National Physique Committee
SportAmateur bodybuilding
CategorySports governing body
Founded1982 (1982)
AffiliationIFBB Professional League
IFBB Amateur International / International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness (formerly)
Affiliation dateSince 2005 (IFBB Professional League)
Until September 18, 2017 (IFBB Amateur International / International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness)
HeadquartersPO Box 789, Carnegie 15106, United States of America
PresidentJim Manion
Official website

The National Physique Committee (NPC) is the largest amateur bodybuilding organization in the United States.[1] Amateur bodybuilders compete in competitions from local to national competitions sanctioned by the NPC. While the term "bodybuilding" is commonly used to refer to athletes participating in contests sanctioned by the NPC and IFBB Pro League, nine divisions are represented including men's bodybuilding, women's bodybuilding, bikini, men's physique, classic physique, women's physique, figure, fitness, and wellness.


The Amateur Athletic Union is an organization that governs many amateur level sports in the U.S.. Each sport has a committee that provides direct oversight of that sport. For the sport of bodybuilding Jim Manion was the president of the Physique Committee. Manion decided that in order to better promote the sport of bodybuilding, he would need to break away from the AAU, so he founded the National Physique Committee in the early 1980s.[2]

Professional Status

The NPC is the only amateur organization recognized by the IFBB Professional League.[3] The IFBB Pro League is the professional league for bodybuilding athletes and the sanctioning body for the world's largest professional contests such as the Mr. Olympia, Arnold Sports Festival, and Legion Sports Fest. In order to become an IFBB professional athlete an athlete must compete at an IFBB Pro Qualifier such as the NPC Nationals Championship, NPC USA Championship, or any other pro qualifier. Professional status will be awarded to top placing athletes.


Athletes must possess a valid NPC card to compete in an NPC show. NPC cards are valid for a calendar year.


An athlete must be a U.S. citizen to compete in the following national competitions:

Proof of citizenship must be one of the following:

Residency is four (4) months prior to a contest or must be a full-time student in the area.[4]


Competitors' Health


Competitors pose during the open women’s bikini division at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas in 2012



Posing Suits

(Dependent on event)

Posing Music

Prejudging Poses

Relaxed Round

Individual Round

Mandatory Round

Weight Classes

Tom Terwilliger, light heavyweight 1986 NPC National Champion

(Only relevant to specific events) 2 Classes:

3 Classes:

4 Classes:

National Champions

Men's Overall Bodybuilding Winners

See also


  1. ^ Melfa, Frank A. (1998). Bodybuilding, a realistic approach : how you can have a great body! (2nd ed.). New Brunswick, N.J.: Power Writings. p. 296. ISBN 0-9641640-7-8. OCLC 40734691.
  2. ^ Gary, Udit. "About the NPC". Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  3. ^ Locks, Adam (2012). Critical readings in bodybuilding. New York: Routledge. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-415-87852-4. OCLC 775862176.
  4. ^ "NPC News Online". NPC News Online. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  5. ^ "FOX13 reporter wins second place in local bodybuilding contest". FOX13 Memphis. FOX. Retrieved 9 August 2022.

Further reading