- Name: Joanna Clare Thomas
- Date of Birth: December 12, 1976
- Date of Death: April 26, 2020
- Height: 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
- Off-season Weight: 70 kg (150 lb)
- Competition Weight: 67 kg (148 lb)
- Arm size: 15.5 in
- Waist size: 32.5 in
- Calf size: 17 in
- Hips size: 38 in
- Chest size: 42 in
- Best Win: IFBB Jan Tana Classic lightweight champion 2001
Wiki of Joanna Clare Thomas
Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t”
Recently we all learned with great sadness that Joanna Thomas, a British professional female bodybuilder, has passed away. Joanna Thomas had one of the most influential and sculpted female bodies in the female bodybuilding world.
In her generation of bodybuilders, Joanna was the youngest woman to receive a pro card at age 21. Over the course of a career spanning more than ten years, she fulfilled her dream of training at the renowned Gold's Gym in Venice, California.
When Joanna was 14 years old, a college student who was staying with her family showed her a copy of a bodybuilding magazine. This piqued her interest in the sport. Thomas, who has had asthma her entire life and was unable to engage in any sort of strenuous physical activity when she was younger, was inspired by how women appeared and knew she wanted to someday look like them.
Early Life of Joanna Clare Thomas
On December 12, 1976, Joanna was born in Truro, Cornwall, England, U.K. Her mother works on a farm, while her father is a painter and decorator. Before relocating to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to further her career, Joanna spent her formative years in Camborne, where she attended Camborne Science and International Academy. In 1993, she received her diploma from the Camborne Science and International Academy.
Joanna Clare Thomas was the youngest female to earn a pro card in her bodybuilding generation, aged just 21, and achieved her dream of training at the world-famous Gold's Gym in Venice, California, in a career spanning more than a decade.
Joanna Thomas's appearance in the 2005 Channel Five documentary Supersize She, which detailed her preparation for the 2004 Ms. Olympia competition, helped propel her to even greater fame. Joanna's own life, her parents' attitudes toward bodybuilding, her diet and sacrifices, her physical appearance, and her work in the adult industry are all covered in this documentary.
Bodybuilding Career of Joanna Thomas
When she was 14 years old, she became interested in bodybuilding after spotting a college student's copy of a bodybuilding magazine that was housed with her family. As a child with asthma, Thomas was unable to engage in any sort of strenuous physical activity, but she was inspired by how women appeared and knew she wanted to look like them one day. Young Thomas struggled with shyness and put off her desire to become a bodybuilder until she was able to do so. At age 14, the 107 lb (49 kg) Thomas visited a nearby gym three months later.
The gym owner's wife said that males should be the ones to grow muscle, but her husband started working with her. He prescribed a three-split training schedule for her, with just three meals per day and no supplements. She immediately learned that she had excellent genetics for bodybuilding, and she recovered from her asthma swiftly. She adhered to the exercise schedule for two years and put on 91 lb (41 kg) of weight, including 9 lb (4.1 kg) of muscle. I was the only female in my gym class who could perform good push-ups after six months of training, Joanna noted. At the age of, she became really interested in bodybuilding.
When Joanna Thomas became 17 years old, bodybuilding had already taken on a life of its own for both her and her sister, Nicola Thomas, who had also been inspired to take up the sport. By this point, Joanna had made the decision to enter bodybuilding competitions and had set her sights on a career as a professional bodybuilder. She entered competitions between the ages of 17 and 20 with the intention of becoming a professional and winning the British Championships. At the age of 20, she came in third in the championship finals in 1997. Her sister Nicola became the first lightweight to earn the overall championship and professional card in that competition (Nicola retired without competing as a professional).
To train at the gym Betta Bodies, Joanna relocated to Manchester, England in 1998. Kerry Kayes, the gym's owner, and Diane Royle assisted her with her exercise regimen. Additionally, Chemical Nutrition, a supplier of dietary supplements, sponsored her. Joanna won the British Championships in 1998, making history as the world's youngest woman to earn an IFBB pro card.
