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Becoming the Iceman: Pushing Past Perceived Limits

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  572 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Becoming the Iceman is a project inspired by Wim and Justin to show the world that anyone can adopt the ability to become an Iceman or Icewoman. The project's goal is to show that the ability to control the body's temperature is not a genetic defect in Wim, but an ability that can be adopted by everyone. For many generations, we have been taught to fear the cold:"Don't for ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Lightning Source Inc (first published November 9th 2011)
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Nick Imrie
Apr 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Where was the editor!?

This is a sweet little book telling, in alternate chapters, the story of Wim Hof's various extraordinary achievements and Justin Rosales's journey to study with him. Wim has workman-like prose. Justin, unfortunately, is a terrible writer. At first this is deeply annoying; Wim provides an interesting chapter about climbing Kilimanjaro or marathons in the arctic, then Justin follows up with over-detailed descriptions of his travel arrangements, his shopping habits
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Magnus Vaughn
Apr 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014, yoga, reviewed
This book has some great information, but it was written so badly, that it ended up thoroughly disappointing.

It could have been the next "born to run", a prizewinning novel about feats of humanity combined with a heartwarming story. Instead it's not. All the elements are there; The physiology, the feats of endurance, the characters, the references to long-lost tribes...

If this book were ghost-written by a professional writer, then it could have been done properly. Unfortu
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Kurt Ehnle
Dec 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
Reads like a 7th grader's book report. "I did this. Then I did this. I was so excited that I did that. The end."
Cate
Jun 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Hmm, I kinda like this book despite myself. The editing is atrocious, the science sounds highly suspect, but after 50 pages or so, I was charmed by both authors and didn't care anymore. The book starts in Dutchman Wim "The Iceman" Hof's voice, describing his life briefly, explaining his ability to withstand extreme cold and the health benefits he feels he has gained from his cold exposure experiences. Then the book switches to Justin Rosales perspective. Justin is a young college student in Amer ...more
Oeystein Hanssen
Nov 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: self-development
This was not a good read. In fact, it was a terrible read. It’s pretty obvious the authors (Wim Hof and his protégé, Justin Rosales) are not writers.

The book’s message? Wim Hof is not unique. Anyone can become like the iceman.
You’re welcome, you don’t have to read it now.

But don’t get me wrong. I’m a huge fan of and believe in Wim Hof and his methods. I’m just not a fan of this book. At all. So if you, like me, want to learn about the science behind Wim Hof’s methods, and want
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Ela Crain
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Inspiring!
Gints Janelsins
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
The knowledge contained in this book is invaluable.
If you are looking for practical knowledge that you would like to apply on yourself, for the betterment of your physical health and character, then this is a real gem.
Thank you Wim and Justin for sharing your experiences!

P.S. The quality of presentation is rather poor and could put off a lot of people (especially native English speakers).
Sensei Sage
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wim Hof is one of my greatest inspirations. I was so happy he wrote a book and it does a great job inspiring and convincing people that they too can achieve what Wim Hof has. He's not a superhuman, he has had a strategy all along which can be used by others.
Adam
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
The writing on this really qualifies as a 2 star, it needs a ghost writer and a copy editor, but I'm giving it 3 stars because I really like Wim Hof and his message. If you're interested in learning more about him and his techniques, I'd skip this book, check out his Youtube videos, and perhaps sign up for his course which is quite neat.
Andy
May 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
interesting character Wim Hof, had not heard of him, borrowed the book on a whim
mix of extreme endurance athlete and meditation / mental strength advocate with side order of mysticism
did feel he had an interesting story to tell with the challenges he had set and achieved
did get repetitive, in the structure of how overcame these and could have been presented better
felt uncertain when he veered into scientific or medical proclamations

then we have his self appoin
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Andy
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Wim Hof, the Iceman, is a fascinating, fascinating story. What he's been able to do with his body, against all odds and against known scientific "truths" is nothing short of astounding. Many of his feats are so out there they are difficult to believe without seeing video evidence.

