In a sport which requires immense physical strength, not many can match her inner strength.
A mother of two, who lost both her arms as a toddler, is now reaching for the top in women's bodybuilding.
Mrs Barbie Thomas, 37, from Phoenix, in the US state of Arizona, has participated with ablebodied women in dance, football and swimming competitions, the Mail Online reported.
Then she decided to take up bodybuilding.
She told US news website Huffington Post: "I talked with an organiser who told me I'd never win. When someone says I can't do something, it lights a fire under me."
Her greatest victory came in March last year, when she finished fifth out of six competitors. "That was the first time I finished ahead of another person," she was quoted as saying.
Previously, there had been times when she won but she was the only one competing.
Not one to rest on her laurels, she wanted to push the limits.