Warrior Wim Wins The WarThe “Iceman” — Wim Hof — PrevailsIn My 10-Week Disciplined Attempt To Prove Him Wrongby Tone Floreal
SUBJECTIVE SUMMARY: After completing the 10-week Wim Hof Method Video Course, I KNOW w/o a doubt, that combining the structured WHM course of cold, breathing, and yoga exercises creates the alchemical catalyst for certain optimal physiological and psychological transformation.
HINDSIGHT – It would have been “cool” to have more before-and-after objective data to verify my own subjective realizations. That’s my wish for the future (since this was such a GAME CHANGER). I wish institutions will conduct the full 10-week experiment on beginning students of the Wim Hof Method with before-and-after objective physiological and psychological data.
Public Accountability on Social Media – sticking neck out there and being fully vulnerable enabled me to stay disciplined (even in the most weakest of times) to complete the course in its entirety without missing a single day even while traveling the world. I didn’t want to let my supporters and “fans” down.
When I first met Wim after being invited to his home in the Netherlands, I told him, “I’ve been trying to prove you wrong and so far, I’m losing the war.” He loved that!!
Showering and Breathing Fits Seamlessly into Daily Lifestyle. Yoga took more dedication. I invested about 1 hour total every day.
Feedback is based on my own PERSONAL EXPERIENCE during and while finishing the course…These are my RAW comprehensive notes, straight up!
- Embodied Happiness
Tradeoff – Downsides – These seemed this way but are actually blessings in disguise as a feedback guide/teacher for iteration and continual evolution, progress and growth…
- Connection to Circadian Rhythm of Nature means I got tired at 5pm winter time darkness – made it more difficult to have longer productive days.
- I developed crazy munchies at night after unintentionally fasting during the day (this didn’t matter as I still lost fat and gained muscle)
- Old patterns and conditioning are subject to examination and elimination – even though not pleasant at time during catharsis = blessings in disguise
- I had initial fear of Pneumonia (had yellow and green phlegm congestion in sinuses and lungs) yet I still pressed on based on listening to my intuition. Other fears: Getting Sick and Dying, Creating Permanent Damage, never experienced a Cold Detox Effect, other unknowns. etc.
- Still had off-days and needed naps occasionally
- How do you quantify more Happiness, Health and Strength? Who sets the optimal standards? – seemed personal to me based on how I felt especially after developing a more sensitive body/brain connection during the course.
- By the time I realize and actualize these things subjectively and objectively (the adaptational effects happened, i just didn’t measure a majority of them although I super curious), I cared less about measuring it anymore but I feel so DAMN GOOD?!! I still would love for science to run the objective experiments to validate, verify and confirm on me and others.
- Yes, the cold still fucking sucks after completing the course yet the payoff is super rewarding. Wim said it first and best on the London Real interview… “People think I like the cold too much. I fucking hate it, man. I don’t like it all! I like it warm – hot place. I like palm trees!..THUS, I RESPECT THE COLD. IT’S MY TEACHER.” ~ Wim Hof
- I still sweat profusely when it’s hot, while working out or in a hurry.
- Still need 7-9 hours of sleep
- Excessive yawning during the beginning of course, maybe some sort of physiological shifting going on?? I don’t know.
- Not all pain/myofascial trigger points in body disappeared but significantly reduced
- Afterdrop effect (intense shivering after the end of cold exposure) is not pleasant sometimes, especially if using hot water to warm back up.
- I can still be absentminded – daydreaming – imaginative – forgetful of things – insignificant things become less important. Overall, feel more integrated and grounded in the body.
- Still feel negative emotions and reactions, although not polarized by them and can consciously shift state/mood in the moment easier than ever before.
BE SAFE!!! — DO NOT do breathing exercises in the water (shallow water blackout) or while driving/operating machinery.
DON’T FORCE – Progress wisely and build momentum through consistency. Just go a little past your comfort zone. No need to take the BIG RISKY LEAPS or experience the AFTERDROP EFFECT because you pushed or forced too hard. It doesn’t take much stimulus to create an adaptation response.
