#5: The Power of the Cold – with “Iceman” Wim Hof

Wim Hof
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A fascinating journey into the power that the cold, deep breathing and commitment can unleash together: Wim Hof is known as the “Iceman”, the reason being that he is able to endure the cold to an extend that was believed to be physically impossible before.

Wim Hof has climbed Mount Everest to an altitude of 7.200 meters, dressed in nothing but shoes and shorts. He ran across the Namibian desert without water. And he has set up 26 official Guinness World Records, for example for

  • the farthest swim under ice, with a single breath
  • the farthest half marathon barefoot on ice and snow
  • the longest time in direct, full-body contact with ice, spending 1 hour and 53 minutes in ice water – while feeling good about it!

He has combined breathing exercises, mediation and ice baths into what he calls the Wim Hof Method, which he teaches all over the world. 

In this episode of Unfolding Maps, Wim talks about how he has discovered the power of the cold and why he believes, his method can help with things from strengthening physical health to fighting depression.


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