“We are using the breath not only to go into these deeper systems of ours to bring it within our willful control, we are here to show that the breath actually is the carrier of consciousness.” – Wim Hof Breathing Method.
This episode of The School of Greatness is quite a bit different from most.
Usually, I have an in-depth one-on-one discussion with a single guest who embodies greatness in an inspirational way. This episode is a different sort of talk,; one with a collective of incredible people who have all enriched my life (and those of many others) in countless amazing ways. I got a lot out of learning from the perspectives of everyone involved, so I know you will, too.
Make no mistake – superheroes are real. And Wim Hof, A.K.A the “Iceman,” is one of them.
Who is Wim Hof?
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.
And somewhere along the way, Wim figured out that as he achieved these superhuman feats of endurance, he was doing something a little different; the Wim Hof Breathing Method that helped him bolster his system both prior to and during these incredible physical challenges.
The Wim Hof Breathing Method
Via practicing a controlled form of hyperventilation, Wim was giving his body a turbocharged oversaturation of oxygen that seemed to safeguard him against some of the worst effects of the extreme cold. And in experiencing this for himself, he reasoned that others might be able to benefit by emulating his example.
Thus, the Wim Hof Breathing Method was born.
In the years that followed, Wim gave workshops, seminars, and published literature that popularized his techniques. Countless practitioners soon came to swear by hyper-oxygenation as a means of combating fatigue, treating chronic pain, improving mental focus, and many more benefits.
Some time ago, I became a believer in the Wim Hof Method myself. So much so that I’ve made sure to include WHM workshops led by licensed instructors at The Summit of Greatness. They’re always some of the most transformative and talked-about events on the schedule.