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Become an Advanced Oxygen Advantage® Trainer
Investment: €499

Advanced Instructor Certification (virtual only)
by Oxygen Advantage® Creator, Patrick McKeown

For a one-off investment of €499,
you will receive over 80 hours’ worth of study material comprising:

  • Online video tutorials by Patrick McKeown covering the theory and practice of the Oxygen Advantage® method
  • E-books of the instructor training manual and the athletes’ manual, both written by Patrick McKeown
  • Marketing images, trademarked logos, publicity material and designs to use on your own website
  • The chance to join our global network of instructors (35 countries and counting)

To register, simply complete the form and make payment. You will receive email confirmation giving you immediate access to the instructor advanced portal where you can begin studying straight away.

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TWO POWERFUL PILLARS

FUNCTIONAL BREATHING TRAINING for:

  • Exercise performance and stamina
  • Yoga breathing
  • Lower back pain, posture and core muscle strength
  • PTSD, anxiety, depression and panic disorder
  • High stress and mental agitation
  • Energy, focus and concentration
  • Insomnia and snoring
  • Fatigue and mood
  • Rhinitis (stuffy nose and hay fever)
  • Asthma and exercise-induced bronchoconstriction
  • Diabetes and epilepsy control

high altitude simulation for:

  • Delay the onset of fatigue and lactic acid
  • Improve repeated sprint ability for team sports such as rugby and football
  • Improve respiratory muscle strength
  • Improve aerobic capacity
  • Increase production of EPO (erythropoietin) safely and legally
  • Improve running economy and run time
  • Improve swimming performance
  • Reduce oxidative stress

What’s involved?

You will learn to teach scientifically proven protocols and breathing exercises that will help your clients become fitter, healthier and stronger, and improve their recovery time after injury. No previous knowledge or experience in breathwork is necessary. It’s easy to complete the course from the comfort of your own home in just a few weeks.

Find out everything Patrick has learned from nearly 20 years of research and coaching. Gain an in-depth understanding of his work with top experts. Learn the method that has secured him a place as a leading international breathwork specialist and understand the techniques he uses every day with some of the world’s top athletes. From Olympic medalists to professional soccer players, elite runners to MMA, weightlifters to weekend warriors and diabetics to dieters, Patrick has helped them all to improve their health, performance and quality of life.

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some facts about breathing

Breathing is our first and most fundamental motor pattern. Every single person carries the breath with them every single day. Yet a surprising proportion of people have breathing pattern disorders, sleep-disordered breathing and a poor understanding of the breath. While you might appreciate why elite athletes or corporate high-fliers could find breath training useful, it may be less obvious exactly how far reaching the applications are, and how you can apply them to your work. Let’s look at why functional breathing training is relevant for everyone:

