2020 Arnold Amateur NPC Adds Wellness Division.
The Arnold Amateur NPC International Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Physique Championships, already one of the world’s largest amateur bodybuilding competitions, will grow even larger with the addition of the Wellness Division.
Wellness, a newly-created division now recognized by the National Physique Committee and the IFBB Pro League, will be held at the Arnold Amateur for the first time in 2020 and will be the first pro qualifier in the United States with the overall winner earning IFBB Pro League status.
“We are excited to add Wellness in 2020 as we believe it will grow into one of the sport’s most popular divisions in coming years,” said Mike Davies, Arnold Amateur co-promoter. “Our goal for the Arnold Amateur has always been to encourage and provide an opportunity for as many athletes as possible and this new division opens the NPC and IFBB Pro League to even more competitors.”
The 2020 Arnold Amateur NPC International Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Physique Championships will be held Thursday, March 5-Saturday, March 7 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio as part the annual Arnold Sports Festival.
All overall winners and top two in Men’s Physique and Bikini earn pro cards to compete in the IFBB Pro League. Overall winners in Men’s Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure and Bikini earn invitations to compete in the Arnold Classic and related IFBB Pro League contests at the 2021 Arnold Sports Festival.
The Arnold Amateur will again affiliate with the National Physique Committee and NPC Worldwide and be OPEN TO ALL COMPETITORS around the world, regardless of federation affiliation. No qualifications are necessary for any division or class. USA athletes must be a member of the National Physique Committee. NPC cards can be purchased at npcnewsonline.com or at the show.
Each athlete must pay $200 USD (with an additional $100 fee for crossovers, crossovers are allowed in all divisions) to compete in the Arnold Amateur. This fee is non-refundable and must be submitted by the early registration deadline of January 31. The registration fee increases to $300 USD on February 1, 2020. On-line registration is now open. In-person registration is also available at all check-in sessions.
2019 OVERALL WINNERS
Bodybuilding: Morgan Aste
Classic Physique: Abtin Shekarabi
Men’s Physique: Eric Lisboa
Fitness: Haley Lisenba
Figure: Yahda Daniels
Masters Figure: Cisse Jalloh
Bikini: Crista Medina
Masters Bikini: Paula Eline
Women’s Physique: Katherine McLaurin