Every July 4th, an elite crop of competitive eaters on Coney Island sets the stage for a time-honored American tradition: see who in 10 minutes can stuff most hot dogs (plus buns!) Into their throats.
Yes, we are talking about Nathan's hot dog eating contest. The reigning men's champion, Joey Chestnut, ate 2018 of them. The champion of the women, Miki Sudo, has eaten 37. The fight is exhausting – full of sodium, sweat and tears – as well as the month-long training process.
Ahead of the big event in 201
You hear from the following people:
- Derek Jacobs: Eat 23 Hot Dogs + Bread Rolls in 10 Minutes to Claim Nathan's
- Geoffrey Esper qualifies: the Hooters Wing Eating Champion 2017 and 2019
- Matt Hazzard: Ate 29.5 Hot Dogs + Buns in 10 Minutes for Nathan's
- Michelle Lesco: Has Nathan's
- Nick Wehry 25.5 Hotdogs + Rolls Wasted: Ate 34 Hot Dugs + Buns in 10 Minutes to Qualify for Nathans
- Ronnie Hartman: Once a Half Gallon of Chilli in One Minute and 34 Seconds
- Sophia DeVita: Ate 16.25 Hot Dugs + Buns in 10 Minutes to Qualify for Nathans
And here's what they said about training for Nathan's 2019 Hot Dog Eating Contest.
How many hot dogs did you eat for Nathan during your training this year?  Jacobs: "At least 300."
Esper: "I would say 600-800. Too many. "
Hazzard:" Until July 4, I have eaten over 1,200 hot dogs in preparation. I have not stopped training since last year's competition and it will be a key factor in my success at this year's event. "
Lesco:" When I was on Nathan's stage on Coney Island, I usually ate a few hundred hot dogs with my education. Each practice is in line with charitable giving: water that builds wells for communities around the world that have no access to clean water. "
Wehry:" Hard to say, to be honest, but probably around the 400 in 2019. "
Hartman:" I would guess that I ate around 250 hotdogs for Nathan's training last year. "
DeVita:" I have estimated that this year about 60-80 hot dogs consumed for training.
Describe Your Training Style What does a day in the life of a trainer look like for Nathan?
Hazzard: "Competitive food can in three basic components are divided: eating speed, stomach capacity and willpower. Daily, I train my stomach capacity by drinking large amounts of water in a very short time (~ 10 minutes). Every week I cook a few hotdogs and do a 10-minute trial run. This helps to improve the speed / technique and build the mental strength required to pass through the proverbial & # 39; wall & # 39; to invade and knock down more and more hot dogs when your body shouts at you to stop you. "
Lesco: Gym and eating lots of salads, wake up with some coffee on training days and spend an hour building and cooking hotdogs to prepare for a 10-minute fight against myself with the help of my training partner Miki Sudo But there are also many contests going on until the fourth time, so some days are dedicated to preparing lobsters, oysters, donuts, wings, and everything else that Major League Eating puts on me. "
DeVita:" Me I typically try to keep my diet up to date during the week so I do not feel bad after a hot dog training session I eat lots of vegetables because they are low in calories and you can eat more of them to replenish your stomach. In addition, I try to consume a lot of water during my meals. "