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IFBB World Bodybuilding Championships 2017 Medal Table

Iran, Islamic Republic Of 6 5 3
Korea, Republic Of 5 5 2
Germany 3 0 0
Oman 2 2 0
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Women’s Wellness Fitness

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The wellness fitness division is intended for women who prefer a muscular physique without muscle separation and who wish to be athletic and aesthetically pleasing, with a bigger body mass than in bikini fitness. 

Wellness fitness is placed somewhere between bikini fitness and women’s physique.

The assessment of the physique, judging criteria and rounds are the same as women’s bikini fitness. Competitors perform quarter turns in all rounds plus individual “I-walking” presentation in the finals. 

Vertical proportions - legs to upper body length - are one of the key factors. Horizontal proportions of hips and waist to shoulder width may favour women with slightly bigger hips, thighs and buttocks. 

There are four wellness fitness categories: up to 158cm, up to 163cm; up to 168cm and over 168cm.

Women’s Physique

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The women’s physique division was introduced at the beginning of 2013 for women who want to prepare for a heavier, bodybuilding-style body but who do not want to be extremely dried, lean and muscular. Competitors want to remain athletic and aesthetically pleasing.

There are three rounds. In round one - the semi-finals - competitors’ physiques and muscularity are assessed during quarter turns and four compulsory poses. 

In the finals compulsory poses and the posedown are performed in round two and a short, 30-second posing routine to music of competitor’s choice in round three.

There are two categories in this division: up to 163cm and over 163cm.

Wheelchair Bodybuilding

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The IFBB wanted to create a division to enable male wheelchair users to compete in national and international events, including continental and World Championships.

Athletes train to develop all upper body parts and muscles to maximum size but remaining in balance and harmony, avoiding “weak points” or underdeveloped muscles.

Preparing for a competition, they decrease their body fat level and remove the underskin water to show the quality of muscles: density, separation and definition. 

They display muscles during seven mandatory poses as well as the posing routine which lasts 60 seconds. The athletes perform all rounds seated on the wheelchairs, wearing long pants and sport shoes. 

Currently, one open category is performed. 

Mixed Pairs

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Mixed pairs were officially recognised by the IFBB a sport discipline in 1983 as a bodybuilding mixed pairs. 

In 2013, however, the IFBB cancelled women’s bodybuilding, so now the mixed pairs category is open for women participating in female physique or female fitness or female body fitness performing with male bodybuilder or male classic bodybuilder.

Men from mixed-pairs perform mandatory poses in the same as in bodybuilding. Women perform these poses in the same style as in women’s physique. 

Male competitors wear the same attire as in bodybuilding, while women follow the same dress code as in women’s physique.

Mixed pairs competition consists of three rounds: Round one - the semi-finals - are the comparisons. Round two are mandatory poses and round three are the posing routine in the finals.

The overall physique of both partners for the degree of proportion, symmetry, muscle size and quality, including density and separation, as well as skin tone is judged. 

The couple will also be judged as a unit with particular attention being given to how well their individual physiques complement each other and how well they move in unison.

In the routine round judges pay particular attention to how well each couple display their physiques to music. Judges are looking for smooth, artistic, and well-choreographed routines which may include any number of poses, although a mandatory set poses must be included. 

The couple must also include intermittent pauses during their routine to display the muscular development of their physique.

Ben Weider Legacy Cup

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A series of IFBB international events organised to commemorate IFBB co-founder and first President Ben Weider. The events are organised on an annual basis at regional or continental level and are included in the IFBB Elite World Ranking qualifiers.

The 2017 IFBB Calendar of International Events includes:

Ben Weider Legacy Cup - Aruba, August 4-6

Ben Weider Legacy Cup - Lahti, Finland, October 6-9

Ben Weider Legacy Cup - Toronto, Canada, October 20-23

IFBB Diamond Cup

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A series of IFBB international events with participation located for regions or continents. Each event is open to an unlimited number of athletes, so a wider group of competitors, and not only top stars, are able to compete. This includes almost all IFBB women’s and men’s divisions. Most of the events are IFBB Elite World Ranking qualifiers. 

The 2017 IFBB Calendar of International Events includes:

IFBB Diamond Cup Caribe - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, March 10-12

FBB Diamond Cup Malta - St. Julian’s, Malta, April 12-16

IFBB Diamond Cup Emirates - Fujairah, UAE, April 21-22

IFBB Iron Man Diamond Cup - Stockholm, Sweden, April 22-23

IFBB Diamond Cup Ostrava - Ostrava, Czech Republic, May 26-28

IFBB Diamond Cup Espinho - Espinho, Portugal, June 2-4

IFBB Persian Gulf Diamond Cup - Teheran, Iran, October 11-13

Regional and Continental Games

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The IFBB participates in several regional Games organised by the regional Olympic Organisations, including the most prestigious and popular physique sports divisions and selected number of categories offering official medals and trophies. 

IFBB will participate in the following Games:

Bolivarian Games - Santa Marta, Colombia, November 2017

Central American Games - Managua, Nicaragua, December 2017

Central American and Caribbean Games - Barranquilla, Colombia, June 2018

Pan American Games - Lima, Peru, July 2019

Asian Beach Games - TBA, 2020

Arnold Classic

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A series of IFBB international events promoted by famous movie star and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and IFBB President, Dr. Rafael Santonja. There is one contest per continent per year. Currently, the biggest and most popular IFBB competition, with unlimited number of participating athletes, usually combined with other strength and martial art sports like powerlifting, strongman, MMA, kickboxing, karate, Judo and accompanied by a big Fitness Expo. The events all include each of the IFBB disciplines, except children fitness.

