International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness

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International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness
IFBBlogo official.png
Sport Bodybuilding and Fitness
Category Sports governing body
Jurisdiction International
Founded 1946

Calle Dublín, nº 39
28232 Europolis
Las Rozas

Madrid, Spain [1]
President Dr Rafael Santonja [2]
Vice president Jim Manion (North America)
Albert Busek (Europe)
Javier Pollock (Caribbean)
Aquiles De Cesare (South America)
Paul Graham (South Pacific Oceania)
Dr. Eng. Adel Fahim El Sayed (Africa)
Malih Alaywan (Middle East)
Sheikh Abdullah Al Khalifa (Asia)[2]
Director Pamela Kagan[2]
Secretary William Tierney[2]
Official website

The International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness (IFBB), headquartered in Madrid, Spain, is an international amateur sport's governing body for bodybuilding and fitness that oversees many of the sport's major international events, notably the World and Continental Championships.[3][4] The IFBB is one of the largest and most active sports federations in the world and is recognized by 90 National Olympic Committees. The Federation participates in the World Games and several Regional Games recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) program.[3] Some of the Federation's main objectives are "to develop, promote and control the sport of bodybuilding and fitness on an international scale," and "to promote an interest in, and a dedication to, better health and fitness through physical culture, proper nutrition, and weight training." [4]

The IFBB is a member of SportAccord. The IFBB is a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code in full compliance with the 2015 WADA Code.[3]


In 1946, the IFBB was founded by brothers Ben and Joe Weider in Montreal, Canada under the name "International Federation of Bodybuilders". The two founding countries were Canada and the United States. Mr. Ben Weider of Canada served as the first IFBB President. In 1965, the IFBB held its first professional bodybuilding competition, the Mr. Olympia.[5] From 1946 to 1970, the Federation experienced rapid growth as Joe and Ben Weider promoted the organization globally. By 1950, Ben had visited over 30 countries and in 1955, he traveled to Kiev, Prague, Warsaw, and Moscow to expand the IFBB further. By 1970, the IFBB had directors in more than 50 countries worldwide and the IFBB had its footprint in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, North America, and South America.[6]

On September 4, 1970, the IFBB held its 1st International Congress in Belgrade, Yugoslavia where a Constitution was adopted and an Executive Council.[6] In 1971, the IFBB became a member of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), now SportAccord. Upon receiving membership, the IFBB became the only official representative of bodybuilding to be recognized by world sport authorities. From the 1980s to his death in 2008, IFBB president Ben Weider petitioned the IOC for inclusion of bodybuilding in the Olympic Games.[7] Although bodybuilding had never been on the Olympic Program,[8] in 1998, the IOC granted the IFBB provisional recognition, which lasted nearly four years, but was withdrawn in 2001.[9][10]

In 2004, the IFBB was renamed the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness, and maintained the "IFBB" abbreviation. The following year, the IFBB adopted new IFBB Anti-Doping Rules following the World Anti-Doping Code. The IFBB Professional Section was legally split from the IFBB to form the IFBB Professional League, its own legal entity with its own rules and regulations. In turn, the IFBB Constitution becomes a governing document for the amateur sport only.[6] In 2006, after 60 years, Ben Weider resigned from his role as president and Dr. Rafael Santonja from Spain was elected as the new president. The IFBB headquarters were moved to Madrid, Spain. In 2010, Santonja was reelected for a second term, and in 2014, he was reelected for a third time at the IFBB World Congress in Brasilia.[3]


The IFBB is registered under Spanish law as a nonprofit legal entity. The IFBB has a constitution, technical rules, anti-doping rules, and democratically elected executive council with four-year terms. The IFBB meets annually at its International Congress, held in conjunction with the Men’s World Bodybuilding Championships.[4] The IFBB is a founding member of the International World Games Association (IWGA) and also a member of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee, and the International Council of Coach Education (ICCE). The IFBB is recognized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa, the Association of Pan-American Sport Federations (ACODEPA).[7] The IFBB is also recognized by some 90 National Olympic Committees.[3] The IFBB participates in several Regional Games recognized by the IOC including the Southeast Asian Games, the Asian Games, the South American Games, the Asian Beach Games, the Arab Games, the Pacific Games, the African Games, and the World Games.[7] The IFBB has also participated at the Central American Games.[3]

It affiliates 191 National Federations which may also form Continental/Regional Federations.[3] The IFBB affiliated federations include the following:

  • European Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (EBFF)
  • Asian Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (AFBF)
  • Confederación Sudamericana de Fisiculturismo, Fitness e Bodyfitness (CSFF)
  • Central American & Caribbean Bodybuilding Federation (CACBBF)


The IFBB annually holds more than 2,000 competitions at the local, national, regional, continental, and World Championships levels.[3] Competitions are held for the various sports disciplines the IFBB has recognized, many of which are organized with juniors, seniors, and masters divisions.[11]

IFBB Sport Disciplines [11][12]
Event World Championships Year Added
Men’s bodybuilding [13] Yes 1970
Men’s classic bodybuilding [14] Yes 2005
Women’s fitness [15] Yes 1995
Men’s fitness [16] Yes 2005
Women’s body fitness [17] Yes 2002
Women’s bikini fitness [18] Yes 2010
Women's physique [19] Yes 2013
Men's physique [20] Yes 2012
Children fitness [21] Yes 2010
Mixed pairs [11] No -
Men’s wheelchair bodybuilding [22] No 2008
Men's athletic fitness [23] No 2011 [24]
Women's athletic fitness [23] No 2011 [24]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Contact the IFBB, "Contact the IFBB" Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Executive Council, "Executive Council" Retrieved on 21 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h About The IFBB, "About The IFBB" Retrieved on 20 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b c IFBB Constitution , "IFBB Constitution March 2015" Retrieved on 20 November 2015.
  5. ^ IFBB Professional League Website "About Us" Retrieved on 22 November 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "Congress History" Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "Anti-Doping History" Retrieved on 24 November 2015.
  8. ^ Grasso, John; Mallon, Bill; Heijmans, Jeroen (14 May 2015). Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement (Fifth ed.). London: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 81. ISBN 978-1-4422-4860-1. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Bodybuilding as an Olympic Sport?" Retrieved on 27 November 2015.
  10. ^ Rbimba.It [ "2001 Congress"] Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  11. ^ a b c "General Rules 2014" Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Our Disciplines" Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Men's Bodybuilding Rules 2014" Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  14. ^ "Men's Classic Bodybuilding Rules 2014" Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Women's Fitness Rules 2014" Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Men's Fitness Rules 2014" Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  17. ^ "Body Fitness Rules 2014" Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  18. ^ "Bikini Fitness Rules 2014" Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  19. ^ "Women's Physique Rules 2014" Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Men's Physique Rules 2014" Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  21. ^ "Children's Fitness Rules 2014" Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  22. ^ "Men's Wheelchair Bodybuilding Rules 2014" Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  23. ^ a b "Athletic Fitness Rules" Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  24. ^ a b Facebook "IFBB Athletic Fitness Facebook Page" Retrieved 27 November 2015.

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