Braving the Circuit in a Bravura Thong

Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes the awkward combination of beach weather and the competitive eating high season. This means that a number of MLE greats will be ingesting massive quantities of food and then hanging poolside. It’s tough to stay bravura-thong tight when eating on the circuit. So I’m here to provide my fellow eaters with a few tips on how to win a contest and rock the beach the very same day.

First priority for maintaining a low body fat percentage is cardiovascular activity. The best time to do cardio is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. The second best time is immediately after weight training. Thirty minutes of cardio, a minimum of three times a week, will do wonders to increase your metabolism and appetite, while keeping the fat layer to a minimum. It doesn’t matter what you do (elliptical, stationary bike, treadmill, etc), as long as your heart rate is in range to burn fat. For me, that occurs at about 150 beats-per-minute.

When you are doing cardio, you should be working hard and sweating, but still able to carry out a conversation without stopping to huff and puff. During primetime competitive eating season, I do cardio at least 5 or 6 times a week. Cardio also increases your basal metabolic rate, which allows you to slam down dozens of Krystals while staying totally ripped! Mmmm, that steamed-bun onion-y goodness…

The most coveted secret in fitness training is the magic trick behind six-pack abs. Wanna know the secret? It’s not about abdominal strength—it’s about body fat.

I hardly train abs at all, especially during the CE circuit. Lots of people have great abs but they also have too much body fat covering them. If you have a Lamborghini and it’s covered in snow, no one will gets to see how hot it is, right? I mean, who's to say Shoudt's abs aren’t hella hot? They probably are, but maybe we just can't see them. By doing cardio and weight training, the abs get enough work to stay tight…but not so tight that you can’t pack it away in a contest.

Here’s some more J-Shibs tips for getting cut:

For large muscle groups (pecs, lats, legs), I do twelve sets total. Smaller muscle groups (bis, tris, shoulders, calves) get eight total sets. Each and every set is taken to positive failure for 8-10 reps. This means that I would need help to complete one more rep.

In eating season I eat six small meals a day, lots of protein, moderate carbohydrates, and a small amount of fat. It is crucial to get protein in your system about every three to four hours to maintain a positive nitrogen balance, the building blocks of muscle tissue.

I eat regular food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and supplement with protein drinks in between. That allows me to “eat” every 3 hours to keep supplying my muscles with protein. The best protein drinks are low carb, and have a protein blend that includes calcium caseinate and whey.

That’s pretty much what you need to know but were afraid to ask about how to become a great competitive eater with the perfect body. It ain’t easy, but it can be done. Take it from me—my abs don’t lie.

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