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Which Bodybuilding Fed To Compete In?


#1

Hello Everyone,

I'll be entering my first bodybuilding competition next summer after 4 years of drug-free training. I'm wondering if anybody would be so kind as to recommend/educate me on which federation I should compete under. I'm from California and judging from what I heard; the NPC is the most renowned, but it seems that there are a lot of drugged up guys in it.

With that said, I would like to if at all possible compete in a federation that drug-tests and most likely have the highest percentage of naturals competing. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.


#2

I wouldn’t even consider NPC without being on gear. NANBF/IFPA. You can check out NANBF.org for a list of upcoming shows, banned substances, and everything else.


#3

NPC shows should be fine as long as they are labeled “natural”. How the testing is done can really be up to the promoter/people in charge. The natural NPC shows I’ve done have had good means of testing and, for the most part, honest competitors.


#4

Thanks for the replies guys. It means a lot since I’m a newbie at competition. I’ll definitely be checking the NANBF out. By the way, I had no idea what there was a natural division within the NPC. I’ll look into it as well, since there are quite a few NPC shows in California which allows for flexible planning in terms of picking which date/show is best depending on how well the contest prep goes.