NPC and IFBB Professional League Wellness

What is the Wellness Division?

This division is for females with athletic physique’s that showcase more body mass in the hips, glutes and thigh areas. The upper body is developed but not to the same degree as the lower body.

Height Classes

Two classes:

Class A – Up to 5’4”
Class B – Over 5’4”

Three Classes:

Class A – Up to 5’4”
Class B – Over 5’4” up to including 5’6”
Class C – Over 5’6”

Four Classes:

Class A – Up to and including 5’2”
Class B – Over 5’2” up to including 5’4”
Class C – Over 5’4” up to and including 5’6”
Class D – Over 5’6”

Posing and Presentation

Front:

Competitors will face front with one hand on hip, one arm straight down and one leg slightly extended. We do not want to see the arm off to side with the elbow bent and the wrist bent upwards.

Quarter turn Right:

Competitors will turn slightly facing the judges with right hand on hip and left arm straight down and right leg bent at knee. More like a twisting side pose that Bikini competitors perform. We do not want to see the arm off to side with the elbow bent and the wrist bent upwards.

Quarter turn Rear:

Competitors will face the rear with lower back arched with glutes pushed back. We do not want to see the arm off to side with the elbow bent and the wrist bent upwards.

Quarter turn Right:

Competitors will turn slightly facing the judges with the left hand on the hip, right arm relaxed and left leg bent at knee. We do not want to see the arm off to side with the elbow bent and the wrist bent upwards.

*As with All Other Divisions, No Lewd Acts Are Permitted and will result in automatic disqualification*

* We do not want to see the arm off to side with the elbow bent and the wrist bent upwards as seen below*

Frequently Asked Questions

-Level of conditioning?

We are looking for conditioning almost on par with Bikini athletes, but the athletes will have slightly more muscle. We want to see a little body fat with slight separation but no striations.

-Abs defined like Figure or less defined like Bikini?

As it currently is in Bikini.

-Shoulders? Rounded & Capped like Figure and Women’s Physique or less pronounced like Bikini?

Slightly more developed than Bikini and a little less than Figure, but not as lean and with no striations. Not like Women’s Physique.

-How much definition for quads?

The quads should display an athletic appearance with slight separation but no striations. Not as lean and defined as Figure and Women’s Physique.

-Glute Development?

Full round glutes with a slight separation between the hamstring and glute area but no striations, as is in place for the Bikini Division. Glutes will be bigger than current Bikini competitors. They will not be as lean and defined as Figure and Women’s Physique.

-Rules & Restrictions on suits?

NPC, NPC Worldwide & IFBB Professional League Wellness Competition Suits have the same rules that are currently in place for all of our other divisions. Suits can be customized with “bling”. Competitors will compete in a two-piece suit. Unlike a Figure, Fitness or Women’s Physique competition suit, the top is not connected to the suit bottom.

The suit top is the same standard that is currently in place for the Bikini division.

The suit bottom must be V-shaped in the front and is traditionally all material with no connectors and sits high up on the hips. The cut of the suit back is the same standard that is currently in place for the Bikini division. No Thongs and No T-back suits allowed.

*You also have the Option to wear a Competition Bikini style bottom that has connectors. You will not be scored any differently if you choose to compete in this suit bottom.

All swimsuits must be in good taste. Athletes will be warned about improper suits and are advised to bring two (2) suits to check in. Athletes will be scored down if the suit is not up to standard.

*Note: The NPC, NPC Worldwide and IFBB Professional League Have Not Authorized or Granted the license, authority or exclusivity to any competition suit company or designer to be their Official Suit Maker and to advertise their suits as an Official Cut or Approved Cut. There has never been an Official or Approved “Pro Cut Bikini” for Any Division! That term was erroneously created by suit makers.

-Rules & Restrictions on shoes and heels?

Shoes and heels same rules that are currently in place for the Bikini division.

-Rules & Restrictions on jewelry?

Jewelry same rules that are currently in place for the Bikini and Figure divisions.

-Rules & Restrictions on posing oil or not?

No Posing Oil but can be “glazed” as is currently done for the Bikini and Figure divisions.

Who Qualifies for NPC (USA) National Level Competitions?

Beginning January 1, 2018 athletes must place Top 2 in an open class at a NPC National Qualifier to be qualified for any NPC National contest. All athletes that qualified in 2019 for a NPC National contest are eligible to compete in a NPC National Contest in 2020. Also, athletes that place 3rd, 4th or 5th place at the NPC USA or NPC Nationals are also qualified for one year.

  1. This qualifies the competitor for competition on the NPC national level for a period of one (1) full calendar year after the year that the qualification took place. Example: If a competitor enters an NPC contest in October 2019, they are qualified through December 31, 2020.

