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paperback (2)The Oxygen Advantage®
Breathing Programme

High Performance Breathing Programme to Achieve More with Less

As applied by pre-athletes, weekend warriors, professional athletes and Olympians


  • Delay the onset of fatigue and lactic acid.
  • Improve aerobic performance.
  • Improve running economy.
  • Improve VO2 max (maximal oxygen uptake).
  • Improve delivery of oxygen to organs and working muscles.
  • Reduce breathlessness during physical exercise.
  • Help prevent exercise induced asthma.
  • Help maintain fitness during rest or injury.
  • Help maintain focus and concentration during competition.

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The Oxygen Advantage® Program consists of high performance breathing exercises to simulate high altitude training at sea level. These exercises help to maximize oxygen carrying capacity and delivery for aerobic and anaerobic improvement.

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The Oxygen Advantage® program teaches you to measure and reduce breathlessness during physical exercise.

By following this program you will:

  • Learn to nose breathe to improve oxygen uptake.
  • Learn to improve your tolerance to reduced oxygen and increased carbon dioxide.
  • Learn to prevent exercise induced asthma
  • Learn to improve overall performance, focus and quality of sleep.

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What Others Say

Danny Dreyer
Danny DreyerFounder of ChiRunning and ChiWalking
“Patrick’s book, The Oxygen Advantage® is a godsend for anyone wishing to improve their performance in a way that doesn’t involve hours of strenuous workouts, drills, and endless miles of running. I’ve been doing nose breathing for the past ten years and it has totally revolutionized my running and seriously dropped my effort levels… at every speed! It’s simple to incorporate into your training and your daily life. and the results are astounding. I now recommend it in all of my running classes and training programs. Every runner or athlete should have this book. If you’re not breathing right, you’re working too hard.”
Dr. Joseph Mercola
Dr. Joseph Mercolafounder of Mercola.com
“Many know that I am a major fan of using simple, inexpensive lifestyle changes to avoid expensive and dangerous medications and surgery. The Oxygen Advantage®, which is an extension of Patrick McKeown’s work as a Buteyko coach, is one strategy that I believe should be included in your health habit arsenal. There simply are no downsides that I can identify and there are massive upsides. I use it personally, and would strongly encourage you to apply it to your life so you can reap the rewards.”
Nick Littlehales
Nick LittlehalesElite Sports Sleep Coach & Author of Sleep
In his excellent book The Oxygen Advantage, something of a bible on nose-breathing, Patrick McKeown writes, 'Breathing through the mouth has been proven to significantly increase the number of occurrences of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea...As any child is aware, the nose is made for breathing, the mouth for eating.'
Amazon Customer
Amazon Customer
Stumbled upon this book. I've had exercise induced asthma and allergies that I thought I'd have to manage for the rest of my life. Honestly this book has changed my life. Through taping my mouth at night and breathing through my nose while running and cycling, it seems to have eliminated my asthma and allergies have also vastly reduced. I have applied principles this over 3 months and seen benefits almost immediately.Feel lucky to have found this and happy to spread the word.
Amazon customer
Amazon customer
I was amazed and excited to read this book. I have been crosscountry and road running for 50 years and never once did it occur to me that I could run breathing through my nose. I have followed the well laid out programme starting with 'breath light to breath right', followed by breath holding at home and during regular walks. I have increased my running mileage to 9 miles, entirely using nasal breathing. My BOLT score has increased from an initial 28 to 40+. I have just turned 70 and although running is a little more demanding I am enjoying it even more. Just goes to show that this programme can be followed at any age, as long as you are reasonably fit and healthy. I can heartily recommend this book to anyone who wishes to enhance their fitness and general health.
Michael O’Shaughnessy
Michael O’ShaughnessyLinkedIn Regional Wellness Specialist Dublin HQ and EMEA
I found Patrick by chance really. I was looking to bring a speaker in to talk to our staff, a speaker related to one of our wellness tenants. With Breathing being one of our wellness tenants I found Patrick online. I was immediately intrigued as soon as I started to read his material as I felt my own breathing could definitely improve with his methods. Patrick came and spoke to our staff for just over an hour and the presentation and material were both excellent. Both practical and informative I and the staff walked away with methods and information we could use straight away to improve our daily breathing and wellbeing. I have since started to read Patrick’s book ‘The Oxygen Advantage’ and would highly recommend it.
Maria Moran
Maria MoranEuropean kettlebell champion 2016
Hi Patrick, I am enjoying reading The Oxygen Advantage immensely. I have implemented nasal breathing as much as possible, and am telling my chest and abdomen to relax. I'm much more conscious of my breathing at work, when walking and throughout the day. I can easily run 5/10k now, and cycle, while only nasal breathing. This has been a revelation. I also try to only nasal breathe while I train. I recently travelled to Poland to represent Ireland in the European Kettlebell Championships and won gold in my category with a 41 rep PB. I was unusually calm in the week running up to the lift. The day before when most of the team seemed high on jitters and anxiety, I felt calm and ready. Normally I am a bag of nerves before any competition or test, never mind something this big. I think a big part of the reason my mind felt so calm was from using what I have learned from reading (most of) both your books. I'd like to say thank you and I know I'm only at the very tip of the iceberg with all of this but I'm excited about the potential!
