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What is Mr. Olympia?
The History of Mr. Olympia
Mr. Olympia is the world’s most prestigious bodybuilding competition. Joe Weider established the contest as a way for Mr. Universe winners to compete further and earn additional money or awards.
Today, we recognize it as Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend—an international bodybuilding competition held annually by the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (IFBB).
The first Mr. Olympia competition took place in New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music on the 18th of September, 1965, when Larry Scott won his first of two straight titles. Then, they relocated the event to Paris in 1971. Las Vegas, NV, has been the home of the competition since 1999, essentially becoming its trademark location. The last contest, 2020 Mr. Olympia, took place in Orlando, Florida.
Back in the day, the winner of the professional men’s bodybuilding contest was crowned ‘Mr.Olympia,’ aka the name of the competition. In turn, the female bodybuilder got the award ‘Ms. Olympia’. However, over the years, Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend has introduced new divisions.
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Here is how it progressed
Mr. Olympia Today
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.
The Certification Process
To get the certification, you will need to go through the two phases of the process.
Firstly, you need to attend the lectures held online. During this learning process, true professionals in fitness with years of experience will teach the attendees.
At last, you’ll take the final exams and get the Mr. Olympia Academy Certification.