How To Train For a Food Challenge or Eating Contest | Randy Santel

  • Publicado el 25 may 2016
    Many people have been asking and wondering about how I personally train and prepare for my upcoming food challenges and eating contests. We were finally able to put together a video that answers that question comprehensively and covers all of the main details and events that you need to know about if you want to safely and effectively Win Before You Begin your next food challenge or eating contest. After watching this video and checking out some of the detailed articles on, you will know what you must do in order to improve your stomach capacity, and how to adjust and adapt the methods to fit your own personal preferences and physical capabilities. If you have any further questions, feel free so post them below in the comments and I will try to answer them at some point in the near future during my trip.
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    ** Randy Santel is a professional eater who specializes in winning and promoting restaurant food challenges all around the world. Randy began his eating career right after winning a national body transformation contest in 2010 sponsored by Men's Health Magazine and the global hit TV series Spartacus. He is the owner and operator of the website while also focusing highly on nutrition and fitness so that he can stay lean and in top physical shape while doing all the challenges that he does. Randy has the most restaurant eating challenge wins in the world out of all competitive eaters both past and present. He is also the number 1 source for tips and advice if you are looking to TRAIN, STRATEGIZE, and DOMINATE all types of food challenges. Please never forget to WIN BEFORE YOU BEGIN!!
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Comentarios • 575

  • Randy Santel
    Randy Santel  Hace 2 años +152

    Hey everyone thanks for watching!! Earlier this year Mitch and I decided to put together this video while he was in town, showing everyone how to train and prepare for their upcoming food challenges and eating contests!! Lol my favorite part is where I say I will finish the water in about 30 seconds, but then it took me like 5 long minutes!! I hope everyone finds the information helpful. All other questions are more than likely answered in one or more articles I've written for Some of the articles are linked in the description. Thanks everyone for watching and supporting our channel!! I will hopefully have a video up in a few days about my 2016 European Tour which officially started today. We landed in Glasgow early this morning and I'm already 1-0 ;)

    • Craig Laycox
      Craig Laycox Hace 3 meses

      Di Be roids..really clown?

    • Di Be
      Di Be Hace 8 meses

      Randy Santel stop using roids

    • J D Brown
      J D Brown Hace 10 meses

      I went from 225 to 315.

    • Brandon
      Brandon Hace un año

      Randy Santel pussy king

    • Darien Naidoo
      Darien Naidoo Hace un año

      Randy Santel please come to South Africa, Johannesburg

  • Ryzen
    Ryzen Hace 9 días

    *poor college kids going to all you can eat buffets want to know your location*

  • Paddy Mcdoogle
    Paddy Mcdoogle Hace 14 días

    You can tell this guy doesn't like vegetables.

  • Josh Pals
    Josh Pals Hace 15 días

    Bro you didn't even eat it that fast...

  • life is good ya
    life is good ya Hace 15 días

    bro im a fan i want you to check out the belly of the beast burger at truffels

  • Fitness with Dman
    Fitness with Dman Hace 17 días

    Is there times when you have trouble going to the bathroom will you gotta take a laxative

  • dab star
    dab star Hace 20 días +1

    You are soo calm

  • Krystle Cappetta
    Krystle Cappetta Hace 23 días

    Holy crap that straw is huge lol

  • Crurned Travels and Other Stories

    How much money in food was consumed? I hope the cash prices of the food challenges cover at least the training material costs.

  • Tell it Like it is
    Tell it Like it is Hace 28 días

    Why when I watch this guys videos do I get the feeling it’s filmed in the 90’s

  • Jay Garcia
    Jay Garcia Hace 29 días +3

    🎶Everywhere I look and everywhere I go I see Matt stonie comments written down below 👇🏼

  • billy wright
    billy wright Hace un mes

    Great Video...
    Any different advice for a straight liquid challenge? I’d like to be able to drink 2 gallons of Tea to secure the win.

    EDIT MODE Hace un mes

    i heard salad really stretches out your stomach

  • Cheruiyot Langat
    Cheruiyot Langat Hace un mes +1


    • Randy Santel
      Randy Santel  Hace un mes +4

      I'm a man with a lot of thoughts :) Thanks for watching!

