Female Bodybuilding – National Geographic



there are only 70 professional female bodybuilders in the world and Joana is one of them you might not be for everybody I mean people probably think I look like a freak but you know what I'm just another thing I'm just another different type of woman Joella had a happy childhood growing up in England where her parents Mary and Donovan still live well you know it's like you busy we're always working and children grow up brand new and then what they each are any same oh my god she's gonna be a female bodybuilder a chance glance at a bodybuilding magazine as a teen and joanna redefined her life and her body it was my first passion I always wanted to be really good at something at school and I didn't feel I was so when I took up bodybuilding I was so fastly responding it was a goof that such good connect you're gonna do so well and it pushed me to one to win that trophy Joanna started hardcore training at just 15 by 20 she broken all records to become the youngest woman in the world to turn to be the best in the world at this for it be absolutely amazing just to say I did it I was missing Olympia now at 27 after 12 years of competing Joanna's moved to Los Angeles she hopes to be crowned Miss Olympia and retire at the top [Applause] to make it to the Olympia stage Joanna has to win a qualifier called the GNC over the next four months she's got the Roos 30 pounds and build her muscles until they are bursting at rest she endures regular massage sessions to tear her muscles it's painful but it makes her muscles for a larger my mum and dad don't want to come to the gym see there I faith I'll get in the object they want to come to lunch and I always said that when I retired that I would retire a good night with my family there are people that love me first sending that there and good luck card I see this postcard you say with mister coral pump in plastic so I thought be good to send this was dead I think that'd be quite quite funny I think she'll find a bit of fun in that I put down good luck Joe for the show I think you need more paths these for your weight training good luck at the GNC show Joe hope you go all the way to the Olympia love that it's not open she'll get to the show I'm hoping she'll win the show and then I learned I want to see what she's going to do the rest of her life I think because as a parent I want to see her eventually in a relationship and eventually have children and settle down and get on with her life but for now all of Joanna's time is devoted to bodybuilding the industry is poorly funded so she's had to seek out alternative sources of income she runs a members-only website where four hundred members pay $25 a month to enter this is my webcam people with other members of my site get to see me and talk to me and pose for them I'm ten weeks out for my show now so I've got a little bit more to go yet thank you very much but rather she didn't you want to be honest about it rather she didn't have a website that covered such broad spectrum as she has got but she needs she gotta make money in the real know you've got to make my own unfortunately step spells isn't it with only 6 weeks to go before the GMC qualifier Joanna's got a lot of work to do Joanna's friend Debbie is helping her train and keeping her motivated I think I'm a cute little thing I met her through bodybuilding she will do anything for me she will bend over backwards I love her and I trust her to death but who's gonna have the best back on stage come on baby when I see myself improving it makes it more exciting for me Johanna is going to have to build even larger and more defined muscles than Debbie to have any chance of beating the biggest women in the room competing for me is about competing against other people this is about being at war with me it's like can I do this can I do that rap for the gym it's all I keep getting twisted sort of kick out of it actually Joanna's had a lifelong dream to win the Miss Olympia title the most prestigious bodybuilding contest in the world for the last four months she's put her body through an intense regime of crash dieting and hard core training I see my body is a lot of things I see like a work of art actually I really feel like I've sculpted it Jelena's just one week away from the qualifying contest which could take her to the olympia stage watch watch me here and think God she's weird why is she doing that she's obsessed with it or that all her life is yeah you're right the time he does look weird but like a question when I see people working 9:00 to 5:00 Monday to Friday with four screaming kids around them and under poverty party night that's what they do to me that's weird but many people question whether training alone is behind these pumped-up bodybuilder disease performance enhancement drug use is a question that Joanna constantly has to deal with about steroids we just take steroids and we just about it I am everybody for a few weeks to see how you look so like and say that's why I get very defensive about my sport because there's a lot of hard work people they realize that they just pussy him to the Azeem take what you like a lot of people would know they like me so my life is 15 years old dedication to this sport so just about what people think Joanna's parents have equally strong news from subject don't get me wrong not for him at all I wouldn't take an aspirin as I had to if any sport was a definite no-no on drugs everybody would be equal yeah but it helped the individuals up to the individual to take that on and they the judges want if the winner has got to be that shape that size Apple then they're going to do what they can to get to that condition yeah but it doesn't mean you should get involved with it yes but then they're not gonna get anywhere they don't you know deep down nobody wants to very very late one week at 1:35 to be at her best contest shape Johanna must not have any fat between her skin and muscles she visits her nutritionist for a measurement the only place you seem to behold and joking her back limp you have three weeks after this so I was going to try and just get that little bit off yeah Joanna's aiming for three percent body fat an incredibly low level compared to the recommended 18% minimum for women it could also be dangerous for her health three percent probably for a female is an extremely healthy when you go below ten nine you start losing your menstrual cycle and that's a sign that the hormones are off a bit so they're pushing the envelope 2.6 she looks fantastic and if she doesn't for a short period of time she's good she does it for long she'll pay the price you didn't feel fantastic Joanna's current regime runs the risk of damaging her vital organs opposed to tell her 30 pounds in 16 weeks because I want