Fitness Unarmed: The story of amputee and bodybuilder Barbie Guerra

One look at a female bodybuilder and anyone can see that she’s different. With muscle tone like an exotic Amazonian and a dark spray tan, a body builder is a walking representation of extreme fitness.

Barbie Guerra lines up along other sculpted bodies during competitions. Together the bodybuilders don’t seem so different.BarbT_Comp_16

But Guerra still stands out.

She doesn’t have any arms.

The mother of two read about fitness competitors like Kelly Ryan in magazines for years. She became fascinated by the sport.

“I wanted to be in the magazines – just like them!” Guerra wrote on her website. “I just wasn’t sure at the time if I believed in myself enough to do it. I had to ask myself if I’m going to sit around wanting to do that or if I’m going to get up and do it? I decided that if I did not at least try, I would definitely regret it later.”

So Guerra called local competitions around her Arizona town to see if she could enter.

“I was concerned that I was going to bust my butt preparing for a competition and then not qualify to compete because of not having arms,” Guerra wrote. “I decided to make a phone call to the promoter to make sure it was alright for me to enter.”

The promoter was excited to have her compete. He said the audience would love her and she would  be a symbol of inspiration.

But he also told her something that would knock most people down.

He told her she could never win.

It only fueled her fire of motivation.

Since then, Guerra has entered 15 competitions from Chicago to Houston. Her last competition was the 2012 NPC Jr. Nationals where she placed fifth.

barbie-guerra-15

Not too shabby for a woman who wasn’t supposed to survive the accident that caused her to lose her arms at just two years old.

“I was outside playing with several other children, and being a typical 2yr old, I was in and out of the apartment a thousand times,” Guerra wrote. “While I was outside, I did something that would change my life in an instant.”

She climbed onto a transformer, grabbing wires to help her up.

Guerra was instantly electrocuted.

Electricity entered through both her hands, shot up her arms, traveled through her little body and exited through her feet.

Her arms were burned to the bone, “like charcoal.” Both were amputated at the shoulder. She still has scars on her legs.

Doctors said she would be in a vegetative state if she survived. But Guerra did survive and is physically and mentally capable. Her medical team speculated that the rubber soles in her tennis shoes might have been the reason her life was saved.

But Guerra believes it was an act of God.

“My mom prayed that if I had to live as a vegetable, that God would just take me,” Guerra wrote. “She also made a promise to God that day-if he let me live, she would make sure that I became ‘somebody.'”

Advertisements

6 Comments

Filed under Feature, Features, Fitness, Health, People, Women

6 responses to “Fitness Unarmed: The story of amputee and bodybuilder Barbie Guerra

  1. There is definately a great deal to learn about this issue.
    I like all the points you made.

  2. Rae

    Hello
    I am thinking about taking pro hormones, do you think this is
    good idea for advanced bodybuilder like me?
    People are satisfied with the results after prohormones cycles, just google for – 100% pure muscles without side effects – worth a try?

  3. I have to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this blog.
    I really hope to see the same high-grade content by you
    later on as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get
    my very own site now 😉

  4. Fantastic blog you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics discussed in this article?
    I’d really like to be a part of online community where I can get feed-back from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest.
    If you have any recommendations, please let me
    know. Bless you!

  5. Good post. I learn something new and challenging
    on sites I stumbleupon every day. It will always be helpful to read through content from other writers and use a little something from their web sites.

  6. Good for her, I am always amazed at the will of the human spirit. I really like her last quote and this post…nice job;)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s