Congratulations, you are thinking of entering the fun, rewarding, and even sometimes-profitable world of bodybuilding competitions!
Guys, this excites me so much because it’s all about you!
Once again, these contests are a guide to your own personal fitness fulfillment. I can remember my first bodybuilding competition: I was jazzed, I was excited, I thought I was big shit: I traveled eight hours to San Diego for a Jon Lindsay’s MUSCLECONTEST–and I thought that the show was mine.
Lo and behold, the day of the completion is when reality hit me: long story short I ended up driving eight hours back from San Diego with a near second-to-last place. This was a huge check to my ego, and a defining moment in my life: I had to decide whether I was going to continue to compete or if I was going to let my disappointment stop me in my tracks.
If I had chosen the latter I wouldn’t be sitting here talking to you as an IFBB professional athlete here today. The reason why I share this story with you is to illustrate the truth behind the saying “persistence overcomes resistance”.
The great news is not just that there are hundreds of events—from huge international ones to small local ones—but there is a contest for just about every type of bodybuilding and physique style you can think of.
With that in mind here is a list of some of the top types of bodybuilding contests—but you should also read my other articles for even more information but also joining your local bodybuilding community for support as well as word on other contests and events.
The classes of bodybuilding
If you are interested in bodybuilding, you should know the different divisions that the NPC (National Physique Committee) recognizes:
Bantamweight: 143-1/4 lbs & under
Lightweight: over 143-1/4 lbs
Welterweight: over 154-1/4 lbs
Middleweight: over 165-1/4 lbs
Light-Heavyweight: over 176-1/4 lbs
Heavyweight: over 198-1/4 lbs up to & including 225-1/4
Super Heavyweight: over 225-1/4
Now this is just for bodybuilding competitions, so keep in mind if you are interested in other types you should always check out the contest rules and regulations—after all it wouldn’t do you much good to enter a contest you don’t qualify for!
Other types of contests
If bodybuilding contests aren’t your thing, or if you want to try a different kind of competition, then you’re in luck, there are a lot available.
Bodybuilding — that aims for maximum but balanced muscles
Classic Bodybuilding — which emphasizes a less extreme amount of muscle development
Fitness — that focuses on an all-around healthy body and not just on muscles
Physique — that’s all about weight training
Men’s Classic Physique – more about leg and lower body development
—and many others…
So there you have it: a quick guide to some of the bodybuilding contests that are out there and the divisions available. Always keep in mind that there’s no doubt there’s a division out there that fits your body style.