I really loved the last 2 weeks of the Wim Hof Method Fundamentals Course. I thought the first two weeks were great because they helped me deal with some heavy stress and get over a nasty cold but weeks 3 and 4 are where I’m really seeing some huge improvements in my physical and mental well-being.
Wim Hof Method Week 3: Energy Management
This week introduced a new style of Wim Hof breathing that I haven’t done before:
Hoffing is what the scientists who studied Wim in the universities affectionately called this style of breathing.
This style of breathing is intense and creates a very different result from the breathing in the Stress Control week.
Breathing for stress control is like inhaling a drug.
Your whole body tingles, you feel high, and you might just start crying with laughter.
But breathing for energy management is like taking a very different drug: an upper.
You feel fully charged and ready to just go, go, go.
I highly recommend this style of breathing before a heavy workout.
I broke my personal records in the gym
I was able to lift the heaviest weight possible on the chest press machine, controlled and slow, for 20 healthy reps.
And it felt light!
I also maxed out the leg press and made it feel like baby weight.
And I almost maxed out the cable row machine.
This is all without making significant changes to my diet or taking any new supplements.
In fact, I’m actually in a calorie deficit at the moment.
Obviously, this is all “anecdotal” but check out the testimonials for the Wim Hof Method (near the bottom of the page) from athletes and world class performers and you’ll see a lot of crazy anecdotal evidence.
My resting heart rate is now 50 bpm
Last year, before I knew anything about Wim Hof or this style of breathing, my resting heart rate was 90 bpm.
I had an ex-smoker’s lungs and I hated cardio.
Following the Wim Hof Method for a year got my heart rate into a way healthier range of around 60 bpm.
That’s without tons of cardio training.
But the Wim Hof Method Fundamentals seems to have pushed my heart rate down even lower: 50 beats per minute!
Not bad, huh?
Motherfuckers don’t believe my shit
I know this all sounds like a bunch of bullshit.
I understand the resistance people have when it comes to actually paying money for a breathing course.
But what I don’t get is when I tell my results to people and offer to show them exactly what to do and yet they still refuse.
My brother is my best friend in the world. He’s insanely intelligent and big into fitness. He’s looking for the cutting edge to get better at his golf game (he’s already at a world-class level). But even he won’t try out the Wim Hof Method even after hearing about my results.
Maybe it’s my fault.
Maybe I give off a snake-oil bullshit artist vibe.
Maybe I need to start downplaying this shit and letting people take the initiative to discover this for themselves.
Maybe I seem too desperate to get people trying the Wim Hof Method.
But it’s only because I want people to be as happy and healthy as I feel.
I give Wim my money when he releases a course because he’s doing God’s work. He’s improving lives. He’s trying to get the medical community to take him more seriously and trying to get this shit in schools so we can improve our kids’ lives.
The dude’s probably my favourite person in the world right now and I haven’t even met him.
But from now on I’m gonna try a different approach.
I’m downplaying this shit from now on.
Wim Hof Method Week 4: Inflammation
I wasn’t sure how effective this week would be.
If I wanted to reduce inflammation, I could just start supplementing with fish oil again, right?
Well my favourite fish oil supplement was going to take 10 days to be delivered (I live in Japan so shipping’s a bitch).
So I thought I’d see if my stiffness and pain would go down before it arrived just by following this week’s exercises.
I ache a lot.
Back, legs, shoulders.
I didn’t expect a week of breathing to reduce my inflammation 100%.
And it didn’t.
But the inflammation exercises made me feel great and the yoga combined with the exercise definitely felt like it lubricated my joints.
I’d say it cut my inflammation down at least 25% (going by feel).
Check out the Wim Hof Method Fundamentals… Or not. Whatever.
No hype here.
I love the course.
I’m pretty sure you’ll love it too.
Check it out and see if I’m bullshitting for yourself.