  • ojideagu
    ojideagu Hace un mes +1

    Competitive eating is pretty much the dumbest thing you can do to damage your body after steroids, alcohol and smoking. You can do permanent damage to your internal organs and stomach function, not to mention the huge intake of calories, salts, fats and sugars.

    • ojideagu
      ojideagu Hace un mes

      +Randy Santel I saw a Doctors video on it that's why. I don't think many competitive realise the risks. I would at least get regular medical checks.

    • Randy Santel
      Randy Santel  Hace un mes

      ojideagu very smart man and great points lol you sound like a fun person to have a beer with. Thanks for watching!!

  • D Cheema
    D Cheema Hace un mes +1

    lol complains about sugar in the vegetables and watermelons, has two massive Pepsi bottles in the background. Totally, legit.

    • D Cheema
      D Cheema Hace un mes

      +Randy Santel Oh man I love your videos, started from Furious Pete to Matt Stonie (he does some witchcraft), to Adam to you. Love this stuff find it very impressive, you're the cleanest eater I have ever seen.

    • Randy Santel
      Randy Santel  Hace un mes +2

      D Cheema both diet sodas owned by my mother and father who own the basement this was filmed in. Thanks for watching!!

  • Jraybay
    Jraybay Hace un mes

    Awesome video Randy. I had been wondering what it takes to prepare for the challenges too : D

  • Mike Trupke
    Mike Trupke Hace un mes +1

    SO...Should I go too crazy with it or not?

  • Bala Pillai
    Bala Pillai Hace un mes

    Big fan of the channel 😁... n lov it wen u say atlas 💪.....
    Seeing u work so hard really has made me respect u even more tan before...
    Lov ur wrk n lov u loads too ATLAS 😊

  • Teresa mendoza
    Teresa mendoza Hace un mes

    What your eating for training is how I normally eat

  • Tiffanie Hawkins
    Tiffanie Hawkins Hace 2 meses

    You made me eat Brussels sprouts with glaze sauce now I'm full plus a cup of water I can feel the pounds falling off.

  • Miguel San
    Miguel San Hace 2 meses

    Looks painful 🤮

  • MrRussian2023
    MrRussian2023 Hace 2 meses

    Stop killing yourself dude

    JOHN LADSON Hace 2 meses

    You use laxiteves bro 😔

  • oocarter22 Carter
    oocarter22 Carter Hace 2 meses +1

    I honestly don't know how i came across your videos.. But i really fuck with you much respect

    • Randy Santel
      Randy Santel  Hace 2 meses

      I'm glad you found my channel!! Happy to hear that you're enjoying the videos and I look forward to hearing what you think!!

  • angie jolie
    angie jolie Hace 2 meses

    You are what you eat .... It shows

  • Shawntae Stepter
    Shawntae Stepter Hace 2 meses

    Food porn

  • Sean Norman
    Sean Norman Hace 2 meses

    I don't get it at can you eat so much and abuse your body so you can be in a ESclips? me low calorie or high calorie foods is very much unhealthy if you eat too much of it.....
    I just do not get the meaning of food challenge....WHY??

    • Sean Norman
      Sean Norman Hace 2 meses

      +Rachel Tremblay not understand your comment....I do not read codes....

    • Rachel Tremblay
      Rachel Tremblay Hace 2 meses

      Sean Norman paying for uni

  • Jill Valentine
    Jill Valentine Hace 2 meses

    Cuz veg and eggs are just bland, obvi... I swear you will eat those words! Keep up the awesome work. So much fun to watch. I put on ten pounds just watching!

  • Luke Ryan
    Luke Ryan Hace 2 meses

    2019now...don't gain any fat Randy.

  • James Howlett
    James Howlett Hace 2 meses

    Why you using gloves tho

  • Ramiro Sosa Garrido
    Ramiro Sosa Garrido Hace 2 meses

    Bro, right now you look like a whale (on your latest videos). If i were you, i'd start doing cardio and lifting heavy tho, cause the last shirt lift when you stood up, it showed a MASSIVE gut.

