THE WIM HOF METHOD IS BASED ON THREE POWERFUL PILLARS
The cold is your warm friend and one of the three pillars of the wim hof method. Proper exposure to the cold starts a cascade of health benefits, including the buildup of brown adipose tissue and resultant fat loss, reduced inflammation that facilitates a fortified immune system, balanced hormone levels, improved sleep quality, and the production of endorphins— the feel-good chemicals in the brain that naturally elevate your mood.
The second pillar of the wim hof method is breathing. We’re always breathing, yet we’re mostly unaware of its tremendous potential. Heightened oxygen levels hold a treasure trove of benefits, and the specialized breathing technique of the Wim Hof Method unearths them all: more energy, reduced stress levels, and an augmented immune response that swiftly deals with pathogens.
The third pillar of the wim hof method is the foundation of the other two: both cold exposure and conscious breathing require patience and dedication in order to be fully mastered. Armed with focus and determination you are ready to explore and eventually master your own body and mind.
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Frequently Asked Questions
I feel worse after a couple of weeks. What's going on?
Click on the video below. Wim will give you his answer to this question
I am not feeling well. Can I continue the exercises?
Click on the video below to hear Wim give you his answer to this question. In addition, we suggest you limit your practice to the breathing exercises when feeling ill, and skip the cold therapy parts, as these tend to compound the existing stress on the body. Get well soon!
Is this method for everybody?
The Wim Hof Method can be practiced by every healthy individual. If you are dealing with a serious medical condition, we advise to counsel a healthcare professional before attempting any of the WHM techniques.
We advise against practicing the WHM if you are dealing with any of the following:
• High blood pressure (in case of prescription medication)
• Coronary heart disease (e.g. Angina Pectoris; Stable Angina)
• A history of serious health issues like heart failure or stroke
If you suffer from migraines, we urge you to be cautious about taking ice baths.
What will the WHM do for me?
The effects of the WHM techniques differ from person to person. Everybody’s experience is slightly different, and is partially determined by your goals and expectations. A professional tennis player for example, will likely seek improved athletic performance, whereas someone suffering from rheumatoid arthritis will sooner see benefit from lower inflammatory markers.
Reported general benefits of the Method include: increased energy, improved sleep, reduced stress and anxiety, heightened focus, accelerated recovery, and a general improvement in quality of life.
The potential benefits are numerous and diverse. Ultimately, the only way to find out what the Method does for you is to try it for yourself!
Is this method a cure for my disease?
Is the WHM suitable for children?
The breathing techniques can cause lightheadedness and even loss of consciousness. Children often have not matured to the point where they can adequately assess these risks. Moreover, their brains are also physically still developing.
Thus, we advise that children under the age of 16 are supervised by a parent or legal guardian. Please be careful with regard to cold exposure, and build this up gradually.
What is the best time of the day to start the exercises?
Start your day right and do them in the morning. Jump-starting your body right from the get-go will help you spend the day both energized and relaxed. For best results, do the exercises on an empty stomach. Click on the video below to hear Wim give you his answer to this question.
I’m pregnant— is it safe for me to practice the WHM?
If you are pregnant, we advise against practicing the Method. We do not know if the increased adrenaline levels associated with the WHM techniques adversely affect the health of the baby. This is of course a tremendously delicate matter, and we want to be as careful as possible.
When the baby is born, you are safe to resume practicing the Method.
How much time do I need to invest to see results from this method?
The average daily investment is 20 minutes to start your day. During the day focus on deeper more conscious breathing. Once you have unlocked how to do the Wim Hof Method, you can access it indefinitely, and move through the stages at your own pace. The Wim Hof Method does not finish after our courses. The method should be implemented in your life daily to reap the full benefits.
How can I become a WHM instructor?
In order to become a certified WHM Instructor you must successfully complete the Wim Hof Academy. All the application requirements and course details can be found on our Academy page.
How can I reach Wim directly?
Although Wim would like nothing more than to personally engage with each and every one of you, he has become so popular as to make this unfeasible. The good folk at firstname.lastname@example.org can answer just about every question you may have, and will relay your message to Wim when merited.
If you want to send a physical letter or package, you can send it to the Hoffice at Willem de Zwijgerlaan 350, 1055 RD Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Can I get an invoice for my purchase?
We do not provide invoices for our products, but you can download a PDF of your proof of purchase under 'Purchase History' in your user account.
My question is not listed here. Help!
If you cannot find your question in any of these categories, it may be listed under one of the sections exclusive to wimhofmethod.com members. Create a free user account to see the full list of questions and answers. If you still can't find your question, head over to our WHM Community for help from other members and WHM Instructors.
What is the difference between the 10-Week Video Course and the Fundamentals?
Both courses teach the three pillars that form the cornerstone of the Wim Hof Method— breathing, cold exposure, and mindset. In the original 10-Week Video Course, the techniques and exercises are explained and demonstrated in a sober, straightforward manner, leaving up to you the situations in which to put these into practice. The Fundamentals course was created to provide more guidance and practical application, and teaches you the WHM in the context of real-world scenarios. Each week has its own theme, centered around an area of everyday life that the WHM can help improve— such as stress, creativity, and sleep. This newer course is more polished, and features yoga lessons from a professional teacher, as well as one-on-one sessions that allow for WHM practice on the fly.
Where can I find my video course?
