Industry pundits lament low turnout of Bodybuilders at the NPC Jr Nationals

Industry pundits lament low turnout

Industry pundits lament low turnout of Bodybuilders at the NPC Jr Nationals.

This weekend the popular NPC Jr Nationals (15-16 June 2018) was organized and some of bodybuilding’s most respected athletes/reporters expressed their disappointment on the turnout of athletes in the bodybuilding open class category.

A total of 27 competitors competed in various bodybuilding categories at the 2018 show.

Super Heavyweight – 4 competitors
Heavyweight: 8 competitors
Light Heavyweight: 8 competitors
Middleweight: 2 competitors
Welterweight: 3 competitors
Bantamweight: 2 competitors

2017 – 47 competitors (Bodybuilding)
2016 – 58 competitors (Bodybuilding)
2015 – 66 competitors (Bodybuilding)
2014 – 82 competitors (Bodybuilding)

The numbers shown above show a sharp decline from 2014.

The very popular athlete/journalist John Hansen pointed out the decline in numbers through his social media. A very good discussion took place with some valid points from a number of popular names in the industry such as Aaron Singerman, Ron Harris, Robby Robinson and Johnny Styles.

I just saw a video on Facebook from the Jr. Nationals prejudging of the middleweight class. There were only 2 competitors in the class. This is unbelievable. I remember competing in this contest in the 1980’s and there were normally 25-30 competitors in each class. I know the other divisions are getting more popular but I’m shocked at the decline of competitors in men’s bodybuilding. This is a national level show! – John Hansen

A number of people pointed out a number of factors that could have been the reason why the number of bodybuilders have declined.

Some of the main points mentioned were;
• Too many new classes.
• The younger generation do not want to work hard.
• Financial issues.
• Bodybuilding is not a pro qualifier at the Jr. Nationals.
• Athletes do not want to work their way up, they want to win a Pro card instantly.

All the above points are valid and no doubt these all have had a negative impact on the sport of bodybuilding. Many say that the sport is coming to an end and others blame it on laziness. Whatever the reason, a solution has to be found.

If this was just a local show, the turnout would have been great, but this was the Jr. Nationals. A prestigious show for the young athlete. In the 80’s and 90’s a teen would dream of competing in such a prestigious contest.

Whatever the problem, the organizers have to put their heads together and find a solution as this is just going to decline further!!