The temperature was 3C, and the sun was shining brightly as I stepped outside wearing only my shorts and Vibram FiveFingers.
Already concentrating on breathing deeply, I took a moment to snap the above photos with my phone before setting it down on the porch and setting off on my walk.
Some of you reading this are probably already having the same reaction a lot of my friends have when I tell them about my Iceman Training and my cold walks.
“Is he nuts?”
I have to chuckle because that’s exactly what I would’ve thought before Tim Ferriss introduced me to the Iceman, Wim Hof, in one of his podcasts. That’s when the hook was set, and my fascination with cold therapy, Iceman Training Wim Hof Style, and all the corresponding health and weight loss benefits that go with it.
That podcast was September 7th, and since then I’ve listened to it at least twice more, watched all of Wim Hof’s videos on YouTube, and read Becoming the Iceman by Wim Hof and Justin Rosales. Since then I’ve also started my own Iceman training.
Before we shut our in-ground pool, I was spending 10-20 minutes in the pool with the water temperature between 15-18 C.
Once the early morning temperatures dipped down around 0 C, I also began going for walks in shorts and a t-shirt.
Now, you need to understand something about me right off the bat.
I’m the guy that has always hated winter. Can’t stand the cold and can’t wait for Spring as soon as Winter arrives.
But I’m changing.
I’m learning to like the cold. It doesn’t bother me nearly as much anymore in general, and not at all when I’m out doing my Iceman Training Wim Hof Style (as I like to refer to it).
I can go for a 20 minute walk in nothing but shorts, and not shiver once. I’m aware of the cold as I walk, and my skin may have goosebumps on it, but I don’t “feel” cold while I’m training.
As a side-benefit, the deep breathing that is part of the training, has also become my meditation time, something I’ve been meaning to start doing for some time but hadn’t got around to.
When I start my day with Iceman Training and the deep breathing it entails, I also know that’s going to be a great day. I’m more centered, more calm, and more at peace for the rest of the day. I also find I’m more productive, and I just feel better over-all.
As a side-benefit, I find myself not getting cold anywhere near as much if I’m outside and it’s chilly. I can do take the garbage out, sort the recycling, even do a little yard work for a while in jeans and a t-shirt and not get cold when the temperature is cooler outside and others are wearing sweaters, coats, and long sleeves.
I also think my Iceman Training is helping me with my weightloss, something I’m sure Wim Hof himself would concur with. Wim says the cold trains your body to produce more good “brown” fat, otherwise known as brown adipose tissue (BAT) which allows your body to burn fat more efficiently for heat, which subsequently means you end up leaner. More of that please!
I’ve been eating low-carb for a couple of months now, following a keto friendly, less than 30 grams of carbs a day diet. I’ve lost over 25 pounds since Easter this year, and the low carb, keto friendly eating has accelerated my weightloss again, and I’m sure my Iceman Training has been a part of this too.
This morning I walked for 13 minutes and 42 seconds in my shorts and FiveFingers (longer considering I took a few moments to take a photo before starting my stopwatch and again after finishing my walk to photograph the above time photo). There was still frost evident on some of the leaves on the ground and on the roofs of nearby buildings. It felt glorious at 3 Celsius with the sun shining.
And I can’t wait for winter and sub-zero Iceman Training walks Wim Hof Style!
(…also can’t believe I just wrote that)
For a really interesting read, check out Justin’s Iceman Training story Becoming the Iceman.