Wim “The Iceman” Hof – Innate or learnt superhuman abilities?


There are people in this world that seem to have superhuman capabilities and there is something fascinating about them, because they seem to be somehow different from the rest of us. One of these people is Wim Hof, aka “The Iceman.”

If the name doesn’t ring a bell for you, know that Wim has become a legend thanks to his extraordinary ability to withstand extreme temperatures, especially cold. In other words, he mastered the control of his body temperature so that it remains constant in both extreme cold and extreme heat.

Wim Hof


After reading about Wim Hof’s incredible accomplishments, you will realise our minds and bodies are endless reservoirs of untapped capabilities we might not be aware of. His story will make you want to discover your real potential and make the most of it.

What he promotes through the so-called “Wim Hof Method” is that we are able to consciously control our nervous system and fight influences from the outside. His mantra says it all:

“Believe in yourself and know you have what it takes. Let go of all doubt and anything in your life that is causing you stress.”

Wim was born in 1959 in Holland and managed to amaze the world with his abilities from an early age when he started running barefoot through the snow with no discomfort whatsoever. Those were the first signs that he might be immune to the cold.

After discovering he was gifted with this incredible ability, he dedicated most of his time to achieving superhuman feats of endurance in the coldest environments possible. Basically, he learnt through practice to control his body temperature with the power of his mind.

At the moment, he is the holder of no less than 20 Guinness World Records for withstanding extreme temperatures. Some of his stunts include:

  • climbing Mount Everest and Kilimanjaro in only shorts and shoes, reaching above death zone altitude (22,000 ft);
  • staying comfortably in ice baths for several hours;
  • running a full marathon in the Namib Desert (at 50 degrees Celsius/122 Fahrenheit) with no water or food;
  • completing a full marathon above the polar circle in Finland again in nothing but shorts and barefooted;
  • swimming a world record 66 metres under a metre of ice.

The “Wim Hof Method”

The “Wim Hof Method” mentioned above is a breathing technique that allows you to activate the autonomous systems of the body at will, thus achieving the ability to consciously control the immune system to fight off diseases.

Wim Hof

To prove his point, in 2011 Wim took on the challenge to be injected with a very dangerous and toxic E. coli endotoxin which would normally make any human very ill. Through this experiment, the daredevil wanted to demonstrate that his meditation and breathing techniques can help people effectively control the response of their immune system and thus fend off health threats.

“I do not fear death, I fear not to live fully,” he says.

Now that he has become famous due to his otherworldly abilities, he wants to share his secrets with the world. Wim is convinced that anyone can do the extraordinary things he does, and that’s why he offers those interested an entire course teaching the techniques that have made him so famous. Additionally, he is currently working with university researchers to prove that this super power to control mind, body and soul can definitely be learnt.