The video above is part of the first installment of a four-part series on the history of body builders.
It was shot in 1995 in a small village in southern Thailand.
The women are all squatters who are living off their own land.
The first one is a woman named Sanna Thakorn, a body builder who was in Thailand for several years before returning home and starting a family.
Her husband, a farmer, works as a construction worker in Thailand.
The other women are sisters Sohini and Boonchana.
They are also squatters.
Their mother, a woman in her 40s, also works in construction.
The youngest of the women, Sotiris, is a housewife who has just finished her master’s degree in architecture and is now a housekeeper.
She tells the story of how she first got into bodybuilding.
“I used to be a good athlete but my body was too weak,” she says.
“I didn’t want to get into any shape.”
After her husband died in the 1980s, she became a house-wife and was a housemother.
She was a novice at the sport, but she loved to train and was always happy to show off her physique.
“When I was a little girl, I was so proud of my body,” she explains.
“Even now, I don’t want anyone to see me as a weak bodybuilder.
I don, too.
I want people to know I was strong, strong and beautiful.”
The women also share their experiences with the Thai authorities who were more than willing to talk.
“The Thai government was more than happy to talk to us about the problems of bodybuilding and the problems we faced,” Sotiri says.
“We have all faced the same problems in our lives.
Our bodies are weak.
We are not able to do the things we want to do in life.”
The men in the video have more positive stories to share.
Sanna Thaksorn says that after she returned to Thailand she and her husband had a family reunion and shared a meal together.
She says she was also introduced to Thai bodybuilder and fitness guru Sisathiporn Pattani.
“He was one of the most generous people I have ever met.
He told us that if we want our bodies to look like the pictures, we need to be strong and muscular,” she said.”
He told us to keep doing the things I wanted to do.
He said we need strength to do that and to lift heavy things.”
Sotiri, who has also studied at the Thammasat University of Art and Design, says she has learned a lot about herself.
“Before we came back, I didn’t know much about Thai society.
But when I saw the beautiful women and the beautiful people, I knew I wanted that body,” Sottir says.
In the next part of this series, Sottiri talks about what she learned from Pattani and her experiences in Thailand, including the importance of positive body image.
You can watch the full video on the BleacherReport website.