Saturday, 14 March 2015

Wim Hof - The Ice Man

Wim Hof (20-April-1959) is a Dutch world record holder, adventurer and daredevil, commonly nicknamed the Iceman for his ability to withstand extreme cold.
Hof holds 20 world records including a world record for longest ice bath. He broke his previous world record by staying immersed in ice for 1 hour, 13 minutes and 48 seconds at Guinness World Records 2008. The night before, he performed the feat on the Today Show.
Wim describes his ability to withstand extreme cold temperatures as being able to "turn his own thermostat up" by using his mind.
In February 2009 Hof reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in his shorts within two days.
In 2007 he climbed to 7.3 km altitude at Mount Everest wearing nothing but shorts, yet did not reach the summit due to a foot injury.
In 2009 Hof completed a full marathon (42.195 kilometres (26.219 mi)), above the polar circle in Finland, in temperatures close to −20 °C (−4 °F). Dressed in nothing but shorts, Hof finished in 5 hours and 25 minutes. The challenge was filmed by Firecrackerfilms, who make productions for BBC, Channel 4 and National Geographic.
Hof again broke the ice endurance record in 2010 by standing fully immersed in ice for 1 hour and 44 minutes in Tokyo, Japan.
In 2011 Hof broke the ice endurance record twice, in Inzell in February and in New York in November. The Guinness World Record is now set for 1 hour and 52 minutes and 42 seconds by Hof.

Wim is able to accomplish these feats with ease through the use of ‘The Wim Hof Method‘ — a breathing technique that allows you to control the autonomous systems of the body.
However the most earthshaking effect of the Wim Hofmethod is the ability to consciously control the immune system to fight off any disease. By becoming more in tune with the body, Wim says you will be able to fight even the most destructive diseases, including AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, and cancer.

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