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Is This The World’s Strongest Boy?

I’m always looking for anything interesting, weird, or eye-catching in the world of strength and strength training. Enter Richard Sandrak, who, according to IMDB, is the World’s Strongest Boy.

To date his film credits include the sublimely titled “Little Hercules in 3-D” and the less catchy “The Legends of Nethiah.”

Richard has a pretty interesting bio. He was born in the Ukraine but wound up moving with his parents and settling in Pennysylvania. Apparently the video clip above is from a film about him. And I’ve read in my early research that he could bench pres upwards of 200 pounds by the age of 8.

I’m going to try and track down the entire film and review it. Weird stuff. When I was this age I weight about 20 pounds and 19 of it was skull.

Has anyone ever heard of this kid?


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  • Piers McCarney December 28, 2010, 5:26 am

    I THINK I’ve seen the whole documentary on this kid. I’ve at least seen most of it at least twice, haha.
    It’s quite bittersweet and a large chunk focuses on the controversy around how a child of that age could possibly generate enough testosterone to develop and maintain that kind of muscle mass.
    The child is honestly very charismatic and seems to have a real love for what he’s been raised to do, though. His youthful excitement at meeting his idol (Arnie, of course!) is great to see.

  • Heather December 28, 2010, 9:47 am


    he looks legit based on this limited footage, and part of the “ripped”-ness may be from good old-fashioned body-weight exercises. I can recall being in grade school myself and, as a dancer, meeting gymnastics girls and itty-bitty cheerleaders whose mothers would put them on strict diets to lose any fat that may have settled onto their child-like frames. Granted, many of these mothers were nuts, but still. . . it CAN be done. I’d be more worried about the kid’s growth rate, though. Many professional and extremely young gymnasts, in my personal experience, often did not reach their full human growth potential because of nutritional restrictions involving their sport. Hey, who knows, maybe he’s just a freakishly strong kid who just digs weight-lifting. He looks healthy and happy and like he’s totally digging the attention, and he’s also Mr. Flexible, which is always cool. I say, Go Richard! No, seriously, go, Richard, and start blogging about this! Richard rocks! 🙂

  • Boris December 28, 2010, 2:18 pm

    I’m pretty sure the first time I saw him was on “That’s Incredible!” (a 70s/early 80s tv show). There was a TLC documentary about him more recently I think. The father seemed to be completely over the top.

  • Ben Reinhardt December 29, 2010, 8:20 pm

    Man… I suddenly feel like hitting the gym… I’ve been beaten by an 8 ear old

    • Josh Hanagarne December 30, 2010, 3:29 pm

      No doubt, Ben. Me too.

      • Chris January 6, 2011, 1:41 pm

        geez guys thats kinda bad if u cant lift more then 200 pounds every one of my friends are 14-15 and can lift in the high 190s

  • Josh Hanagarne January 6, 2011, 1:55 pm

    Chris, I was joking, although I certainly wasn’t that strong at age 8. Sounds like you’re running with a strong crowd. Stick with it!