Armless body builder inspires others

By Ryan Cummings

CHANDLER, Ariz. (KNXV/CNN) - Competing as a body builder at a national level takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Some people never make it.

One woman has never let life's obstacles get in her way. Working out is not easy, and it can take years to become a top competitor. And tons of lifting.

"Every day is not leg day, because I'm not an idiot," said 37-year-old Barbie Thomas.

Competitors train every part of their body, from their core to their calves.

"So I look good in my clothes. So I fit in my clothes. And I love it, it's a good stress reliever for me," said Barbie.

Thomas started competing back in 2003.

"I just said, what the heck, I'm gonna go for it," she said.

And that determination might surprise you and even inspire because Barbie's routine is quite different than most.

"I was two-and-a-half and I got into a transformer. The electricity went in through my hands and out through my legs," she said.

Doctors had to amputate her arms and didn't think she would survive.

"I think God had a different plan for me and spared my life," she said.

Barbie is now a fitness competitor on the national level.

"I got a lot of funny looks the first few times I competed," she said.

Her trophies, prove her success. She does most everything with her feet, including texting, driving, and working out. Her faith is a constant reminder to never give up.

"You know there are times I just have to pray just to keep my spirits up," she said.

And that drive motivates others. Tons of inspiration, tons of courage, and tons of pushing people to do their best.

"And I really think that's why I'm still here on Earth is to motivate other people and inspire other people and show them that, you know, you can do it. When you put your mind to something it's possible," said Barbie.


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