Dave Bautista Explains How “Bodybuilding Saved His Life” In Discussion With Dan Solomon

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Dave Bautista overcame obstacles at a young age when he found the gym.

Dave Bautista is known for finding success in many avenues using his incredible athleticism and physique. While bodybuilding was not one of these ventures, Bautista recently revealed that this might have been a life-saving activity for him at a young age.

Bautista joined Olympia President Dan Solomon for a conversation and discussed his childhood and upbringing. There were many obstacles Bautista faced but he found the gym and this was an escape. At an early age, Bautista began training with the goal of becoming a bodybuilder in mind.

“I DON’T TAKE THIS LIGHTLY WHEN I SAY THIS BUT BODYBUILDING SAVED MY LIFE. I WAS A REALLY F***ED UP KID. I WAS IN A LOT OF TROUBLE, GETTING IN THE WORST KIND OF TROUBLE AND HANGING OUT WITH THE WORST KINDS OF PEOPLE. I JUST DIDN’T HAVE ANYWHERE TO FOCUS AND CHANNEL ALL MY ANGER AND AGGRESSION. AND WHEN I FOUND A GYM, IT JUST BECAME THERAPEUTIC FOR ME.”

Dave Bautista admits what many others also believe. The gym is for fitness and to better one’s self, both physically and mentally. It can be used as an escape when things get hectic.

For Bautista, this started at a young age. He eventually gave up on his goal of becoming a bodybuilder but remained in sports entertainment. He became extremely successful in the WWE during his time. In 2019, Bautista squared off with Triple H at WrestleMania 35 before calling it a career.

This is when Dave Bautista decided to focus on acting full time. He has been featured in many films, including Guardians of the Galaxy and Army of the Dead. 

“I DOVE INTO IT WHEN I WAS A JUNIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL. I LOVED WRESTLING, I REALLY LOVED TRAINING. SO I STARTED TRAINING FOR YEARS AND THEN WHEN I GOT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS BE A BODYBUILDER. FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS I JUST PAUSED THAT [BECAUSE] I DIDN’T HAVE WHAT IT TOOK TO BE A PROFESSIONAL BODYBUILDER.

I LOVED TRAINING SO MUCH THAT I TURNED IT INTO PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING. SO I WENT BACK TO MY ATHLETIC ROOTS AND WRESTLING ROOTS AND STARTED MY BODY FROM WHAT I HAD FROM BODYBUILDING AND MY ATHLETIC ABILITY FROM WRESTLING AND TURNED THAT INTO A CAREER. WHICH LED INTO FILM. THAT’S WHERE IT ALL STARTED FOR ME.”

Dave Bautista has put together an incredibly successful career for himself in many avenues. In this conversation, he believes that it happened because of his passion for fitness and overall desire to train in the gym.

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