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The National Physique Committee (NPC) is the largest amateur bodybuilding organization in the United States. Amateur bodybuilders compete in competitions from local to national competitions sanctioned by the NPC. The NPC is the only amateur organization recognized by the IFBB Pro League. The IFBB Professional 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, any other pro qualifier. Professional status will be awarded to top placing athletes.

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.


Female Bodybuilding

See also: Female Bodybuilding



Posing Suits

(Dependent on event)

Posing Music


Competitors' Health

Weight Classes

(Only relevant to specific events) 2 Classes:

3 Classes:

4 Classes:

Prejudging Poses

Relaxed Round:

Individual Round:

Mandatory Round:


An athlete must be a 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.[1]

NPC Nationals Championship List of Overall Men's Bodybuilding Winners


  1. ^ "NPC News Online". NPC News Online. Retrieved 2012-10-03.