International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness

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The International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB) is a bodybuilding federation based in Madrid. It has 183 national sub-federations worldwide


The IFBB is responsible for the Mr. Olympia, World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships, and Ms. International Competitions. The first competition of the IFBB was the election of Mr. America in 1949. This so angered the former AAU that they banned any of their members from competing in the Mr. America contest.


The federation was founded in 1946 as the International Federation of Bodybuilders by Ben and Joe Weider. Until 1940, the bodybuilding scene was under the control of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). The Weiders decided to form the IFBB because they felt that the AAU was only interested in marketing weightlifting, not bodybuilding.

In 1969, it became a member of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), now Sportaccord. Since the 1980s, the federation sought inclusion as an Olympic sport. A demonstration of a competition was envisaged and designed for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, but ultimately failed due to rejection. Bodybuilding was, however, represented on various occasions at the Worldgames.

In November 2004, the IFBB Congress voted to change the name to the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness. However, the logo and the abbreviation “IFBB” remained unaffected.

See also

  • German Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (German Sub-Association)
  • National Amateur Bodybuilders Association (NABBA)
  • NAC Germany

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