To say that Dutchman Wim Hof — the “Iceman” — is a phenomenon would be an understatement of some magnitude. The 55-year-old has done things which sound simply impossible for a human to achieve. His feats have earned him no fewer than 21 Guinness World Records!
Among the most challenging things Mr. Hof has done is to immerse himself in blocks of ice for a one hour, 52 minutes and 42 seconds! By his own admission, though, “the most challenging record was climbing Everest in just a pair of shorts”. Mr. Hof did not climb all the way to the top of Earth’s tallest mountain, but did reach an altitude of 24,000 ft., before giving up 5,000 ft. short of the summit due to a foot injury.
So how does he do it? Well, experts have found that during deep meditation, Mr. Hof’s brain sends messages to the other parts of his body telling them to keep warm. Body temperatures would drop dangerously low for most other people if they attempted the kinds of things Mr. Hof does, but he believes that people can control their body temperature by concentrating hard.
In other words, if you cannot swim 60 meters under ice wearing only goggles and a pair of shorts, you are simply not trying hard enough! (Scroll down for two amazing videos.)
1. The ‘Iceman’ Wim Hof, 55, has broken 21 Guinness World Records including running a full marathon above the Arctic circle wearing only a pair of shorts. Here, he meditates in the snow in Holland.
2. As well as running on mountains, Mr. Hof also holds records for running a full marathon in the Namibian desert.
3. Wim Hof said he can endure sub-zero temperatures as he has the ability to ‘turn his own thermostat up’ by using his mind.
4. Mr. Hof said: ‘It is a lifestyle that I have chosen to take therefore I train everyday wherever I am’.
5. Mr. Hof admits the training he does beforehand makes the challenges he takes ‘pretty easy’.
6. The father-of-five also holds the record for having the longest ice bath. Here he emerges from a frozen lake in the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains.
7. World record: Wim Hof spent 1hr 52 mins and 42 seconds up to his neck in ice in Manhattan’s Bryant Park in New York City.
8. Mr. Hof also holds records for running a full marathon in the Namibian desert without drinking water.
9. In most other people, body temperatures would drop dangerously low.
10. Mr. Hof said: ‘I don’t bother with gyms, I just work out where I happen to be whether it’s in the garden or at home’.
And here a couple of videos (one of them an interview) highlighting Iceman’s achievements:
Source: The Daily Mail.
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