Currently, the contest features 11 different divisions: Mr. Olympia, Ms. Olympia, 212 Olympia, Figure Olympia, Fitness Olympia, Bikini Olympia, Men’s Physique Olympia, Women’s Physique Olympia, Classic Physique Olympia, Wellness Olympia, and Wheelchair Olympia.
It’s great prestige in the fitness world to get to participate in this bodybuilding competition. For an individual to go out on the scene, they first must pass the Olympia Qualifying Season.
The IFBB selects Olympia contestants from among the highest-placed competitors at various qualifying competitions in the Olympia Qualifying Season. The process for each annual event lasts the whole year before, ending only a few months before the actual Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend.
The IFBB announced their updated qualifying rules for most divisions in 2019. Under these conditions, an IFBB athlete must place in the top five in their division at the previous Olympia, win any of the IFBB qualifying contests or rank among the top three in total points awarded for second through the fifth place at qualifying competitions.
If a division has over 25 qualifying competitions, they automatically qualify the previous Olympia winner, the winner of each qualifying competition, and the top five in total points.
At last, the IFBB Professional League also has the discretion to extend special invitations to other competitors.
Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman are the most notable names regarding the contest, both of which have won the title eight times. The latest Mr. Olympia champion is Mamdouh Elssbiay, better known as Big Ramy.
The latest news regarding the Mr. Olympia competition refers to training certifications. For the first time in history, the team has opened an opportunity for qualified personal trainers to achieve the highest level of credibility and status in their field by acquiring an official certification.