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SoDesuKa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:53 PM
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Body-Building Children
Today's New York Post has a picture and an article about 12-year old Richard Sandrak, who has been a body-builder since he was 6. His parents are physical culture enthusiasts - his father is a martial arts champion and his mother is an aerobics instructor. Young Richard's favorite celebrity is Arnold Schwarzeneggar.

I don't know if children should be encouraged to enter body-building competitions. It doesn't seem like it's good for their young bodies. It also looks like exploitation.


Richard Sandrak


See also www.RichardSandrak.com
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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:54 PM
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1. Yes, I've seen this kid before.
Sad. What ever happened to letting a kid be a kid?
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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:54 PM
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2. Bodybuilding is the most pointless, stupid "sport" in existence.
And that kid is probably going to have some seriously fucked up bone and joint issues after he hits puberty.
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Cobalt Violet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:23 PM
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22. No, football is.
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Sandpiper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:55 PM
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3. Seems like the sort of thing that would stunt a kid's growth
But, I'm no expert.
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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:56 PM
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4. That looks like a photoshop hack job
Creepy.
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Lone_Wolf_Moderate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:58 PM
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5. I've seen this kid on Inside Edition.
It's a little bizarre if you ask me.
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madison2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:58 PM
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6. That is just plain icky
Its almost like the JonBenet beauty pageant pictures- sexualizing a young child. He looks out of proportion.
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Spangle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:04 AM
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8. He sure does!
I thought he would just be "begining" or doing "light" training. But this is serious training. No, I don't think it's healthy for a boy that young to be doing that. The serious guys do some major risky diets, etc.
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Zing Zing Zingbah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:13 AM
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16. Yeah... definitely creepy. n/t
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Twillig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:25 PM
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25. looks like he has the Giant Head Syndrome
of a steroid user?

Jeebus I hope not.
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jeff30997 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:03 AM
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7. Some peoples are not qualified to be parents.
That's sick.
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salvorhardin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:04 AM
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9. I agree with the other poster
That's too creepy.

BTW: Great username! :-)
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livinginphotographs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:04 AM
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10. There's some serious health issues going on there....
My dad made me lift weights when I was younger, but he had always said that 12 is the earliest age you should start.

That kid will have some serious bone problems when he gets older, mark my words.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:05 AM
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11. For this kid, its mainly genetics
Most 12 year olds dont get this definition, and call me optimisitic but I doubt he's dosing. Hence, it has to be genetics.

More and more studies these days are showing lifting isnt as bad for younger atheletes as once thought, so he should go for it.
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Cobalt Violet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:25 PM
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24. It's probably healthier than obesity. n/t
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Wat_Tyler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:06 AM
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12. The parents should be shot.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:07 AM
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13. Lordy lordy, that boy's gonna need a lot of therapy
Assuming he doesn't end up murdering his parents in a steroid-driven rage at age 14 after he realizes how much the weightlifting they forced on him has fucked up his body and it's body to enter puberty and exit succesfully, and gets the electric chair for it in Shrubbie's Brave New World Order that thinks executing children is something to giggle about.

His parents should be fined, and he should be allowed to go into foster care somewhere far away from them.
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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:10 AM
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14. Hey! A leprechaun!
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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:14 PM
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20. I hate to admit I had a similar thought.... LOL
but in all seriousness, I feel sorry for the kid. That pic is just creepy.
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LDS Jock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:12 AM
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15. is this fitness celebrity John Basedow's son?
kinda creep like him
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WindRavenX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:16 AM
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17. ugh
Children's bodies are not able to deal with this...very sad.
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:09 PM
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18. There is a lot of flabby flab in this thread.
Get off your butt and lift something heavy many times.
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nicolemrw Donating Member (263 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:13 PM
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19. oh man thats way creepy
i really wish i hadn't seen it.
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madison2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:20 PM
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21. His face looks younger than 12, his body looks older
Aside from the health questions, I'd hate to think what goes through a pedophiles mind when they see a picture of a child who looks like an adult.
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:24 PM
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23. I can see teenagers getting into bodybuilding.
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 05:25 PM by terrya
And there are, I believe, bodybuilding contests for teens (late teens)

But 12 year olds? That just isn't right.
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nickgutierrez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:27 PM
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26. No better than beauty pagents for little girls.
And equally creepy.
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:30 PM
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27. That isn't safe
I always heard that it isn't safe to do serious lifting until puberty. Obviously six was way too young for him to start.
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