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Inside the Superhuman World of the Iceman

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Wim Hof first caught the attention of scientists when he proved he was able to use meditation to stay submerged in ice for 1 hour and 53 minutes without his core body temperature changing. Since then, he’s climbed Mount Everest in his shorts, resisted altitude sickness, completed a marathon in the Namib Desert with no water and proven under a laboratory setting that he’s able to influence his autonomic nervous system and immune system at will. Almost everything Wim has done was previously thought to be impossible - but he’s not a freak of nature. To demonstrate that any human can learn his methods, Wim offered to teach Matt Shea and Daisy-May Hudson to climb a freezing cold mountain in their shorts without getting cold. But when Matt and Daisy signed up for the training, they had no idea that the so-called Iceman was planning to lead them on a psychedelic journey across Europe that circled the chasm between science, spirituality and mystery. Sally Donatello - Photographer Watch Next: The Giants of Iceland - http://bit.ly/1fJjOUL Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our Tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vice Check out our Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/vicemag
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neoaureus (2 hours ago)
Wim Hof ....IS Captain Haddock !!
SkirmisherAk 47 (8 hours ago)
El señor se parece a Jesús, no solo físicamente, en sus acciones, busca sanar de alguna forma a las personas, coincidencia?, creo en el cuando dice que tiene una misión en la vida y que algo lo impulsa a cumplirla. Sin duda es un hombre extraordinario.
Salvatore Conte (16 hours ago)
I'm doing this over a month, I'm stronger now! My neurosis almost dissappeared. Wim Hof method is working great.
Alex Udrea (21 hours ago)
I have rheumatoid arthritis since 2010. I had a psychological breakdown when my marriage failed and I rediscovered myself healing when i am in peace. I could play football, do parkour and work in construction with my condition. I only had an idea that what we are telling to the body, if we are telling it with FAITH, then the body listens. So i said to my body that i should start healing and I did. Two years I have made it without any signs of the illness. When the problems in my life re-occurred the illness showed up again. My method could keep me without food for 4 days without feeling the need to eat. I was feeding with energy. Now if I add up some tricks and hints from Wim Hof's method, i can really say that I can show anybody how to heal themselves experimenting on me like Wim Hof did. The strength of our human nature limits is yet to be discovered.
hubble2016 (1 day ago)
Who is Wims master teacher. Marco Polo discovered a tribe on his travels in the Himalayan mountains that had elders swimming beneath ice lakes. They ate very little food and abstained from sex. They call themselves the Hunza tribe. I'm sure they practiced this method.
Nazareth Requelme (1 day ago)
Gabi Ravhon (1 day ago)
I live in a warm country. I swim in the sea all the winter about half an hour, and in JANUARY it is quite cold. The water is 17° Celsius and outside it about 10°-18° C. If I don't go out of the water fast and wear warm clothes the fingers at my feet is becoming dark and it hurt for many days. Can I avoid my fingers to become cold by breathing Win Hof technique?
Johnny Rutz (1 day ago)
It is crazy how The Chinese monks developed this and called Chi and now we are scratching the surface
Johnny Rutz (1 day ago)
Fuck I did the breathing exercise and I was scared almost 3 min without breathing and I was focus on one point looking a Three and it was going in circles.
joe GasKill (2 days ago)
"If he gave me poison to drink, I would drink it!" I'm sorry what the fuck now??
freedomclubLX (2 days ago)
Wim Hof has two powers: withstand freezing temperatures for long periods of time, and play the unabomber in any movie and tv show
R Montana (2 days ago)
I have the worst Asthma, sleep in a tent, sold 2 houses, etc etc. Help!
Donald Swamp (2 days ago)
I wonder if those cold sprays used to distract the pain response when getting foot injections would also provke this adrenaline reaction? Mild electrical shots? Heat? Induced adrenaline rushes?
William Colios (2 days ago)
The interviewer needs to go back to his Venice beach studio and Starbucks Frappuccinos. I find his skeptical skinny ass so annoying
abisai montufar (2 days ago)
Who are you? .... I'm batman
Patrick Zayco (3 days ago)
Did Wim reach the summit of Mt. Everest?
robbietownfantastic (3 days ago)
none religious, NATURE IS GOD, GOD IS NATURE. it is the purest most non corrupted form of god. Religion brings your further from god. You don't need a book written by man, Nature has plenty to tell you. Know it and you know god.