to be the best of the world over water we got an athlete I want to win and I don't pressure push and push and push myself until I have to and if it means that I get sick at the end I do and I know that I can win that show I know I can win that GNC I know it because I have to think that way to go through what I'm doing tonight Joanna's flying to Atlanta for the Miss Olympia qualifier but first she has to do a photo shoot for her website the members only site needs to be constantly updated to keep people coming back I mean I would never know anywhere when I got into bodybuilding it wasn't quite the sport it is today from here drop down on your knees I just think warm and you want to turn around and look going I thought it was a superstar lifestyle and it was a fitting healthy thing to do the dream was not the reality or the reality of pursuing professional bodybuilding has meant many sacrifices for Joanna as breast tissue is primarily made of fat hers are implants you know what basically like about a couple days I've been so tired of my show and it's all about balance because sometimes they get really sick of just being seen as as the sex thing in and it sometimes just never the athlete no I've got no sponsorship right now or what I'm relying on is money for my website and you know if I had a bit of both I would be cooler there but when I'm really struggling right now you know energy it's that pisses me off that you know it's just a sort of the bowel sometimes okay yeah it's not balanced you know I guess stupid people emailing me I can't even take a look my email sometimes you don't need that get ready for your show that's no I just want to be appreciated sometimes a little differently you know Wow miss Jo how you doing UK what condition Disney you're in then come show very nervous actually I just want to get it done – generics I know I just wanna get my I just want to win in there yeah say my wrist when you see you'll be shot I have a lump of a huge lump in my wrist and it start issuing starting to tear as well but this tearing of might in my attendance I think from other heavyweights I've been doing I can't keep on I don't know how many years I can keep doing this for anyway just keep going that situation almost I get so wound up about it it doesn't become a very pleasing experience it becomes a problem good enough it's not good enough thing you know it's like I'm not good enough to win it it's okay so it's never enough you know isn't that it's always been like this yes I don't know what it is I love you and I'm going to try okay as the time gets closer and closer she will get a lot more Sora anxious I saw Laura and her patience was very thin and she'll probably pick for yourself you know for anyone else – oh that would be right there's no such thing as perfection I always ain't very hiding from the beginning and I want to be the best in the world but to show people like my family and other people that I did achieve what I want to do I'm trying to find my happiness I love my body building but as I get older it's not enough anymore I'm at that funny face now evermore what is it I want I have the clear right now it's the morning of the Olympia Qualifier Joanna's finally got the chance to show off every muscle she sculpted and suffered for over the last four months I'm kind of sleepy I'm excited and I'm fine I just want to make sure I get on with my stuff there's a couple hours and get to the single time and look pretty happy a team here because it's very muscular women exaggerate the rest of their femininity to compensate for what society states of being masculine I make up curve around pink blue once you get to certain point in your Pratt who can't see where you look in the mirror you can't quite feel what the how are you looking at me and so you need another pair I'd best as I can do it kidding guys Maria bare try the GNC show of strength is the last chance this year with female bodybuilders to qualify for the biggest competition in the world miss Olivia every level of muscularity is on display Joana must place first or second to get through to the Olivia backstage she sees her competition for the first time could be hard to be that girl i betray me for this about by eight months hopefully they'll make the olympian phases here with over 70 professional female bodybuilders in the road the women who take part in the sport are hardcore and hungry for recognition when you see these people when you always think they'll that bigger and badder than you I know what it is you just do yourself please doesn't rain hardly around I just are training me little- I'm comparing this up to how people live but you can't really tell how you look she was saying that she like she was big enough she want to make sure she was you know all his separation was coming out and her veins coming out just before taking the stage the women make a last attempt to make sure that their veins bulge out of their skin by stuffing themselves with sugary food now domi Johanna has to be 11 competitors and plays first or second to qualify for Miss Olympia for some reason this driving me for body burning has been there a long long time I have this thing in me to win this show so I have to do it I know if I put enough into this I can win it Joella has always dreamed of winning Miss Olympia the biggest bodybuilding contest in the world she's about to be called on stage with a final qualifying event [Applause] johanna has to be 11 competitors and place first or second to qualify for the Olympia this is the first of two rounds [Applause] Joanna's being judged on her muscularity and symmetry bodybuilding is the only sport where the athletes look strong that are actually at their weakest due to months of crash dieting so 10 thing and holding poses is exhausting at the end of the first round the judges pick out their three favorites the order is a strong indicator of the final placing I don't get caught out the first or second choice [Applause] I just saw they called that Nancy Lewis first that might go first hoping for a second because there's another round coming up so a lot can happen Joanna won't find out where she's placed until after the final round of the evening event after the comeback you wanna do in it get broken please it's time for the final round and for Jelena everything is riding on this performance [Applause] like one side for once a car is good as she prepares backstage a last-minute decision means Joanna's moved up in the schedule my bad on top to toe I'm just a very driven person I've always been a fighter stubborn bigmouth and just always know quack but I always push push push push there are only two competitors left before Joanna takes the stage Manmeet what I noticed when you win a body would show it's some very personal thing because it