How Dave Bautista Went From A Big Brick Shithouse To Lean As Fuck
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Dave Bautista is perhaps best known for his work in WWE, having captured the world championship six times, winning the Royal Rumble match twice, and being part of the faction Evolution under the name Batista.
Away from wrestling, he's competed in one professional MMA fight, and also become one of Vince McMahon's products to crack the film world. There are a number of titles he's appeared in, but most famously he played Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy, and Mr Hinx in the James Bond film Spectre.
In the ring and on screen he's known for his huge frame, and is literally built like a brick shithouse. But when he tried his hand at MMA, he shed a lot of weight.
It's a true testament to how much of a machine he is that he lost around 30 pounds for his mixed martial arts debut but still looked like he could break your jaw with one of his abs.
Credit: Dave Bautista
"I think the biggest transition, for me, was to go from being so muscle bound to being more agile because throughout most of my wrestling career I was about 280 to 290lbs," he told Bar Crawl TV. "I just couldn't do it cardio wise and wasn't agile enough to fight, so I kept dropping weight and I did it throughout the years with help through my diet to help me get more acclimated."
Typically, 'The Animal's' diet consists of high protein and low fat foods, with not too much care about carbohydrates or calories given his strict workout regime. According to Born to Workout, foods like egg whites, oatmeal, fish, baked potato, grilled chicken, brown rice, pork, tuna, salad, peas, green beans and cottage cheese all appear in his diet, along with many supplements, which are susceptible to change given certain roles.
"When I was with WWE I was doing a lot more weight training," he told Men's Health. "It was a different look because I had a different character. For film roles, and life in general, I've switched to a more cardio-based workout routine.
"With Spectre, I worked with a great boxing trainer named Paul Rees. I did a lot of boxing."
When it comes to hitting the gym, the 48-year-old takes alternating rest days. Born To Workout says he doesn't overdo his weight lifting by gunning for heavier dumbbells, but instead keeps it intense with a high number of repetitions.
Despite his MMA career being short-lived, having only had one fight which he won by way of TKO, he still cuts the leaner figure that he achieved while training for the fight.