Wim Hof is an eccentric extreme athlete from the Netherlands, most famously known as ‘The Iceman’. Some of Wim Hof’s most acclaimed accomplishments include climbing Mount Everest in just a pair of shorts as well running half a marathon in Arctic temperatures of -22 Fahrenheit degrees (-30 degrees Celsius) in nothing but a pair of shorts and barefooted. He credits all of his accomplishments to the breathing exercises he developed, which his life’s mission now is to pass along to others. Below is an excerpt from his website that summarizes and provides links to all of the scientific research conducted on his breathing exercises as well as a feature by Vice News exploring the credibility Wim Hof’s methods.
THE START OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH- EXCERPT FROM WIM HOF’S WEBSITE
“What Wim is capable of was long viewed as scientifically impossible. In 2007 the first scientific analysis was done at Feinstein Institute in New York. In 2011, the University Medical Center St. Radboud in Nijmegen really got the ball rolling. After running several tests they couldn’t but admit that Wim and others are able to voluntarily influence the Autonomic Nervous System. Something which up until then was thought impossible, through the Wim Hof Method. This groundbreaking finding, published in PNAS and Nature, established credibility and bred curiosity among academia. Increasingly, researchers across a wide range of disciplines have since taken an interest, and various promising studies are currently underway.”