sort of all I have right now [Applause] this design make people that what I'm going to tease their about something funny but I thought I'd just take a pic that myself and that's a good time of it [Applause] [Applause] I just [Applause] didn't I remember was this doing badly [Applause] this is it Joanna's got to place first or second to make it through to the Olympian [Applause] and tuck importantly tonight get more fourth place [Applause] well coming in third place tonight roseberry cheese [Applause] [Applause] oh it's exciting now presenting the award for second place Gerard in a second place tonight – October 2nd play [Applause] lots of warm beer people thought I should I got over you know obviously the scoresheet although Johanna came in second she won just $2,000 even if she succeeds at the Olympia she'll only win $10,000 a mere fraction of the $120,000 her male counterpart will earn so Joanna's got to get back to the work that really makes her money it's a little bit of a catch-22 you see because you could argue okay get yourself a job but I can't okay he had top professional athlete and work 60 hours a week doing something you just can't and this way like that keep it going again the people who are online here are more attracted to large biceps and vascularity the veins it's all about the movement and it's all about the the muscles swelling and the blood flowing through the muscles hold it there okay good good good the other thing that's gonna go like that you didn't never never drink should do things about see my creative artistic type of child you know she got involved in school with the plays and that sort of stuff dancing at school if I have a time over again I think I'd have put her into dancing Joanna's back in LA after qualifying for the Olympia her parents have sent her a DVD of family videos that's my first shit I wish I had the passion I have about that man I was so determined that I was absolutely obsessed as I said more a lot more than man I got such a cute face there and fifty-seven kilo these mutants champion for 1997 is Johanna Thomas stay with my crochet I think I think I was supposed to do this yeah I'm gonna do my first press-ups of school and all this stuff that no one else could do and it was like amazing you know last I have so young body Burnie isn't a sport or a hobby it's Who I am with the Olympia only a day away Joanna's back in the gym to do her last training session although she looks powerful a diet of protein powder and dried meat means she's at her weakest if everything was easy to do it wouldn't be such an achievement with it why do you think I'm psycho first so much why do you think I've made my life disposable because when you want something is no excuses if you really want something bad enough you'll do it I'm a little anxious right now and I don't want to fail but you know I can't do a lot more right now after five months of training and a lifetime of preparation Joann has made it to the Olympia in Las Vegas on the night before the contest bodybuilding fans get a chance to meet their heroes and Joanna gets her first look at exactly what she's up against there is nobody in my class no way Johanna not only has to contend with fierce competition but a further 12 hours of fasting and dehydrating before the contest begins 4:30 in the morning I haven't slept I wouldn't care to bed come drink so I drink a tiny toe six economies of six so whole day is lying here taking a leg cramp up Joanne has flown her mom and dad from England to Vegas to watch her compete it's the first time they've seen her since she started training five months ago her face is so thin and you know she looks different they can make themselves quite ill really no it's not a natural way we aborted me isn't so anxious in my chest area and we had to we had to come are you gonna stay on you would have had to overcome you know hearing Lee my body's very tired right now I've put a lot into this show because it's been my life I just want to get it done and when but how it works is if you don't see me get caught the first two times of each round then I'm never wearing it so you see me up getting caught after a while it was to my first game basically I no one else getting a salary all right Joanna's just minutes away from fulfilling a dream she spent her life trying to achieve since she started lifting weights when she was just 15 she's wanted to win the biggest bodybuilding contest in the world the Olympia and retire at the top of her sport she's flown her mom and dad from England to Las Vegas to support her let me get in the show we're on drug than 10% I told it last night you got to come here I think you're gonna win it and if you don't the judges just got it wrong [Applause] I'm petrified be honest I mean these girls are the best in the world know that we've done several of these shows before so it's gonna be hard carrying basically [Applause] [Applause] Joanna's up against nine other competitors during this first round several women will be called forward by the judges if she's going to be crowned Miss alipio her name has to be called out all the years of hard work all the years of doing without she makes it she does well we got the dream come true for her prefer to get there on that stage and I wanted her to do well so that was I just you know Joanne has not been called out in the first room she only has the evening show left to improve her chances [Applause] to win the Miss Olympia who is is such an unusual achievement like winning the hundred meters sprinting in the Olympic Games for England but I will be damned annoyed at myself if I don't give this a good shot because I've spent so long doing it [Applause] [Applause] we have the final three competitors for the Miss Olympia contest on stage they are large elect Onan Denise Messina and Diane Aikido [Applause] [Applause] I didn't let top three so I actually see what happens the next morning Joanna calls one of the judges I was wondering if you had a quick answer for me on one very important thing do you have any idea where I actually came in at in the end vii my lower body does not match my upper body so therefore I'm not symmetrical and that's why I'm placing lower that's what they said okay thank you Steve you're gonna try to deliver here next really you know I will not finish my career with Steam library are saying for New York that I don't have legs or anyone last look that one you know do you want to look like that either if I take my time in the gym I just wanted to put a bit on my legs that's all you know with the way I look I can make money where I live in LA that I've made more money doing that than I ever would in England being a staff nurse you know it's not an all a negative thing very far follow all that I thought shoots up to this plus selling on