Kid Bodybuilder “Little Hercules“ Is All Grown Up Now! Has He Been Hitting The Gym?

This is one of the original photos of Richard that went viral.

You may remember seeing photos of a kid with the physique of an experienced bodybuilder circulating on the internet. Those pics were not fake - they showed Richard Sandrak, who was lifting weights when he was barely out of diapers. Richard is now 24 years old. What's he up to? Read on to find out. Richard was just six years old at the time of the pictures.
This is one of the original photos of Richard that went viral.

Richard was born in Ukraine in 1992.

His parents, Pavel and Lena, were a martial arts world champ and an aerobics instructor respectively. The family moved to the United States when Richard was two.
Richard was born in Ukraine in 1992.

Richard‘s parents gave their son a workout program.

It started with stretching and aerobics, but quickly progressed to light weight training.
Richard‘s parents gave their son a workout program.

After moving to California, the Sandraks met a trainer.

The Sandraks wanted to get their son into show business, so they hired trainer Frank Giardina to bulk up Richard - and raise publicity.
After moving to California, the Sandraks met a trainer.

Richard progressed quickly.

At the age of six, he could bench-press 180 pounds. Two years later, he was up to 210.
Richard progressed quickly.

When Richard‘s photos hit the internet, they inspired a heated debate.

While there was no doubt that his strength and physique were impressive, critics wondered if it was really okay for parents to push their kids to these lengths.
When Richard‘s photos hit the internet, they inspired a heated debate.