The Armless Bodybuilder – Design You Trust

The Armless Bodybuilder

Meet Barbie Thomas the incredible armless female body builder who is inspiring America. The 37-year-old lost both her arms during a horrific electrical accident as a toddler – but that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her bodybuilding dream. Barbie says she can do anything an average person can do – except she uses her feet. That includes brushing her teeth, making dinner, taking milk out of the fridge, texting, shopping, putting on makeup and even driving.

The competitive mother-of-two was given an emotional standing ovation by competitors and spectators at the NPC Junior USA Bodybuilding Championship, South Carolina. She said: “I’d say to anyone, you can do whatever you put your mind to. 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 maybe”.

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Barbie Thomas has incredible strength. (Photo by Incredible Features/Barcroft Media)

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She wowed judges and competitors at the NPC Junior USA Bodybuilding Championships. (Photo by Incredible Features/Barcroft Media)

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Nearly every exercise you can do – she can do with her feet. (Photo by Incredible Features/Barcroft Media)

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Her legs have incredible strength. (Photo by Incredible Features/Barcroft Media)

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Barbie inspires thousands of bodybuilders. (Photo by Incredible Features/Barcroft Media)

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She started bodybuilding back in 2003. (Photo by Incredible Features/Barcroft Media)

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Barbie has been married three times and has two children. (Photo by Incredible Features/Barcroft Media)

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She also does everyday stuff with her feet – such as driving. (Photo by Incredible Features/Barcroft Media)

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Barbie gets milk from the fridge at her home in Arizona. (Photo by Incredible Features/Barcroft Media)

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Holding the phone with the soles of her feet… (Photo by Incredible Features/Barcroft Media)

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…she texts pals with her toes. (Photo by Incredible Features/Barcroft Media)

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Barbie Thomas cooks up meals with her feet. (Photo by Incredible Features/Barcroft Media)

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Here she puts on her makeup – again with her feet. (Photo by Incredible Features/Barcroft Media)

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Having no arms hasn’t stopped Barbie from living a normal existence. (Photo by Incredible Features/Barcroft Media)

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