I Did the Wim Hof Method for Stress Reduction for 2 Months- This Is What I Found

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

This article is a transcribed edited summary of a video Bob and Brad recorded in February of 2021. For the original video go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCcznN6FHqQ

Bob: Today we're going to talk about, I did, that's me, The Wim Hof method for Stress Reduction, for two months. And this is what I found. I'm going to reveal today what it has done for me.

Brad: Wim Hof is a name of a person?

Bob: He’s Dutch, and he’s known as The Iceman. We'll tell you some of his accomplishments, it’s pretty amazing. He's got many Guinness World Records Brad.

Brad: Yeah, I actually saw a video of this guy. I've read a little bit about him.

Bob: It's amazing.

Brad: Yeah.

Bob: I mean, it seems impossible. Some of the things he did, so he's got the record for swimming under ice. 188 feet.

Brad: Without a wetsuit?

Bob: Without a wetsuit.

Brad: No dry suit.

Bob: No. He had the camera on the first time, he was just trying it, and his eyes froze over, his eyelids. He was blind. He couldn't find his way out and he had to be rescued. And then the next time he did it, the same day yet, he still went 188 feet.

Brad: So the water is what? 40 degrees or something like that.

Bob: I think its freezing.

Brad: Or was it 32 or was it salt water. If its salt water, it could be even colder without freezing.

Bob: Yeah, I'm not sure.

Brad: We didn't get in that into detail. Well one way or another that guy is amazing or he's got some issues.

Bob: I'll give you a few more Brad. He’s got the fastest half marathon. He did this up in Antarctic, I believe with no shoes, no shirt he wore shorts. I mean.

Brad: What was the temperature?

Bob: You know, what is in Antarctica?

Brad: Maybe they have a summer that gets a little warmer.

Bob: No, no. He was in snow. It took him two hours and 16 minutes and 34 seconds.

Brad: Wow.

Bob: But yeah, nothing but shorts.

Brad: Just shoes.

Bob: No shoes.

Brad: No shoes?

Bob: Yeah.

Brad: I'd like to see what his feet look like.

Bob: This seems impossible, doesn't it?

Brad: I bet we could look, someone could probably Google this and they'll see pictures and maybe some video footage.

Bob: Yeah. There's a documentary out him. So you can watch that. There's the longest time that he had direct full body contact with ice. And that was an hour and 53 minutes. I guess it's been broken now by other people now. But could you imagine sitting the ice bath for an hour and 53 minutes?

Brad: Like water filled with ice cubes and you submerge yourself?

Bob: Yeah.

Brad: Like to the neck.

Bob: Yeah, to the neck. He can keep his body temperature the same. He just has that ability.

Brad: So they're measuring it sublingually.

Bob: Yeah, they actually did test it on him. So this is the one that's pretty amazing about his immune system. So he purposely injected an endotoxin that normally makes you sick. It will cause nausea, headaches, inflammation, vomiting and nothing happened to him. He just, with his mind pretty much controlled it. He didn't get sick at all.

Brad: Why would you do that to someone anyways?

Bob: Well, they wanted to show... He wanted to prove that as immune system and they did it. So you think, okay this guy's a freak of nature, he's got, but no. So he can teach people how to do this stuff.

Brad: And it has a lot to do with breathing techniques.

Bob: Breathing technique and yeah, they do mindfulness. He's got a three system, three pillar system. But these are the things that his website says it’s supposed to do: it's supposed to boost your immune system, increase your energy, relieves stress, improve sleep, increased willpower, relieve some symptoms of depression, increases concentration, improves your overall mental wellbeing. So again, there's three ways to do this.

Brad: Wait. So if you get into this, does this mean you’re jumping into water or you're going to jump in an ice bath and you're going to do all these things?

Bob: Well, you know, this is how he recommends it. First he's got the breathing part of it and these are breathing exercises and they last... You can probably do it about 15 minutes and you can go right to his YouTube channel and he's got great videos. Great visuals on how to breathe. And you breathe in and out for like 30 times then you hold your breath for a minute. And right when you're done, you hold it for another 15 seconds.

Brad: Did you do this?

Bob: I didn't it.