Because German free diver Tom Sietas just set a world record for holding his, get this, 22:22. Yep, over 20 minutes. It's not as though I follow
this sort of thing, but I literally didn't even know that was possible. Here's the link:
I've timed myself up to 2 minutes before. Not sure how much more beyond that I COULD go, but not much without a lot of training. Those divers
are just nuts, though. In addition to the pure oxygen, lung capacity, and not eating mentioned in the article, don't they also basically
hyperventilate first to super-saturate their blood with oxygen?
I have held my breath for 3:47. I was also in the caribbean at the time and I would free dive on my days off. One of the keys to freediving is
hyperventilating before you descend. It loads your bloodstream with oxygen and lets you use that last breath for a little longer. My 3:47 was also
doing a deadmans float, so my muscles weren't using any o2. With fins and a mask and kicking like hell for the surface, probably two mins
I used to be able to hold my breath for one length of a full size college swimming pool swimming under water. I haven't got a clue how long that
took to do. That took years of training for me, forty years later I probably could hold my breath for about ten seconds
The blood and cells can store oxygen and release it when needed. It takes a certain chemical availability and training to utilize this ability. A
structured Diet would also be critical in achieving those results. I'm sure that genetics has something to do with it also to achieve that long a
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