delivery lot yeah yeah they'll be there they'll take care yeah once you leave it I shall say fine that's that's not over the way over mind getting every relationship I have children and we end up as grandparents as a normal sort of way things go I'll be happy but for now Joanna's parents will have to wait although this particular journey is over retirement is not an option I still want to finish what I started to justify the sacrifices I've made including leaving my family behind going around the world sometimes doing things I particularly have wired to do it's a point I'm realizing now when you do want more securities in your life then think appealing but I'm just so close now there are only 70 professional female bodybuilders in the world and joanna is one of them might not be for everybody I mean people probably think either like you're free but you know what I'm just another thing I'm just another different type of woman Joelle had a happy childhood growing up in England where her parents Mary and Donovan still live well he knows like busy we're always working and children are brand-new and then one day a Jurina saying oh my god she's gonna be a female bodybuilder a chance glance at a bodybuilding magazine as a teen and joanna redefined her life and her body it was my first passion I always wanted to be really good at something at school I didn't feel I was so when I took up bodybuilding I was so fastly responding it was a do but such good connect you're gonna do so well and it pushed me to wonder win that trophy Joanna started hardcore training at just 15 by 20 she broken all records to become the youngest woman in the world to turn bro to be the best in the world at this sport it'd be absolutely amazing just to say I did it I was Miss Olympia now at 27 after 12 years of competing Joanna's moved to Los Angeles she hopes to be crowned Miss Olympia and retire at the top [Applause] to make it to the Olympia stage Joanna has to win a qualifier called the GNC over the next four months she's got to lose 30 pounds and build her muscles until they are bursting others she endures regular massage sessions to tear her muscles it's painful but it makes her muscles for a larger my mum and dad don't want to come from GNC their faith they'll get any object they want to come to lunch and I always said that why retard that I was retarded good night with my family there aren't people that love me first sending that there good luck card machinist postcard you say with mr. cool pumpin pasty but I thought be good defend this instead you gotta be quite quite funny I think she'll find a bit of fun in that I put down good luck Joe for the show I think you need more path these we've all weight training good luck at the GNC show Joe hope you go all the way to India love that it's not opened she'll get to the show I'm hoping she'll win the show and then then I want to see what she's going to do the rest of her life I think because as a parent I want to see her eventually in a relationship and eventually have children and settle down and get on with her life but for now all of Joanna's time is devoted to bodybuilding the industry is poorly funded so she's had to seek out alternative sources of income she runs a members-only website where 400 members paid $25 a month to enter this is my webcam people with other members of my sight get to see me and talk to me and pose for them I'm ten weeks out for my show now so I've got a little bit more to go yet thank you very much bye rather she didn't you know you want to be honest about it I'd rather she didn't have a website that covered such a broad spectrum she has got but changing needs she gotta make money no you've got to make money and unfortunately sex sells isn't it with only six weeks to go before the GMC qualifier Joanna's got a lot of work to do Joanna's friend Debbie is helping her train and keeping her motivated I think I'm a cute little thing I met her through bodybuilding she'll do anything for me she will bend over backwards I love her and I trust her today who's gonna have the back on stage come on baby when I see myself improving it makes it more exciting for me Johanna is going to have to build even larger and more defined muscles than Debbie to have any chance of beating the biggest women in the world competing for me it wasn't about competing against other people this is about being a war with me it's like can I do this can I do that rep from the gym it's all I can get it if you twist and sort of kick out of it Ashley Joanna's had a lifelong dream to win the Miss Olympia title the most prestigious bodybuilding contest in the world for the last four months she's put her body through an intense regime of crash dieting and hard core training I see my body is a lot of things I see it like a work of art actually I really feel like I've sculpted it Jelena's just one week away from the qualifying contest which could take her to the olympia stage watch watch me here and think God she's weird why is she doing that she's obsessed with it or that all her life is yeah you're right he does look weird but like the question when I see people working 9 to 5 Monday the fight with four screaming kids around them and under poverty Friday night that's what they do to me that's weird many people question whether training alone is behind these Pumped Up bodybuilder disease performance enhancement drug use is a question that you Anna constantly have to deal with it's all about steroids we just take steroids and we just do by this – time everybody Turkey we can see how you look so like and say that's why I get very defensive about my sport because there's a lot of hard work people they realize that they just pussy him to the regime take what you like a lot of people would know they like me so my life since I was 15 years old dedication to this show Anna's parents have equally strong news in subject don't get me wrong I'm not the frame at all I wouldn't take an aspirin as I have to if any sport was a definite no-no on drugs everybody would be equal yeah but individuals is up to the individual to take that on and the judges want if the winner has got to be that shape that size Apple then they're going to do what they can to get to that condition yeah but it doesn't mean you should give all that yes but then they're not gonna get anywhere they don't you know dig down nobody wants to her very very when we got 135 to be at her best contest shape Johanna must not have any fat between her skin and muscles she visits her nutritionist for a measurement the only place you seem to be hold and so in her back limp you have three weeks after this so I was gonna try and just get that little bit off yeah Joanna's aiming for three percent body fat an incredibly low level compared to the recommended 18 percent minimum