How Does Joey Chestnut Prepare for Hot Dog Contests?

He presently holds the report for consuming 76 sizzling canines in 10 minutes.


Competitive eater Joey Chestnut is a legend, having gained the Nathan’s Hot Dog contest 14 occasions. He’s even set the world report for devouring 76 franks in 10 minutes. And whereas the occasion goes down solely every year, there are months of coaching main as much as it. 

According to Insider, who spoke with Chestnut following his newest win, the world’s No. 1 eater (sure, it is a actual rating) begins weight-reduction plan and cleaning his physique by taking two days to eat solely water and lemon instantly after the competitors. By April, with simply two months till the large occasion, Chestnut ramps issues up with weekly apply periods utilizing the identical flashing lights and audio system discovered at the true Coney Island expertise. 

“With the competition, it is superb as a result of there are folks yelling at you and an MC and music,” Chestnut instructed Insider. “But with apply, generally it is actually, actually laborious to get excited to eat, so I work actually laborious to take each apply critically.” 

He additionally focuses on mouth workouts to get himself prepped to make his mouth and throat stronger for competitors, per the report.

“Every apply, I report it and I attempt to push somewhat bit tougher and work out what I can do in another way,” he continued. “You can solely apply a lot. If I apply an excessive amount of I begin gaining weight, and if I begin gaining weight then I begin slowing down. So it is a bizarre double-edged sword. You have to like to eat, however you possibly can’t eat a lot that it turns into unhealthy.”

As one would possibly count on, the aftermath of consuming such a big amount of meals is hard. Chestnut likens it to after-Thanksgiving bloat “besides actually, actually dangerous.” Somehow, regardless of the trials each the game and hot dogs put him via, he nonetheless loves them.

“Runners, they seem like they will die on the finish of a marathon however they nonetheless like to run,” Chestnut stated. “And I like a superb sizzling canine.”


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Megan Schaltegger is a workers author at Thrillist.

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