22 years after his bodybuilding triumphs, the former “World’s Strongest Boy,” also known as the “Little Hercules,” leads a totally different existence.
Life goes by so fast
Due to his entire weight loss, Richard Sandrak no longer resembles the Richard Sandrak of his youth.
Richard had an excellent physique, eight-pack abs, and impressively defined arms and legs when he was eight years old, 22 years ago.
He was a master in karate in his youth and had the strength to lift three times his body weight.
Richard was named the “World’s Strongest Boy” when he was just 11 years old, but it wasn’t all that it was meant to be.
The adolescent weight lifter was said to have a dangerously low body fat percentage of just 1% as a result of his training.
According to Men’s Journal, having such low body fat can lead to major health problems like being more susceptible to serious cardiac problems, being ill frequently, and having muscles that are so weak that you struggle to move around.
Andreas Munzer, an Austrian bodybuilder who passed away more than 25 years ago, continues to serve as a lesson for all bodybuilders trying to lose body fat.
He perished away at the young age of 31, and an autopsy revealed that he had no body fat at the time of his death.
Following the release of a video about the young Richard, his parents faced a great deal of backlash. Many people claimed that subjecting him to such painful training was cruel and unethical of his parents.
A youngster Richard’s age wouldn’t be able to produce enough testosterone to get in the form he was in, according to several medical experts at the time.
Despite Richard’s mother’s repeated denials, they alleged that he was using steroids, which are strongly discouraged for kids.
Richard, who is now an adult, acknowledged that he no longer has any interest in bodybuilding.
I don’t do weights anymore, Richard stated in a 2015 interview with Inside Edition.
There are several children with a similar physique, yet people tried to make me out to be some sort of freak of nature.
I have a lot of pride in my past.
“I don’t want others to know it, but I’m not going to be forced to live there,” she said.
Since his days as the “World’s Strongest Boy,” Richard’s career has taken some turns; as of 2015, he was a stuntman for the Universal Studios Hollywood Waterworld show.
The former bodybuilder did acknowledge that he still performs cardio activities on occasion to maintain his fitness.