Richard Sandrak, called "Little Hercules" as a child bodybuilder, is now unrecognizable as an adult. Richard was an eight-year-old with an incredible physique, with eight-pack abs and a lot of definition in his arms and legs twenty-one years ago, but his physique has entirely transformed now.
'Little Hercules' Once Dubbed The World's Strongest Boy Transformed 21 Years Later
He was able to lift three times his body weight as a child and use his flexibility to become a karate master.
Richard was named 'World's Strongest Boy' when he was just 11 years old.
Despite the honor, it was revealed that the young bodybuilder had only one percent body fat, which is dangerously low.
After a documentary about him was aired, his parents received a lot of backlashes, with many people stating it was cruel and unethical of his parents to do such a thing to such a young boy.
Some doctors even said that a child his age wouldn't be able to produce enough testosterone to grow to that size, implying that he was taking steroids, which his mother categorically denied.
Now, the 29-year-old believes he's moved on from his weight-lifting days.
The waterboard abs are long gone, and Richard appears to have no regrets.
In a 2015 interview with Inside Edition, he said: "No, I don't lift weights.”
"If anything it just got boring.”
"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 was a stuntman for Universal Studios Hollywood's Waterworld show as of 2015.
To stay in shape, the former bodybuilder continues to undertake cardio workouts such as chin-ups, stair climbing, and skateboarding.
Richard mentioned that he now aspires to work for NASA as a quantum scientist.
In 2004, a documentary titled 'The World's Strongest Boy' was made on him because of his popularity.
Richard was earning thousands of dollars per month, but according to ABC, he later admitted to having an isolated childhood where he was dominated by his abusive father.
Pavel was sentenced to prison when he was 11 years old for assaulting Richard's mother at home.
He broke all relations with his father and stopped bodybuilding at that point.
Richard is now six feet tall, and despite not having his former body, he continues to exercise regularly.