Well, that tradition has gone mobile in a new extreme ritual he practices on his What the Hell Tour, and he invited CMT Hot 20 Countdown’s Cody Alan to try it recently backstage in Cincinnati.
At every tour stop, Bentley gets a 65-gallon garbage can, fills it with ice and water, strips down to some swim trunks and steps into the icy bath where he does some meditative breathing exercises for at least 20 minutes.
“It’s something I try to do daily actually,” he told Alan. “We have EMTs standing by because you never know.
“This is where I get all my energy for the show. You come in here, you do this for 20 minutes and then you walk out onstage and then you’re just ready to rock … You’ve got to breathe your way through it. Don’t fight it. Invite it.”
The polar plunge is a form of cold therapy called the Wim Hof Method, and it was developed by a Dutch daredevil nicknamed the Iceman for his ability to withstand extreme cold. Wim Hof holds the world record for being able to be submerged in ice for nearly two hours. Apparently practicing the Wim Hof Method results in some major health benefits including a fortified immune system, balanced hormone levels, improved sleep quality and the production of endorphins.
When Alan tried it with Bentley, he endured the ritual for an impressive 13 minutes (although it felt like the icy water was making Alan’s skin melt off by minute seven).
Alan also got Bentley to talk about touring amphitheaters with Jon Pardi and Cole Swindell and pick the better co-pilot between the two openers.
“They’re both terrible man,” Bentley joked. “I guess Cole is better because he doesn’t touch as much [stuff]. He’s good chillin’ it.”
CMT Hot 20 Countdown is all new on the road with the What the Hell Tour on Saturday and Sunday (May 27-28) at 9 a.m. ET/PT. The episode will feature interviews with Nashville’s Hayden Panettiere and Lennon Stella, celebrate the 25th anniversary of Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart” and host the world premiere of Brooke Eden’s music video “Act Like You Don’t.” Scotty McCreery will also talk about his powerful new song “Five More Minutes.”