awaits you. Start this ride at 8 a.m. On August 2nd at 8 a.m. in Nome, Alaska, the average Heat Index is 51F, a figure identical to that in the Galloway experiment. This ride will also be at 70% of your aerobic maximum, and you should expect to reach exhaustion after riding about 94 minutes, 42 minutes longer than you could go just one day before! This is an overnight improvement of nearly 78%!

Although this exercise in exercise and travel may seem a bit unusual as a training technique, it drives home a very important point: The conditions in which a competition are held may have a major influence on the outcome of the competition. It is our feeling that many summertime competitions held in the US are carried out in climatic conditions which are terribly unphysiologic. (Remember: The mean surface temperature for Earth is 59F.) Humans do not perform very efficiently in conditions of high heat and humidity. To see every player at his or her best, it is essential that events be held in conditions as close to the peak of the aerobic power curve, 51F, as possible. Furthermore, punishing players for failure to perform well in the face of severe heat stress is unforgivable.

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