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Podcast #110: Scott Carney on the Surprising Benefits of Cold Exposure

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Podcast #110: Scott Carney on the Surprising Benefits of Cold Exposure

In this episode, I interview the investigative journalist Scott Carney about something gaining more and more popularity these days: cold exposure.

You know, taking cold showers and ice baths, running around outside in your underwear during the winter, and so forth.

This “biohacking” craze started with one man, Wim Hof, who has done some pretty mind-boggling things with his body like climbing Mount Everest in just a pair of shorts, and even better, has taught others to do the same.

Scott’s latest book, What Doesn’t Kill Us, which I highly recommend you read, started as a mission to debunk Wim’s claims. After four years of research and personal experimentation, he realized that they’re not only true, but they raise bigger questions about what we’re really capable of physically, mentally, and, spiritually.

That, of course, is what this interview is all about. Scott shares with us the details of his almost surreal journey with Wim, and how he learned to use cold exposure and simple breathing techniques to boost his physical health and performance and, like Wim, climb a mountain in just his shorts without dying of hypothermia. Scott also breaks down how you and I can benefit from this new and exciting field of research.

And speaking to that, I myself have already taken the plunge, pun intended, by doing 3 to 5 minute cold showers every morning, and I’ve come to really enjoy them because of how I feel after – awake, energized, alert, and ready to get to the gym.

So, here’s the interview…

TIME STAMPS

YouTube:

5:29 – How has your life changed after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

10:06 – What benefits have you noticed after achieving the physically impossible?

13:52 – What are some of the things you can accomplish when the body, mind, and soul work together?

23:10 – In comparison to our ancestors, what are some physical abilities we have lost as we have evolved?

27:07 – Is technology ruining our biology?

29:14 – What are the benefits from breathing exercises and cold showers?

32:40 – What are the most recent scientific findings on the Wim Hof Method?

35:07 – What are some breathing exercises our listeners can start doing and what are the benefits?

42:20 – How can people connect with you and find your work?

MP3 Audio:

8:55 – How has your life changed after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

13:32 – What benefits have you noticed after achieving the physically impossible?

17:18 – What are some of the things you can accomplish when the body, mind, and soul work together?

26:36 – In comparison to our ancestors, what are some physical abilities we have lost as we have evolved?

30:33 – Is technology ruining our biology?

32:40 – What are the benefits from breathing exercises and cold showers?

36:06 – What are the most recent scientific findings on the Wim Hof Method?

38:33 – What are some breathing exercises our listeners can start doing and what are the benefits?

45:46 – How can people connect with you and find your work?

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  • Yash Gadhiya

    Hey MFL team, fascinating podcast!
    Just wanted to know whether his book is JUST his journey as a skeptic to a believer of the Wim Hoff method or it includes the “HOW TO DO” IN DETAIL as well?

    • Hey Yash, it actually has a lot of information on exactly how to implement these methods.

  • John Fitch III

    Great podcast and great book! I’d like to start doing the breathing and taking cold showers, but I’ve heard that cold showers after weight training can inhibit muscle growth. Do you think I should wait for several hours after lifting to do the showers? Thanks!

    • Hey John, great question. I would say it’s likely best to keep the workouts and the cold showers separate, but it probably doesn’t really matter. Cold showers are generally pretty short, and you aren’t immersing yourself in ice water. That’s what they did to the subjects in the study in question: https://bretcontreras.com/you-got-gurud-postexercise-cold-water-immersion/

      • John Fitch III

        Thanks very much, Mike! I’ve read three of your books and following your program has been great. Lifting heavy with progressive overload and HIIT has been a wonderful combination for this 40-something big guy!

        • Awesome! So glad you love the books and my methods work for you! Would you mind taking a minute to write blurbs about the books where you bought them (Amazon, Apple, etc.)? You don’t have to write much if you don’t want to and I’d really appreciate it.

          • John Fitch III

            I’m happy to do it!

          • Awesome! Thanks, man.

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