Worlds Strongest Boy Little Hercules gave up bodybuilding for wild new career

The "World's Strongest Boy" is all grown up and has ditched bodybuilding for a very different pursuit.

Richard Sandrak, once dubbed "Little Hercules", shot to fame in the early 2000s at just eight years old as his unusually muscular physique shocked the world.

Sandrak had a strict training regime and could lift up to three times his own bodyweight before he reached his teenage years.

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But his fame started to cause controversy after it was claimed he had a body fat percentage of just one, a dangerously low level for adults and children alike, reports the Mirror.

Tragedy also followed the rest of the Sandrak family and his dad Pavel went to prison for domestic violence after he beat his wife when Sandrak was 11.

Now 30, Sandrak no longer has contact with his father and has given up weightlifting for a very different career.

The former muscleman has been working as a stuntman at the Universal Studios Hollywood Waterworld show since 2015 and even has ambitions to go into science long-term.

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Speaking to Inside Edition in 2015, he revealed: "I don't lift weights anymore.

"People tried to make seem to be some of freak of nature – there are many kids that have a similar physique."

Speaking of his history as a baby gym buff, Sandrak said he was "very proud" of what he achieved in his younger years.

But he added he had outgrown bodybuilding, choosing instead to skateboard to maintain his health and fitness.

"If anything it just got boring. I’m very proud of my past," he added.

"It's not something I don’t want people to know anymore, it’s just that I’m not going to be stuck living in it."

When asked about his lifelong goals, Sandrak said he didn't see a future for himself in bodybuilding as he dreamt of working in a very different industry.

Asked what he now had his sights set on he said: "Quantum scientist, more specifically, [as] an engineer for NASA."

When asked if he believed his goal could become an actual reality one day, he replied: "Absolutely, there's no reason it couldn't be."

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