  • Breath retraining can be used in sport and endurance, and as a primary or adjunct therapy for physical and mental health conditions including anxiety, panic disorder, depression, sleep apnea, insomnia, hypertension, diabetes, epilepsy, childhood development, behavioral disorders, asthma, menopause, headache, back pain, chronic pain conditions and even some medically unexplained symptoms
  • The way you breathe influences how your body processes oxygen. Unhealthy breathing can reduce the amount of oxygen that is released from the lungs to the blood, and from the blood to the tissues and cells
  • Carbon dioxide is not just a waste gas. In fact, it provides the primary stimulus to breathe and plays an important role in the dilation of blood vessels. When you ignore the importance of CO2 in favor of oxygen, you actually prevent the body from properly oxygenating
  • A low sensitivity to CO2 is beneficial for general health and for sporting performance. Studies have shown that this lower sensitivity is one of the things that separates outstanding endurance athletes from the competition (McGurk et al., 1995). If this sounds complicated, don’t worry. You’ll soon understand what it means and how to apply it
  • Mouth breathing can restrict the airways, even when you breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Despite what many sports coaches and meditation teachers will tell you, it is not a good idea to breathe like this. Scientists have proven that it causes the nose to become 200 percent more congested than when breathing is only through the nostrils (Strohl et al., 1992)
  • Many methods used by clinicians to screen for dysfunctional breathing are ineffective and return inaccurate results (Kiesel et al., 2017)
  • Women who suffer premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are actually experiencing imbalances of blood gases due to cyclical hyperventilation. This means that the breath can be used to alleviate this debilitating condition (Chaitow, 2012/Ott et al., 2006)
  • Slow breathing can help in the treatment of insomnia. Scientists believe it represents a better long-term solution than the over-prescription of hypnotic drugs (Ravinder et al., 2019)
  • Asthma is very common in elite endurance athletes. A Swedish study of 38,603 adults who were participating in endurance competitions reported that 12 percent had asthma – a far higher figure than the 4.3 percent of 18 to 45-year-olds worldwide reported by the Global Asthma Report 2018 (Näsman et al., 2018)
  • A significant number of unrelated studies have drawn the conclusion that a breathing rate of six breaths per minute activates the ‘rest and digest’ branch of the autonomic nervous system via the vagus nerve and provides the best conditions for lung health, oxygenation, heart health, resilience and healthy blood pressure (Russo et al., 2017)
  • The diaphragm is the main breathing muscle, and it’s also vital for postural control. When you breathe in, the diaphragm descends, and a positive pressure is generated in the abdomen. This ‘intra-abdominal pressure’ acts like an inflated balloon, stabilizing the spine and the pelvis (Key, 2013). This is really important for functional movement, for understanding the core, and for injury prevention.
  • It is possible to simulate high altitude training with the use of breath hold exercises. Training in this way can produce better aerobic and anaerobic capacity, allow the body to stimulate anaerobic glycolysis (the process by which blood sugar is broken down to form energy-giving lactose), improve the strength of the breathing muscles and tolerance to breathlessness and reduce the ventilatory response to hypercapnia and hypoxia. It gives increased VO2 max and produces better running economy, better repeated sprint ability for team sports and better-sustained fitness during rest or injury.

Become part of our growing international team and provide your clients and students with a comprehensive breathing program. We will supply you with everything you need to become an Oxygen Advantage® Instructor from the comfort of your own home.

frequently asked questions

What does Advanced Training provide?

You will receive detailed instruction in all of the Oxygen Advantage® exercises and methods. You will learn how to put the theory into practice. Classes are taught as video modules. You will also get soft copies of the instructor and athletes’ manuals and lifetime access to the training portal where you can revisit any of the material in your own time.

Will this course certify me to teach the Oxygen Advantage®?

Yes. Once you have passed the multiple-choice exam, you will receive a certificate from OxygenAdvantage.com. We will then add your photo, profile and contact details to our list of instructors so that prospective clients can find you. Only certified instructors can market themselves as teaching the Oxygen Advantage® method.

What are the course objectives?

On completion of the program you will:

  • Be able to identify dysfunctional breathing patterns
  • Understand dysfunctional breathing and its negative impact on sporting performance and health
  • Have a clear knowledge of respiratory physiology
  • Be able to teach exercises to decongest the nose and help establish nasal breathing
  • Have the tools to deliver breathing re-education exercises and guidelines to help restore physiologically normal breathing in adults
  • Have the skills and knowledge to teach exercises simulating high altitude

Have access to an ongoing support network of trained Oxygen Advantage® instructors

What materials are provided?

The Oxygen Advantage® trademarked logo and client intake form are available to all instructors. You will also get downloadable copies of the instructor training manual and the athletes’ manual.

Is there an exam?

Yes. There is a multiple-choice exam.

Do I receive a physical certificate?

Yes, a certificate will be provided to you digitally via email for you to print.

Is there follow up support?

Yes, there is continuous follow up support by email. You can email our team of certified OA instructors any time.

You are welcome also to join our dedicated instructors group on Facebook where regular conversations occur.

What’s the difference between Functional Breathing Training, the Advanced Training and the Live Oxygen Advantage® instructor training?

Functional Breathing Training provides certification in functional breathing during rest and physical exercise. The Advanced Instructor Training provides certification in functional breathing and simulation of altitude training (intermittent hypoxic/hypercapnic training). The Live Training includes access to 14 hours of live webinar coaching with Patrick McKeown. For more information and to compare all of the course features, check out our comparison chart on the main Training page.

I want to start with the Functional Breathing (Level 1) Training but might decide to upskill with the Advanced or Live Training in the future. Do I have to pay the full course fee for both?

