An Austrian man has broken his own record for the longest time spent in full body contact with ice cubes. Josef Koeberl stayed inside a specially made glass box filled with ice cubes up to his shoulders for 2 hours, 30 minutes, and 57 seconds. More than 200 kilograms of ice cubes were used to fill the box. Koeberl entered the box wearing only swim trunks.
To endure the freezing temperatures and the pain they caused, Koeberl focused on positive emotions. He visualized and drew on positive thoughts to help him overcome the pain. Koeberl mentioned that warming up his feet was a priority, as it helped him manage the cold.
A small crowd witnessed Koeberl surpass his previous record from 2019 by an additional 30 minutes in the town square of Melk in Lower Austria. After being taken out of the ice box with the assistance of helpers, Koeberl expressed the enjoyment of feeling the sun on his back.
Koeberl plans to challenge his own record once again next year in Los Angeles. His team confirmed that his personal record is also the current world record for enduring prolonged exposure to ice on the body.