Breath Hold Blueprint Review: Learn To Hold Your Breath For 5+ Minutes

May 3, 2021
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Breath Hold Blueprint is the be all end all course for increasing your breath-holding capabilities. It features an instructor, Jeff Rowley with 23 years of experience as a surfer, who will personally guide you in each pre-recorded session.

The best part about Breath Hold Blueprint is that you don't need any special equipment, being physically fit nor going to a beach or being close to the water to succeed. All sessions can be safely done from the comfort of your home and at your own pace. No dangerous activities nor fairy dust needed to increase your breath holding time in a single month. Ready to give it a shot and change how you see breathing as a whole?

When was the last time you held your breath? For how long? How many times did you try it after that to no avail? Holding your breath, especially if you’re a surfer, is a crucial ability to have in order to be more comfortable in the water from an overall perspective. However, there seems to be no reliable way to be able to increase our breath-hold beyond extreme techniques that require being in the water 24/7 and gathering fairy dust.

But what if we were to tell you that there is a reliable way to increase your breath hold time? Would you believe us? What if we tell you that it’s possible and that we’ve done it? No weird rituals, no risks involved, all from the safety of your home, at your own pace with the potential to bring you a longer breath hold for your daily outdoor hobbies. Well… That’s exactly what Breath Hold Blueprint is.

What Is Breath Hold Blueprint?

Breath Hold Blueprint is, as its name says, a course dedicated to training the ability to hold your breath. It’s designed as a blueprint, or an easy plan to follow, to lead everyone to understand how breath holding works and how to get better at it.

The idea behind the course is to be the definitive training program to actually improve your breath hold. It consists of 4 weeks, or 27 days, of 1 breath hold training session per day where users will continually hold their breath in different exercises meant to improve the body’s ability to hold and take oxygen.

Breath Hold Blueprint promises that its users will be able to hold their breath for at least 5 minutes by the end of the course. Here at Yore Oyster we can personally confirm this fact since we’ve completely gone through the course, but we’ll delve into that later.

Who Is Breath Hold Blueprint For?

Breath Hold Blueprint is for athletes or surfers who need to have solid breath holds when in the sea. However, the course is also designed to be done by people who aren’t extreme sports athletes, surfers or freedivers, people who rarely exercise, even.

The point of Breath Hold Blueprint is to teach a clear path for everyone to achieve a 5 minute breath hold in 27 days. What’s probably the best part about the course is that it doesn’t require the students who enroll to have any previous training/knowledge or habits to perform at their best. Breath Hold Blueprint is the only resource you’ll need to actually get the results that the course promises.

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Surfers will undeniably benefit from this course and people who want to be surfers will as well.

With that out of the way, let’s get into the main features of the course now:

Features & Benefits Of Breath Hold Blueprint

The main benefit of Breath Hold Blueprint is the fact that all students will be able to increase their breath-hold, regardless of fitness levels. Although, the course does a lot more than that, from our experience here are all of the features and benefits that come with the course:

  • Being able to train from home. No pool nor special equipment needed in order to get better at holding your breath
  • Training at your own pace. Breath Hold Blueprint can be completed in 27 days, but it’s up to the student if they want to take it at their own pace, there’s really no rush
  • Be personally guided. All classes consist of the instructor and creator, Jeff Rowley, personally guiding each student with pre-recorded video sessions
  • No prior experience needed. Breath Hold Blueprint doesn’t require any student to be physically fit before enrolling on the course, anyone can enroll and graduate
  • 23 Years of knowledge condensed into a month. Jeff Rowley is a professional big wave surfer. He placed 4th at the 2012 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards. Plus, he also was the first Australian to ride a 15 ft. wave in Jaws, Hawaii.
  • Learn how the science behind holding your breath works. Holding your breath isn’t based on magic, in Breath Hold Blueprint students will learn what really makes the difference in holding their breath
  • Exceeding your goals. Within Breath Hold Blueprint, learning to hold your breath for longer implies setting goals and exceeding your previous subconscious limitations within this course.
  • Have tangible progress. The course consists of setting new goals for every session, which means that students will see small results in every lesson, which will add up to a result that looked unbelievable at the start of the program.
  • Lifetime access. All Breath Hold Blueprint students will be able to access the course long after they've finished it.
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Jeff Rowley, creator and only instructor of BHB, getting ready to surf.

Now that you’ve taken a look at the main benefits and features of Breath Hold Blueprint, here’s the timeline in which the course is programmed:

Course Outline & Timeline

Breath Hold Blueprint is based on being completed in 27 days, or 4 weeks, or less than a month. Due to this timeline, the course is separated into 4 weeks in which students will perform a single breath hold session each day (including weekends!).

