EP. 087

Patrick McKeown – 087


Patrick’s book, The Oxygen Advantage (published in fourteen languages) combines two pillars of breathing for sports. The first involves specially formulated breath hold exercises to delay lactic acid and fatigue. The second improves functional breathing for reduced breathlessness, improved motor control and functional movement. A summary of the science can be found on: http://oxygenadvantage.com/science/

To date, Patrick has worked with some of the top athletes in the world across a variety of sports including tennis, cycling, weight lifting, American Football, MMA and track and field

Show Notes:

Websites and Social Media Links

Website – buteykoclinic.com

Website – oxygenadvantage.com

Facebook – Buteyko Clinic International

Twitter – @Buteyko

Instagram – buteykoclinic

YouTube – Buteyko Clinic International

Books Mentioned:

The Oxygen Advantage 

Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby To Love Good Food

Articles/ Research Mentioned:

Breathing control center neurons that promote arousal in mice

Repeated-sprint training in hypoxia induced by voluntary hypoventilation improves running repeated-sprint ability in rugby players

Triathlete Adapts to Breathing Restricted to the Nasal Passage Without loss in VO2max or vVO2max.

Competitive Runners Can Adapt To Nasal Breathing With Similar Peak Running Velocity And Lower Ventilation

Effect of hypercapnia on spleen-related haemoglobin increase during apnea

Transcutaneous carbon dioxide application accelerates muscle injury repair in rat models.

Transcutaneous carbon dioxide application with hydrogel prevents muscle atrophy in a rat sciatic nerve crush model

Podcast Mentioned:

Bulletproof Radio – How to Breathe Less to Do More with Patrick McKeown, King of Oxygen

The Mind Muscle Project 265 – Patrick Mckeown on Breathing for Increased Performance, Faster Recovery & Deeper Sleep

Video’s Mentioned: 

Anxiety, Panic Disorder, ​and Depression – Patrick McKeown

People and Resources mentioned:

Heart Math

Conor McGregor

John Kavanagh 

Dental Cosmos

Ray Peat

Pat Davidson

Dr. Kevin Boyd

Gill Rapley

Wim Hof

Prince William

Cate Middleton

Konstantin Buteyko



0:00 – 4:11 – Robbie intro’s the show and asks Patrick about all his recent travels and what 2020 hold for him

4:12 – 7:01 – Robbie asks Patrick about sleeping positions for nasal breathing

7:02 – 12:11 – Robbie asks Patrick to explain the Blood Oxygen Level Test (BOLT) score

12:12 – 13:44 – Robbie asks Patrick about breathing and anxiety

13:44 – 28:59 – Robbie asks Patrick about nasal blockage and leakage

29:00 –  37:04 – Robbie asks Patrick about nasal breathing and exercise

37:05 – 45:25 – Robbie asks Patrick about the detriments of over breathing and excessive oxygen intake

45:26 – 46:55 – Robbie asks Patrick about erectile dysfunction and nitric oxide

46:56 – 51:31 – Robbie asks Patrick about breath-holding, spleen contractions and EPO production

51:32 – 1:01:16 – Robbie asks Patrick about CO2 tolerance and injury repair and they also discuss repeat sprint ability in hypoxia

1:01:17 – 1:05:40 – Robbie asks Patrick about Wim Hof’s work

1:05:41 – 1:13:16 – Robbie asks Patrick about nutrition, mastication and jaw development

1:13:17 – 1:14:31 – Robbie asks Patrick if John Kavanagh ever contacted him about Conor McGregor’s breathing mechanics?

1:14:32 – 1:19:26 – Robbie asks Patrick when mouth breathing is appropriate and about breathe work for swimmers

1:19:27 – 1:23:28 -Robbie asks Patrick about nasal breathing and immunity