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“A lot of people think I’m just a meathead”: Avengers: Endgame Star Hates Doing 500 lbs Bench Press to Maintain His Bodybuilder Physique

"A lot of people think I’m just a meathead": Avengers: Endgame Star Hates Doing 500 lbs Bench Press to Maintain His Bodybuilder Physique

Dave Bautista has captured audiences’ attention worldwide as Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy and 2 of the Avengers movies with his impressive physique and acting prowess. However, Bautista has had to deal with misunderstandings about his training and the difficulties he faces in maintaining his bodybuilder physique despite his brawn and action-packed roles.

Hollywood’s Impact Dave Bautista’s Training

Dave Bautista.
Dave Bautista.

Dave Bautista‘s approach to training has undergone a remarkable transformation since he moved to Hollywood from the wrestling world, where image played a vital role in his rise to fame. In contrast to his boxing days, Bautista is no longer obsessed with bulking up at the gym but rather with improving every aspect of his health and well-being.

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In an interview with Men’s Health, the Avengers: Endgame star debunked the myth that he works out to develop a bodybuilder’s physique. A common misconception is that he spends all his time in the gym.

“I think a lot of people think I’m just a meathead and that I live my life lifting weights. And I actually don’t. I do live my life training, but I think people think that I train because I want to look like a bodybuilder or a big musclehead. And it’s not at all the case.”

Dave Bautista
Dave Bautista

The actor said he finds weightlifting boring and prefers exciting cardio activities like boxing and cycling. Working with a trainer gives him a welcome dose of novelty and new challenges, allowing him to avoid routine and stay motivated.

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The Hollywood celebrity regularly works 10-hour days with no breaks for meals. Bautista must take a meal break every four hours to get enough. This stipulation in the contract will ensure he has plenty to eat and drink throughout the day to give his all on set.

Dave Bautista Has A Different Mindset Now

Avengers star Dave Bautista
Avengers: Endgame star Dave Bautista

Given his history in WWE, it may come as a surprise that Bautista does not always do his own stunts. Now that he’s established himself in Hollywood, the actor knows it’s crucial to put safety first and trust experts’ knowledge.

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It has been difficult to find a stunt double who is physically similar to Bautista and has the required athleticism and experience. Bautista, however, has found the perfect match in his stunt double and has been working with him ever since. In an interview with Nicki’s Random Musings, the Avengers: Infinity War actor explained why he had his stunt double perform certain moves.

“Sometimes I don’t want to do my own stunts. There was a part where they set the character on fire. And I was like stuntman, please. I don’t want to be set on fire. You know, I did my 10 years in WWE. I’ve proved that I’m tough enough. I don’t have anything to prove.”

This astute stance exemplifies Bautista’s recognition that his time spent in professional wrestling has already proven his resiliency and toughness. He protects himself and his health by leaving risky stunts in the hands of trained professionals.

Source: Men’s Health

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Written by Mabel Andrady

Mabel, aka MJ, is a FandomWire Sr. Writer, pop-culture fanatic, and an MA in Health Demography holder. When she's not indulging in her guilty pleasure of penning everything Hollywood, Marvel & DC, she writes academic essays on COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS. With 2500+ articles published online, she brings a unique twist to entertainment writing. A jack-of-all-trades, MJ enjoys movies, writes/acts in plays, writes music, and dreams of being a successful actress. She offers a fresh perspective, making her writing a must-read for those seeking knowledge and entertainment.