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My Experience at NJU’s First Wim Hof Workshop (It was Awesome)

Who is Wim Hof to begin with? I’ll let him speak for himself. 

When I was in college, I remember my favorite professor describing the creative writing process: “It’s hard to be simple, but it doesn’t have to be.” I think that’s true of any walk of life. Over-complicating things seems to come natural to us, and the first things we forget are the basics. That’s a lesson I faced anew, and solved anew, when I took my first Wim Hof fundamentals workshop last Saturday at NJ United MMA in Totowa, NJ. It was run by Errol Doebler, a former Navy SEAL and FBI Special Agent, so I hoped from the get-go that things would be no-nonsense and 100% practical. I was right, and the take-away was as rich as it gets.

If you want a simple, tl;dr explanation of what the Wim Hof method is, I’d say it’s a series of breathing techniques that heighten the oxygen levels in your blood and improve you in more mental and physical ways than you’d ever think. So if you have lungs and air to breathe, you can do it. Got five minutes to watch a cartoon about it? Of course you do.

Opening up the lungs at the Wim Hof workshop, drinks and snacks on-hand.

Now I can’t speak for everyone, but I think this stuff is fascinating on several levels:

Firstly, this is something you can do if you have lungs and oxygen. That’s all you need; it’s pure technique and timing.

Secondly, it’s a fantastic and natural way to set up your body to heal itself. We’re over-medicated and over-prescribed as it is.

Thirdly, if you practice any martial art, you know how important it is to focus on the small “nuts and bolts” of your art: the angles, the timing, and how to maximize every movement. So why not take that approach to breathing – to something you’re doing all the time without thinking about it? After the workshop, I was able to oxygenate my blood more than I thought possible, and I tested this by holding my breath for about a minute and a half. Previously, I’ve only been able to get up to 30-ish seconds.

Yes, there’s an optional cold-bath component to the Wim Hof method. I (on the right) was . . . totally terrible at it. But my training partner BT (on the far left) seems pretty chill about things, haha! -.-

I expected the Wim Hof workshop to be either difficult, esoteric, or weird, but it wasn’t. I expected some catch, or some long and involved process, but there wasn’t any of that either. I do know that I’m really, really, really not a fan of settling down into an ice bath, but that’s just me.

If you’re interested in truly learning Hof’s method and trying out a seminar, drop us a line! We plan to have Mr. Doebler visit us again to do more workshops, so the more the merrier!

JJ Mike

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