The Win Hof Breathing Method has become the go to exercise for surfers. And this Tuesday, before the Laird Hamilton and wife Gabby Reece’s XPT experience kicked off in Malibu, Kelly Slater, Steph Gilmore, and Frankie Harrer joined Laird for a Wim Hof Breathing exercise.
Wim Hof is a Dutch man who’s been gaining a notorious reputation in the surf world for his breathing method. He got Kelly Slater, Koa and Alex Smith and Laird Hamilton hooked as devoted followers. Then Steph Gilmore and Frankie Harrer became new recruits into this breathing exercise along with many other surfers.
Wim Hof is known as “The Iceman” due to his out of this world tolerance to cold. He had “countless ice endeavours” such as long distance swimming underneath polar ice, running barefoot marathons, bare-chested wearing shorts climb to Mount Everest and sitting in a cylinder filled with ice for almost two hours. It is claimed that the use of his method teaches you how to control your nervous system and prevent disease.
The method works as hyperventilation. A person lays on his back or in meditation position and breathes 30 steady power breaths or steady breathing for three minutes. On the last breath, the person breathes as deep as possible and exhale until his lungs feel empty. Then he holds it until his body forces him to breathe again. The process has to be repeated three times. After the fourth one, the person flips over and will do as many push ups as he can, then lay back down and recover or jump into an ice bath as Frankie Harr shows in the image below.
Wim Hof claims that after the body scan of the previous exercise, you’re ready to let the body embrace the cold. And this time it is important to try to relax as much as you can and be with the cold. This is the only time your body will process the signals and start thermogenesis. “The cold is your warm friend”, says Wim.