Joanna's Professional Journey
Joanna would not compete once more until 2001 because she thought that her physique needed to be significantly improved before she could compete successfully as a professional. During this period, Thomas completed her two years of nursing school, but she afterwards stopped going to class to concentrate on her bodybuilding career. During this time, Joanna relocated to the US so she could participate in IFBB competitions. Since there wasn't an overall winner for the 2001 Jan Tana Classic, Joanna was crowned co-champion alongside the other female bodybuilders who won their respective classes. She competed in the competition and won the lightweight class. As a professional, Joanna achieved her first success with this.
Additionally, this made her eligible for the 2001 Miss Olympia pageant. Earlier than going to the Olympia, Joanna's friend Steve Wennerstrom asked her to stay at his house in San Diego, California, so she could get ready for the Ms. Olympia competition. She finished tenth in the light weight division at the 2001 Ms. Olympia.
In order to become more competitive, Joanna then made the decision to take a break from competitive bodybuilding and concentrate on improving her physical appearance. She qualified once more for the Ms. Olympia in 2004, having finished second in the lightweight division of the 2004 GNC Show of Strength. Joanna finished seventh in the lightweight division at the Ms. Olympia in 2004. Joanna gave up bodybuilding after participating in the 2007 Atlantic City Pro.
From 2010 till death
Joanna revealed on her blog on July 28, 2010, that she was returning to Fort Lauderdale, Florida after a retirement from bodybuilding and was moving from the UK. After retiring for three years, she started working out again on August 14, 2010. With the help of her boyfriend, Miles, Joanna relocated from Fort Lauderdale to Sarasota in Florida in April 2011. She now lives there and is working on enhancing her physical appearance in preparation for a potential competition.
Joanna's Television appearance
Supersize She, an hour-long documentary that aired on British channel five in 2005 and was also broadcast on The Learning Channel in the US, featured Joanna Clare Thomas. The programme followed her preparations for the 2004 Ms. Olympia competition. Her life, her parents' reactions to her decision to pursue a career as a nude model and bodybuilder, her strict dietary restrictions, her love of bodybuilding, all the sacrifices she made, and the physical changes she underwent to become a professional bodybuilder are all discussed in the documentary. The documentary was well-received in the US and the UK and received high ratings in both countries. As a result, Joanna received considerable exposure both in her home country and in the US. Joanna discussed achieving a modest level of fame following her appearance in the documentary in a brief article published in Robert Kennedy's MuscleMag International. She spoke about being recognized on the street and receiving autograph requests from viewers of the documentary.
Joanna's Film appearance
Joanna Clare Thomas played the lead role in the 2006 comedy short All's Swell That Ends Swell! played the Beautician there.
IFBB Youngest professional female bodybuilder:
Joanna won the British Championships in 1998, making history as the world's youngest woman to earn an IFBB pro card. Because she was eight months younger than Joanna when she won the British Championships in 1998, Michelle Jones, who won the middleweight division and the overall competition in 2006, broke Joanna's record. The British Championships' rules were amended by the UKBFF in 2005, yet the men's winner continued to receive an automatic IFBB pro card while the women's winner did not. Joanna still holds the record for becoming the IFBB's youngest professional female bodybuilder as a result.
Joanna Clare Thomas Contest history
- 1997 EFBB Northeast Qualifier - 1st (MW)
- 1997 EFBB British Championships - 3rd (LW)
- 1998 EFBB Northwest Qualifier - 1st (MW)
- 1998 EFBB British Championships - 1st (LW and Overall)
- 2001 IFBB Jan Tana Classic - 1st (LW)
- 2001 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 10th (LW)
- 2003 IFBB Jan Tana Classic - 2nd (LW)
- 2004 IFBB GNC Show of Strength - 2nd (LW)
- 2004 IFBB IFBB Ms. Olympia - 7th (LW)
- 2007 IFBB Atlantic City Pro - 4th (LW).