  • Fischbb
    Fischbb Hace 3 meses

    Go to so annyoing fatty ass

  • HomeValue Glass
    HomeValue Glass Hace 3 meses

    Wow, you're going to drop 5 lbs of deer pellets in the morning. But thanks for the tips. My brother is forcing me to do this 2-man pizza eating challange in a week. Was wondering what kind of food for the maxout meal. Started out so far by chugging a half gallon of water twice today. Seeing what else the pros do. My bro did the challenge last year and ate his half but his friend couldn't complete it so he's taking his twin brother this time. Should be fun.

  • Dianiris Delgado
    Dianiris Delgado Hace 3 meses

    Your a beast💪🏼 do you make a good income from these food challenges or is it more for fun/sport?

  • Emily BH
    Emily BH Hace 3 meses

    For healthful eating and proper food combining you should be eating the food that will digest the fastest first. That would be the liquid, then the water melon then the cooked vegetables and last, the eggs.. This is because you don't want to have a slow digesting food still breaking down when a different faster digesting food is introduced. Herbert Shelton is the most well known author/expert on food combining. I would think during "training" I would at least not do improper food combining and make the eating any more difficult than it needs to be.
    Regarding the liquids, how about instead if drinking so much getting your liquid from the food and practice or train eating stirctly RAW fruit and RAW vegetables? They are the optimal foods for humans anyway. They also are loaded with fiber and you won't need a "colon cleanse" if all you are eating is raw fruit.
    If you felt discomfort after making that video it is because you ate watermelon which is the fastest digesting after eating the much slower to digest cooked foods. I bet if you reversed it and ate the watermelon first, you would have been fine and fit borh the fruit and the cooked veggies in because you ate them in the right order.

  • TheVillageFarmer
    TheVillageFarmer Hace 3 meses +1

    2 years later and I'm still taking notes from this.
    Thanks for all your work, Randy - you've done so much for the competitive eating community for plebs like me to get a good, safe start to a niche activity. An absolute top lad!

    • Randy Santel
      Randy Santel  Hace 3 meses +2

      You are welcome!! I wish you all the best!!

  • kiki kiki
    kiki kiki Hace 3 meses

    this video was awesome, i was surprised to see how you prepare for a challlenge, love it

  • Smoky Donuts
    Smoky Donuts Hace 3 meses

    Randy: you are AWESOME!!!

  • Andreas Christianto
    Andreas Christianto Hace 3 meses

    i never know that eating also need an exercise of eating.. i thought eating is just eating

  • Dontay Cox
    Dontay Cox Hace 3 meses

    The title should be how to train your body to die😁

  • Peter Peters
    Peter Peters Hace 3 meses

    I thought eating a "stanken-pussy' was all you had to do cause if you can eat that, fuck you can eat anything!

  • Jolene Levesque
    Jolene Levesque Hace 3 meses

    Why do you only have like 2 upper cabinets lol no hate though ☺

  • Scottius Maximus
    Scottius Maximus Hace 3 meses

    Love watching your videos. I could never do that, though. Just not for me! It's not just about showing up and eating a bunch of food. It's about training your body to consume massive volumes of food in short times. Like anything, to be really good, you have to work at it.

  • Craig Laycox
    Craig Laycox Hace 3 meses

    680 k subs watching a guy eat a lot kind of fast.Talk about a novel concept...

  • truth Will set you free

    Unhealthy frozen veggies. Also ditch the soda. Nothing but poison.

  • Hunter Planty
    Hunter Planty Hace 4 meses

    Yesh... Definitely helps if your 285 pounds. Do you have any tips for just purely gaining weight?

  • anthony de la cruz
    anthony de la cruz Hace 4 meses

    All this time i was being a fat ass for no reason, when i could have gone pro. All those years wasted.

  • TickleChits
    TickleChits Hace 4 meses

    I’m going through really bad alcohol withdrawal and my appetite just came back. I ate a large size stouffers Mac and cheese then went beast mode. 5 sausage McMuffins (no egg) 5 hash browns and 3 side salads.

  • Luke Sumerix
    Luke Sumerix Hace 4 meses

    I've noticed that most eaters tend to hit a wall at about 20 minutes. I've also noticed that most eaters eat proteins first before carbs. I'm guessing this is because carbs turn into sugar faster than protein which makes you feel full faster.

  • Johannes Wiesinger
    Johannes Wiesinger Hace 4 meses +5

    Want to see u in 15-20 years.....