No. Once you have completed the Functional Breathing Training you can join the Advanced or Live program for a reduced fee. We deduct the cost of your first course from the price, so you will only pay $200 for the Advanced Training.

certification

In order to earn your instructor certification, you will need to pass the online exam. The exam entry fee and certification is included in the overall cost of the program, which also features lifetime access to the Oxygen Advantage® advanced portal.

What’s more, the benefits don’t end once you’ve finished the course. As a certified Oxygen Advantage® instructor your initial investment of €499 buys you ongoing access to:

  • Full use of the Oxygen Advantage® royalty free images, marketing materials and logo
  • Listing as a certified instructor on the OxygenAdvantage.com website with a personal profile so that clients can find you, and the option to list your upcoming trainings
  • Trademark status for the name “Oxygen Advantage®” in Europe, North America and Australia when teaching the Oxygen Advantage® (in order that the original breathing exercises are taught in a safe and effective… way, the Oxygen Advantage® method can only be taught by Oxygen Advantage® certified instructors)
  • Ongoing individual follow-up support with Patrick McKeown via email and Facebook
  • Membership of our exclusive Oxygen Advantage® Instructors Facebook Group where you can ask for feedback, connect with other instructors and share information and ideas
  • And don’t forget, you have lifetime access to your advanced portal

How can I apply the training
in my professional life?

Once you’ve passed the exam, it’s up to you how you use the training. You may discover that this course is the missing link that takes your fitness business to the next level, or you might find that breathing training becomes the focal point for your work with corporate or mental health clients. Once you have the knowledge, you can apply it to your students or clients, your area of interest, and your own life. The possibilities are almost endless.

There are currently 173 instructors worldwide, from a wide variety of disciplines including Pilates, yoga, strength and conditioning, Buteyko breathing, professional athletes, Wim Hof Method instructors and more.

Some instructors teach the Oxygen Advantage® techniques as a standalone, while others integrate them into their existing training. There’s the opportunity to offer breathing classes to help people with asthma, high stress and sleep disorders, or workshops exploring the concepts of light, slow and deep breathing for yoga asana practice. The Oxygen Advantage® is a technique that can be incorporated into most settings in which the instructor wishes to optimize breathing to improve mental health, sleep quality, respiration and exercise performance.

how are existing oa instructors using the training?

There are currently 173 instructors worldwide, from a wide variety of disciplines including Pilates, yoga, strength and conditioning, Buteyko breathing, professional athletes, Wim Hof Method instructors and more.

Some instructors teach the Oxygen Advantage® techniques as a standalone, while others integrate them into their existing training. There’s the opportunity to offer breathing classes to help people with asthma, high stress and sleep disorders, or workshops exploring the concepts of light, slow and deep breathing for yoga asana practice. The Oxygen Advantage® is a technique that can be incorporated into most settings in which the instructor wishes to optimize breathing to improve mental health, sleep quality, respiration and exercise performance.

You can find out more about our brilliant instructors by clicking on the individual instructor profiles. Once certified, your details will be added to this page!

Investment: €499

Interested in Oxygen Advantage Instructor Training for Sports and Health? Here’s some further reading…

INTERMITTENT HYPOXIC HYPERCAPNIC TRAINING

  • Delay the onset of fatigue and lactic acid
  • Improved repeat sprint ability for team sports- rugby, football etc.
  • Improve respiratory muscle strength
  • Improve aerobic capacity
  • Increase production of EPO (Erythropoietin) safely and legally
  • Improve running economy and running time
  • Improve swimming performance
  • Reduce oxidative stress

FUNCTIONAL BREATHING

  • Nasal Breathing during Running
  • Stimulate your vagus nerve
  • Breathing pattern disorders in sports
  • Measure and reduce breathlessness during physical exercise
  • Improve nose breathing to improve arterial oxygen uptake
  • Breathing and Posture
  • Improve tolerance to reduced oxygen and increased carbon dioxide
  • Help prevent exercise induced asthma
  • Athletes and health -FAQs

If there is anything you would like to know about the Advanced Virtual Training that isn’t covered on this page, please feel free to contact us and ask.


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