The Iceman | Wim Hof
Wim Hof got his nickname “The Iceman” by breaking a number of records related to cold exposure including: climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle barefoot, and standing in a container while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes.
Using “cold, hard nature” as his teacher, his extensive training has enabled him to learn to control his breathing, heart rate, and blood circulation and to withstand extreme temperatures.
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Directed by: Jacob Ossef
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Wim starts his training by rotating a 20kg bar approximately 200 times to warm up his body. After that, he plays the drums and deeply inhales and exhales all the oxygen from his body and prepares his mind for a state of focus.
Wim Hof is famous for breaking numerous records relating to cold exposure giving him the nickname
"The Iceman". One of his many Guinness Books of Records is standing in a container while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes.
Cold is an important component of the Wim Hof Method, which is applied in the form of cold showers and ice baths. Studies showed that doing these cold therapies benefits a higher energy level to relieve symptoms caused by autoimmune diseases.
One of Wim Hof's many cold training methods includes walking and meditating barefoot in shorts for 30 minutes up to an hour inside a freezer room (± -20°C).
An important step of the Wim Hof Method is warming up your body after being exposed to extremely cold temperatures. A warm up gradually revs up your cardiovascular system by raising your body temperature and increasing blood flow to your muscles.