Wim Hof has run marathons barefoot and shirtless above the Arctic Circle, dove under the ice at the North Pole and languished in ice baths for north of 90 minutes—all feats that he attributes to a special kind of breathing practice.
Finland’s Arctic circle might not seem like a great place to run a marathon barefoot and in shorts—unless you’re Wim Hof. Hof, better known as "The Iceman," has attained roughly two dozen world records by completing marvellous feats of physical endurance in conditions that would kill others.
A Dutch extreme athlete, famous for his ability to withstand freezing temperatures, and breaking world records along the way, Wim Hof is a man on a mission. Millions swear by his simple, accessible exercises, known as the Wim Hof Method.
Disciples of 61-year-old Wim Hof climb mountains in bikinis and party barefoot in the snow. He tells Charlotte Edwardes how he turned the health benefits of ice into a lucrative business, with millions of followers—one ended up becoming his much younger second wife.
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