    • Randy Santel
      Randy Santel  Hace 4 meses +5

      I'll be working as a dietitian so can't wait!! Thanks for watching!

  • LibertyIsDead
    LibertyIsDead Hace 4 meses

    I guess all the dislikes are people who didn’t like hearing that vomiting wasn’t a good idea and they shouldn’t do it.

    RASH DEMAGWAN Hace 5 meses

    He ate with his cap facing front.

  • Joshua Bland
    Joshua Bland Hace 5 meses

    What do you listen too when you compete

  • Sawyer Montoya
    Sawyer Montoya Hace 5 meses +1

    Randy’s filming videos in his parent’s basement

  • DrPeri
    DrPeri Hace 5 meses +1

    Only in westernized countries. Psychotic competitions and extreme childhood obesity. Thanks, bud. Life will be shorter but “full”

    • Frank thespacecowboy
      Frank thespacecowboy Hace 3 meses +2

      Stop hating, the guy is pressing the limits of the human species. 30miles on the bike and benching 315lbs. Your patients and colleagues must love your passive aggressive attitude Lol

  • Rachel Hacker
    Rachel Hacker Hace 5 meses +1

    I'm 14 and going to be in a steak eating competition. last year I downed a 36 oz. steak with ease so I feel like I could win some type of prize, plus steak is my favorite food :-), any advice?

  • اكرم الربيعي

    I have been looking for you on you tube , cause I forgot your name , now iam happy I found you , do you have place on Facebook

  • Tony Saucedo
    Tony Saucedo Hace 6 meses

    Good training video. Gracias.

    • Randy Santel
      Randy Santel  Hace 5 meses

      Hey thanks for watching I appreciate it!!

  • Adr Sngp
    Adr Sngp Hace 6 meses

    Came for food challenge instructions and stayed for the music.

  • phil robb
    phil robb Hace 6 meses

    Startin out ! Thanx 4 the advice !

  • J. Mario
    J. Mario Hace 6 meses

    I wasn't aware eating large amounts of food was an accomplishment. I was under the impression that there were starving Americans out there with no food to eat. My bad I must be mistaken. This is a huge slap in the face to them. Try making a difference in the world instead of this gluttony. Very sad. In the end we must repent.

  • J. Mario
    J. Mario Hace 6 meses

    Ok listen. Look at the pull up picture on the thumbnail. Look closely at Randy' s face. That about sums it up. Duhr!

  • J. Mario
    J. Mario Hace 6 meses

    Fuck yeah Randy Santel! You go girl!!!

  • How to win. Facts.
    How to win. Facts. Hace 6 meses

    your best off not toying with a natural body state.

  • Salty Boi
    Salty Boi Hace 6 meses +1

    Can you do a new video about the week before a food challenge? I’ve read the article, but I’d love to see a video.

  • Channel Rudy
    Channel Rudy Hace 6 meses

    10 lbs in 30 min. You are my Hero

  • Barbara Lariviere
    Barbara Lariviere Hace 6 meses

    Randy, you're eating my favorite fruit, love you

  • Steven Hornostaj
    Steven Hornostaj Hace 6 meses

    Love me some Atlas flex. Shout out from Toronto, Canada! Love the video Randy:-) :-) :-) :-)

  • Sistik123
    Sistik123 Hace 7 meses +1

    Love your shirt man, thats' a hell of a good reason to lift lol!

  • Angel of War I am
    Angel of War I am Hace 7 meses

    great video!
    do a training video on marriage 101 & how to avoid divorce!

  • riner9
    riner9 Hace 7 meses

    randy you're my boy

  • Charles Haitana
    Charles Haitana Hace 7 meses

    Must take a big shit lol

  • Broeckhoest
    Broeckhoest Hace 7 meses

    interesting... but why would anyone want to train for a food challenge?

    • Russ Wilkie
      Russ Wilkie Hace 5 meses

      Lots of reasons. Some like to do it for fun, some like eating a lot and like the idea of a challenge, some do it for money

    ERIC LOU Hace 8 meses

    Randy,do you shit all that food out or do you throw it all up???

  • Richard Bishop
    Richard Bishop Hace 8 meses +2

    Music is very annoying.

  • John
    John Hace 8 meses +1

    God damn never knew there was so much pre-work for food eating contest. Least not in the 24 hours prior!

