Quiet mystifying to believe but this one is seriously true. There was once an 8 year old boy who was considered “the strongest boy in the world”. A bodybuilder at a very young age, this boy was named “Little Hercules”.
He was Richard Sandrak, born in a small village in Ukraine but his family later moved to Pennsylvania. At the early age of 2, his father, Pavel Sandrak (martial arts world champion) introduced him to several stretches and lightweight trainings.
Richard soon became the major attraction in many bodybuilding events and the frontliner of every magazines and televisions, making him an instant celebrity figure at the age of 11.
But that was 14 years ago, and the world class name “Little Hercules” has faded in time. He had somehow lived a more normal life now. In the 2015 interview conducted by Inside Edition, Richard said he don’t do liftings anymore. Instead, he worked as a stuntman at the Universal Studios Hollywood Waterworld show. He also stated that he does some cardio exercises by doing chin-ups, stair climbing and riding on his skateboard.
Richard’s younger days was not quite normal as it has supposed to be. His dad, Pavel was very much on guard on his fitness regime and was even accused of pushing him (Richard) too hard at a very young age. He recalls while he is only allowed to eat lettuce, his father ate a pizza right in front of him. But Richard stresses out that he was never forced to train or do anything against his will.
Richard’s dad was later accused of domestic abuse against his wife and was sent into prison. He was 11 years old then, and decided completely cut all attachments that he had with his dad and finally, stopped bodybuilding.
“I’m very proud of my past. It’s not something I don’t want people to know, it’s just that I’m not going to be stuck living in it,” he further explained.