Unfortunately, neither Wim nor Justin Rosales are good writers, and the quality of this book was nothing short of disappointing. The only reason I even gave it two stars was because of how impressive Wim's a
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Oleg
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I was expecting to read more how Wim came to this and his up and down, because Justin's story is not interesting, since he had initial desire which has been heavily supported by Wim and helped him to broke through. But there are 2 things, which I learned from this book:
- embrace and like cold, and try to see a great transforming power in it.
- relax and just do it.
Maybe it is not needed entire book and such take aways can be easily taken from any other such kind of books :).
Sourabh
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is full of stories. About Wim Hof, and one of his first students Justin. It's not a comprehensive guide to Wim Hof's technique, nor is it written with incredible literary finesse. But, it is a book written with heart. It portrays the personality of Wim Hof himself, and what it takes to do the things he did.
Marquavious
May 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book could have had so much better potential. I was really excited to hear more about Wim and his process, as well as how to develop those skills better. However the book is just poorly written and there were a lot of egregious mistakes. That being said, the book was still endearing and inspiring, in a quaint sort of way. I wouldn’t read it again.
Tanel Saimre
Oct 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'm interested in Wim Hof and his method, I'm doing the breathwork and cold showers myself. However, this book is horrible. A few interesting nuggets buried under loads of irrelevant sidestories, boring minutiae and just general gibberish. I'm very disappointed.
Wes
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Easy read. Nice biography about the Hof and a parallel story about another man that wants to become an Iceman. The book's last few chapters include methods and techniques for cold exposure and mental stamina.
Keith Leslie
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I second anyone who thought the editing was horrible. There are some inspiring stories, but the writing is not good at all.

Seeing how Wim and Justin were able to train their minds and bodies is more effectively relayed with the YouTube videos referenced in the text.
Darren
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wish they talked a little bit more about meditation. Hoping Wim writes another book about his meditation experiences. Hoping Wim can get money together to do a revision of this ebook correcting errors. They kind of jumped into making a book without realizing how expensive it would be.
Valerie F
Mar 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fitness
Could use editing for length and grammar. Perhaps intersperse the methods in between the stories for better flow.
Derek
Jun 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Way too wordy, an ego driven account that needed some serious editing.
Fanny Besem-Cordova
Oct 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
So badly written and edited that it was a struggle to finish.
Katie
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Content=decent
Writing style=a long undergrad essay where one has a minimum page requirement
Gustavo Kuhn Andriotti
A bit self-aggrandizing and false humility. Challenging to go through with it and also several typos. A bit carelessly written.
Luis Calmet
Although I really didn't like the writing style of this book, it does contain valuable information about the Wim Hof Method, and what I feel are authentic stories about both of its writers. Goodreads doesn't allow me to, but I would write this book 2.7 stars.
Joseph Schoolland
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Interesting stories, but poorly written. Wim Hof's god is the power that comes from within and he gets that through the cold, breathing, and meditation.

I've read about the breathing and cold exercises both in this book and elsewhere, and there have been studies showing that they actually do help with circulation and your immune system. I'm interested in embracing the cold and building a tolerance to it because it seems like a man thing to do living in a cold climate, but I probably w
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Jonathan Copelton
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is pretty good but does have some flaws. It's co-authored by Wim and Justin. Wim's contributions are really interesting. He describes some of his major challenges and records and how he coped with them. I found his words to be really passionate and motivating. Justin makes a good contribution describing how he adjusted to the cold and the content of the training Wim put him through at a training course in Poland.

Ok that's the good stuff and there's enough good reasons to bu
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Sergiusz Golec
May 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
[+] great message - "You can impact your immune system."
[+] practical tips
[+] adventures (challenges, different locations, struggles, life-or-death experiences)

[-] 70% of the text could be removed or re-written. "Life-or-death" situations, struggle, different locations, ..., achievements - it's all here. Unfortunately, the writing style made great moments taste as if through a plastic foil & a numb tongue (dull and flavourless). Maybe that's a pending improvement for
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Yitka
Apr 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Sad to say this is one of the worst books I've ever tried to read (full disclosure: I made it through 120 pages and just couldn't do it anymore, so skimmed the rest.) What a disappointment, given that the subject material is really of great interest to me--the power of the mind to overcome physical boundaries through focus, meditation and willpower.

Unfortunately, both writers (the "Iceman" Wim and his worshipping mentee Justin) seems to have any experience with or talent for writing in a compel
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Cristian
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: health
Becoming the Iceman is mainly Wim Hof's story of how he became known and broke several world records, and Justin Rosales' account of how he went from one day watching "the iceman" on a youtube clip, to train with him in Poland and eventually break a world record on his own next to Wim.
If you are wondering about the techniques or methods to achieve all this, the explanations are short and are at the end of the book, and could be summarized in exposing yourself to the cold frequently to have
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Tony | Outwork
Sep 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
I have become slightly obsessed with learning about The Wim Hof method. It started with a documentary I saw on Vice and then immediately after that I heard Wim on the Joe Rogan podcast. That show really had hooked on the mysterious and seemingly magical powers of Wim Hof. Wim is able to withstand cold temperatures; he has used this ability to train himself to control the inner workings of his body; and he has been able to complete some seemingly superhuman feats in his journey of self-mastery an ...more
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