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The Way of the Iceman: How the Wim Hof Method Creates Radiant, Longterm Health Paperback – February 26, 2017
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Wim Hof is a Dutch daredevil who currently holds 20 world records relating to his ability to withstand extreme cold. As co-author of Becoming the Iceman, through his scientifically validated achievements and as the creator of the Wim Hof Method, he has inspired ten of thousands worldwide to reclaim their vitality through the practice of breath control and ice therapy.
Wim Hof's website: http: //www.wimhofmethod.com
He has had major docs done about him by the BBC, Vice and has appeared on CNN, National Geographic, Discovery etc...
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1) take cold showers often
2) the only breathing method reviewed in the book is the following: breath deeply, exhale deeply- repeat this 30 times and then hold your breath as long as you can-
that's it- there's a lot of interesting conjecture and peri-scientific and to be fair, scientific ideas discussed- but the material is so thin on the WHM (Wim Hoff Methods) that it doesn't justify 120 pages- but it mentions over and over all these wonderful breathing methods and delivers only point number 2 above
there's another piece here- the idea of commitment- but this is so shallowly fleshed out that it doesn't even deserve to be in the title
i LOVE the ideas that this book was supposed to cover- but with so little programmatic instruction, this is one of Dragondoor's poorest efforts in a while
this subject really deserves more detailed instruction- perhaps this is if you pay for his on line course (which may have some value) but the book is a lousy bait and switch on what really may be an important topic
compared to pavel's books, which are a gold mine of brilliance and insight, this falls vastly short
[Edit] I had planned to use the "do it yourself for 30 days" as a trial to see if I wanted to buy the ten week on-line course. As fate would have it, he put a significant discount on it for Christmas and I went for it. Having reviewed the workbook for the on-line video course I can say that this book has the essence of his method and I am therefore bumping this review to 5 stars. The on-line course has more; winter yoga, exercise and methods for gauging progress which I'm certain will be valuable (I'm not making a sales pitch for him here). This review is for this book and I stand with that first paragraph, The Kindle book or the hard copy when released is a good value and something that has actionable information.
I love the Wim Hof Method (WHM), and after reading the book I did purchase the 10 week course from his website. However, I am on the fence about this book because there really are no instructions to it and as another reviewer mentioned it is about 4 pages of instruction. I think it is less...like literally a haiku length of instruction on how to do the breathing exercises and even that I believe is incorrectly described. I had been practicing the way the book stated, and felt no tingling and other effects that the WHM breathing was said to do from the book. So I found a youtube video of Wim Hof and Joe Rogan and followed along and felt the difference.
The problem I think this book has is something similar to "Becoming the Iceman" where it really isn't about Wim Hof. Although the book lists Wim Hof as the author (along with Koen de Jong), I do not think Wim Hof had much to do with this book other than allowing his name to be put on the cover and allow for his life story to be told in the beginning. Other than that it is a first person narrative of Koen de Jong on HIS experiences with cold exposure therapy, his interaction with cops as he tries to swim in the cold waters in Amsterdam during winter months and other thinking he is crazy/suicidal for doing so, his investigative journalism regarding people with various ailments who are doing the WHM and feel rejuvenated by it, and that he has written a book about deep breathing.
The aspect of the book that I have found to be interesting is the (micro)biology of it in reference to inflammation proteins, melatonin production, etc. If you wish to learn about that stuff and how the WHM affects the autonomic system, then this book is for you.
If you wish to just jump into the WHM, feel the great benefits and feel great you can download the innerfire app, which is free. The app is a great crash course instructional to the basics of the WHM. The 10-week WHM is cool, too. It has the tenets of the WHM, a summarized version of the effects of the WHM on the autonomic system, stretches, a logbook, and some extras. Again, with the innerfire app I think it great and it's free. So I hope this review helped some.