This Woman Became a Bodybuilder—Even Though She Has No Arms
Let her inspire you to aim for your most daunting fitness goals.
Published: May 29, 2014 | By Jenna Birch
most ways, Barbie Thomas isn't that different from many other
37-year-old women. She's a mother of two, and a longtime fitness
devotee. She cooks, she puts on makeup, she texts, she drives... The
only difference? She lost both of her arms in an electrical accident
when she was just a young girl, and she does these common activities
with her feet. Oh, and she's also a bodybuilder.
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In 2003, after having spent a good chunk of her life checking out
bodybuilding competitions in magazines, Barbie decided to inquire into
joining one herself. After clearing it with bodybuilding officials, she
began to train, and now regularly enters events, reports the Daily Mail.
This past weekend, Barbie wowed the crowd at the NPC Junior USA
Bodybuilding Championship in Charleston, South Carolina, and her best
finish was in early 2012, when she placed fifth out of six competitors,
according to the publication. While this might not seem like the biggest
feat for many, it was huge for Barbie considering the unique struggles
she faces to tone and train for each event.
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Now Barbie wants to inspire others to reach for their biggest fitness
goals: "I'd say to anyone, you can do whatever you put your mind to,"
says Barbie, according to the Daily Mail. "The only limitations
are the ones you put on yourself. Everyone has limitations and
handicaps in some way or another—mine are more visible than yours
See how Barbie preps for a competition in the video below from 2012:
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