Little Richard Sandrak rose to fame in his childhood as a mini bodybuilder. Unsurprisingly, then, he came from a sporty background: his father Pavel was an award-winning martial artist, and his mother competed in aerobics.
Richard was born in the Ukraine in 1992. A couple of years later, though, the family upped sticks to Pennsylvania. And it was here that Pavel introduced his son to weightlifting – at the very tender age of two.
Realizing his son’s potential, Pavel shifted the family once again, this time to California. The reason? He hoped Richard would have a shot at the spotlight. In fact, the family even employed a trainer to coach their iron-pumping son.
Yes, Pavel worked Richard very hard; Richard practically spent his childhood at the gym. In fact, some reports stated that he completed an incredible 600 press-ups and 300 squats every single day.
So, Pavel pushed Richard hard and controlled his diet too. For instance, Pavel would not allow his son to eat anything unhealthy. Soon enough, then, Richard’s abs and biceps began to bulge.
Of course, it was his incredible physique and awesome strength that earned Richard the nickname “Little Hercules.” In fact, the papers later dubbed him the “strongest boy in the world” at just eight years old.