Wim Hof: The Ice Man
Wim Hof is the Ice Man.
Why, you ask, is he called the Ice Man?
Because, I answer, he has run a marathon in arctic Finland, swum 70 metres under North Pole ice and climbed 7,400 metres up Everest. Each time wearing nothing but shorts.
That is why he is called the Ice Man.
Hof achieves these amazing feats purely with the power of his mind. Using tantric techniques from the Tibetan Buddhist practice of tummo (which is Tibetan for inner fire), he is able to control the temperature regulation of his metabolism. Yogis practicing tummo have been known to dry wet towels placed over their body while sitting outside in freezing temperatures!
Last year Hof set the world record for ice endurance by standing fully immersed in ice for 1 hour and 44 minutes in Tokyo. He also holds eight other world records. Well, that’s to be expected from a real life superhero.
This video is taken from the UK Channel 4 series Daredevils. Watch the full programme here.