How to Hold Your Breath for 4 Minutes – David Blaine Style [Video]

Recently, Timothy Ferris, the author of 4 Hour Work Weeks attended a David Blaine seminar teaching people how to hold their breath for minutes at a time.

Below you’ll find the steps for holding your breath for over 3 minutes.

By following the 10 easy steps below, these are my personal results:

Before: 1 minute and 12 seconds

After: 3 minutes and 44 seconds. (No B.S)

(As a guide, Harry Houdini’s personal record is 3 minutes and 30 seconds)

10 Easy Steps for Holding Your Breathe for Over 3 Minutes

1- Start with 90 seconds of “deep breathing”. (Deep Breathing: Involves taking a deep breath through your mouth, holding for 1 second, then breathing out for 10 seconds with your mouth almost closed)

2- Hold your breath for 90 seconds. (No more than that)

3- Follow with 3 “semi purging breathes”. (Semi Purging: Basically a very strong inhale and exhale)

4- 90 seconds of “deep breathing”

5- 90 seconds of “purging” (Purging: Strongest exhale possible followed by an even stronger inhale)

6- Hold your breath for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. (No more than that)  

7- Follow with 3 “semi purging breathes”

8- 2 minutes of “deep breathing”

9- 1 minutes and 45 seconds of “purging”

10- Hold your breath for as long as possible

To recover, take 3 – 10 strong “semi purging breathes”

Take a look at the video below to learn the science behind this and how David Blaine held his breath for 17 minutes:

Please note: These are notes from the article, “How to Hold Your Breath Like David Blaine, World Record Holder (and Now, Me)”, written by Timothy Ferris. The entire article can be found on his website.

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