You can find your course(s) under Dashboard > My E-Learning after logging in at www.wimhofmethod.com/login.
Can I pay the video course in installments?
We previously offered the possibility to complete payment in three separate installments. Unfortunately this is no longer possible with our current payment provider, but we hope to reintroduce this option in the future.
Do I continue to have access to the course once I've finished?
The course material remains available to you indefinitely, so you can take as much time as you need to complete the program, and repeat separate weeks or go through the entire course as often as you like. The videos will, however, unlock at set weekly intervals upon purchase so that after 10 weeks, all 10 are available, regardless of your progress.
Can I download the videos to watch them offline?
Both the original 10-Week and the Fundamentals course are online programs that require broadband internet access. The videos cannot be downloaded for offline viewing.
How do I skip weeks or unlock the whole course at once?
The video courses are designed to gradually build up in intensity. It takes time for your body and mind to adapt to the new impulses, and skipping steps or rushing through the program would adversely impact your progress. Moreover, we also simply cannot manually unlock separate weeks, because the system is not technically set up that way.
What if I'm not happy with my purchase, can I get a refund?
You have 14 days to reconsider your purchase. If you request a refund within that timeframe, you will be fully reimbursed, no questions asked. Beyond that timeframe, you forfeit your investment. To request a refund, please send us an e-mail.
How can I gift someone else the video course?
We do not yet have a proper way to gift our online programs. The best workaround is to purchase the course yourself, and then gift the confirmation e-mail you receive. That e-mail will have an orange button that says "GET STARTED". Whomever you forward the e-mail to can register through that button to have the course linked up to their own e-mail address.
Note that if you already have a user account at wimhofmethod.com, it is important that you are not logged in when you make the purchase, or the course will be automatically linked to your account.
We realize this is quite unceremonious, and hope to have a more elegant solution in the future.
What skill and/or experience is required to take part in the Expeditions?
The only physical requirement for the Expeditions is that you are able-bodied; you do not need special skills or experience in any specific fields, such as climbing or mountaineering. However, we do recommend you get a little familiar with the breathing and cold training. A great way to get a crash course is signing up for our free video Mini Class.
Can I take part in the Expeditions despite my ailment?
You must be able-bodied to participate in the Expeditions. If you have any medical conditions, we strongly advise you consult your physician before signing up. If you do sign up, please communicate any and all health conditions so we can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for both you and the other participants.
I’ve already booked a spot on one of the trips, but would like to change the date(s)— is this possible?
We are happy to change your reservation, provided the alternative date is still available. For an overview of available dates, please visit the page for the corresponding expedition. Please be aware that spots typically go quickly once expeditions are opened for registration.
Could me and my friends or family be booked to the same date(s)?
When signing up for an Expedition you can specify the number of participants. In case of separate reservations, please contact us directly.
When is the next Kilimanjaro Expedition?
Unfortunately, there will be no more Kilimanjaro expeditions.
Which browsers does the website support?
We support Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer.
I have lost access to my 10-Week Video Course, what happened?
In late 2017 we overhauled our website and moved to a new domain. Since the old domain is no longer active, you won't be able to access your course via old links and e-mails.
To regain access to your course, please register a new user account at www.wimhofmethod.com/register, under the same e-mail address with which you originally signed up for the 10-Week Video Course. Your course will be automatically linked to your new account, and you can then find it under Dashboard > My E-Learning.
I can only see the first video of the MiniClass, where are the other two?
Please click the orange "GET IT" button on the MiniClass page to actually get the MiniClass.
I get this error: "Because of its privacy settings, this video cannot be played here."
Please lower the security settings of your browser to resolve this issue.
I just bought a video course, but when I try to log in my e-mail is not recognized.
When you purchase a video course, you receive an automatic e-mail that has a big orange "Get Started" button. That button takes you to a registration page, where you can enter an e-mail address and password to confirm your registration. You will then find your course under Dashboard > My E-Learning.
If you've misplaced the e-mail or have never received it, you can go to the registration page directly.
How can I reset my password?
Go to www.wimhofmethod.com/login and click the 'Forgot password' button. You will be sent an e-mail that includes a link to reset your password. If you are logged in automatically, you may have to first log out by clicking the corresponding button from the downward pointing arrow in the top-right hand corner of the screen.
How do I change the e-mail address associated with my user account?
You cannot change this yourself, but send us your old and new e-mail address at email@example.com and we will happily change it for you.
Where can I find my e-book / music files?
Digital files can be downloaded directly via the link in the confirmation e-mail you receive upon purchase. Alternatively, you can always navigate to your Dashboard by logging in at www.wimhofmethod.com and clicking the down-arrow in the top-right hand corner of the screen. Go to My Products, and from there you can click through to the page for the digital product you want to download, and find an orange download button on the right hand side.
My coupon doesn't work, help!
The codes can be a little finicky— you may need to refresh the page a few times, or use an alternate browser. You may also be trying a coupon code that has expired, or was never valid to begin with. Best to copy/paste the code rather than type it out, in order to avoid mistaking, for example, the letter O with the number 0. Note that each code is product-specific, and cannot be used in conjunction with other products.
I cannot download the PDF file in the WHM app.
This typically occurs when using PDF Google reader. You should be able to download the PDF just fine with the free Adobe reader.
How do I select subtitles for my video course?
You can select subtitles by clicking the 'CC' button in the bottom right-hand corner of the video player.