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.…

Makergear M2 – Better Prints

This is really just a slideshow of prints I’ve done since my last “mixed results” post.  It appears that there is a very noticeable difference between printing via SD card and printing via USB cable.   More specifically, I use the Simplify3D software on Linux in both cases, but in one case it’s feeding printer…

M2 Hedgehog with Mixed Results

I decided to print a well-known hedgehog from the thingiverse with my new Makergear M2: First of all, I have to say I’m very impressed with the quality of this print.  My old 3D printer could never produce prints with such crisp detail.   I also think it would have flat out failed at printing the…

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…

Makergear M2 Initial Impressions

Beyond Wim Hof Method training, I also just received my new Makergear M2 3D printer.  I previously had a MBot Cube 2, which was an inexpensive Chinese version of the Makerbot Replicator.  It served me well, but had started to decline in performance and was lacking a few critical features I really wanted.  In particular, I needed…

Examining WHM with Pulse Oximetry

I’ve gone full-scientist now!  I went ahead and purchased a CMS 50D+ pulse oximeter from Amazon, based on the fact that I found a python script online for pulling the data off of it in real-time via a USB cable, in Linux. I desperately searched for a pulse oximeter that also had temperature monitoring, since it seems…

Studying the Wim Hof Method

As promised in my introductory post, I will start sharing the data I’ve collected from my experience with the Wim Hof Method (WHM).  It’s been a latent fascination for years, but only now have I had the time and focus to develop a proper obsession around it.  I’ve spent that last week doing a couple hours of “meditation” per day, and…

Get Ready to SOAR

I call this the SOAR blog, to stand for the “Strange Obsessions of Alan Reiner.”  This is not only a convenient acronym, but appropriately captures the way I explore new things:  obsessively, until I fail or conquer them.  And many such obsessions are based around strange an unusual things, sometimes because not many people are exploring it…