Overview of Becoming an IFPA Pro




The International Federation of Physique Athletes (IFPA) is a professional level natural Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique and Bikini federation. Cash prizes are awarded at all IFPA events. Competitors must meet IFPA eligibility requirements in order to participate in IFPA events. Those requirements include being free of all banned substance use for at least the stated durations in the Drug Testing Guidelines and having qualified to compete as a pro in one of the ways listed in the IFPA General Guidelines. Competitors who do meet eligibility requirements must also have current IFPA Membership for any date of IFPA pro show participation (the term “Pro Card” used frequently refers to IFPA Membership cards).


In simple terms, one can qualify for IFPA pro competition by winning shows that are designated as being IFPA pro qualifiers. Several amateur organizations affiliated with the IFPA offer IFPA pro qualifiers. They include the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders (OCB) and the North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation (NANBF), as well as all others listed on the Affiliates page on the IFPA website. A list of all designated IFPA pro qualifying shows can always be found on the Schedule page of TheNaturalMuscleNetwork.com.


Competitors who win Open division overall titles at IFPA pro qualifiers, and whose urine tests are negative, become eligible for IFPA Pro open competition. If those competitors’ ages fall into Pro Masters ranges (age 40+), they may also participate in IFPA Pro Masters events.


Competitors who win Masters division overall titles and whose urine tests are negative, become eligible to compete in IFPA Pro Masters competition only (not Pro Open competition too).


For complete IFPA guidelines, visit IFPApro.com.