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There are plenty of shows to choose from in the UK, there will definitely be a category for you whether you’re a seasoned competitor or a this is your first show.

Every federation has their own rules and requirements for entry.

This page has details of all the big bodybuilding, bikini and fitness competitions I could find in the UK, particularly those that have categories for figure, bikini, fitness, model and body fitness.

Most dates for 2019 are yet to be released but I will update this post as more details come in…

2 Bros Pro Events

Website: www.2bpevents.com

Who’s it for: This is a huge event for the UK bodybuilding and fitness scene. 2 Bros are affiliated with the IFBB meaning it’s the entry point for those wanting to climb the ranks in this federation.

Categories and classes for women: 

It is likely that the categories will be similar to last years which were:

  • Bikini Novice Up to and including 5ft 1
  • Bikini Novice Over 5ft 1 to and including 5ft 2
  • Bikini Novice Over 5ft 2 to and including 5ft 3
  • Bikini Novice Over 5ft 3 to and including 5ft 4
  • Bikini Novice Over 5ft 4 to and including 5ft 5
  • Bikini Novice Over 5ft 5 to and including 5ft 6
  • Bikini Novice Over 5ft 6 to and including 5ft 7
  • Bikini Novice – Over 5ft 7
  • Bikini Masters Up to and including 5ft 1 and Aged 35+
  • Bikini Masters Over 5ft 1 to and including 5ft 2 and Aged 35+
  • Bikini Masters Over 5ft 2 to and including 5ft 3 and Aged 35+
  • Bikini Masters Over 5ft 3 to and including 5ft 4 and Aged 35+
  • Bikini Masters Over 5ft 4 to and including 5ft 5 and Aged 35+
  • Bikini Masters Over 5ft 5 to and including 5ft 6 and Aged 35+
  • Bikini Masters Over 5ft 6 to and including 5ft 7 and Aged 35+
  • Bikini Masters Over 5ft 7 to and including 5ft 7 and Aged 35+
  • Bikini Masters – Over 5ft 7  – Aged 35+
  • Physique Novice – Up to and including 5ft 2
  • Physique Novice – Over 5ft 2 to and including 5ft 4
  • Physique Novice – Over 5ft 4 to and including 5ft 6
  • Physique Novice – Over 5ft 6
  • Physique Masters – Up to and including 5ft 2 and Aged 35+
  • Physique Masters – Over 5ft 2 to and including 5ft 4 and Aged 35+
  • Physique Masters – Over 5ft 4 to and including 5ft 6 and Aged 35+
  • Physique Masters – Over 5ft 6 and Aged 35+
  • Figure Novice
  • Figure Masters Aged 35+
  • Fitness Novice

Where is it: Information not released yet

How much is it: Information not released yet

Good to know: You can enter this compeition even if you aren’t based in the UK as it offers the main route for competitors to gain their pro card for the IFBB. This competition suits more seasoned and developed competitors.

BNBF

Website: www.bnbf.co.uk

Who’s it for: BNBF or British National Bodybuilding Federation focus on the achievements of the UK’s finest natural bodybuilding athletes and competitors with several heats throughout the UK to enter. The rules and guidelines around banned substances are strict so take the time to check the rules before you enter.

Categories for women: 

It is likely that the categories will be similar to last years which were:

  • Miss Figure
  • Masters Figure
  • Women’s Bodybuilding
  • Women’s Atheletic

Where is it: Information not released yet

How much is it: Information not released yet

Good to know:  To enter this competition you need to be a natural athlete as defined within the rules. This means you should only use WADA approved supplements in the run up to the show

Miami Pro

Website: www.miamiproevents.co.uk

Who’s it for: A popular and modern federation Miami Pro is open to worldwide entries from competitors across the globe. There are variety of categories for a range of looks.

Categories for women:

It is likely that the categories will be similar to last years which were:

  • Junior Ms. Bikini – bikini look aged 16 years old to 23 years old
  • Fitness Model Ladies – fitness look, some definition but not overly musuclar
  • Ms. Bikini Short – bikini look 5ft 4.9 inches and shorter
  • Ms. Bikini Tall – bikini look 5ft 5inches and over
  • Ms. Bikini Over 35yrs – bikini look aged 35+
  • Figure (open level) – muscular developed physique
  • Fit Mums – healthy lean and toned, must be mother to at least one child
  • Muscle Model – musuclar developed physique, lean but with a marketable look
  • Ms. Model – model looks, attractive figure
  • Fitness Model Over 35yrs – fitness look, some definition but not overly musuclar, aged 35+

Where is it: Information not released yet

How much is it: Information not released yet

NABBA

Website: www.nabba.co.uk

Who’s it for: One of the oldest and most long standing federations, NABBA has an enviable reputation of being the home of some of the greatest bodybuilders and fitness athletes from the UK. NABBA opens the door to compete for the much lusted after title of Ms Universe.