for women it could also be dangerous for her health 3 percent probably for a female with an extremely healthy when you go below ten nine you start losing your menstrual cycle and that's a sign that the hormones are off a bit so they're pushing the envelope 2.6 she looks fantastic and if she does it for a short period of time she's good she does it for long she'll pay the price they feel fantastic Joanna's current regime runs the risk of damaging her vital organs I lost a total of 30 pounds in 16 weeks because I want to be the best of the world I don't want and we got an athlete I want to win and I don't push her push and push and push myself until I have to and if it means that I get sick at the end I do and I know that I can win that show I know I can win that GNC I know it because I have to think that way to go through what I'm doing there are only 70 professional female bodybuilders in the world and Johanna is one of them you might not be for everybody I mean people probably think I look like a freak but you know what I'm just another thing I'm just another different type of woman Joella had a happy childhood growing up in England where her parents Mary and Donovan still live well you know it's like busy we're always working and children grow up brand new and then one day HR in a saying oh my god she's gonna be a female bodybuilder a chance glance at a bodybuilding magazine as a teen and Joanna redefined her life and her body it was my first passion I always wanted to be really good at something at school and I didn't feel I was so when I took up bodybuilding I was so fastly responding it was a goof that such good connect you're gonna do so well and it pushed me to one to win that trophy Joanna started hardcore training at just 15 by 20 she broken all records to become the youngest woman in the world to turn her to be the best in the world at this sport it'd be absolutely amazing just to say I did it I was Miss Olympia now at 27 after 12 years of competing Joanne has moved to Los Angeles she hopes to be crowned Miss Olympia and retire at the top [Applause] to make it to the Olympia stage Joanna has to win a qualifier called the GNC over the next four months she's got to lose 30 pounds and build her muscles until they are bursting at rest she endures regular massage sessions to tear her muscles it's painful but it makes her muscles for a larger my mum and dad don't want to come to the gym see there I faith I'll get in the object they want to come to lunch and I always said that why retired that I would retire a good night with my family there are people that love me first sending that there good luck card I seen this postcard you say with mr. cool pumpin pastic I thought be good then this is dead I think it'd be quite funny I think she'll find a bit of fun in that I put down good luck Joe for the show I think you need more paths these we hope weight training good luck at the GNC show Joe hope you go all the way to the Olympia love that it's not welcome she'll get to the show I'm hoping she'll win the show and then I'm alone I want to see what she's going to do the rest of her life I think because as a parent I want to see her eventually in a relationship and eventually have children and settle down and get on with her life but for now all of Joanna's time is devoted to bodybuilding the industry is poorly funded so she's had to seek out alternative sources of income she runs a members-only website where 400 members pay $25 a month to enter this is my webcam people with other members of my site get to see me and talk to me and pose for them I'm 10 weeks out from my show now so I've got a little bit more to go yet thank you very much my rather she didn't want to be on severe weather she didn't have a website that covered such broad spectrum as she has got but she knew she got to make money no you've got to make my own unfortunately sex spells isn't it with only six weeks to go before the GNC qualifier Joanna's got a lot of work to do Joanna's friend Debbie is helping her train and keeping her motivated I think I'm a cute little thing I met her through buddy buddy she'll do anything for me she will bend over backwards I love her and I trust her to death but he's gonna have the best back on stage come on baby when I see myself improving it makes it more exciting for me Johanna is going to have to build even larger and more defined muscles than Debbie not to have any chance of beating the biggest women in the room competing for me it wasn't about competing against other people this is about being a war with me it's like can I do this can I do that rap in the gym it's all I keep getting you twist and sort of kick out of it actually Joanna's had a lifelong dream to win the Miss Olympia title the most prestigious bodybuilding contest in the world for the last four months she's put her body through an intense regime of crash dieting and hard core training I see my body is a lot of things I see it like a work of art actually I really feel like I've sculpted it the arena's just one week away from the qualifier contest which could take her to the Olympia stage watch you watch me here and I think god she's weird why is she doing now she's obsessed with it or that all her life is yeah you're right the time he does look weird but like a question when I see people working 9 to 5 Monday to Friday with 4 screaming kids around them and under poverty Friday night that's what they do to me that's weird but many people question whether training alone is behind these pumped-up bodybuilder physiques performance enhancement drug use is a question that Johanna constantly has to deal with we just take steroids and we disturb at it try this at home everybody for a few weeks to see how you look so I can say that's why I get very defensive about my sport because there's a lot of hard work people they realize that they just busy into the unit Azeem take what you like a lot of people would know they like me so my life since 15 years old dedication to this sport just about what people think Joanna's parents have equally strong news from subject don't get me wrong I'm not the frame at all I wouldn't take an aspirin as I had to if any sport was a definite no-no on drugs everybody would be equal yeah but individuals is up to the individual to take that on and the judges want if the winners have got to be that shape that size up bowl then they're going to do what they can to get to that condition yeah but it doesn't mean you should get involved with it yes but then they're not going to get anywhere they don't you know sticker nobody wants to her very very when we got Psalm 30:5 to be in her best contest shape Johanna must not have any fat between her skin and muscles she visits her nutritionist for a measurement the only place you seem to behold