benandjoeweiderThe International Federation of Body Builders was created by Ben and Joe Weider in 1946 in Montreal, Canada.

The first professional competition was the 1965 Mr. Olympia. 

The first professional committee was formed in 1975. Arnold Schwarzenegger was named chairman.

In 1977, this committee was reformed as “Professional Delegates-at-Large”. In 1982, these delegates were replaced by a “Professional Liaison Director”. In 1986, this liaison director became the “Director, Professional Committee”. In 1987, the “Professional Division” was formed. In 2004, this division was restructured by a Professional Division “Management Team”.

In 2005, the Professional Division separated from the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness to become the “IFBB Professional League”, aka “IFBB Pro League”.

The president of the IFBB Pro League is Jim Manion (USA).

The Ms. Olympia was created in 1980, followed by the Fitness Olympia in 1995; the Figure Olympia in 2003; the 202 (later 212) Olympia in 2008; the Bikini Olympia in 2010; the Men’s and Women’s Physique Olympia in 2013; and the Classic Physique Olympia in 2016.

Olympia Winners 1965 – 2016

IFBB Hall of Fame Inductees 1999 – 2011 Event Promotion Policy