The 2017 IFBB Calendar of International Events includes:              

Arnold Classic North America - Columbus, USA, March 3-5

Arnold Classic Australia - Melbourne, Australia, March 17-19

Arnold Classic South America - São Paulo, Brazil, April 21-23

Arnold Classic Africa - Johannesburg, South Africa, May 5-7

Arnold Classic Europe - Barcelona, Spain, September 22-25

Olympia Amateur

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A series of IFBB international events inspired by the famous Mr. Olympia competition in Las Vegas, created by IFBB co-founder Joe Weider in 1965 for the world's top bodybuilders. Generally, a series of continental events are held. Olympia Amateur includes almost all IFBB official women’s and men’s divisions and selected categories. Some of these events are IFBB Elite World Ranking qualifiers. 

The 2017 IFBB Calendar of International Events includes:

Olympia Amateur Colombia - Medellin, Colombia, February 17-19

Olympia Amateur Spain - Marbella, Spain, June 9-11

Olympia Amateur USA - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 13-14

Olympia Amateur India - Mumbai, India, October 13-16

Olympia Amateur Hong Kong - Hong Kong, China, October 23-25

Olympia Amateur San Marino - San Marino, November 24-25

IFBB World Championships

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Separate World Championships are organised for women, men, children, juniors and masters on an annual basis in different locations. Events are open to IFBB-affiliated National Federations and participation of athletes is limited to A and B-teams, which are selected following qualifying competitions in each country. These Championships provide the most number of points towards the IFBB Elite World Rankings. 

Places and dates of the 2017 IFBB World Championships are

World Children Fitness Championships - Novi Sad, Serbia, June 17-19

World Bodybuilding Championships - Benidorm, Spain, November 2-6

World Juniors and Masters Championships - Bistrita, Romania, November 10-13

World Fitness Championships - Biarritz, France, December 1-4

Muscular and Men’s Physique

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In 2012 the muscular and men's physique division was officially launched as a new IFBB sport discipline.

It has proved to be a very popular category so the IFBB has increased the number of men’s physique categories from two to six: 170cm, 173cm, 176cm, 179cm, 182cm and over 182cm. 

They perform two rounds of quarter turns, wearing board shorts of their choice. 

The second and final round begins with a short individual onstage presentation of each competitor.

Judges assess the shape and symmetry of the athletes, as well as their muscles and overall condition. 

Competitors' stage presence and personality are also part of the judges’ verdict.

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Women’s Bikini Fitness

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This category was introduced in 2011.

Overall body lines, balance and proportions, body tone and healthy appearance are taken into consideration. 

The emphasis is on a well-shaped, fit, healthy and attractive appearance, similar to that of models.

Judges look for a well-shaped, fit, healthy and attractive appearance during two rounds, where athletes wear a two-piece bikini and high-heels.

Quarter-turns are performed in each round, with a presentation also giving athletes the chance to display their body whilst moving.

Hard, lean muscles are not considered necessary in the category, which is designed for women who aim to keep their body in shape and eat healthily.

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Women's Body-Fitness

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This concept was introduced by the IFBB in the early 90’s, starting as an official competition in 1996 in response to the increasing demand for events for women who prefer to develop a less muscular, yet athletic and aesthetically pleasing physique. It was also designed to show their physiques in motion. 

In women's body fitness, the emphasis is placed on a shapely, athletic-looking physique, assessed by comparisons of four quarter turns and athletic ability, assessed during a very attractive and dynamic fitness style routine.

Athletes have the possibility to show their figure in a short individual presentation. Two rounds of quarter turns in the bikini-style costume of their own choice and classic stiletto pump of any colour are assessed. The top six competitors then perform individual presentations, before conducting quarter turns as a group.

Overall athletic appearance is judged, with focus on muscle tone and shape, with a small amount of body fat. Hair, make-up and individual style of presentation are also central to the event.

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Men’s Classic Bodybuilding

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Classic bodybuilding is a version of the sport based on the classic physique concept.

To create equal chances, the competitors’ bodyweight is limited according to their body height, following a special IFBB formula for each body height category.

Since muscle mass is limited, special attention is paid to the overall view of the physique, body proportions and lines, muscle shape and condition, including density, body fat level, definition and details.

These values are assessed by the judges during rounds one and three. In round two, like in bodybuilding, free posing routines are performed to music of the athletes' choice.

There are two assessments rounds, with the same rules as in bodybuilding.

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Men's Bodybuilding

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Athletes train to develop all parts of their body and muscles to maximum size but in balance and harmony. 

There should be no "weak points" or underdeveloped muscles. Moreover, they should follow a special pre-competition training system, to decrease the bodyfat level as low as possible and remove the underskin water to show the quality of muscles: density, separation and definition. 

The competitor who displays more muscle details scores the highest. The other matter to be assessed is general view of the physique, which should be proportionally built. Broad shoulders and narrow waist, as well as adequately long legs and shorter upper body, are what the judges are looking for. 

These qualities are displayed during two physique assessment rounds when competitors do seven mandatory poses during comparisons of three to eight athletes chosen by the judges.

There are three rounds, including one offering athletes the opportunity to show their physique during 60-second free posing to music. Judges will assess each round, giving athletes individual places.

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