During his career, six-time world champion wrestler Dave Batista exercised and ate for strength and efficiency. Batista, also known as The Animal, made a reputation as a bodybuilder before joining World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE. Batista achieved and maintained his 6’6”, 290-lb. physique with a muscle-stimulating workout strategy involving hypertrophy.
As a body builder, Batista's workout aimed only at achieving hypertrophy, an excessive increase in muscle size. Upon joining the WWE, Batista's workout focused on developing his athleticism, making him leaner. Success in the wrestling ring demands stamina and quick movement, not just weightlifting strength. Wrestling itself provided Batista with tremendous training and he used caution to avoid overtraining. To avoid injury, he mitigated some lifting routines and exercises.
Batista divided his workout into three days that included two to four sets of 10 to 15 repetitions per exercise. Workout of this category helped Batista to increase significant muscle mass in both size and definition. On day one, Batista focused on his calves ands and thighs, on day two, back, shoulder and trapezoids and, on day three, chest and arms. As an example of Batista’s workout regimen, here was his plan for day one: three to four sets of standing calf raises, two to three sets of seated calf raises, three to four sets of seated leg curls, two to three sets of lying leg curls, two to three sets of standing leg curls, three to four sets of leg extensions, two to three sets of hack squats and two to three sets of leg presses. All sets are repeated 10 to 15 times.
Batista’s cardio routine received less focus. The main reason behind this is the plentiful exercise he would get during the wrestling matches. The physical movement and all the running around the ring was enough to substitute the cardio. However, if he needed to burn extra calories, The Animal occasionally included a 20-minute workout on an elliptical machine in his regular training sessions. He normally tacked such workouts onto the end of weightlifting sessions.
Batista spent a lot of time traveling, which challenged his ability to maintain a rigid diet menu. In general, Batista’s diet menu included high-protein and low-fat dishes. Because of the intensity of his workouts, Batista did not particularly concern himself with calorie and carbohydrate intake. Batista preferred natural carbohydrates such as potatoes and tried to avoid bread or pasta. However, before making a public appearance in the ring or a photo shoot he would load up on some extra carbohydrates to inflate his muscles.