and joking her back you have three weeks after this so I was going to try and just get that little bit off yeah Joanna's aiming for three percent body fat an incredibly low level compared to the recommended 18 percent minimum for women it could also be dangerous for her health three percent probably for a female with an extremely healthy when you go below ten nine you start losing your menstrual cycle and that's a sign that the hormones are off a bit so they're pushing the envelope 2.6 she looks fantastic and if she does it for a short period of time she's good she does it for long she'll pay the price they feel fantastic Joanna's current regime runs the risk of damaging her vital organs opposed to tell with 30 pounds in 16 weeks because I want to be the best of the world over water we got an athlete I want to win and I don't push her push and push and push myself until I have to and if it means that I get sick at the end I do and I know that I can win that show I know I can win that GNC I know it because I have to think that way to go through what I'm doing tonight Joanna's flying to Atlanta for the Miss Olympia qualifier but first she has to do a photo shoot for her website the members only site needs to be constantly updated to keep people coming back I mean that we these will be clean that would never know anywhere when I got into bodybuilding it wasn't quite the sport it is today from here drop down on your knees and just think one and you would turn around in the going I thought it was a superstar lifestyle and it was a fitting healthy thing to do the dream was not the reality of it the reality of pursuing professional bodybuilding has meant many sacrifices for joanna as breast tissue is primarily made of fat hers are implants you know what basically like about it last couple days I've been so tired of my show and it's all about balance because sometimes they get really sick of just being seen as the sex thing in and it sometimes just never the athlete you know I've got no sponsorship right now or what I'm relying on is money for my website and you know it's had a bit of both I'd be cooler there but when I'm really struggling right now and no energy if that pisses me off that you know it's just a sort of the bowel sometimes okay yeah it's not balanced yeah I guess stupid people emailing me I can't even look my email sometimes you don't need that get ready for your show that's no I just want to be appreciated you know sometimes a little differently you know Wow miss Jo how you doing okay what condition do you think you're in then the show very nervous actually I just want to get it done – generics I don't just want to get I just want to win in yeah say my wrists when you see you'll be shot I have a lump of a huge lump in my wrist and start issuing one starting to tear as well it was tearing of might in my attendance I think from all the heavy weights I've been doing I can't keep on I don't know how many years I can keep doing this for anyway just keep going that situation almost I get so wound up about it it doesn't become a very pleasing experience it becomes a problem there are only 70 professional female bodybuilders in the world and joanna is one of them might not be for everybody I mean people probably think I look like a freak but you know what I'm just another thing I'm just another different type of woman Joella had a happy childhood growing up in England where her parents Mary and Donovan still live well he knows like busy we were always working and children brought brand-new and then one day HR any sane oh my god she's gonna be a female bodybuilder a chance glance at a bodybuilding magazine as a teen and joanna redefined her life and her body it was my first passion I always wanted to be really good at something at school and I didn't feel I was so when I took up bodybuilding I was so fastly respond it was a goof that such good connect you're gonna do so well and it pushed me to one to win that trophy Joanna started hardcore training at just 15 by 20 she broken all records to become the youngest woman in the world to turn to be the best in the world at this for it be absolutely amazing just to say I did it I was Miss Olympia now at 27 after 12 years of competing Joanne has moved to Los Angeles she hopes to be crowned Miss Olympia and retire at the top [Applause] to make it to the Olympia stage Joanna has to win a qualifier called the GNC over the next four months she's got to lose 30 pounds and build her muscles until they are bursting at rest she endures regular massage sessions to tear her muscles it's painful but it makes her muscles for a larger my mum and dad don't want to come to the GMC there I faith I'll get in the object they want to come to lunch and we said that when I retired that I would retire a good night with my family there and people that love me first sending that there good luck card I see this postcard you say with mister coral pumpin pastic but I thought be good then listen instead I think I'll be quite funny I think she'll find a bit of fun in that I put down good luck Joe for the show I think you need more paths these we hope weight-training good look at the GNC show Joe hope you go all the way to the Olympia love that it's not open she'll get to the show I'm hoping she'll win the show and then then I want to see what she's going to do the rest of her life I think because as a parent I want to see her eventually in a relationship and eventually have children and settle down and get on with her life but for now all of Joanna's time is devoted to bodybuilding the industry is poorly funded so she's had to seek out alternative sources of income she runs a members-only website where 400 members paid $25 a month to enter its my webcam people with other members of my site get to see me and talk to me and pose for them I'm ten weeks out for my show now so I've got a little bit more to go yet thank you very much my rather she didn't want to be honest about it rather she didn't have a website that covered such broad spectrum as she has got but she needs she gotta make money no you've got to make my own unfortunately step spells isn't it with only six weeks to go before the GMC qualifier Joanna's got a lot of work to do Joanna's friend Debbie is helping her train and keeping her motivated I met her through bodybuilding she would do anything for me she will bend over backwards I love her and I trust her to death who's gonna have the best back on stage come on baby when I see myself improving it makes it more exciting for me Juwanna is going to have to build even larger and more defined muscles than debbie not to have any chance of beating the biggest women in the room competing for me about competing against other people this is about being at war with me it's like can I do this