Peter Czerwinski Discusses What It Takes To Be A Competitive Eating Champion!

While it's not hard to find information on the process of becoming a successful bodybuilder or fitness competitor, one type of competitive event that doesn't is that of competitive eating. Here's some great feedback from a champion.

While it's not hard to find information on the process of becoming a successful bodybuilder or fitness competitor, one type of competitive event that doesn't get much attention is that of competitive eating.

This activity goes along fairly well with those who are interested in bodybuilding as in order to build muscle mass, for many people, eating massive quantities of food is required.

Muscle gain does not come easy for a great deal of people and without sufficient calories present, it's definitely not going to happen. Many of those who are interested in bodybuilding begin force feeding themselves in effort to try and pack on the lean body mass, which is trait they have in common with competitive eaters.

Recently I had the chance to interview the current World Champion competitive eater, Peter Czerwinski to see what he had to say about this activity and how he goes about preparing himself for it.

World Champion Competetive Eater, Peter Czerwinski.
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World Champion Competetive
Eater, Peter Czerwinski.

He differs from the usual crowd of competitive eaters in that for him, he combines his love of eating with that of building muscle, thus fueling each goal in the process.

Here are some things he had to say.


[ Shannon Clark ] How did you first get involved with competitive eating?

    [ Peter Czerwinski ] About a year and a half ago, in February of 2007 my buddies and I went to a breakfast pub after a night of drinking. Most of us ordered a dish called the Linebacker which consisted of 2 of the following: eggs, pancakes, French toast, regular toast, sausages, bacon and home fries. We got our meals and I managed to finish my food before anyone finished one pancake.

    Everyone looked at me shocked and asked if I could eat more, I openly agreed and they asked what the record was for eating Linebackers at that restaurant and apparently it was two in the hour. So I ordered another 2 and ate them in ten minutes and then ordered one more for a total of 4 in the hour time span.

    Ever since then I started doing restaurant challenges and breaking records every time. Then after I beat the world record for a 72oz steak consumed (7 minutes) I was contacted by AICE (Association of Independent Competitive Eaters).

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[ SC ] As a child, were you always a big eater? Or did it not pick up until you were older?

    [ PC ] I was a very picky eater and never a big eater when I was younger. In fact I was hospitalized for an eating problem just over 5 years ago!

    Definitely very ironic to go from not eating to eating a ton.

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[ SC ] What's your favorite food to eat?

    [ PC ] I love healthy food in general like lean meats, veggies, nuts, fruit etc. If I'm going to go unhealthy it will be Pizza, Wings and Sushi.


[ SC ] Is there anything you do to prepare yourself for a contest? (maybe skip meals prior to the event, etc)

    [ PC ] Up to the day before the event right now I eat normally - maybe drink a little more water (I have no idea how to train for this).

I Have No Idea How To Train For This.
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I Have No Idea How
To Train For This.


[ SC ] I noticed from your pictures you look relatively lean. Can you outline what a typical day looks like in terms of your diet? Do you find that these eating contests make it harder to stay lean, or do you work them into your diet so they enhance your fitness/bodybuilding goals?

    [ PC ] My diet is relatively clean for the most part. I will focus on a protein/ fat diet for the most part and hit about 4000 calories a day on average spread over 6-7 meals.

    The day will start with about 12 egg whites, 2 whole and some oats. Then other meals will be simple like chicken and sweet potatoes or tuna and avocado. Nothing fancy.

    What's great about these contests is eating that amount of food so quick is the body can't digest it all. I can't explain the science behind it, but most of the food goes through me undigested... the toilet bowl is an interesting sight sometimes.

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[ SC ] What types of workouts are you typically doing?

    [ PC ] High Volume, Split Body Workouts and fairly heavy (6-10 reps) about 4-5 times a week. I'll throw in some cardio after a workout... the time on cardio will depend on what I'm training that day.


[ SC ] What kind of comments do you get with others regarding your accomplishments with competitive eating?

    [ PC ] Mostly: "How the h#ll do you do that?!", "How are you not dead/sick?!".

How Does He Do That?
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How Does He Do That?

    The male crowd usually praises me... while the females usually get grossed out... hah!

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[ SC ] Do you feel younger people have a greater advantage with competitive eating than older individuals? And, does overall body size usually influence eating capacity?

    [ PC ] Yes and no. The competitive eating world has people of all shapes and sizes, from skinny to obese. Technique will play a part regardless of your size.

    When we are young... we are more "open" to trying new thing - some try new sports, some try (insert perverted comment?)... others try competitive eating.

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[ SC ] What's the one food that you don't think you could eat in limited quantities? (due to taste, texture, or for other reasons).

    [ PC ] I hate mayonnaise... also I think I would have trouble eating something like monkey brains...but then again you don't really taste anything eating so fast!


[ SC ] What goes through your mind while you're doing these eating contests? How do you manage to keep the food down?

    [ PC ] Mentally and physically you need to keep pushing yourself. Never allow yourself to get full... if the stomach is hurting you have to keep on going. If you are choking... well then... you had better have a game plan!

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You'd Better Have A Game Plan.

    I rarely get sick after these contests, I mean if I do feel sick then obviously I'll vomit, but it's pretty easy to keep down the food... especially with a beer in your hand.


[ SC ] If you could offer those who are looking to get involved with competitive eating advice, what would it be?

    [ PC ] Don't do it... you'll get really fat! I'm kidding. If you are a big eater then there are many ways to get involved and seeing if you really would be able to succeed in the competitive eating world.

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    For one, go to a local restaurant with a food challenge. See what the record time is and then try and beat it... www.competitiveeaters.com has a ton of food challenges if you are stuck on ideas.


Conclusion

So, as you can see, you could be the next competitive champion eater! There are many training programs out there that coordinate planned overeating periods ('refeeds' or 'carb-ups') as a part of their overall scheme to accomplish the goals at hand, so by working your diet in this manner, it is very possible to eat extreme amounts of food occasionally and actually have it create a positive influence on your overall bodybuilding or fitness progress.

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