  • Jugo Betrugo
    Jugo Betrugo Hace 8 meses +6

    HOLY fudge, randy gained some serious weight over the last 2 years, I was watching his latest vids and now im here and im shocked xD

    • Dontay Cox
      Dontay Cox Hace 3 meses +1

      How are you shocked he eats heavy food did you for the more you eat the bigger you get

    • Craig Laycox
      Craig Laycox Hace 3 meses +1

      Jugo Betrugo 12000 cal a day for months on end...about as shocking as sand having a grainy texture.

    • Big Dreams Now
      Big Dreams Now Hace 4 meses

      he sure did, maybe 150 lbs.

  • Jesse Fritz
    Jesse Fritz Hace 8 meses

    Do I see a 2 liter of diet Pepsi in there.... lol oh the irony..

  • jd brunette
    jd brunette Hace 8 meses

    you must flush the toilet 4 to 6 times when you take the turds to the pool. Your turds probably look like a moose's.

  • Di Be
    Di Be Hace 8 meses +1

    U look like a woman beater bro. It must be the roids they are getting 2 u

  • simon barter
    simon barter Hace 8 meses

    notice bong in background,"Rock the Pot"

  • Frank Emerson
    Frank Emerson Hace 8 meses

    You’re always “very very excited” 😂

  • Player 1
    Player 1 Hace 9 meses +3

    Do we need bigger toliets?

    ARMY LYFE Hace 9 meses

    This vid RANDY feels like a presentation for your college course! Great Vid.

  • T8NGU
    T8NGU Hace 9 meses

    He said like Tetris. What a god.

  • Mission J
    Mission J Hace 9 meses

    Just a bunch a vegetables, yeah

  • Robert Patterson
    Robert Patterson Hace 10 meses

    Franks red hot sauce 👍. I put that shit on everything.😜

  • brandon freeman
    brandon freeman Hace 10 meses

    I thought he was going to do the hat ritual before the max out meal.

  • Kieron Glasscoe
    Kieron Glasscoe Hace 10 meses

    Bet this guy shits like fekk unreal how he puts it away

  • Genesis Exodus
    Genesis Exodus Hace 10 meses

    He's pretty cool but man he acts like such a tool lmao

  • Stubby1085
    Stubby1085 Hace 11 meses +1

    The battle is knowing your opponent. - Confucius. Maybe you should mention that you’re enormous. Of course that doesn’t stop Stonie or Chestnut from killing you. I don’t even know anymore.

  • Eo Marcos
    Eo Marcos Hace 11 meses +1

    an eating contest is really just the beginning of a shitting contest.

  • richard stevens
    richard stevens Hace 11 meses +1

    Its about time all those self proclaimed food eaters stop drinking water with their food, when water is mixed in with the food it turns it to mush not food and is way easyier to swollow its not a food eating contest is a baby food mush eating food contest its about time this mix food and drink together and call it eating stopped i want to see proper food being eating that will seperate the men from the boys mixing food and water i see it as cheating so how sbout you start some food eating challanges without so much water or no water now that would be a challenge

  • ss4vegeta1
    ss4vegeta1 Hace 11 meses

    What type of Gym gloves are those?

  • Kuga 21 GT
    Kuga 21 GT Hace 11 meses

    Thanks Randy!

  • Michael
    Michael Hace un año

    Bro you must try some feta cheese with that watermelon, just trust me

  • Lewis Schatzdorfer
    Lewis Schatzdorfer Hace un año

    Randy - I am a 60 year old guy and have to watch my health very carefully; but have been wondering how they train for a food challenge. I will never ever do one, but like to see the videos on youtube. Thank you for making this vid I found it very informative.

  • Bunthan Sephieroth Kong

    Thanks randy for this your the conqueror of food challenges I think your testing all restaurants to have food 🥘 challenges on there menu for say how long should you eat like that for a food challenge

  • Danny Yoder
    Danny Yoder Hace un año

    Well, I grew up with someone who would have beat you as a kid. No insult intended, Randy, but Gary was eating 7 sandwiches, 10 Whoppers and eating french fries until you got tired of watching. And that as a teenager. No he was not obese,he could stand flat footed do a backward flip land on his feet and he could walk on his hands as long as he wished to.