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The Wim Hof Method: Own Your Mind, Master Your Biology, and Activate Your Full Human Potential

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The only definitive book authored by Wim Hof on his powerful method for realizing our physical and spiritual potential

Wim Hof has a message for each of us: “You can literally do the impossible. You can overcome disease, improve your mental health and physical performance, and even control your physiology so you can thrive in freezing temperatures.” With The Wim Hof Method,
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Hardcover, 300 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Sounds True
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Weronika Zimna
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
*I received an advanced reader's copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wim Hof and his method are great; I do not doubt it - I even practice it myself at times. The beginning of this book made me feel excited. But after some chapters, my excitement has dimmed greatly. I must admit that, at least for now, YouTube and Wim's app and website seem like much better sources to learn about it all.

I truly believe this book could become a great one, helping to popularize Wim's method, b
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Robert Owens
Oct 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
I can’t finish this book. It has made me too annoyed. It keeps promising data and science and yet I have heard none. I believe in this method and that it can be useful; that’s not the problem. The book itself just doesn’t explain anything really, it just repeats the same promises over and over with loads of random case studies and just alludes to ‘data’ and ‘science’ and ‘trials’ without actually going into any detail or explanations. Very frustrating.
Mike Prescott
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reading this gave me anxiety.
There are huge claims and they are not sufficiently substantiated for advise on healthcare.
Unfortunately, it reads poorly too.
That said, the book is about the method and from an author who put their ego aside and invested their life on a w(h)im!
On reflection, "the mission" Wim is on, is to bring spirituality (and it's associated wellbeing) into a form that everyday people can access easily and benefit from.
In my mind he 100% delivers on that with the method he's de
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Zora
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
I heard a podcast with Wim Hof and was fascinated by his breathing, cold shower and ice bath methods, so decided to listen on audible.

Early in the book he talked of living as a squatter for 8 years and this kind of put me off. He then ventured into "chakras" and "third eye" stuff and I found it hard to keep going. But I pressed on. Further statements like "all you need is love" and "Love will open you up to the power of your mind" proved too esoteric for my logical and pragmatic disposition, bu
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Ciprian Pintilei
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Wim is an impressive human being, with absolutely astonishing achievements. The number of people who have benefitted from his method is, even if you adjust for the extreme cases who claim they've cured cancer, MS, etc, astonishing. And it shows that there's really something there, but it's probably a more complex answer than simply cold exposure and breathing. A cold shower can really motivate a person to go about changing other aspects of their lives. As such, Wim Hof has most certainly done a ...more
Radim Sandr
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been doing the Wim Hof method for a few years now, but I never fully realized the full potential of it and to how many scientific discoveries it led. It’s absolutely mind blowing just what we can achieve by activating or minds, connecting to our breath and combining those two things for the greater good of ourselves, those around us and the entire Multiverse. This book is a must read for everyone suffering from depression, anxiety, or any mental and even physical illness or autoimmune dis ...more
David
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
The philosophy here is positively loopy, but I am committed to the breathing and cold exposure method for 6 weeks. If I benefit from the technique, then I'm not sure the justification is important to me. ...more
J Brandon Gibson
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
[2/52]

Wim Hof is a legend. It's hard to read books that are about people larger than life, because at least for myself I constantly doubt that what he was able to do applies to common mortals such as myself. As you probably would imagine, he spends a significant part of the book reminding the reader that they could in fact do these things as well... but isn't that the pattern?

About the book. (In spirit of Kimball, who reviews all books I think, and read this book at the same time)

I gave this 4 s
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Max
Jan 17, 2021 rated it did not like it
This person is completely insane. I'm not talking about his breathing technique and hypothermia - it is good for your health and scientifically based. But most of the content of this book can fit into two paragraphs, the rest of it is pure verbiage garbage. ...more
Mike Cheng
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
For anyone unfamiliar with Wim Hoff (aka the Iceman), this book will seem like a snake oil pitch. I'm confident, however, that anyone who is familiar with Wim (we're on a first name basis) will enjoy reading about his life and methodology straight from the horse's mouth. In terms of the latter, there's nothing much to add that hasn't already been covered in the VICE documentary, the books The Way of the Iceman and What Doesn't Kill Us, and his appearances on Joe Rogan's podcast (712 was far bett ...more
Kym
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I recently participated in a Wim Hof Fundamentals Workshop and was amazed and surprised at the experience I had during the breathing method. The science behind the breathing and the cold water exposure is fascinating. A method that brings peace and resilience to people is certainly worth trying. This book outlines in great detail the philosophy, the science and the process. I highly recommend investigating this method for yourself.
Ian MacPhail
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Start living

80% very interesting 20% speed reading. I have begun cold showers and breathing and will give this my best effort. Getting busy living ...
Paul
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read this book. Simple.
Arlette Krijgsman
Mar 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Okay-ish? Great ideas but too whoozy for my liking, and I don't like it when people put themselves on the cover. You have a face, big dealio. ...more
Nigeyb
Feb 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Wim Hof's "method" is essentially:

Cold water exposure
Breathing exercises

The Wim Hof Method: Own Your Mind, Master Your Biology, and Activate Your Full Human Potential is, perhaps not suprisingly, repetitive and peppered with all kinds of mysticism and pseudo-science.

