If you have read our article on breathing, then you have heard us write about The Iceman. But who is this wild Dutchman known for his ability to both withstand freezing temperatures and hold his breath for insane amounts of time? Simply put, since he was 17 years old, Hof has had an interest in submerging himself in freezing water. Growing up in the Netherlands, there was no lack of an ice cold canal for him to enjoy this pastime and as he aged, his interest only grew.
Wim Hof has held records for farthest swim under ice, fastest barefoot marathon through ice and snow, longest time for direct contact with ice, and even climbs to Mt. Kilimanjaro wearing only shorts and shoes. He has even run a marathon in the Namib Desert without any water. The man has essentially done things with the human body previously thought impossible. It has been through these years of experiences, he developed what has now truly made him famous, the Wim Hof Method (WHM).
The Wim Hof Method consists of 3 “pillars” which are cold therapy, breathing and meditation. The Iceman has written books on the subject, discussed in several mediums including the Joe Rogan Experience and, he has his own training program available via his website. Due to the successful completion of so many difficult tasks, Wim Hof has been scientifically studied by several in the journalism and medical communities to see if there is anything physically abnormal about Hof or, if these methods can truly be learned and implemented by any ordinary man.
While like any “influencer” out there, critics exist of Wim Hof and his methods, when practiced intelligently, there are several advocates for his program. Benefits have been discussed by everyone from pro athletes to everyday normal 9 to 5 people. One thing is for sure, Wim Hof pushes the boundaries of what is thought to be “normal” and he is always looking to improve and that’s what makes him a Featured Alpha.