No doubt, Richard Sandrak gained popularity at a young age but only at the cost of giving up candy, treats and every other thing that a 10-year old boy cherishes. While most kids were munching on junk food, it was off-limits for Richard who had to maintain a balanced diet. Richard was prohibited from doing anything that a normal kid would do, and it included going to school as well. Richard was home-schooled.
Raised as a body builder, Richard had to dedicate all his time towards training and hence he never lived a normal childhood. However, Sandrak says he was never forced to do anything against his will.
He said, “I've never been forced to train or do anything against my will. My parents used to train all the time and I wanted to join in. It was mostly my choice. It's just what I grew up doing. I was never forced. It was never an issue."
Richard’s parents had hired a trainer named Frank Giardina to help them him in becoming popular. Frank quit his job after he realized that Pavel was too cruel on the little boy and that his parenting was awful. He also left because he received a death threat from Pavel.
Soon afterward, Pavel was imprisoned after being caught in the domestic violence. Before the police had arrived upon Richard’s call, he had badly beaten his wife. He was left by his son and wife after that incident.
Richard’s hard work didn’t go in vain as he got the opportunity to appear in the documentary The World’s Strongest Boy. The documentary depicted Richard’s uncommon abilities to do splits and bench-press. It also showed that he had less than 1% body fat.
The documentary received mix reviews from the critics along with speculations from experts that Richard’s muscular development was not natural. But Lena argued that her son had never used steroids.