IFBB has engaged in the promotion and support of Classic Bodybuilding and Women Fitness in the traditional line-up of events.
“Classic Bodybuilding” is a version of bodybuilding for those male athletes who don’t wish to develop their muscles to their “extreme” full potential. Following a specific formula the competitions in this discipline will be performed by body-height categories currently five categories: 168 cm, 171 cm, 175 cm, 180 cm and over 180 cm.
“Women Fitness” was introduced in the early 90’s in response to the increasing demand for competitions for women who prefer to develop a less muscular, yet athletic and aesthetically pleasing physique and also to show their bodies in motion.
In Women Fitness, the emphasis is placed on a shapely, athletic-looking physique with the judges looking for strength elements, flexibility movements, high tempo, technical perfection, elegance and grace.
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Mens sana in corpore ...
From the writings of Aristotle and Plato, there should be little dispute over the fact that ancient Olympians were fully cognizant about physical training and dietary techniques. Indeed, Socrates himself coined the phrase "mens sana in corpore sano", a sound mind in a sound body. The great strongman Eugen Sandow is credited with organizing the first "physique" competition at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, in 1901. With none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish physician and author of Sherlock Holmes, serving as one of the judges.
The competition ...
Like many other sports, competition day is but the culmination of many months and years of behind-the-scenes training. The athletes compete by bodyweight: six categories for men; three for women. A body building competition breaks down into two stages: Prejudging and Finals.
At Prejudging, each category presents on-stage before a panel of nine judges. During this presentation, the competitors are compared against each other while performing relaxed turns and compulsory poses: seven for men, five for women. Each judge must award each athlete a placing, from first to last, giving no two or more athletes the same placing. Two high and two low placings are then discarded. The remaining five placings are summed to produce a Prejudging subscore and placing. Ties are immediately broken. During Prejudging, the competitors are compared for muscularity (size and density), definition (cuts), proportion (shape) and symmetry (balance).
In the Finals, the top six from Prejudging are judged again by the same panel of judges. Each athlete is called on stage to perform his or her individual posing routine to music: 60 seconds for men, 90 seconds for women. This is followed by a final comparison of the compulsory poses and a posedown. Again, each judge must award each athlete a placing, from first to last, giving no two or more competitors the same placing. Two high and two low placings are then discarded. The remaining five placings are summed to produce a Finals subscore. This subscore is added to the Prejudging subscore to produce the final score and placing. The athlete with the lowest score is awarded first place. Ties are immediately broken.
BodyBuilding in The World Games ...
The International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness (IFBB) is a founding member of the International World Games Association (IWGA) and the sport featured on the first eight editions of The World Games.