The IFBB is the International Federation of Bodybuilding and fitness, which was founded in 1946 in Montreal by the brothers Ben and Joe Weider.
The IFBB would grow over the next 66 years to include National Federations from 184 countries. Ben Weider resigned from as the IFBB president in 2006 and Dr. Rafael Santonja from Spain became president in 2010.
The IFBB became a member of the General Association of International Sports Federation which is now called the Sport Accord in 1971. It is also affiliated with the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, The World Games, the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee and the International Council of Coach Education. It is also recognised by the Supreme council for Sport in Africa, the Association of Pan American Sport Federations as well as 90 National Olympic Committees. The IFBB also participates in various Regional Games that are acknowledged by the International Olympic Committee, the Central American Games, the Arab Games, the African Games and the South Americans Games.
The IFBB promotes a healthy and fit lifestyle and discourages the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco.
The competitions that the IFBB host at the World Championships level for Juniors, Seniors and Masters in Men and Women Bodybuilding, Men’s classic Bodybuilding, Men’s and Women’s Fitness, Athletic fitness and Women’s Body Fitness.
The IFBB has produced bodybuilding icons and stars including Lou Ferringo and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- The IFBB hosts competitions in the eight competitive sports those being men’s bodybuilding, women’s bodybuilding, men’s fitness, women’s fitness, men´s athletic fitness, women´s athletic fitness, men’s classic bodybuilding, women’s body-fitness and women’s bikini.
- The IFBB organises more than 1000 local, national, regional, continental and world championships each year.
- Over 100 million people frequently train in gyms and fitness centres in 6 continents.
- The IFBB website receives 15 million hits over 10 countries throughout the world.
There are seven different sub-divisions in the IFBB for the different competitors. These sub divisions are then divided into 21 contests throughout the year.
The IFBB season begins with the FLEX Pro Championships and finishes with the Pro Florida Championships.