The Iceman Cometh: Wim Hof On Elevating Consciousness & Amplifying Human Potential

{{ currentTime / duration }}

{{ currentTime | prettyTime }}{{ duration | prettyTime }}


“We are so successful at being comfortable that comfort is becoming the enemy of success.”

Wim Hof


Today we dive into the deep end of higher consciousness. We challenge the limits of human potential. And we explore the power of the mind to unlock superhuman capabilities.

Our instrument for this week’s fantastic voyage is Wim Hof — aka The Iceman. 

Dropping in for his second podcast appearance — his first being RRP 231 from June 2016 — Wim is a Dutch-born world record holder, adventurer, daredevil and human guinea pig best known for his preternatural ability to withstand extreme cold.

More significant is Wim’s experimentation with specific and teachable breathing techniques. Rooted in the ancient yogic tradition of pranayama and canonized for a modern audience as The Wim Hof Method, Wim asserts that through such breath techniques he can turn up his internal thermostat and activate his sympathetic nervous system — abilities conventionally believed beyond conscious control.

WimHof_406_quote_910x512

Understanding the far-fetched nature of his claims, Wim put his contentions to the test. Among his twenty world-record setting feats of otherworldly insanity, Wim has:

  • scaled above death zone altitude (22,000 ft) on Mount Everest shirtless adorned in nothing but shorts;
  • completed a full marathon above the polar circle in Finland barefoot and again shirtless and in shorts;
  • summited Kilimanjaro in less than 2 days, again in nothing but shorts;
  • swam a world record 66 meters under a meter of ice above the polar circle;
  • sat in an ice bath for almost two hours straight;
  • ran a full marathon in the Namib Desert without water; and
  • remained asymptomatic after a poisonous E. coli endotoxin injection certain to make any human being very ill

All of this is seemingly insane. But Wim declares his feats not only replicable but entirely teachable — a curriculum that holds the potential to unlock a battery of human superpowers that extend well beyond extreme temperature tolerance to metabolic ‘reptilian brain’ functions previously thought beyond conscious manipulation.

Picking up where we left off in RRP 231, this conversation focuses less on Wim’s feats of incredulity and more on the nature of consciousness and the primacy of its elevation. We discuss our current crisis of awareness. The importance of challenging long-held, status quo beliefs. And the warrior’s path required to live fully actualized.

Wild, calm, powerful and gentle all at the same time, Wim is undoubtedly one of the most compelling and unique people I have ever met — a man who will shock you out of your comfort zone and call into question the countless unnecessary limits we impose upon ourselves daily.

This journey begins with the breath. It extends to service, compassion, and gratitude. And it culminates in love.

Disclaimer: Never practice breathing exercises before/during any activities where a loss of consciousness may prove life threatening. The breathing methods discussed may have a profound effect and should be practiced exactly as explained and always in a safe environment. Wim strongly advises you to gradually build up your exposure to the cold. Always train without force and listen to your body carefully. If not practiced responsibly, you risk hypothermia or worse. And finally, always consult your doctor first before beginning any exercise program.

Online Course Discount: Wim was kind enough to offer my listeners 35% off his 10-week online course when you enter the code Rich35 at checkout before December 2, 2018 (this is Wim’s gift – I do not profit from this in any way). To learn more and signup, visit: wimhofmethod.com/elearning/fundamentals

Final reminder that this podcast is also viewable on YouTube here. Click here to watch Wim take Rich through a breathing exercise.

Inhale deeply, and please enjoy this roller-coaster thrill ride with The Iceman.

Peace + Plants,

RR-SIGNATURE-FOR-WEB 110

Listen, Watch & Subscribe

Listen-on-Apple-Podcasts-badge    YT logo    SPOTIFY LOGO    Google-Podcasts-Header-1080x750    STITCHER NEW LOGO

Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Podcasts

Thanks to this week’s sponsors

StrideHealth: The first health insurance recommendation engine tuned & tailored to the life of the individual. Find the perfect health plan for you—go to stridehealth.com/richroll and save over $400 for the year. It’s easy coverage in 10 minutes or less, built just for people like us.

29029: What if Mt. Everest and 29029 vertical feet came to you? Way more than a series of endurance events, 29029 is a series of end-to-end, once-in-a-lifetime experiences curated to the last detail. They are community built in a basecamp village. Challenges presented on private mountains. And friendships forged through attempting the unknown. To learn more and secure your spot for one of the two events in 2019, text the word EVEREST to 444-999 Or visit 29029everesting.com

Harrys.com: A superior shave at an affordable price. Go to Harrys.com/ROLL right now to get a limited edition holiday shave set while supplies last. We’ve partnered with Harry’s to give you $5.00 off your order when you enter code “ROLL” at checkout. FREE Shipping ends December 12th 2018.

Note: One of the best ways to support the podcast is to support the sponsors. For a complete list of all RRP sponsors and their respective vanity url’s and discount codes, visit my Resources page and click “Sponsors”.

SHOW NOTES

To learn the Wim Hof Method, visit: wimhofmethod.com/elearning/fundamantals & enter offer code RICH35 to get 35% off (discount available December 2, 2018) OR Try the FREE Mini-Class HERE!

Background, Context & Reference:

Books Referenced & Recommended:

Notable People Discussed:

  • Elissa Epel PhD: Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, at University of California, San Francisco, Director of the Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Center, and the Consortium for Obesity Assessment, Study, & Treatment
  • Joseph Campbell: was an American Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work covers many aspects of the human experience

Related Podcasts You Might Enjoy:

Thanks to Jason Camiolo for production, audio engineering and show notes. Margo Lubin and Blake Curtis for video, editing and graphics. Interstitial music performed by Wim Hof. Portraits by Reece Robinson. Theme music by Ana Leimma.

*Disclosure: Books and products denoted with an asterisk are hyperlinked to an affiliate program. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

PPMP-640x360-1

Check out The Plantpower Meal Planner — 1000’s of recipes at your fingertips!

HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE PODCAST?

Tell Your Friends & Share Online!

Subscribe & Review:  iTunes | Stitcher | Soundcloud | GooglePlay

Donate: Check out our Patreon account!

Download Our Free App! Now you can access, stream, download and share the entire RRP catalog in the palm of your hand on any iOS mobile device (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) with our mobile app. Never miss an episode, plus special announcements, discounts, giveaways. Already downloaded? Awesome. When you have a minute, and it feels right to you, do us a solid and give the app a review in the iTunes Store.

Support The Sponsors: One of the best ways to support the podcast is to support our sponsors. For a complete list of all RRP sponsors and their respective vanity url’s and discount codes, visit my Resources page and click “Sponsors”.