Joey Chestnut Sets Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Record

Joey Chestnut at 101st Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island
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To really own the nickname Jaws, you’d best be a Bond villain—or famed competitive eater Joey Chestnut.

Chestnut lived up to his reputation, gobbling 72 hot dogs at the 101st Nathan’s Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island on Tuesday July 4, USA Today reports.

The reigning champ swallowed his 10th victory in the 10-minute event, gutting his way past his previous record of 70. Bask in the glory of this overstuffed performance:

This year’s competitors didn’t even come close to his tally. The second place finisher, Carmen Cincotti, only devoured 62 dogs.

Feeling nauseated and feverish at the thought? Just imagine the meat sweats these athletes faced—and yes, competitive eaters are athletes.

The average competitive eater isn’t just a bottomless, gluttonous pit who horks down processed meat 24/7. Most competitive eaters have a fitness and diet plan to help support their eating endeavors pre- and post-competition—like donut-eating champion Yasir Salem, who runs a marathon every month.

And as you’d imagine, competitive eaters need to be able to push past pain and mental obstacles. Here are three tips for surviving the most grueling and utterly absurd workouts, since we don’t really suggest you try eating a beach concession stand’s entire stock in 10 minutes like Chestnut.