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Barbie Thomas: Be Inspired By Armless Body Builder’s Story [Video]

Barbie Thomas is a one of a kind, she is an armless body builder who has inspired the fitness world with her determination.

When she was only 2-years-old, she was playing outside her apartment complex, when she decided to climb a transformer by grabbing on the the wires. The electric current charred her little arms and they had to be amputated from shoulder level.

In the bio on her website, Fitness Unarmed, she explains the extent of her injuries at the time,

“They were like charcoal. They were completely dead and had to be amputated at the shoulders.”

Thomas was not expected to survive and for most people the injuries she suffered would have been enough to cripple her for life, but instead she persevered and is now a competitive body builder and model. Talk about inspiring.

The body builder now lives in Phoenix and says she thanks God she is alive. Barbie Thomas has two teenage sons, 13 and 17 who call her shoulders “nubs”.

While speaking with, and holding the phone between her ear and right shoulder, Thomas says that her positive attitude is what has kept her going.

“I was not allowed to be negative and say I can’t do something. I was always taught to focus on what I can do, not what I can’t do,” she said. “It probably has a lot to do with my personality — I can’t imagine being a negative Nancy all the time.”

Her dance routines during fitness competitions include high kicks, splits, and some ninja moves, which participants are required to do on top of their strength performances.

Last year, the amateur division of the International Federation of Body Builders, the National Physique Committee (NPC) was so impressed with Barbie Thomas that they gave her the first ever Inspiration Award.

“She chose the most difficult division of all,” Miles Nuessle, Arizona chairman of the NPC commented.

Neussle says “the crowd went nuts” with her incredible dance moves, which he can’t put into words.

“We were thinking, ‘How can she do that routine?’ but she blew our minds,” he said. “She was absolutely beautiful. She was on the floor jumping up and doing splits. I don’t know what half the moves were called. She was rolling all over the place and shaking it — sexy, athletic, fun and emotional.”

Barbie Thomas, armless body builder's inspirational story.