Breathe Like the Iceman
Wim Hof, also known as “The Iceman,” holds the Guinness world record for the most extended ice batch, spending 1-hour, 52-minutes, and 42-seconds submerged in icy water. Most of us would experience hypothermia and die, while Wim sees it as another day in the office.
While Wim loves the cold, he claims he can achieve these feats through managing his breathing. He also claims anyone can achieve what he does if they have the proper training.
Who Is Wim Hof?
Wim is most famous for developing “The Wim Hof Method.” This method involves breathing and cold therapy to control your body and mind. He once had doctors inject him with live Cholera bacteria in a controlled experiment to put his theory to the test.
Wim Cleared the infection in less than two days using nothing but breathing. That’s a fantastic feat considering most people would be very sick by then. Wim also made headlines for climbing mount Everest and running an Arctic marathon – in nothing but shoes and shorts.
The Wim Hof Method
For this post, we’ll deal with the breathing side of the Wim Hof Method. It’s easy to try and takes around 10-minutes. You can find a guided breathing tutorial of this exercise on Wim’s YouTube channel.
• Start by finding yourself a comfortable spot in a quiet environment.
• Turn off your cellphone or put it on flight mode.
• You can do this exercise sitting in a chair or lying down, whatever you prefer.
• Close your eyes and take a deep breath in through your mouth, feeling the air go into the belly.
• Exhale through the mouth forcefully and inhale again.
• Repeat for 30 repetitions.
• At the end of the 30th rep, exhale completely.
• Hold the exhale position for 45-seconds.
• Inhale deeply and hold your breath for 15 seconds.
• Repeat this for three rounds.
As you get better with the exercise, you can extend the reps per round and the time of the breath holds.
What Can You Expect?
The first time you finish the Wim Hof Method, you’ll find yourself feeling like you don’t need to breathe. The oxygen is at peak concentration levels in your bloodstream, and many people state they feel like they could hold their breath for minutes.
If you practice this exercise once or twice a day, you can expect to find it easier to fall asleep at night. You’ll have better energy levels and clearer thinking with less stress during the day.
Good luck, and in the words of Wim, “All the love, all the power.”