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ELIGIBILITY FOR IFBB PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE

NATIONAL PHYSIQUE COMMITTEE OF THE USA, INC.
P.O. Box 799
Carnegie, PA 15106

(412) 276-5027 FAX: 412-281-0470 E-mail: npcfirst@npcregistration.com

January 1, 2020

I am very happy to announce that the 2020 NPC Contest Season will be the biggest and best ever. If you are a United States Citizen or possess a valid United States Green Card you have the ability to qualify to compete for IFBB Professional League status in the following 11 competitions.

  • 2020 NPC Arnold Amateur Championships (Columbus, Ohio)
  • 2020 NPC Junior USA Championships (Charleston, South Carolina)
  • 2020 NPC Junior National Championships (Chicago, Illinois)
  • 2020 NPC Universe Championships & NPC National Fitness Championships(Teaneck, New Jersey)
  • 2020 NPC Masters National Championships (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • 2020 NPC USA Championships (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • 2020 NPC North American Championships (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • 2020 NPC Olympia Amateur (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • 2020 NPC National Championships (Miami, Florida)
  • 2020 NPC Masters USA Championships (Los Angeles, California)

(If you achieve an IFBB Professional League “IFBB PRO™ Card” at one of these events then you are eligible to compete under the rules and regulations of the IFBB Professional League.)

The 2020 IFBB Professional League has worked diligently to increase the number of contests and prize money.
This year the prize money, including the Mr. Olympia, will be a record $4 million dollars plus! IFBB Professional League Contest Schedule.

International competitors and those that are not United States Citizens or possess a valid United States Green Card, who would like to qualify for the IFBB Professional League can compete in the following 2 NPC sanctioned events in the USA*.

  1. 2020 NPC Arnold Amateur (Columbus, Ohio)
  2. 2020 NPC Olympia Amateur (Las Vegas, Nevada)

*Competitors must have a current NPC Worldwide Membership

International competitors also have the opportunity to compete and earn an IFBB Professional League “IFBB PRO™ Card” currently in over 100 IFBB Professional League Qualifier Contests around the world as a member of NPC Worldwide.

IFBB Professional League Qualifier Contest Schedule 

 

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IFBB PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE “IFBB PRO™ CARD” QUALIFICATION RULES
(For International Regional and Pro Qualifier Contests)

UPDATED REVISON: JANUARY 5, 2020

TYPE OF CONTESTOPEN TOIFBB PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE “IFBB PRO™ CARD”
 
RegionalWorldwide [1]No
 
NationalHost country onlydivision overall winner [2]
 
Ben Weider Worldwide ClassicWorldwidedivision overall winner [2]
 
Arnold Amateur (USA)Worldwidesee below [3]
 
Arnold Amateur (Australia & Brazil)Worldwidedivision overall winner [2]
 
Amateur OlympiaWorldwidesee below [4]
 
All other Pro QualifiersWorldwidedivision overall winner [2]


[1] Athletes in the following countries must have an “Official Regional Certificate” confirming they competed in a Regional contest in their country not more than one year before competing in a Pro Qualifier contest: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom.

[2] A “division” is comprised of one or more classes.  To qualify for an IFBB Professional League
“IFBB PRO™ Card”, a class must have a minimum of 5 competitors. This applies to all Pro Qualifier contests, including the Arnold Amateur and Amateur Olympia.

[3] At the ARNOLD AMATEUR USA,

  1. In Men’s Bodybuilding, Men’s Classic Physique, Fitness, Figure, Women’s Physique and Wellness, the division overall winner qualifies for an IFBB Professional League “IFBB PRO™ Card”.
  2. In Men’s Physique and Bikini, the top 2 in the division overall qualify for an IFBB Professional League “IFBB PRO™ Card”.

[4] At an OLYMPIA AMATEUR,

  1. If there are more than 3 classes in a division, the top 3 in the division overall qualify for an IFBB Professional League “IFBB PRO™ Card”.
  2. If there are 3 classes in a division, the 3 class winners qualify for an IFBB Professional League “IFBB PRO™ Card”.
  3. If there are 2 classes in a division, the 2 class winners qualify for an IFBB Professional League “IFBB PRO™ Card”.
  4. If there is 1 class in a division, the class winner qualifies for an IFBB Professional League “IFBB PRO™ Card”.

 

Note 1: If an Athlete qualifies for an IFBB Professional League “IFBB PRO™ Card” at a Pro Qualifier and, before applying for the card, competes in another Pro Qualifier or competes in a contest that is not sanctioned by NPC WORLDWIDE, the Athlete automatically and without notice forfeits the right to apply for the card.

Note 2: USA athletes must compete in an NPC contest not more than one year before competing in an NPC WORLDWIDE Regional or Pro Qualifier contest.

This policy is subject to change without notice.  Please contact tblinn@ifbbpro.com if you have any questions.

I look forward to seeing you all compete this year and Good Luck in achieving your IFBB Professional League Status.