The 4 weeks of total runtime are separated again into pairs of week 1 & 2 and week 3 & 4. Each pair of weeks will cover a different technique to improve your breath hold. However, before starting your training, Jeff leaves a bundle of self-made resources to set your expectations for what’s going to happen in Breath Hold Blueprint. Let’s go over these and the weeks in detail now:

Core Skills (Week 0)

Before the course is officially started, Jeff lets us know that there are some things we should know. The pre recorded videos in this category are a must-watch before starting the course due to them having crucial knowledge that could prevent any risk. Here’s some examples of the content found here:

  • What is Hyperventilation? (Something that should be avoided at all costs)
  • What is CO2 Tolerance training? (Week 1 & 2 exercising method)
  • What is O2 Relaxation training? (Week 3 & 4 exercising method)
  • Holding your breath:
    • Part 1: How to Breathe Up
    • Part 2: During the Hold 
    • Part 3: Recovery Breathing

As you can see, this week is full of resources that should be watched and understood before starting the course and starting each pair of weeks. These are the fundamentals of learning to increase your breath hold time and letting the course take you to the heights it promises.

Now let’s get into the actual content of the course:

Week 1 & 2: CO2 Tolerance Training

The most important question to ask here is how does breathing works? In simple words, breathing consists of getting Oxygen, or O2, into your lungs and getting Carbon Dioxide, or CO2, out of your body. This is a process that happens seamlessly whenever we inhale and exhale.

However, the urge to breathe, which is an automatic signal of warning from our brain, depends on the levels of CO2, not oxygen, in our bodies. Whenever we hold our breath, the levels of CO2 in our bodies rise dramatically, which is why we feel so urged to stop holding our breaths.

In this way, Week 1 & 2 are based on CO2 tolerance training. This implies getting used to high levels of CO2 in our bodies and resisting the urge to breathe, even if we’re not at the limit of our oxygen levels.

The training of these weeks consists of short breath hold sessions where students will hold their breath in several opportunities while lowering the amount of time spent between repetitions.

Week 1 & 2 are the toughest parts of the course, because it’s the hardest part to adjust to. It’s basically like starting to exercise from scratch, at first it will be extremely difficult but once the body has adapted to it, there won’t be any problems.

The day 1 of the first week also starts by measuring your untrained breath hold, from which you can get an expectation of how far your breath hold can get. If you don’t perform that well, don’t worry, the base breath hold estimate for the lowest holds 3 minutes. This means that anyone, of any fitness level, can reach or even surpass a breath hold of 3 minutes when completing this course.

Getting your body used to the strain, that’s basically what Week 1 & 2 are all about.

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Promotional image taken from Breath Hold Blueprint's website.

Week 3 & 4: O2 Tolerance Training

If the first 2 weeks were all about conditioning your body, the last 2 weeks are about using this potential to the maximum extent. It’s akin to learning how to run after being able to walk.

Since the body got used to high levels of CO2 in the previous weeks, we can hold our breath for a lot longer now without feeling the urge to breathe. This is basically what the untapped potential of our breath holding abilities will look like, and we won’t have the signal of lack of oxygen appear until our reserves of it are safely reaching their limits, at which point we’ll recover from the hold.

The training during these weeks consists of the same process as week 1 & 2, however, the recovery time between holds is not decreased. This is done to fully let our bodies cleanse the CO2 in it and recover the oxygen we lost, which will end up in longer breath holds.

O2 Relaxation training refers to a skill meant to minimize the use of oxygen in the body. In this way, it’s easier to hold our breaths for a lot longer. Although, the length of the breath holds will increase per each hold since we’re allowed to fully recover, there shouldn’t be a problem with this.

Week 3 & 4 are by far the easiest part of the course, but it’s also the part where students will be able to see the most results. The length of the breath holds will increase by 15 seconds per day, which at the end of the course is 5 minutes.

Now, this sounds all and great, but is it really possible? To this, I question we have to admit that some people will have a hard time completing the course and some won’t. However, it’s worth mentioning that most, if not all students will be able to reach the 5 minutes hold at the end of the course. That’s simply like a basis that Breath Hold Blueprint will make you reach. And yes, it’s possible to go further if you keep practicing on your own.

To write a full review of Breath Hold Blueprint, I personally had to go through the course, from start to finish. I documented my progress day by day to record the process and how easy or hard it was. Here’s how that turned out.

My Breath Hold Blueprint Journey

Before starting to talk about my experience it’s worth mentioning that I suffer from asthma. I don’t show symptoms all the time, but when I do, they can’t be ignored. It’s also safe to admit that my respiratory system is a bit more delicate than that of a normal person. I’m also not an athlete but I do exercise regularly to stay active. With that said, here’s how Breath Hold Blueprint worked for me and the challenges it posed.

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I've always been fond of swimming and being and water, but holding by breath has never been one of my strongest points.

Week 1: “How Am I Going To Do This?”

