Guest Bio: Wim Hof is a Dutch world record holder, adventurer, and daredevil, commonly nicknamed “The Iceman” for his ability to withstand extreme cold.
Topics Discussed: Wim’s wolf shirt; how he started endurance challenges; being drawn to cold water when he was younger; altering his breathing; how he breathes; (Joe tries Wim’s breathing techniques); (Joe holds breath for almost three minutes); controlling his immune system; being part of university research; endotoxins; how he knew he could do the things he is capable of; cold is his teacher and God; how he convinces people he can do what he can; extreme challenges he has done; the body has many untapped powers; mindfulness, depression, and the endocrine system; overcoming depression after his wife committed suicide; the mind is no longer being stimulated by nature; exercise can help depression; tests he has done to prove his control over his body; raising his body’s core temperature while in tank of ice water; raising his metabolic rate; cold will help people lose weight; cryotherapy; importance of changing how we think; what people should do if they have a cold; being on Live with Regis and Kelly and raising his body temperature while in tank of freezing water; the immune system; breathing in through mouth vs. nose; seeing lights during breathing; overcoming illness; running 50 mile marathon barefoot wearing only shorts; hanging by one finger for 25 seconds one mile in the air; scariest stunt he’s ever done; swimming under ice; going blind temporarily while under ice; being close to death and losing his fear of death; eyes don’t get cold; snow blindness; climbing Mount Everest is not a challenge in clothes; why people die on Everest; climbing Mount Kilimanjaro next year and training others to climb with him; training Alistair Overeem; stimulating testosterone production; stimulating adrenaline; taking other people up Kilimanjaro; endurance of older people; importance of attitude; not being able to breathe when you jump in cold water; cryotherapy vs. ice bath; Iceman Vice documentary; how he feels knowing what he does is important; Harvard wanting to work with Wim; monitoring his diet; eating a vegetarian diet only once per day; not feeling jet lag; working out to combat jet lag; pretending to fight for your life; what a typical meal for Wim is; people eating too much as a reward for their dull day; being creative; Dutch education system; society moving too fast for the body to adapt; challenge in the desert with no water; breathing more than what you feel is needed; preventing frostbite; other athletes he’s worked with; his Columbia commercial; how he can stop frostbite; needing harsh things to appreciate mellow things; his increasing popularity; importance of children; his future projects and working with universities; being able to control depression.
My Thoughts: He often repeats himself and gets a little too technical at times. Joe will ask a question and he’ll go off on a rambling tangent. He does seem like a fun guy, though. They drink beers together.
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