BE Adventure Partners (3 days ago)
Wow... Just wow! It's wild what you can accomplish when you just breathe... We're just learning about #WimHofMethod and are feeling amazing! Gotta find some ice cold water to jump in now! Two days into the app and about to start his Fundamentals program. This is going to BE a fun part of this journey called LIFE. - Brian + Erin
Dalimil Novotný (3 days ago)
It's Apetor's son!
CulturalCompass (3 days ago)
Hey I just realized you were here in our neck of the woods in the mts. of the Czech Republic !
Koba 01 (3 days ago)
Fascinating watch. This guy is amazing.
mproductionsmusik (4 days ago)
That guy is in top shape of course he will have more endurance to do this... athlete as more than 3 time the amount of oxygen utilization in the body due to very good blood flow and maximizing utilization of oxygen. The guy is not super human he is simply in great shape and know how to breath properly to be able to stop breathing for a long time... he sound like he did study indian breathing technique and Hindu philosophie the way he talk. Its great that he help people but he is not a super human or god lol He is doing a business out of this dont forget...
Mehdi Zarmdini (4 days ago)
“Fuck fate, fuck destiny”
Marko Bungle (4 days ago)
wim hof.. can you stop the male hair lose??? only joking i respect you full power
Real Talker 101 (4 days ago)
"Breath, it's for free" lol
peace and love (6 days ago)
Vice isn't relevant for real people anymore
T Bagger (6 days ago)
I like to use this for ice cream. I hate brain freezes
Fernando Balboa (6 days ago)
We need world leaders like Wim Hof.
13Krentebol (7 days ago)
hahahahah cult alert
Gerald Davis (8 days ago)
26:10 If I was got give you a kick, I am sure everyone will hate that.
Gerald Davis (8 days ago)
7:36 he is not mad. He is following science, blood
Ocean Seed (8 days ago)
Brad Sayers (8 days ago)
The session where the group was all breathing, seemed similar to Stan Grof's holotropic breathing (which I've experience several times).The breathing does change the blood chemistry and provide new experiences. Tim Ferris recently interviewed Stan, worth a listen
M. Dieng (8 days ago)
35:50 That is just a beatiful story.
mnewt712 (9 days ago)
wolfbear7 (9 days ago)
People fail to understand the fact that we can control, or rather directly influence, all the processes in our bodies. Psychosomatic is real. Somatopsychic is real. As a teen I scared the shit out of my ex wife because I could slow down my heartbeat so much she screamed at me to stop. She was feeling my wrist pulse. I laughed and opened my eyes and my pulse returned to normal. I told my body to grow my tonsils back and after 35 years of being gone, they grew back. I have demonstrated many surprising things and I know it is a human attribute, one we all have, but learn to disbelieve. Belief is very powerful. The force is everywhere. We can learn how to work with mind, body, and spirit. I never heard of Wim before, but it is like I am connecting with what I have been waiting to find. Love is the most powerful force in the universe, and we are all capable if we choose to be. This is another beginning for me. It can be for all who believe and act. God (the force) will not chew your food for you. You must act, and the force will be seen, as it has always been there. I need to learn. Thank you, Wim. This is the ultimate gift.
Stefix (9 days ago)
Elo polaki
schweppesyt (9 days ago)
witness, witness, witness... * If your mind's on it, you are quite capable of dealing with the elements. * There are a few theories as of why Wim Hof can do what he can do. One is he has higher level of brown fat. Another theory is that he's able to secrete the hormone noradrenaline at will by breathing and jumping into cold water. Another theory is that he uses a form of meditation similar to the Tibetan Tummo meditation which by shutting off the activity of the mind your metabolism gets redirected into generating heat. It's probably a combination of all those three. Using his method you can get deep into the body and actually control you own autonomic nervous system and immune system. * If you radiate good energy because you are healthy, happy and strong, that's love. Breathe! It's for free. It's life. It's good :)
Joshua S (11 days ago)
20:17 - 20:30 how do I get that high
Cédric (12 days ago)
Here is the scientific study about the endotoxin : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4034215/ for those interested.
neverland (12 days ago)
“I do not fear death, I fear to not live fully”
Geronimo Gonzalez (12 days ago)
Just amazing!!
