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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The inspirational mother who lost her arms as a two-year-old but is now a BODYBUILDER (and still has to clean up after her two teenage sons!)



But anything that could prove challenging makes her work even harder to achieve it, because she says her biggest inspiration is being told she can't do something.
Speaking to the Huffington Post, she said: 'Someone once told me that you know you can never win, and to this day those words light a fire under me like you would not believe. Because when someone tells me I can't do something I will bust my buns to prove them wrong.'
 


Mrs Thomas lost both her arms when they were burnt to the bone by an electric shock when she climbed up onto a transformer and grabbed the wires with both hands. 
She was aged just two and her mother was distraught, but almost immediately young Mrs Thomas learnt to adapt, holding out her legs to hug her mother.


Mrs Thomas, pictured in the 2012 Natural Western Regional Championships, says she has only ever won when she was the only person in the competition
Mrs Thomas, pictured in the 2012 Natural Western Regional Championships, says she has only ever won when she was the only person in the competition
Mrs Thomas says her disability does not stop her from doing most things, in fact when someone says she can't do something, she is more determined to do it
Drive: Mrs Thomas says her disability does not stop her from doing most things, in fact when someone says she can't do something, she is more determined to do it

Every day, the stay-at-home mother, who has recently gone through a divorce, goes to the gym to train.
She does cardio in the morning followed by a routine of either weights, dance, track training, lunges and leg exercises and of course, practicing her competition routine.
In her next competition, she plans to being out a new move to wow the judges, a complete flip. But, according to the news service, she's promised her mother not to do any tumbles, since this is how she has previously hurt her knee.
Reliant on her legs and feet, Mrs Thomas says she dresses and prepares herself like any other person without any help.
Given her disability, you might expect she would get extra help for her sons, aged 13 and 17, around the house, but she tells the Huffington Post: 'They're teenage boys. I still have a hard time getting them to do chores.' 
Ambitious: She is now setting her sights on acting parts in Hollywood
Ambitious: She is now setting her sights on acting parts in Hollywood

In addition to her gym work, Mrs Thomas does some modelling and is now setting her sights on some film parts.
She told the newspaper she was offered a part in the Steven Spielberg film A.I. but had to turn it down because she was pregnant. She said limbless actors were often used in Hollywood films where people are dismembered.
The inspirational mother is also giving motivational speeches to help others achieve their goals.
Training: Mrs Thomas starts every day with a cardio workout then chooses what trianing to do. Here she demonstrates her dance routine
Training: Mrs Thomas starts every day with a cardio workout then chooses what trianing to do. Here she demonstrates her dance routine
Weight lifting: Much of her day is taken up with weight lifting when she prepares for a body building competition
Weight lifting: Much of her day is taken up with weight lifting when she prepares for a body building competition
Props: The tiered seating at the track provides the perfect prop for Mrs Thomas to practice lunges and squats
Props: The tiered seating at the track provides the perfect prop for Mrs Thomas to practice lunges and squats
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Fri Mar 02 12:50:24 PST 2012

Armless fitness competitor Barbie Thomas

Fitness competitor Barbie Thomas, who lost both of her arms in a transformer accident when she was 2 years old, talks about her workout routine. view full article

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