April 8th, 2019.

WIM HOF age (20 April 1959), also known as The Iceman, is a Dutch extreme athlete noted for his ability to withstand extreme cold.

THE ICEMAN has climbed Mount Everest in his shorts, resisted altitude sickness, completed a marathon in the Namib Desert with no water and proven under a laboratory setting that he is able to influence his autonomic nervous system.

Wim Hof caught the attention of scientists when he proved he was able to use meditation to stay submerged in ice for 1 hour and 53 minutes without his core body temperature changing.

He says:

“I have learnt to control my happiness, health and strength and that is no philosophical or sectarian, it is chemistry rule”

“I am not afraid to die, I am afraid not to live”

*Wim Hof attributes his feats to his Wim Hof Method (WHM), a combination of frequent cold exposure, breathing techniques and meditation.

Wim Hof has six children, four of them with his first wife who committed suicide in 1995, and two sons, born in 2003 and in 2017 to his second wife.

Hof feels that sadness over the loss of his first wife was formative in leading him to develop techniques to face low temperature environments.

The method of Wim Hof has had some controversies too and been accused of overstating the benefits, giving false hope to people suffering from serious diseases, and some of his claims have been uncritically reported by the media.


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