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About the Author
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...
File Size: 12170 KB
Print Length: 141 pages
Publisher: Dragon Door Publications (December 19, 2016)
i am very disappointed in this book- here is what the "actionable" lessons are
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
A readable book with enough credible material to inspire me to try the do it yourself for 30 days to see for myself. If I succeed in completing the 30 days I'll be back to report in an edit and bump the star count up or down. The benefits could be enormous. I hope so and must find out.
[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 loved the context provided by this "book" about all topics related to breathing, cold exposure, and WHM. Apparently cold exposure is super duper healthy for you! But not much instruction for learning the techniques, besides the absolute basics. I guess you need to get the 10 week course or take a seminar in person for that.
I was greatly disappointed with this book, I was expecting a lot more but it didn't deliver. I am a fan of Hof and received some breathing exercises for subscribing to his email newsletter. The email I received had more detailed breathing exercises than this entire book. I was really surprised by how little material was in fact in the book. He touched upon Tummo breathing and offered nothing more than "breath in and out slowly 30 times and repeat"...that was it. Maybe that's all there is, but it seemed like their could be more on posture,focus etc. The rest of the book is testimonials and links to more books and websites at the end, plus some highlights off his accomplishments. I have received books from Dragon Door Publications before and am no stranger to their selling tactics. I have multiple Pavel Tatsouline books and they are filled with ads etc. At least his books deliver the goods as far as useable material. Hof mentions in the book his autodidactic way of learning yoga, breathing etc. This is an amazing feat but doesn't make for great teaching or detail. Some of us have too have guidance and more detail to truly understand the subject. We are all not as gifted. I feel like the book is a setup to purchasing more products from Dragon Door Pub. This is the first book I have ever sent back to Amazon.
The book summary is this:
-Take cold showers, start slow and increases the amount of time under the water. - Breathe in and out slowly for 30 seconds and repeat. - the other 324 pages: testimonials, accomplishments, photos of cold stuff and running bare chested in snow, ads to buy more stuff.
Disappointing. Starts out with 6 pages of "advance praise" by 12 men. Then we get 3 pages of "I am awesome" by another man. Followed by 6 pages of self-glorifying statements like "...I can effortlessly access this 'Mind of no Mind' via intense physical exercise" by yet another man, who incorporates elegant terms like "bitch-slapped" into his description of his own masterful technique. Altogether, an unpleasant and egocentric introduction to what should be a fascinating topic. The book is very brief, short on details as others have noted, and full of not-quite-true statements, such as, "If the balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide in your blood is disrupted, it will have a strong effect on your intestines." Well, yes, but fortunately we have lungs and kidneys, which maintain appropriate balance in all but the most seriously ill. By the time you reach that point, no breathing exercise is going to rescue you. Back to Amazon it goes.
I really wanted to like this book, but came away disappointed. There is lots of theory with little science to back it up. The only actual instructional material is at the very end and leaves more than a little to be desired. I would recommend Scott Carney's "What Doesn't Kill Us" which will give you much more information along with a good story.