Wim was born in the Netherlands, where winter is a way of life. As a kid, he felt a sudden urge to jump into a freezing-cold river. So, he did. And while most of us would immediately regret that decision and vow to never do it again…Wim went the other way and made it his profession.
In the coming years, Wim made subjecting himself to extreme feats of cold endurance his personal claim to fame. He set a world record time (two hours, 16 minutes) for a barefoot half-marathon in freezing conditions. Another for spending nearly two hours in full-body contact with a solid slab of ice. He also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts – you know, it’s causal.
Yet another world record almost didn’t make it into the books when Wim literally froze one of his corneas during a practice run for an under-ice distance swim, but after a good night’s rest, his eye healed up enough that he successfully set the record the next day.
Like I said — straight-up superhero stuff. They call him the “Iceman” for a reason.
He says that our brains have the power to guarantee us happiness, strength, and health. We can actually regulate our minds and autonomous nervous systems by breathing and being present. To help people do just that, he developed the Wim Hof Method: a natural path to an optimal state of body and mind.
Wim Hof believes humans have an inner power, which is the ability to adapt to extreme temperatures and survive within our natural environment. Over time, our lifestyles have disconnected us from our age-old survival mechanisms. As a result, we’ve lost touch with our inner power. After decades of self-exploration and groundbreaking research, Wim has created a simple but effective way to stimulate these deep physiological processes, reconnect us with ourselves, others, and nature, and realize our full potential.
Today, Wim teaches people worldwide, from celebrities and professional athletes to people of all ages, to control their body and mind and achieve extraordinary things. I’ve had him on The School of Greatness before, first on Episode #398 and then on Episode #799! I also had the incredible opportunity to go on a retreat with several other entrepreneurs with Wim Hof in Poland — it was an amazing experience, and you can read all about it right here.
I was thrilled to have him back on the show. Join me on Episode 1,043 to learn how to master your breath to live happier and defend against disease with Wim Hof — the Iceman!