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    Wolfeye is offline Senior Member
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    Default Is Wim Hof's Cold Weather Training Any Good?

    Hello, all. I was thinking about the whole Wif Hof thing & found that, even though there's some good tips around, there isn't much out there & was thinking about getting that program. I realize that it's not free & I have VERY limited funds, however.

    So does it work well? Is it good for your immune system, too? I remember hearing that it was something you could boost or control or something, as well as being able to better handle the cold weather.

    I'm already pretty well-off on the level of handling the cold (I get hot just wearing pants & a shirt pretty frequently when it's not fall or winter), but I want it to be higher. I basically want to know if there's more to it than just using the shower (making the last few minutes of your shower cooler, then make more of it that temperature until the whole thing is that way, and then make the whole thing colder & colder).

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    The breathing part is important for health etc but not so much for cold adaptation. Really, though I think the course is likely excellent, all the info you need is online for free.

    For cold exposure, showers are good but immersion tank takes it to a whole other level! I have done immersion a few times at a nearby hot springs that has an above ground "cold plunge" that last time I was there was at 63 degrees F. My shower gets to about 56-58 in winter and the immersion in 63 degrees felt MUCH colder!

    I have not done so but my "thought solution" was to shop craigslist for good working chest freezer. (There's a lot of those around where I am as elk hunters age out and shift to rented locker space). Jimmy the latch so just in case, you can super easily open it from inside without doubt or hesitation. You might need to put on an aftermarket, external thermostate but that would only add about $30 or so to total cost; I have seen lots of those freezers plenty big enough in th $50-$100 range. Then you can set temp wherever you want it and have it on tap. The huge mass of the water will help hold the temperature stable so it should not take a lot of electricity to maintain. If you ever get crazy enough to want to go below 32 degrees F, just dump in a whole bunch of salt. Bwa-ha-ha-ha...

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    Now THAT sounds bad-ass! As for the stuff being out on the internet- where can I find it? I haven't had much luck besides the shower.

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    GeoffreyLevens is offline Senior Member
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    Here's a good start:

    YouTube Wim Hof Breathing Technique

    Then just Google that and similar search terms. That's his gig-->cold immersion and breath work. He does do some exercise while holding breath after 30 or so rounds of his breath thing, but only close to ground stuff like pushups because very easy to pass out along the way HAH!!!!

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    Thanks, this should help a lot! I've heard a lot about this as a Tibetan thing, but not much how on it (usually it was just called "vase breathing" with no pictures). There WAS one thing in Barefoot Running by Michael Sandler about breathing while imagining that you were stoking a fire, but that's it.

    I read a reference to Jiao Hua chi gong in a bunch of books, but never anything on how to do it. THAT is something I've been after for a while (it's supposed to help someone handle beig outdoors all the time & irregular meals). Some similarity in application, but it sounded like you don't need to have access to cold water to do it.

    Also read one or two things about the Highland Scots doing stuff like standing under a waterfall & such like that. It's a running theme, but not common knowledge. Weird!

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    Badassery seems to be an underground, planetary phenomenon

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    Hahaha, yeah! I was just looking into the oldtime strongman stuff & that's really hard to find, too. I think "Feats of Strength How to Train & Perform like an Oldtime Strongman" looks really good & so does "The Mystery of Iron Samson" (although that doesn't seem to get into the later stuff that he's more well-known for- seems there was a different course coming out around the same time, so he didn't add much of it to this).

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