Categories for women:

It is likely that the categories will be similar to last years which were:

  • Miss Toned Figure Novice – must not have competed previously athletic but not overly muscular or vascular
  • Miss Toned Figure – athletic but not overly muscular or vascular
  • Miss Athletic Figure – athletic with some development but not overly muscular or vascular
  • Miss Trained Figure – retaining femininity whilst displaying trained development
  • Miss Bikini – bikini look

Contact your area rep for specific categories at your local heat.

Where is it:Information not released yet

How much is it: Information not released yet

Good to know: Entrants to NABBA competitons need to enter the heat for the area that your home address comes within. Both winners and some of the runners are invited to compete in the British Finals. Those who win the British Finals can go on to compete in the Universe Finals.

NPA

Website: www.npabodybuilding.com

Who’s it for: The NPA has been in the UK since 2004 and is another great competition for athletes and competitors who focus on natural bodybuilding.

Categories for women:Information not released yet

Where is it: Information not released yet

How much is it: Information not released yet

Good to know: You have to be a resident of the UK to enter and you need to ensure that you abide by the rules in relation to avoiding banned substances in the preparation for the show.

PCA

Website: www.pcaofficial.com

Who’s it for: Founded in 2015 PCA is a contemporary federation with a variety of categories to choose from. There are prizes to be won for some of the top winners and some more niche categories on offer.

Categories for women:

It is likely that the categories will be similar to last years which were:

  • Junior Bikini Toned – bikini look aged 23 and under
  • Ladies Bikini Toned​ – bikini look
  • Masters Bikini Toned – bikini look aged 35+
  • Ladies Bikini Trained​ – bikini look with slightly more muscle tone
  • Ladies Toned Figure​ – some muscularity with symmetry not overly lean or defined
  • Ladies Athletic Figure​ – feminine with some mass, muscularity, leanness and definition
  • Ladies Trained  Figure​ – feminine with muscularity, leanness and definition
  • Disability​ – must be a disabled athlete
  • Ladies Body Fitness*
  • Ladies Bodybuilding*

*(only at some shows so check first)

Where is it: Information not released yet

How much is it: Information not released yet

Good to know: Finalists can go on to compete in the PCA Worlds. You can only enter one class per PCA show.

Pure Elite

Website: www.pure-elite.com

Who’s it for: You may have seen a lot of Pure Elite competitors on social media as this federation becomes more and more popular. There are so many categories to choose from especially for more niche looks and less typical bodybuilding categories – such as the tattooed heat, and Mum’s that lift competitions.

Categories for women:

It is likely that the categories will be similar to last years which were:

  • Junior Bikini – bikini look aged 17 to 23
  • Bikini Babe Short – bikini look at 5ft 4.9 inches and shorter
  • Bikini Babe Tal – bikini look at 5ft 5 inches and taller
  • Bikini Diva – bikini look at aged 35+
  • Bikini Masters – bikini look at aged 45+
  • Fitness Model Short – 5ft 4.9 inches and shorter
  • Fitness Model Tall – 5ft 5 inches and taller
  • Fitness Model – aged 35+
  • Masters – aged 45+
  • Muscle Model – muscular, developed mass and well presented
  • Figure – muscular whilst retaining shape, and leanness
  • Mum’s that lift – must be mother to at least one child
  • Tattooed Muscle – muscular with tattoos
  • Body Transformation – must have transformed body in some way, for example, lost weight or gained significant amount of weight

Where is it: Information not released yet

How much is it: Information not released yet

Good to know: You can enter the transformation heat even if you are not a “typical” athlete. Tattoos are accepted and do not affecting scoring.

UKUP – United Kingdom Ultimate Physiques

Website: www.ukultimatephysiques.co.uk

Who’s it for: UKUP, or Ultimate Physiques, has a selection of categories including figure and bikini. There are also both master and junior categories, so no matter what your age there is an event for you.