The benefits of cold water exposure are undeniable, as are the benefits of breathing exercises and meditation. Beyond that the book is a mix of biography and increasingly fantastical mystical claims.

I have no doubt his method has hel
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Matěj
Jan 09, 2021 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings on this one: I couldn't wait to try the breathing method and cold showers (went in about 1/4 of the book) and at the same time I disliked the rambling and lack of editorial finesse.

Before reading this book, I listened to Wim Hof's first podcast with Joe Rogan and watched the Vice documentary. So I anticipated a concise overview of the method, practical applications, science (where applicable, obviously) and some broader topics for discussion. What I got instead is a poorly
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Scott Wozniak
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a really mind stretching book. Wim Hof has pushed the boundaries of what is possible with the human body--and for decades been teaching others how to do it. It's mostly about breathing more deeply than normal and building up exposure to cold. Those two things are producing some truly remarkable health and fitness for those who go through his program. If that was all this book had I would give it five stars.

But he also can't resist preaching his theology--which is a mash up of Hindu, Budd
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Kimball
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Recommended to Kimball by: JAB
*Note* Cousin Brandon was generous enough to gift me this book all on his own accord. He gets bonus points. He's the real MVP here. (Queue meme that I still don't know how to insert in Goodreads reviews.)

Depending on, 1) if you like self-help books and 2) the number of quality self-help books you've read, this one will vary from person to person.

For me, barely 3 stars.


I liked the book, had great potential in the beginning but it didn't meet up to all of it and then fizzled out pretty bad. It w
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Eduardo Rocha
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book. The Wim hof methods seem promising, and I'm already making the breathing exercises and the cold showers. And they seem to improve my life. My skin is better, and I feel more focused. But this book was a huge disappointment. It needed way more edition than it had, and it was repetitive, annoying, kind of culty. Wim is a great guy, and he believes in what he's trying to say, but the book reads like a long grumble. If you are interested, I recommend watching the VICE doc ...more
Marian Leica
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
A fairly practical book on the way we perceive the cold, I find Wim Hof's methods appealing and deserves a try out.
I would have resonated more with a honest and simple writing style, without giving a too higher meaning to it.
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Kevin
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Not sure about the claims of changing DNA, but after 10 minutes of the method I went from holding my breath for 20 seconds to over 2 minutes after exhaling. Crazy cool to see immediate changes.
Bjorn Martensson
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: priority2
I think of this book as having three aspects to it:
1. Wim telling about the extraordinary feats that he has done, and to a lesser extent what his disciples have done. This is quite inspiring.
2. An autobiographical aspect where we get to know Wim a little. Wim's world view seems to boil down to love, peace and an internal soul. A bit hippiesque, but generally harmless. The world would probably be a friendlier place if more people thought like Wim.
3. Wim trying to explain biologically how he he ac
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Darjeeling
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Basically cold showers every morning and some deep breathing exercises.
Certainly wakes you up, and your feel pretty good afterwards, so even if you don't actually go super saiyan or anything it's still worth it.
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Keith Foskett
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wim's method (at least the cold exposure) isn't for everyone but the science is clear - it works. Can cure or alleviate symptoms of many inflammatory diseases, as well as numerous other physical and psychological benefits.
My only criticism is much of what he says is repeated, albeit with different words.
I'm convinced and will be trying it.
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Lisa Shultz
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
This book was written by Wim Hof, a Dutch athlete, often referred to as “The Iceman”. He holds multiple records for his ability to withstand extreme cold. I had heard of him for a few years before I read this book. Cold didn’t appeal to me, but I just kept hearing about this guy and finally decided to take the plunge and read his latest book. The book seems to be a third technique, a third defense and justification (since others have thought of him to be a nutcase), and a third about the author’ ...more
Jessica
Dec 10, 2020 rated it liked it
For the first half of the book, I felt like it was five stars. Well written, great information. The technique works for me. I have always hated the cold, and the cold showers make me feel empowered. It also resonates with the psychological notion of allowing *all* feelings, "good" and "bad," and learning from them while safely observing them.
The problem is... the entire second half of the book is unnecessary repetition. It felt like being nagged by a very kind father figure. It's a book. You do
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Brian Sachetta
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve known of Wim Hof for a while, but until now, I’d never read any of his content. That’s why I figured it was finally time to pick up one of his books. Though I can’t speak to his previous ones, I definitely enjoyed this one.

It’s all about reclaiming control of our minds and bodies by intentionally subjecting ourselves to hormetic stress (mild forms of it that boost performance and quality of life). Hof’s preferred form of that stress is going out into the cold — hence the name, “The Ice Man.
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Norent Khy
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
The author's personality shines through his own writing. The book contains the rationale of the method along with its origins and inspirations.

The book gave me names to concepts that I knew existed, and concepts that I did not yet know existed. It bridged some concepts that I had dangling around in my knowledge, and added some more concepts to dangle around there.

I have been taking cold showers and extending the duration of them for 29 days now, with my attention to my own response to it. From
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Austris Cirulnieks
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was quite interesting to learn about Wim's life and the things he has been through. Quite inspiring to experience his lite attitude towards seemingly harsh and unfortunate life turns.
Although this lite approach sometimes seemed to border with with odd and excentric storytelling and just plainly weird conclusions.
Nonetheless, Wim is an incredible individual and despite his unique (sometimes offsetting) storytelling manner the book delivers set of powerful methods and practical ways to implemen
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