Ice Bath FTW

Well I finally did it! I kept stressing about my experience standing in the snow, and that readiness for real ice exposure was so far away.  After a remarkably “comfortable” 10-minute shower the day before, my confidence was high and I had to test where my limit was.  So I bought 32 lbs of ice from…

What Doesn’t Kill Us

As referenced in my last post, I purchased this book by Scott Carney and started reading it while I was recovering from my stomach bug: What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength I finished it last night, and I gotta say it is a wonderful…

New WHM Book and Training

A couple things happened at the same time that inspired my re-entry into WHM.  The first was that some people from my job posted about a team polar plunge.  I had been meaning to get back into WHM at some point, and this seemed like good motivation, like my wife signing up for running races…

Working out with WHM Breathing

With a new job and a kid (!) I haven’t had much time for blogging, but I am still finding time to occasionally do WHM meditation.   And, I have been doing high-intensity interval training (HIIT) with the punching bag in my basement and recently started experimenting with alternative breathing patterns.  And it’s been wildly successful!   Almost like magic, my…

The Afterdrop

Well, another exciting couple days in WHM training.   But first something that came up that surprised me and is changing the way I think about the WHM training. Unexpected Wisdom I watched Wim Hof’s fourth week video (of the 10-week course), and Wim was talking about reducing bloodflow to your extremities during cold exposure.  At first…

Ten Minute Cold Shower Challenge

Well I did it. Had a really deep, meditative WHM breathing session, and I spontaneously decided to do the ten-minute challenge that Wim prescribes in the fourth week of his 10-week course. The temperature was slightly higher (around 55-60 F) for the first five minutes, but then lowered it to its ~50F level for the last 5 minutes.…

Learning to Love a Cold Shower

I’ve spent the first few WimHof posts sharing data from inexpensive USB measuring tools while doing the WHM breathing.  But I haven’t talked much about the cold exposure part of the training.  In fact, for a few weeks after learning the breathing and meditation the first time (a few years ago), my wife and didn’t do the cold showers.  It…