In this phenomenal interview with The Iceman Wim Hof we discuss what I believe may be the edge and frontier of human potential. By studying Wim, who has achieved 21 Guinness World Records, scientists are building a knowledge base of what is possible for humans. As Wim trains others to do what he does, then he becomes less of an ‘outlier’ and ‘anomaly’.
This is why I asked him to talk with me. I am interested in learning how he accomplishes his feats so that I can apply his methods to my own life. My hope is that you will be able to take pieces of this interview and do the same with yourself, family, and business. We discuss:
The Beginning of the Iceman
By the time Wim reached his teenage years, he was already running barefoot through the snow, comfortably. This was the beginning of a large series of confrontations with the cold, where every single time, limits were tested, and the outside world was stunned. Wim Hof is able to perform exceptionally, almost unnaturally, on what he is focused on during extreme situations. Due to our comfortable lifestyle today we are far removed from our natural body functions.
We breathe much more shallow which means that our body is not optimally supplied with oxygen. According to Wim, it’s not complicated at all: "What I am capable of, everybody can learn".
Control over your inner nature
Wim has taught himself how to control his heart rate, breathing and blood circulation. All this is regulated by the autonomic nervous system. Science says that the autonomic nervous system is a part of the body you just can´t control, yet Wim can, by steering his hypothalamus (an area in the brain which regulates the body temperature). While the body temperature of an untrained person drops dangerously after exposing it to extreme cold, Wim is able to retain his core temperature around 37 degrees Celsius, constantly. Even after 1 hour and 52 minutes sitting in ice, Wim’s core temperature stays the same. Scientists around the world are baffled by this exceptional capability.
21 Guinness World Records
He has accomplished 21 Guinness World Records with the most exceptional and unique performances. Here is a sampling of those:
Teaching Others and Scientific Proof
In order to squelch ‘naysayers’, Wim has embarked on a journey to prove his capabilities and also to teach others to do what he does.
He proved this in what I think is his landmark study where he trained 12 people to do a remarkable experiment highlighted below. The experiment (also referenced below in the science section) is called “Voluntary activation of the sympathetic nervous system and attenuation of the innate immune system response in humans” done by Dr. Pikkers and Kox, where Wim trained subjects influenced the autonomic nervous and immune system (video from the doctors).
Teaching Others - Resources from this episode:
Free Online Course
10 Week Course
Wim Hof Method Explained in Detail
VICE Documentary featuring Wim
Reference Sites for Wim HofIce Man websiteWikipediaFour Hour Work Week InterviewVice Video LinkHypothermics SiteThe Clymb Site
Social Media for Wim HofTwitter LinkYou TubeFace BookLinkedInInstagram
Books By Wim HofKoud KunstjeBecoming Iceman
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