For those young, aspiring bodybuilders out there, you may have come across the Ferrigno Legacy Expo in your research for the first steps of your bodybuilding journey. If you are just starting to explore the idea of participating in bodybuilding competition, the acronyms alone have the potential to be overwhelming. NPC, IFBB, IIFYM, WBFF, and countless others can make your head spin, but the first two are the most important when it comes to the bodybuilding competition at the Ferrigno Legends. If you are curious as to what the difference is between the NPC and IFBB bodybuilding divisions and what you need to do to succeed in each, the team at Ferrigno Legacy is here to give you the rundown.
NPC – Amateur Hour
The NPC stands for the National Physique Committee. This association is the largest organization for amateur bodybuilders in the United States and is the first step down the professional bodybuilding path. The National Physique Committee is specifically designed to give amateurs their first opportunity to compete for the chance to obtain a pro card. A pro card is, as we have explained before, the card that certifies you are a professional bodybuilder, one who has competed and placed in several different tiers of competition and can hold their own against some of the best. With that milestone, you are ready to move into the IFBB.
IFBB – The (Almost) Big Time
The NPC is very similar to the minor leagues of the MLB or the developmental league of the NBA. When the time comes and you get called up, which in this case means obtaining a pro card, you will arrive at the big leagues, the IFBB. This fancy acronym stands for the International Federation of Bodybuilding and fitness and was created in 1946. Lou Ferrigno was a pioneer in the IFBB and won his titles in the Mr. America and Mr. Universe in the early 1970s. As the spearhead of our wonderful event, we borrow from his history and hope to continue the tradition of IFBB competition at the Ferrigno Legacy.
The IFBB is the division of bodybuilding that qualifies as professional. These competitions, then, allow competitors to attempt to qualify for other pinnacle-level bodybuilding competitions and test their mettle against other figure athletes who have obtained their pro cards. This level is different from that of the NPC in that you must earn your way into the IFBB, whereas the NPC is open to anyone and everyone who thinks they are ready to compete.
The Ferrigno Legacy, Tahoe Showcase, and NPC West Coast are proud to showcase numerous NPC and IFBB competitions at each event. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation that includes great bodybuilding shows, looking for your first competition, or are ready to compete with some of the best, the Ferrigno Legacy family of events has exactly what you are looking for. Take a look at the event requirements and what goes into this wonderful celebration of physique, figure, and weightlifting athletes. Sign up today; we look forward to seeing you soon!