Mom, With No Arms, Competes As Bodybuilder - KMSP-TV

Mom, With No Arms, Competes As Bodybuilder

Posted: Updated:
Courtesy of Barbie Thomas: http://fitnessunarmed.com/gallery/ Courtesy of Barbie Thomas: http://fitnessunarmed.com/gallery/
Courtesy of Barbie Thomas: http://fitnessunarmed.com/gallery/ Courtesy of Barbie Thomas: http://fitnessunarmed.com/gallery/
Barbie and her two sons Barbie and her two sons

Even though she lost both her arms as a toddler, Barbie Thomas, 37, has been competing as a bodybuilder since 2000.

Thomas suffered an accident when she was two, when she climbed into a transformer and grabbed the wires. The electricity bolted through her body and burned her arms all the way through the bone. Thomas recalled how her two year old brain found the strength and adapted intuitively.

"After I lost my arms, my mom was frantic about what was going to happen to me," Thomas told The Huffington Post. "But I put my legs out to hug her like I had already decided what I was going to do."

In school, she stayed very active. Not only did she play soccer and dance, she also was on the high school swim team.

When Thomas started bodybuilding in 2000, there were people who doubted her, but, as she tells The Huffington Post, "When someone says I can't do something, it lights a fire under me."

Thomas has won competitions, and when she isn't competing, she's raising her 13 and 17 year old teenage boys. She jokes to Huffington post that despite her physical limitations, she still has to do chores herself because her boys are standard teenagers. Besides chores, Thomas also can drive, cook, and even write emails. She basically does everything someone with two arms can do.

"I don't want people to feel sorry for me," she tells Huffington Post. "I feel like God had a plan."

Thomas sees herself moving into motivational speaking, and she also dabbles in modeling and acting.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Rally Of Solidarity For Israel Held In LOVE Park

    Rally Of Solidarity For Israel Held In LOVE Park

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-07-24 05:00:42 GMT
    SkyFOX was live over the scene shortly after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, as big crowd gathered at LOVE Park in Philadelphia after area synagogues put out the call to stand with Israel.
    SkyFOX was live over the scene shortly after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, as big crowd gathered at LOVE Park in Philadelphia after area synagogues put out the call to stand with Israel.
  • Southwest Agent Removes Passenger All Because Of A Tweet

    Southwest Agent Removes Passenger All Because Of A Tweet

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:47 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:47:14 GMT
    A Minnesota man was forced to get off a Southwest Airlines Flight because of a tweet.Duff Watson says the humiliating ordeal began Sunday July 20th, when he and his two children tried to board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis.Watson says he has priority boarding because he’s an “A-list customer.”But when he went to the gate, the agent wouldn’t allow his two children to board with him.Watson eventually tweeted about the horrible experience.The tweet stated, “Something to the effect of wow, ...
    A Minnesota man was forced to get off a Southwest Airlines Flight because of a tweet.Duff Watson says the humiliating ordeal began Sunday July 20th, when he and his two children tried to board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis.Watson says he has priority boarding because he’s an “A-list customer.”But when he went to the gate, the agent wouldn’t allow his two children to board with him.Watson eventually tweeted about the horrible experience.The tweet stated, “Something to the effect of wow, ...
  • Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

    Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:35 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:35:43 GMT
    His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father's native Pakistan.
    His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father's native Pakistan.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices