The Men’s Physique Division has stirred up tremendous interest and a decent amount of controversy within the IFBB and NPC, with a plethora of fans as well as a camp of haters. Perhaps the most exciting thing about the inception of this division was the door of opportunity which opened for men who were interested in competing on a bodybuilding stage but who did not want to sign up for the rigors of a competitive bodybuilder’s regimen. As expected, the floodgates opened and the Men’s Physique Division became wildly popular, not just among competitors within the division, but also among its ever-growing fan base worldwide. Sadly, there have been naysayers who have popped up with scathing criticism of the division which echoes the main misconceptions about the division.
A record number of competitors attended the Team Universe show this year in New Jersey. This is in no small part due to the massive influx of Men’s Physique Competitors flooding the stage as the division continues to pick up steam. As cross-overs are taken into account, over 160 men put on the boardshorts in the open classes in Teaneck spread across six height classes. In the 35+ master’s class, a total of 35 men hit their quarter turns in four height classes in hopes of earning their pro card. Finally in the 40+ master’s class 14 more MP men represented the division proudly divided into two height classes.
Pro cards were awarded across all height and age classes. Congrats to the 18 new IFBB Pro’s as well as the rest of the 160+ men that made all of us Men’s Physique competitors proud!
This weekend marked another action packed weekend for the IFBB Men's Physique division for both the Open and Masters groups. Twenty five men squared off in the Open class at the IFBB Greater Gulf States Pro show while thirteen took to the boards in the 35+ Masters.
This weekend marked the second chance this year for NPC Men's Physique competitors to make the jump to the IFBB at the Jr. Nationals. The turnout was incredible for the MP division. It was only outdone in quantity by the number of ladies in the bikini division. These two divisons made up roughly half of the total number of competitors to take the stage. Whereas it took Men's Bodybuilding, Women's Bodybuilding, Women's Physique, Fitness and Figure to make up the other half.
This weekend marked yet another huge IFBB Men’s Physique happening. For the second time in 2014, two MP Pro Shows took place on the same weekend. On this round we had the Toronto Super show and the Mile High Pro Show.
This weekend in South Carolina at the Jr. USA's only three pro cards were awarded to MP competitiors. That may sound like a lot of cards, but not when you consider the huge number of MP competitors to hit the stage. Anymore it isn't a surprise to see the MP division dominating a contest.
The results are in on a stacked MP Pro class at the 2014 NY PRO. There were many familiar faces and physiques taking the stage as well as a number of gents newer to the pro ranks.