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The Secret Behind the Success of Takeru Kobayashi – 6 Times Professional Eater Champion

November 13th, 2009 · 3 Comments ·


Takeru Kobayashi is a Japanese professional eater or some people name it as competitive eater. He held the world record for hot dog eating for nearly six years (between 2001 and 2006) before the record broken by Joey Chestnut with 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes in 2007. Kobayashi ate 63 hot dogs in that year 2007 competition.

The below MasterCard Pricesless advertisement video clip shows Takeru Kobayashi’s slow eating motion of a hot dog and bun.

As much as I was impressed by the huge appetite he has and how fast he is able to eat, I am more curious in his workout, even his main skills are to eat fast and to eat more. What exactly does he do and what is his secret?

Not many know that Takeru Kobayashi does weight training throughout the year to increase his metabolism.



His body has undergone much changes from his 50kg (110 lbs) to 65 kg (144 lbs) before settling down at 75 kg (165 lbs). He stands at 173 cm tall. The best part is that his body fat is kept below 10 % even he eats about 6,000 calories a day. He incorporated weight training as one of his eating training regimen during early days.  Later, he was impressed with his own muscles mass and then he continues to improve his weight training workouts and get addicted to it. No doubt, weight training has increased his metabolism. No matter how much he eats, he remains fit with his 6 packs.





Takeru Kobayashi with Joey Chestnut (Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest winner from 2007 to 2009)



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