Musik Fiend (12 days ago)
Wonderful episode Vice!! Bravo! Btw, I love the host, he’s my fav. Why? He’s genuine, unbiased, very accepting, and he’s done his research homework. He seems like a really cool guy. I’d like to hang out with him.
twistedstich (12 days ago)
So I tried his breathing method the first time, found myself holding my breath easily over a minute. Thought I was crazy, so did it another six times and timed myself easily being able to hold my breath for 1 min and 40 sec for the 6th time relatively easily. I've barely been able to hold my breath more than 40 sec without feeling like dying before. Not even trying any of the meditation methods. Try it.
brandon b (12 days ago)
Thanks. Wil reaffirmed my similar methods and know I'm not alone. I'm so right on
chafik souna (12 days ago)
"I do not fear death,I fear not to live fully" -Wim Hof
TRUTH THIRST (13 days ago)
“We do not need psychotherapy, just breath.” Okay that should work out for schizophrenics just fine
TRUTH THIRST (13 days ago)
But if you are constantly excreting adrenaline you are going to damage the heart overtime. He basically has hypertension
Carlos Garcia (13 days ago)
God bless this man and the methods he has taught us. icey showers for life
Sam Rahmati (13 days ago)
It’s not just breathing , it’s meditation and you mind as well
Evgeniy Kulevazkiy (13 days ago)
I hold my breath for about 3 minutes in my first try, I never was able to hold it more then 40 sec.
FreeFromWar (13 days ago)
This guyyy
CrniWuk (14 days ago)
Alright, after reading a bit it finally makes some sense. Guy is simpy releasing adrenalin in his system trough his method, which helps the body a lot to cope with stress. It's pretty impressive. But, I would not even believe for a second his claims that, I quote :"Hof says that the WHM can treat or help alleviate symptoms of illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, arthritis, diabetes, clinical depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and cancer.[1]". That's bullshit.
39:02 "BREATHE!! IT'S FREE!! 😂
Haley B (14 days ago)
I thrive in the cold and die in the heat. How does he not get gangrene???
Dusty Fred (15 days ago)
This is a load of silly nonsense. It's no secret that the body and mind can be trained to endure things most people can't. And, most people are already capable of enduring a lot more than they think they are. Making it about some 'spiritual' mumbo jumbo is the height of self-indulgence.
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Ameya Joshi (15 days ago)
What this guy is doing is called Hatha Yoga. This is nothing new. Sadhus and Yogis live this way in Himalayas.
Triple D (6 days ago)
Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Tummo breathing.... Yes all these techniques have been around a long time. But some sort of secretive, some have gone forgotten. It comes down to what Bruce Lee said: All martial arts styles come down to what ypu can do with 2 legs, 2 arms.
Duke Vanlien (16 days ago)
He will lead the dumb ass Americans to realize we all a st e super human fuck big pharmaceutical!!!!
Luciano Castillo VIDEO (16 days ago)
Actually what's happening when you do the breathing exercise is you body releases DMT to your brain cause it thinks it's dying but it's in little quantities
Shinobi-1 (17 days ago)
This is a Human BEING. Bless You All.
Teerth G Upadhyay (18 days ago)
Thug life 😎 "Fuck off we don't need phycotherapist" The best 40mins spent in 2018. #Inspiring
James Guy (18 days ago)
What a Amazing Story about an Amazing Human being. . My wife and child died back in 2005 & a Friend Told me about this person. . Many Thanks, I’ve got nothing to lose.
Elijah Jones (19 days ago)
I hope he finds Jesus, He is the pinnacle of love... Such great achievements and respect.
Mary Cate O'Malley (20 days ago)
It is not hyperventilation. You breath in and let is go without effort. That is not hyperventilating.
MegaSocky (20 days ago)
I fear his heart rate
Johnny Smith (20 days ago)
Dmt released?
Triple D (6 days ago)
Yes. All kinds of trippy thimgs going on, whole doing the WHM. Get high on your own supply!
Jose. A (21 days ago)
Menuda secta.
Fabian Asensio (21 days ago)
interesting, but I am sorry...Wim is totally over compensating for his failure to be right enough for his wife before she committed suicide. God forgives, but he doesn't see that, so he is using his own willpower to feel strong, but lacking real faith it will not truly produce real lasting happiness. Inside, he is angry and that inner emotion is driving him. It is all much much more simple...antidoteforall.com
kpetridis1 (21 days ago)
achilles heel method !!!! Love from grecce to you iceman!!