can I do that rap for the gym it's all I keep getting twisted sort of kick out of it last week Joanna's had a lifelong dream to win the Miss Olympia title the most prestigious bodybuilding contest in the world for the last four months she's put her body through an intense regime of crash dieting and hard core training I see my body is a lot of things I see it like a work of art actually I really feel like I've scoped today the Elena's just one week away from the qualifying contest which could take her to the Olympia stage watch me here and think God she's weird why is she doing that she's obsessed with it or that all her life is yeah you're right he does look weird but like a question when I see people working 9:00 to 5:00 Monday to Friday with four screaming kids around them and under poverty Friday night that's what they do to me that's weird many people question whether training alone is behind these Pumped Up bodybuilder disease performance enhancement drug use is a question that Joanna constantly has to deal with yeah steroids we just take steroids and we disturb at it I am everybody 40 weeks and see how you look so I can say that's why I get ready pensive about my sport because there's a lot of hard work people they realize that they just pussy him to the museum take what you like a lot of people would not like me so my life is 15 years old dedication to this sport not just about what people think Joanna's parents have equally strong news on the subject don't get me wrong I'm not the Prima level I wouldn't take an aspirin as I had to if any sport was a definite no-no on drugs everybody would be equal yeah but individual is up to the individual to take that on and they face the judges want if the winner is got to be that shape that size Apple then they're going to do what they can to get to that condition yeah but it doesn't mean you should get involved there yes but then they're not gonna get anywhere they don't you know deep down nobody wants to do that very very rude when we got 135 to be in her best contest shave Johanna must not have any fat between her skin and muscles she visits her nutritionist for a measurement the only place you seem to be hold and soap in her back limp you have three weeks after this so I was gonna try and just get that little bit off yeah Joanna's aiming for 3% body fat an incredibly low level compared to the recommended 18% minimum for women it could also be dangerous for her health 3% probably for a female with an extremely healthy when you go below ten nine you start losing your menstrual cycle and that's a sign that the hormones are off a bit so they're pushing the envelope 2.6 she looks fantastic and if she does it for a short period of time she's good she does it for long she'll pay the price feel fantastic Joanna's current regime runs the risk of damaging her vital organs opposed to tell with 30 pounds in 16 weeks because I want to be the best of the world I don't want I'm gonna get on a fleet I want to win and I don't push her push and push and push myself until I have to and if it means that I get sick at the end I do and I know that I can win that show I know I can win that GNC I know it because I have to think that way to go through what I'm doing tonight Joanna's flying to Atlanta for the Miss Olympia qualifier but first she has to do a photo shoot for her website the members-only site needs to be constantly updated to keep people coming back having baths out right now remember that we do small bikini that would never know anywhere when I got into bodybuilding it wasn't quite the sport it is today from here drop down on your knees I just think warm and you want to turn around look that way I thought it was a superstar lifestyle and it was a fitting healthy thing to do the dream was not the reality of it the reality of pursuing professional bodybuilding has meant many sacrifices for joanna as breast tissue is primarily made of fat hers are implants you know what basically like about a couple days I've been so tired of my show and it's all about balance because sometimes they get really sick of just being seen as the sex thing in and sometimes just never the athlete you know sponsorship right now or what I'm relying on is money for my website and you know it's add a bit of both I'd be cooler there but when I'm really struggling right now there's no energy it pisses me off that you know it's just a sort of the bowel sometimes okay yeah it's not balanced yeah I guess stupid people emailing me I can't even look my email sometimes you don't need that getting ready for your show cuz that's no I just want to be appreciated there's sometimes a little differently you know Wow miss Jo how you doing okay what condition is that you're in then for the show very nervous actually I just want to get it done – genera I don't just wanna get my kids want to win in there yeah say my wrist when you see you'll be shot I have a lump of a huge lump in my wrist and it's scar tissue yeah the ones starting to tear as well but this tearing of my kin my tendons I think from all the heavyweights I've been doing I can't keep on I don't know how many years I can keep doing this for anyway they just keep going that situation almost I get so wound up about it it doesn't become a very pleasing experience it becomes a problem good enough it's not good enough thing you know it's like I'm not good enough to win it it's okay so it's never enough you know it's not it's always been like this yes I don't know what it is I love you and I'm gonna try and okay closer she will get a lot more sort of anxious I saw Laura and her patience wears very thin and she'll probably pick falls for yourself you know before anyone else does oh that would be right there's no such thing as perfection I always ain't very hiding from the beginning and I want to be the best in the world but to show people like my family and other people that I did achieve wise I was gonna do I'm trying to find my happiness I I love my body building but as I get older it's not enough anymore I'm at that funny phase now or more what is it I want I have the clue right now it's the morning of the olympia qualifier Joanna's finally got the chance to show off every muscle she sculpted and suffered for over the last four months I'm kind of sleepy I'm excited and I'm fine I just want to make sure I get on with my stuff there's a couple of hours and get to the single time and look pretty hot the a team here because it's very muscular women exaggerate the rest of their femininity to compensate for what society states of being masculine I make up color I'm using brown or pink blue and pink blue once you get to a certain point in your prep you can't see where you're looking at the mirror you can't quite feel at the how are you looking at me and so you need