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Here’s What Sumo Wrestlers Eat And How They Work Out To Stay In ‘Shape’

If you’ve ever looked at the man mountains of professional sumo wrestling and thought, “I’d like to do that.” Well, now you can. Actually, you can only learn to be as big as a sumo wrestler from these tips, but not how to fight like one. Check it out and see if you have what it takes.

You Start Sumo At The Age Of 15

USA Sumo

Sumo wrestlers are apprenticed into the sport when they are around the age of 15. You’ll be surprised to learn that many of them are quite skinny when they begin.

Sumos Live In The Dojo

CNN

A sumo is in training 24 hours a day throughout his professional life. He lives in the dojo (master’s quarters) and attends sumo school there too.

You Get Up Early To Start The Day

WSJ

If you think because they’re fat, they’re lazy, think again. The average sumo is out of bed at 5 a.m. in order to start practicing immediately!

The Daily Routine Is Hardcore

Tengrinews

Training typically kicks off at 5.30 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m. Then they get a two-hour rest followed by hard physical chores and then another 3 and a half hour training session. They are allowed free time after that but must be asleep by 10.30 p.m.

Eating Like A Sumo Is A Serious Business For Some

Gaijin Pot

Sumo wrestlers need to be big, but just how big is up to them to a large extent. The largest sumos scarf down up to 10,000 calories a day, the lightest only 4,000. That’s twice as much as an ordinary man even at the lightest end of the range.

Hydration Is A Critical Component

Japan Times

If you want to sumo then you’re going to sweat during training. Some guys will shed over 10lbs in fluids during a session! Green tea and water are consumed to put it all back.

Nobody Skimps On The Rice

Japan Times

Spend any time in East Asia and you will learn everyone eats rice at every meal. Sumos eat a lot more rice than most people and they too eat it at every meal.

Then Throw On Some Noodles

Bloody Elbow

You’ll also find sumo wrestlers eat a lot of udon noodles. These are generally considered quite healthy compared to other noodle varieties, but probably not in the quantities eaten in the dojo.

Chanko-Nabe Is The Big Secret

AHS

Every sumo eats bowl after bowl of Chanko-Nabe at lunchtime. It’s a meat and vegetable soup which is high in calories and allows the sumo to consume a lot more calories than normal men do.

Fights Are All About The Chicken

CNN

Before a sumo wrestler enters competition, he will spend the whole day munching only on chicken stew. This is because legend has it chickens win fights on two feet and so will sumo wrestlers.

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