RJW 02 (23 days ago)
this guy is the danish Mr miyagi 😂
Ahmed Mohamed (24 days ago)
Very cult like I see the scientific evidence but still looking like a cult to me. Just concentrate on the breathing and cold.
León Bécquer (24 days ago)
“God is cold” ❄️
DARYL DAVIES (25 days ago)
Simply brilliant, I’ve always believed we have such un tapped potential 👍🙏
VENT Productions (26 days ago)
How come “superhuman” is doing the same plank I can do and I only wish I was a meta human
Breal191 (27 days ago)
Last fall I jumped into the water to scrape the barnacles off my prop. It was windy but I didn’t think the water was that cold. When o jumped in the water I realized I was wrong. When I came out of the water, I thought that the wind would cut through my skin. The reality was that when I got out of the water, my skin felt warm. It was actually numb. I gotta tell you that for the next few hours, I felt in a sort of extacy, not sexual. I felt so great!
Sexy Girl (27 days ago)
What about frost bite?
Sexy Girl (27 days ago)
I'd be careful with all that crazy breathing, might collapse your lungs or hyperventilate.
D Young (27 days ago)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure The Win Hamon method
Ryder Xtraa (27 days ago)
Best video I’ve ever watched
Dino Spumoni (27 days ago)
The host Matt Shea fucking KILLED it. Mad respect to him, takes some massive balls to actually go all in with these challenges, and also did a great job interviewing Wim Hof. 👏 Ditto for Daisy-May Hudson.
JamchesterBoozle (29 days ago)
And a message for you vice, we're not here to follow you, we're here to follow Wim
JamchesterBoozle (29 days ago)
The 847 people who dislike this video are from the Pharmaceutical industry.....we're waking up. Fuck you money grabbing whores
James Blackwood (29 days ago)
This is fucking masterfully shot. These images are straight eye candy 😻😻
Scribe Lur (29 days ago)
Why does vice employ the biggest DORRRRRRKS. Im sure hes a nice guy but goddamn wheres david choe
Nathan Khar (29 days ago)
Breathe motherfucker😂
ry (29 days ago)
He's the real Dr. Strange
warmestglow (29 days ago)
Sending much LOVE to Wim and his mission. xoxo What a great docu! Good job guys.
UndeadOnDope (29 days ago)
This was unreal... did not know what to expect but glad I took the time to watch this.
Mike Merer (29 days ago)
The raw power of love and insanity is absolutely astounding. This man found the most inner depths of human ability and perused it.
Julian Harding (29 days ago)
JOE TM (29 days ago)
"I do not fear death, I fear not to live fully. - If I live fully I am not into that, I am living."
Benny Judah (29 days ago)
I don't believe he can do what people are claiming
Never Never (29 days ago)
Reptile (^_^)
Corbin Randel (30 days ago)
4:50 hyperventilating changes the PH in your body giving a sensation of being high, and the breathing technique is called purging. Divers use purging all the time as it purges co2 from the body... allowing people to breath longer.
Nick Hersheys (30 days ago)
A week ago I was out in the cold 24 degrees with no shirt for 60 minutes. I was just walking the streets and people were just looking at me like I was crazy. They were taking pictures of me and even videos. I would like to see the video myself, LOL. One guy in a car shouted "You got balls" And funny thing is I was drunk and I entered a bar with no shirt and the refused to serve me. No shirt, no shoes, no service ! But whats interesting is, not only did I endure the cold, but I enjoyed it. In fact I was sweating under my arms. Thinking about it now, sitting here indoors with a heater, i say to myself, really? Some people even asked me why I did it, and I have no answer for that.
Vojta Lubos (30 days ago)
Guys, 7.12.2018 7 icemans stucked on sniezka mountain and needs to be saved by mountain rescue service https://www.echo24.cz/a/S5spq/vydali-se-na-snezku-ve-spodnim-pradle-icemany-zachranovala-horska-sluzba Article in czech, you can translate. Just be careful, your mind will not help you in 20 degrees below zero with strong wind!!! This is impossible
Et moi qui meurs dès que je prends une douche froide ...
Nate Moreno (1 month ago)
In 20 degree weather i was never cold i have been someone who was not to get cold in that weather and i never know why but seeing this video i wonder how far can i really go with my cold resistance and I probably will be able to complete the same feats as wim so i will start today
What a wonderful documentary! Thanh you so much for sharing this with us! "Cold" hugs from Brazil

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