another pair eyes first as I can do it are you kidding me guys Maria bare try the GNC show of strength is the last chance this year with female bodybuilders to qualify for the biggest competition in the world miss Olivia every level of muscularity is on display Joanna must place first or second to get through to the Olivia backstage she sees her competition for the first time could be hard to be there yeah I between these four this about by eight months hopefully doesn't make the Olympia phases here with over 70 professional female bodybuilders enrolled the women who take part in the sport are hardcore and hungry for recognition when you see these people when you always think about that bigger and badder than you want it is you just to yourself please doesn't rain hard way around I just thought training me a little negative I'm comparing this up to how people look but you can't really tell how you look she was saying that she likes just big enough she wants to make sure she was you know all his declaration was coming out and the veins were coming out just before taking the stage the women make a last attempt to make sure that their veins flowed out of their skin by stuffing themselves with sugary food and that is now chaiwalla has to be 11 competitors and place first or second to qualify for Miss Olympia for some reason this driving me for body burning has been there a long long time I have this thing in me didn't win this show so I have to do it I know if I put enough into this I can win it Joella has always dreamed of winning Miss Olympia the biggest bodybuilding contest in the world she's about to be called onstage at the final qualifying event [Applause] Johanna has to beat 11 competitors and place first or second to qualify for the Olympia this is the first of two rounds [Applause] Joanna's being judged on her muscularity and symmetry bodybuilding is the only sport where the athletes look strong that are actually at their weakest due to months of crash dieting so tempting and holding poses is exhausting at the end of the first round the judges pick out their three favorites the order is a strong indicator of the final placing I don't get caught out the first or second choice [Applause] I just saw they call that Nancy Lewis first I go first hoping for a second because there's another round coming up so a lot can happen Joanna won't find out where she's placed until after the final round of the evening event after the comeback you want you in it you focus in the wrong place it's time for the final round and for Johanna everything is riding on this performance [Applause] one side for once I call it good as she prepares backstage a last-minute decision means Joanne has moved up in the schedule my bad to talk I'm just a very driven person I've always been a fighter stubborn big mouth and just always know quack but I always push push push push there are only two competitors left before Joanna takes the stage Manmeet what I noticed when you win the body won't show it's some very personal thing because it sort of all I have right now [Applause] this design make you laugh what I'm gonna tease there was something funny but I thought I just take a pic that myself but have a good time with it [Applause] [Applause] I just [Applause] I remember was mister doing better [Applause] this isn't sure Lana's got to place first or second to make it through to the Olympian [Applause] and coming in fourth place and I get lower birthday [Applause] coming in third place tonight rosebery Cheeseman [Applause] [Applause] Oh daddy now presenting the award for second place Geron dente tonight to another set the play I like the one being everyone thought I should have gone over you know you see the score sheet although Johanna came in second she won just $2,000 even if she succeeds at the Olympia she'll only win $10,000 a mere fraction of the $120,000 her male counterpart will earn so Joanna's got to get back to the work that really makes her money it's a little bit of a catch-22 you see because you could argue I care get yourself a job but I can't whatever he had top professional athlete and work 60 hours a week doing something you just can't and this way like that keep it going again the people who are online here are more attracted to large biceps and vascularity the veins it's all about the movement and it's all about the muscles swelling and the blood flowing through the muscles hold it there okay good good the other thing is gonna go you didn't never never drink should do things afar see my creative artistic type of child you know she got involved in school with the plays and that sort of stuff dance in it school in fact I'm over again I think I'd have put her into dancing Joanna's back in LA after qualifying for the Olympia her parents have sent her a DVD of family videos that's my first shit I wish I had the passion I have a family man I was served the chairman that I was absolutely obsessed as I said really more a lot more than that is such a keto face there 57 kilo these middens champion for 1997 is Johanna Thomas they're all my crochet I think I think I was supposed to do this yeah I'm gonna do my first press up to school and all this stuff that no one else could do and it was like amazing you know nice time so young body Bernie isn't a sport or a hobby it is Who I am with the Olympia only a day away Joanna's back in the gym to do her last training session although she looks powerful a diet of protein powder and dried meat means she's at her weakest if everything was easy to do it wouldn't be such an achievement whatever why do you think I'm sacrificing so much why do you think I've made my life disposable because when you want something is no excuses if you really want something bad enough you'll do it

4 Comments

  1. I seen your video mate, really love the content. Liked straight away, We should connect!

  2. If you have to become a man -and there is no doubt that she became a man here – by taking steroids, and have to buy fake boobs to even pretend to be a woman, you're not an athlete that anyone wants to respect. You're a caricature. A cartoon character. And all that athleticism goes out the window. Recognize when you're obsessed and stop. You're not doing women any favors. Just go ahead and have a sex change and THEN become a bodybuilder. Then you can become as big as you want. As it is, this is a joke.The huge boobs fool no one and look ridiculous.

    On the other hand, if you're making money online being a caricature, then more power to you, you've found your calling.

    Naturally muscular women are fabulous, artificially created beasts, are not.

  3. Don't watch. Video quality not good!

  4. 00:15 – only 70 professional female body builders in the world? B.S.!

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