Jade Barber
Jade BarberUSA Track and Field Athlete
What Patrick and his team have been able to accomplish with their research and practice is astounding. They have introduced certain types of exercises that call for you to hold your breath while walking, jogging and sometimes running. Like running wasn’t hard enough already. Essentially, they’ve figured out a way to improve your oxygen carrying capacity and deliver more oxygen to your organs and muscles. Another goal is to train the body to reduce lactic acid build up, thereby delaying the onset of fatigue. http://GoIrishRunners.com/
Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly
McKeown introduces readers to the “Oxygen Advantage®,” an innovative but complex breathing technique that purportedly improves overall health… McKeown’s confident attitude should help his book appeal to a wide audience.
For any athlete, oxygen is king. Despite this the role of breathing is seldom considered. The Oxygen Advantage® is about breathing to improve oxygen uptake, along with specific breath holding techniques to simulate high altitude training. Having a higher aerobic and anaerobic capacity enables us to do more with less, to exercise faster and further with each breath.
Laura Reynolds
Laura ReynoldsOlympic Athlete, 2012 Summer Olympics
I didn’t realise the detrimental effect of breathing through the mouth during rest and the importance of nasal breathing. Breathing too much actually reduces the amount of oxygen delivered throughout the body. This runs counter to the prevailing belief in sport but is based on medical physiology. We learn about the role oxygen plays in the body but not how oxygen is delivered from the red bloods cells and that is the important part to understand. Patrick McKeown’s book does just that, including exercises to simulate high altitude training to condition the body to do more with less. Implementing these exercises results in improved health and in turn better sports performance.
Dr. Oz The Good Life
Dr. Oz The Good Life
Patrick McKeown, breathing trainer and author of The Oxygen Advantage®, recommends breathing through your nose…It’ll feel weird, but within a few weeks, you’ll notice you can exercise longer and don’t tire as quickly.
Charles Edward G. Florendo
Charles Edward G. FlorendoM.D
The materials and concepts Patrick McKeown brings us in ‘The Oxygen Advantage®’ are consistent with currently accepted western medical physiologic theories and, surprisingly, correlate well with the philosophies of many eastern sciences. Please remember that not everyone breathes in the same way, but only those who breathe in the right way will gain the best benefits from their physical exercise.
Patrick Holford
Patrick Holfordfounder of the Optimum Nutrition Bible
Oxygen is the forgotten nutrient and you can have too much and too little. Many more health problems than most realise result because of it. This book provides a vital missing piece in the health equation.
Jay Wisner Auburn Grad
Jay Wisner Auburn GradNFL Free Agent
I really enjoyed your book “The Oxygen Advantage®,“ I wished I would have came across it in my childhood. I play football in the NFL and my bolt score was 13. 3 weeks later I'm at 30 and improving thanks to you. I play wide receiver so I am running a lot and it's gotten so easy. Your book was an eye opener to me and I am in better shape for another opportunity because I'm so much better at the simple act of breathing. It really does add up!Thanks!
Marek Lorenc MD
Marek Lorenc MDPresident of Integrative Medicine Institute Foundation
Patrick McKeown`s Oxygen Advantage® breathing techniques bring simple solutions empowering our daily efforts to build up wellness, health, and fitness in a few weeks program. These are evidence based and cost-effective techniques.
J. Michael Adame DDS
J. Michael Adame DDSDiplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
At the age of 55, one of my joys in life is training for and competing in sprint triathlons. Becoming efficient with available time is crucial for me to be able to compete well, maintain a full time practice and still spend quality time with my wife and children. This year I discovered Oxygen Advantage® and implemented it’s breathing techniques while swimming, biking and running. It taught me how to be more effective in my breathing and I soon noticed that during routine workouts I was very familiar with, I was breathing easier and noticeably less fatigued. The benefits of my new breathing became very apparent to me during my last triathlon, which I have competed in three times, when I reduced my 750m swim time by 2 minutes (as compared to my previous best) and subsequently won the Master’s Division which is comprised of those over 40. Additionally, I even came in 3rd overall.This program has been a remarkable tool to improve my training and my everyday well-being.
Allie Wisner Utah ’13
Allie Wisner Utah ’13Professional National Women’s Soccer League Player
As a top level soccer player I have always had to be in top condition in order to compete and outperform my competitors. When it came to endurance I was always one of the most fit players, but I never knew I could become more fit just by learning to breathe correctly. Thanks to Patrick McKeown’s Oxygen Advantage® and his team, I have seen a transformation not only in my training and performance, but in my overall well being. The results from learning to breathe correctly will only continue to make me a better player!