Categories for women:

It is likely that the categories will be similar to last years which were:

  • Ultimate Female Model – good figure and good looks
  • Ultimate Figure​ Trained – muscular figure
  • Ultimate Figure​ Athletic – athletic figure
  • Ultimate Figure Toned – toned figure
  • Ultimate Bikini Athletic – muscular bikini
  • Ultimate Bikini – bikini
  • Ultimate Bikini Masters – bikini for aged 35+
  • Ultimate Bikini Beginner – bikini first calendar year competing
  • Ultimate Bikini Junior – bikini junior for those aged 16-23

Where is it: Information not released yet

How much is it: Information not released yet

Good to know: Winners can enter the World Ultimate Physiques is for the opportunity to win a UPUK pro card.

UKDFBA

Website: www.drugfreebodybuilding.co.uk

Who’s it for:  The UKDFBA, started in 2011, is a fairly strict competition which expects it’s athletes to be drug free as per their rules and guidelines. It is the path for competitors to continue to the WNBF (World Natural Bodybuilding Federation).

Categories for women:

It is likely that the categories will be similar to last years which were:

  • Bodybuilding – developed muscle, with symmetry and definition
  • Figure – well developed, symmetrical and defined
  • Figure masters – aged 40+ well developed, symmetrical and defined
  • Bikini – bikini look

Where is it: Information not released yet

How much is it: Information not released yet

Good to know: In the past seven years you must not have had any of their banned substances to be eligible to enter.

UKBFF

Website: www.ukbff.co.uk

Who’s it for: A long standing fixture in the UK’s history of bodybuilding the UKBFF has a number of categories to enter. This federation expects it’s competitors to bring a really high standard to the stage.

Categories for women:

It is likely that the categories will be similar to last years which were:

  • Junior Bikini-Fitness Up to/Incl 23 yrs – aged 23 years and under
  • Junior Body-Fitness Up to/Incl 23 yrs – aged 23 years and under
  • Masters Bikini-Fitness Over 35 yrs – aged 35 years and older
  • Masters Body-Fitness Over 35 yrs  – aged 35 years and older
  • Rookie Bikini Fitness (1st year competing)
  • Wellness Bikini Fitness
  • Body-Fitness
  • Women’s Physique
  • Women’s Fitness
  • Bikini-Fitness Up to 163 cm – up to 163cm tall
  • Bikini-Fitness Up to 169 cm  – up to 169cm tall
  • Bikini-Fitness Over 169 cm – Over 169cm tall

Where is it: Information not released yet

How much is it: Information not released yet

Good to know: You cannot be a member of another federation to compete with UKBFF.

Ultimate Fitness League

Website: http://ultimatefitnessleague.com

Who’s it for: Another relatively new league the UFL has a plethora of categories. Some more relaxed categories make it a good choice for newbies who want to see what it’s like to be on stage.

Categories for women:

It is likely that the categories will be similar to last years which were:

  • Transformation – for those who have made a significant change to their body
  • Novice – first or second time on stage
  • Beach Body – for the less muscular, feminine and curvy
  • Fit Mums – must have at least one child
  • Bikini Short / Tall – low body fat and bikini look
  • Fitness Model – low body fat, muscular look
  • Athletic Model – developed muscle mass
  • Figure – lean and developed muscle mass
  • Theme Wear – themed outfits
  • International Female Model – Evening dress wear
  • Female Tattoo Model – athletic and toned with tattoos
  • Master Over 35 – healthy look, must be aged over 35
  • Master Over 50 – healthy look, must be aged over 50

Where is it: Information not released yet

How much is it: Information not released yet

Good to know: You must be at least 18 to enter.

WBFF

Website: www.wbffshows.com

Who’s it for: A worldwide competition which attracts a fair amount of media this American competition attracts competitors all over the globe. Stage presence is a must as these events include different rounds including themewear (Victoria Secret style) and evening wear.

Categories for women:

It is likely that the categories will be similar to last years which were:

  • Diva Fitness Model Short – must be under 5ft 4 with a fit and toned physique
  • Diva Fitness Model Tall – must be over 5ft 4 with a fit and toned physique
  • Diva Bikini Model Short – must be under 5ft 4 with a bikini figure
  • Diva Bikini Model Tall – must be over 5ft 4 with a bikini figure
  • Diva Figure Model Short – must be under 5ft 4 with an athletic figure
  • Diva Figure Model Tall – must be over 5ft 4 with an athletic figure
  • Commercial Model – must be 5ft 6 to 5ft 11 with commercial model looks and aged between 17 and 36 years

Where is it: Information not released yet

How much is it: Information not released yet

Good to know: Fashion and fitness meet in this show. You will need to be confident and have a great stage presence.

Prices and details correct at time of writing – please check each individual federation’s official websites and Facebook pages for more details.

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