Richard Sandrak’s boyhood dream was something different from every child. When you were young, you can remember saying you wanted to be a pilot, nurse, entertainer, actor, or artist.
Richard Sandrak is a Ukrainian who took so much interest in bodybuilding and is popularly known as “The World’s Strongest Boy”, or “Little Hercules.”
He trained five times a week and 90 minutes per session, during his early teenage years. He made sure to follow a strict diet and had a personal trainer.
The little Hercules is 29 years today, and this is how he’s doing.
Richard Sandrak was born in Ukraine on April 15, 1992. His father Pavel, was a former world champion in martial arts while his mother Lena, was an aerobics competitor.
He was incorporated into physical fitness at a young age.
Richard started working out earlier than others as his father was a martial arts specialist. He was drilled on flexibility and strength from when he turned 2 years.
According to a 2007 piece by The Guardian, they harbored hopes of moving to California, aiming to get good publicity for their son as he slowly morphed into a young bodybuilder.
Pavel was criticized for his decision of turning his son into a young bodybuilder and his enormous muscle was too small for his age. Many believe that he took steroids to achieve his muscles.
In a 2009 BBC interview, Richard decided to set the records straight.
“I’ve never been forced to train or do anything against my will,” he said. “My parents used to train all the time, and I wanted to join in. It was mostly my choice. It’s just what I grew up doing. I was never forced. It was never an issue.”
According to The Guardian, he underwent “six or seven hour training regimes” consisting of press-ups. The young boy didn’t attend school, but was home tutored instead – his father oversaw everything.
Little Hercules traveled all over the US, getting involved in competitions and promoting nutritional products, his father was always with him.
“We had more people at our booth than any 25 booths combined … I mean hundreds of people like they were going to meet Elvis Presley,” manager and trainer in Frank Giardina said.
Little Hercules not only appears on the big screen but also got to spend time on the red carpet.
Little Hercules is all grown and is so proud of his past.
“I’m very proud of my past,” he said. “It’s not something that I don’t want anybody to know anymore, it’s just that I’m not going to be stuck living in it.”
He’s so proud of his new career and living the best of his life.