Just like weight training, slow steady progression is a better long game and safe approach than trying to lift a car on your first day. The BIG LEAPS occurs when you see what your initial pre-testing data were when you started and then, 10 weeks later, seeing what your post-testing data are. You’ll be blown away how much progress and adaptation you’ve made over that short period of time.
While the Wim Hof Method is powerful — both physiologically and psychologically — and is a effective path toward Health, Happiness and Strength, you still need to DO THE INNER WORK to locate the cause of your anxiety, depression, addictions, or other suboptimal subconscious emotions.
The Wim Hof Method, by itself, will not eliminate old, self-limiting patterns. Be careful of not falling into the spiritual trap, known as the Spiritual Bypass, where you use a powerful technique to just “get high” or blissed out on the endogenous state (bliss junkie) that occurs when doing any breathing techniques, cold/hot exposure, meditation and/or other methods that influences the physiology and psychology of the body and brain.
Be careful not to use the Wim Hof Method like a magic “chill” pill. It’s not a cure or panacea. It can influence and create the stimulus needed for the body to reset itself. However, you must also work on creating new habits and making better choices, or else, if you regress from the Wim Hof Method, your old habits will still dominate you.
Again, don’t fall into the trap of getting high off your own supply/shit/stash (endogenous opiates and neuro-chemicals/hormones) which temporary suppresses any negative symptoms and makes you feel good, but does not create permanent transformative changes by itself unless you actually do THE WORK simultaneously (working on your psychology through self-help or through a trained professional) – Explore your inner emotional triggers that is creating unease and let them go, while integrating and remaining whole.
In the spiritual traditions, one of the traps is to “chase the dragon” — the high that occurs from having a profound experience or shift. This is similar to a heroin junkie who is seeking that first incredible high and continues to shoot up time and time again, never to find that first nirvana state and ends up OD’ing. Similarly, meditators can get addicted to the high they feel from meditation and in the effort to discover enlightenment, end up having a hard time interacting and functioning in the world — oftentimes losing their jobs, having relationship problems, their lives begins to unravel, etc.
In the dedicated and devoted effort to achieve these high “aware” states, be careful not to disassociate from the body and from the world. Be aware of all your personal cognitive biases. Have a community or tribe of people you trust that can reveal your blindspots.
- Keep your feet on the ground when your head is in the clouds.
- Transcend and INCLUDE all the lower levels.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself only to yourself. Understand yourself and progress with maturity.
- Understand the difference between a positive culture/tribe vs. a negative cult/egocentric teacher. Like Wim says, “I’m not your motherfucking guru.”
- Finally, EveryBODY is different. We all have different metabolic rates and sensitivities based on sex, activity levels, muscle mass, hormones, resolve of mind, understanding of self and etc. Learn to become more situationally aware of yourself and your surroundings. Adjust and course correct based on the internal and external feedback (data) you quantify. This is the fun part of truly maturing and really understanding what makes you tick. The cold training cuts through the bullshit.
Baseline Testing before start of the 10 week WHM COURSE –
- Breath hold (with air in lungs) = 50 secs
- Pushups (while breathing) = 28
- Coldest Personal Best (full body ice bath) = -0.7 C, 30.7 F for 20 minutes
- Coldest Outside Temperature Exposure = 3 C, 37.4 F
Personal Bests during the 10-week WHM COURSE –
– Max pushups (w/o air in lungs)
fists = 75
palms = 77
– Longest retention time (w/o air in lungs) = 3:10 minutes
~ Wim Hof Quotes ~“I’m not afraid to die. I’m afraid not to live fully.”“What I am capable of, anyone can do.”
Hope you enjoyed my personal summary of my experience experimenting with the 10-week Wim Hof Method. The course truly upgraded my life and has become permanently part of my lifestyle! I am truly grateful to Wim Hof for discovering this simple, no BS method and sharing it to the world. As he says, there’s no more speculation. Science is proving it. Don’t take our word for it. Find out for yourself if it helps you COME ALIVE. Otherwise, it is still merely speculation in your own life.
If you want to JUST FUCKING DO IT, here’s the link for WIM’s FULL ENCHILADA 10-WEEK COURSE:
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So with that…like Porky Pig says, “Th-Th-Th-Th-Th-… That’s all, folks.” Mahalo Nui Loa.
Aloha with Love,