“When I found a gym, it became therapeutic for me”


Dave Bautista realizes how health and fitness changed the course of his life. (Photo by Stefania D’Alessandro/Getty Images)

Dave Bautista says bodybuilding saved his life.

the guardians of the galaxy and Dunes The actor recently paid a visit to his new tattoo shop – the Tampa, Fla.-based DC Society – where he opened up about his journey from struggling teenager to Marvel superstar.

“Bodybuilding saved my life because I was such a crazy kid,” Bautista told Dan Solomon, president of bodybuilding society and competition Olympia, as he prepared for a new tattoo. “I had a lot of problems, got into the worst trouble and hung out with the worst kinds of people. I simply had nowhere to channel all my anger and aggression. And when I found a gym, it became therapeutic for me.

Bautista, who started wrestling as a junior in high school, explained that his love for the sport served as a stepping stone on his journey to recognizing weightlifting as his passion.

“I loved wrestling, I absolutely loved training,” he shared. “So I started training for years, and then when I got out of high school, all I wanted to do was become a bodybuilder. [But] For years and years and years I just took a break [because] I didn’t have what it took to be a professional bodybuilder. But I loved training so much that I turned it into professional wrestling.

He continued, “[I] started taking my body that I had from weight training and my athletic ability from wrestling, and turned it into a [wrestling] career, which led to the cinema,” he said. “That’s where it all started for me.”

Bautista worked with WWE for around 10 years before becoming Drax the Destroyer in 2014. Guardians of the Galaxy. However, Bautista, who has had recent roles in Dunes, Apples To see and army of the deadwill leave the role of Marvel in May 2023.

“I will be 54 when Guardians 3 fate,” he said on Ellen’s show in May last year on why he’s going to walk away from the alien persona. “The shirtless thing is getting harder and harder for me.”

But that doesn’t mean he’s finished his training. Rather, as he recently told Men’s Health, he continues to train hard, he still provides mental health benefits. “I think a lot of people think I’m just a big jerk and I live my life lifting weights. And I don’t. I live my life training, but I think people think I train because I want to look like a bodybuilder or a big muscle head. And that’s not the case at all,” he said. “The fact that I look the way I do is really just kind of a byproduct of that. I’m not consumed like, ‘Oh, I can bench, like, 500 pounds; I can lift 800 pounds. I’m not that guy at all. I’d rather watch someone else lift than do it myself. I prefer boxing or doing an interesting type of cardio like cycling. I prefer to work with a trainer and keep it fresh.

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