The first day is all about measuring your untrained hold. I personally managed to hold my breath for 1:07 the first time. I thought that was actually a pretty long hold, but when I kept watching the session, it resulted in me being on the shortest end of the spectrum for a base breath-hold. This meant I was probably going to be able to hold my breath for at least 3 minutes in the future, but not a lot more than that. However, I was eager to prove this data wrong.

After that, the real training commenced and being completely honest here, it wasn’t easy. The holds started at 45 seconds and they end up at 1:30 for that week. I had a lot of issues adjusting to this rhythm and ended up having to repeat some of the sessions around 2 or 3 times.

Although, the hardest part for me was not getting distracted. Jeff says that in order to not get distracted while holding the breath was to “think of nothing”, but thinking of nothing? How was I supposed to do that? And it wasn’t until I reached the last days of that week that I really started getting into the “flow of nothing”.

Week 2: “Okay, We Got This”

At the start of week 2, I was pretty sure of what I actually had to do. The most important part was relaxing completely, almost reaching what could be called a “Zen state”. To help my very active mind I used music that helps me get relaxed. This didn’t help at first, but once I got used to listening to music, I even forgot sometimes that I was holding my breath.

Week 2 was the point where I really didn’t have to repeat so many sessions. It really felt like I was going through a breakthrough in comparison to Week 1’s rocky start.

Aside from that, the holds in this week started from 1:45 and went up to 2:15. At first I didn’t believe this was possible, I couldn’t believe I was already doubling the length of my first untrained breath hold. And from here, everything just simply got easier and a lot more manageable.

Week 3 & 4: The Hard Part Is Already Done

The last two weeks take the shape of O2 relaxation training, which consists of minimizing the use of oxygen in the body in order to increase our breath holding time. These actually were the easiest parts of the course because the body had already adjusted to the conditions it was being set to. But since the holds are longer, it’s easier to get distracted, so the key here is to really maintain that zen state throughout the entirety of the hold.

In week 3, holds go from 2:15 to 3:30. In week 4, holds go from 3:45 to 5 minutes, which is the last breath hold the course asks out of any student.

And with that, Breath Hold Blueprint was done. And as you can probably imply, I did manage to finish it and reach a breath-hold of 5 minutes. Currently, I can hold my breath for 5 minutes and 24 seconds, which is a lot more than what I hoped to achieve 4 weeks back in time.

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Representation of how it felt to complete Breath Hold Blueprint!

Now that we covered the journey of completing Breath Hold Blueprint, let’s go over some things you’re probably thinking about now:

Is Breath Hold Blueprint Safe?

Every breath holding activity implies some certain degree of risk. However, Breath Hold Blueprint is strictly designed for students to avoid any possible risk. Jeff Rowley makes it pretty clear that there are some guidelines to follow for Breath Hold Blueprint to be as a safe as it can be, which are the following:

  • Only train your breath-hold on dry land
  • Train in a safe, controlled environment (A bed, couch, etc.)
  • Hold your breath lying down, with your head raised slightly
  • If you prefer to hold your breath sitting up, create a 1m (3ft) radius safe zone
  • Never hyperventilate (N°1 cause of blackouts)
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate (Let your housemates know what you're doing and for how long)
  • Don't force breath holds (If you really need to breathe, breathe)
  • Don't compete against anyone (Breath Hold Blueprint is a personal experience and should not be done competing with others)
  • If you have a medical condition or are taking medication, seek medical advice before starting the course
  • Never hold your breath under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Never hold your breath while operating heavy machinery or driving a motor vehicle
  • Try to avoid unnecessary movement during breath holds – especially twisting (Can create tears in your lungs).

All of these guidelines are pretty clear so students can avoid most if not all risks at the moment of holding their breath. So yes, Breath Hold Blueprint is extremely safe. I also never experienced a blackout nor feeling like I was going to pass out, which should bode well for anyone else.

How Much Does BHB Cost?

As of the moment of writing this review, Breath Hold Blueprint costs $497 AUD in total. However, the course has been on sale for a couple of weeks and the price dropped to $297, which is $200 off from the original price, and for that amount we consider it to be a great deal.

Is Breath Hold Blueprint Worth It?

Short answer, yes. Long answer: It depends on if you’re actually looking to improve your breath-hold. Whether you’re a surfer or participate in any other activities in the sea that needs you to build a strong and solid breath-hold, Breath Hold Blueprint is absolutely indispensable.

It’s also a great tool for helping people relax and find calm in their daily lives. Whenever I started my training I always felt refreshed and relaxed, almost as if I was meditating.

However, if you’re doing this to impress your friends or just to have a cool fact to mention about you on a date, then this might not be for you.

As of now, we currently believe Breath Hold Blueprint to be the best course for getting a longer breath-hold in a single month. The best part about it is that anyone can do it, regardless of fitness level or age.

So, are you ready to start a course that could possibly change the way you go about your hobbies?

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