So I totally had to do some homework on this kid, the pictures mostly looked photoshopped and hardly believable. To my surprise, this kid really does exist and he looks nothing close to what he use to. Richard Sandrak (born 15 April 1992)in a small village in Ukraine, to Pavel Sandrak, a martial arts world champion, and his mother, Lena Sandrak, an aerobics competitor. In 1994, Sandrak, aged 2, moved with his family to Pennsylvania, where his parents believed he would have a better life. Sandrak began his training soon after they arrived in the States, when Sandrak was still an infant. Sandrak is also known as Little Hercules, American bodybuilder, martial artist and actor. Known especially for his muscular physique at an extremely young age and for his appearance in the documentary The World’s Strongest Boy.
Such a shame he let himself go after all these years.
Richard Sandrak was a different kind of child star. He began bodybuilding and weight training at an extremely young age. Thanks to his intense training sessions and a strict diet, he had an incredible physique very early on in his life.
After pictures of the impressive muscles on his little body started gaining popularity, people got really interested in how he could achieve such a physical feat. He insisted that he loved training and never did anything he didn’t want to do.
Heath Runs In The Family
Richard is the son of martial arts champion Pavel Sandrak and an aerobics instructor Lena Sandrak. His father took charge of his training, often using additional reps as a form of punishment for his child.
Richard was born in the Ukraine but his family moved to Pennsylvania when he was young in the hopes of providing Richard with more opportunities. He was kept on a strict diet and not allowed to eat a lot of the junk food and sweets most kids his age could enjoy.
Young And Famous
Richard’s family hired a trainer named Frank Giardina to help with publicity for their son. Giardina owned one of the gyms that Richard and his father worked out at.
Eventually, Giardina quit as Richard’s trainer after disagreements with Richard’s father about his parenting. His father apparently threatened to kill Giardina. If that wasn’t enough, Richard’s father was arrested and jailed when Richard was only 11-years-old for domestic assault. After the attack on his mother, Richard stopped training and cut all ties with his father.
Different Kind Of Shape
Richard, now 24, lives in Los Angeles, California. To stay in shape, he runs stairs and skateboards. Long gone are the days of intense, all-day gym sessions and weightlifting.