For those interested in the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB), here is some information that tells about the bodybuilding federation. This information was given to us from the IFBB.
Formation: The IFBB was formed in 1946 in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada by Ben and Joe Weider, in order to unify, control, and coordinate the sport of bodybuilding throughout the world.
In 1969 the IFBB joined the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), of which it is an active member to this day. GAISF coordinates the activities and unifies the recognized international amateur sports federations, those on the Olympic program and those not on the Olympic program, acting as liaison with the International Olympic Committee. Only one international sports federation per recognized sport is permitted to affiliate with GAISF. In the sport of bodybuilding, that one federation is the IFBB.
The IFBB follows the accepted International Sports Federation Charter.
Recognition: The IFBB is recognized by:
President of the IFBB:
Ben Weider, CM, PhD, is the President of the IFBB.
General Secretary of the IFBB:
Eric Weider is the general Secretary of the IFBB, and supervises the organization of most major international bodybuilding competitions. He communicated with the national federations and responds to their inquiries by telephone, fax and letter on a daily basis.
International Congress: The Congress is the supreme organ of the IFBB. It meets once a year during the Men's World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships in order to discuss all matters pertaining to the sport of bodybuilding. Changes to the Constitution and Rules are debated and voted upon by the delegates present. If adopted, they become part of the Constitution of the IFBB.
The Executive Council: The Executive Council administers the IFBB during the year between Congresses and makes decisions on behalf of the Federation. All positions on the Executive Council are open to democratic election procedures, which are carried out every four years.
Financing: The financing of the Federation depends on its membership fees, sanction fees, sponsors and television revenue.
Code of Ethics: As part of its Constitution and Rules, the IFBB has a Code of Ethics for competitors, administrators and officials. IFBB members who contravene the code of Ethics are liable for suspension.
Drug Testing: IFBB competitors are drug tested in accordance with the IOC guidelines. Testing is conducted at accredited IOC laboratories whenever possible. Athletes who test positive are suspended from the Federation, and the athlete's national federation is fined. The IFBB has published an official Position Paper on Steroids which is available from the IFBB head office in Montreal.
Research and Educational Literature: The IFBB makes an essential contribution to the development of health, fitness and sport by doing research and printing educational and informative literature that will enable athletes to improve their health, combat the use of drugs, and reach peak athletic performance. These documents are sent without charge to all member federations and to all national Olympic committees and international sports federation leaders throughout the world. All research is conducted by specialists in their field.
IFBB Publications: Other than the printing of literature dealing with nutrition, health, drug control, bodybuilding and fitness, the official journal of the IFBB is Flex magazine. This magazine is published in many languages and reaches millions of people around the world every month. Flex magazine's goal is to improve and promote the sport of bodybuilding and fitness, and to help inform readers around the world of bodybuilding activities. It plays a critical role in expanding and promoting the sport of bodybuilding.
Television: The IFBB is responsible for all television negotiations with reference to the coverage of competitions above the national level. Contracts are signed with various television companies in order to give bodybuilding competitions the maximum possible exposure worldwide.
Judging: The IFBB has strict judging guidelines and rules, published in the IFBB Judges' Guide Book.
How a Bodybuilding Contest is Judged: A bodybuilding contest is conducted in two sessions, the Prejudging and the Final Presentation. Male competitors are graded into six weight classes. They are:
Competitors are then assessed by a panel of nine judges, who must be qualified by passing examinations, and duly certified. As much as possible, judges are drawn from different countries for international competitions.
Prejudging: Elimination: All competitors come into the stage together and five at a time are required to strike the seven mandatory poses. The 15 best competitors are selected by the judges and the other are eliminated from competition.
Prejudging: Semifinals: The 15 competitors are then called back on stage as a group, in a relaxed stance in frontal and back positions for comparison. They will then strike the seven mandatory poses, five or six athletes at a time. After this, the six best competitors are selected by the judges as finalists.
Final Presentation: Finals: The six finalists perform their free posing routines individually with music and then collectively strike the seen compulsory poses for comparison, as in the Semifinals. The competitor with the best score is declared the winner.
During the entire process, judges are guided by rules and criteria laid down by the IFBB. Their assessment of the competitor's physique is based on muscle size, overall body shape, symmetry (the balance between the upper and lower body, and the left and right sides of the body), proportion (balance between various body parts), muscle definition (percentage of body fat), and finally, the artistic posing presentation with music.
World Bodybuilding Championships
The World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships (men's and women's) are sanctioned by the IFBB, and have been held in different countries each year since 1946 when the IFBB was founded. The host federation invites the IFBB-affiliated national federations to send their best competitive amateur bodybuilders to compete in the various weight categories. At the men's World Championships, each federation may enter up to five competitors, of which a maximum of three may compete in one weight class. At the Women's World Championships, each federation may enter up to a maximum of two competitors in any one weight category. All athletes are subject to drug testing before leaving their country and are tested again at the Championships. The first, second and third place winners in each weight class receive medals.
The IFBB World Championships are the most important bodybuilding competitions on the amateur agenda. The International Congress is held in conjunction with the Men's World Championships each year.