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The NBBF is very concerned…

The NBBF is very concerned…

In recent months we have been regularly startled by the death of participants in bodybuilding and fitness competitions.

Many athletes do not seem to realize the dangers of taking certain drugs and medicines in large quantities, whether or not they take it on the advice of a coach, to get the body in an optimal shape for contests. Usually substances that are used to get the body ‘competition ready’ in the short term, for example by expelling fluids, quickly losing some extra fat or giving the muscles a quick boost.

That this is certainly not without danger is apparent from the recent obituaries and the ‘total collapse’ of body builders and fitness athletes during competitions and/or preparations.

These types of drugs and medicines are intended for heart patients and patients with various other conditions, and certainly not for healthy people. They are therefore anything but body-friendly. Athletes often do not use these drugs on the advice of a doctor, but from hear-say and often there is a lack of medical knowledge about the consequences that can arise from the use of these drugs. And so there are deaths!

Even athletes entering their first competition are already doing this, without any health checks or without considering underlying abnormalities! Stick to the supplements that are offered and do not use drugs or medicines!

It is always important that you as an athlete know what you are taking. If you, as an athlete or coach, have doubts about certain resources, you can contact Juliette (email: juliettebergmann@ifbbnederland.nl) where you can discuss your doubts in confidence.

Do not blindly trust what you hear, but research the effect of those resources yourself via the internet. Also read the article below by Jim Lensveld and Harry de Jonge ‘As dry as a shrimp, as dead as a pier’ (unfortunately only in the Dutch langauge) from our NBBF Yearbook from last year 2020:

This is a two page article in pdf format with a lot of reliable information, take advantage of it, download the pdf file, read here.

Introducing a new Mixed Pairs category: ‘Fit Pairs’

As of 01-01-2021 IFBB introduces a NEW addition to the Bodybuilding Mixed Pairs category. The new category is called: “FIT PAIRS”. A brilliant newcomer category to enjoy fitness in couples.

– Male athlete’s attire will be the same as in the Men’s Physique category.
– Male athlete’s Quarter turns will be the same as in the Men’s Physique category.
– The female athlete’s attire will be the same as in the Bikini Fitness category.
– Female athlete’s Quarter turns will be the same as in the Bikini Fitness category.
– They will have both to do Quarter turns to the right, both in the same direction.
– There will be no I-walking.
– The Master of Ceremony will introduce them pair by pair.
– The assessment will be based on the criteria of Men’s Physique, and Bikini Fitness categories, but it will be important that the couple fit well together.

 

IFBB hopes this new category shall be most welcomed by Bikini Fitness and Men’s Physique athletes, being a nice addition to the Bodybuilding Mixed Pairs category.

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From now on, NBBF will add this new ‘Fit Pairs’ category to all it’s upcoming contests.

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The official Rules can be found in this pdf file, click here.

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View the video below to see an example of the new ‘Fit Pairs’ category:

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Ellie Goulding speaks out for muscular women: “Not scary to be strong”

Singer Ellie Goulding (33) speaks out for muscular women: “Not scary to be strong”

Singer Ellie Goulding (33) thinks that there are only few muscular women to be seen in the media, while there is nothing wrong with a particularly trained body. Sport is extremely important to the British – especially mentally. “It’s not intimidating or terrifying to be strong.”

This article is written in the dutch language. Follow this link and read the entire article, written by Leon van Wijk on 19-08-20, in newspaper Algemeen Dagblad AD, click here.

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If you want to read the articles from the english newspapers, follow these links:

In online news ‘METRO’, click here.  ‘Ellie Goulding is female force of power as she flexes muscles in gym: ‘It isn’t intimidating to be strong’.

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In online news ‘Evening Standard’, click here. Ellie Goulding says ‘Nothing I do in the gym is for vanity’ in empowering workout post.

 

 

Hooray, I am the Dutch Champion! Oh no…, not entirely.

There are currently various Bodybuilding and Fitness organizations in the Netherlands that all organize a “Dutch Championship” separately. However, every self-respecting sport has only one annual Dutch Championship. Then as a winner you can not only be proud of your first place and be recognized by everyone as THE number one, but it also gives you the right to present yourself internationally, such as at the European or World Championships. At least if your local sports association is affiliated with a world association.

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And that is precisely the problem. In the Netherlands only the NBBF is affiliated with a general internationally recognized organization; the I.F.B.B. world federation for Bodybuilding and Fitness. Then you can honestly ask the question: “what does a Dutch Championship actually represent at another organization?” The answer to this is simply “almost nothing.” You are only the winner of that particular club. There is no follow-up, you cannot compete in a European or World contest. You can’t go higher, it stops here.


For example, if you are organizing a world championship as a small football club, but as a club you are not affiliated with the KNVB and the FIFA World Football Association, then you understand that a win at that tournament does not really mean anything. And that’s the same with almost every sport.

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Moreover, you run the risk that as a member of another (unrecognized) sports association you cannot participate in competitions of the official world federations. So what’s the moral of this story: The NBBF / IFBB is the only way to a sporting future with the possibility of competitions at European and World level. Moreover, it really gives more satisfaction if you are “the best of the best” instead of “the best of the rest”!

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Rick Gommers, webmaster and dedicated follower

Juliette Bergman inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame

Juliette Bergman inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame.

(Copied from:  https://www.evolutionofbodybuilding.net/juliette-bergman-inducted-into-the-ifbb-hall-of-fame/  January 14, 2020)

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Female bodybuilding legend, Ms. Juliette Bergmann was inducted into the IFBB Bodybuilding Hall of Fame during the 2019 IFBB Congress held in Fujairah, UAE last November.

IFBB President Dr. Rafael Santonja presented Juliette with the award.

Juliette is a legend of the sport and she has won practically every major award in female bodybuilding.

Juliette established herself as the best female amateur bodybuilder in the world in 1985 when she won the Lightweight class at the IFBB European Championships and IFBB World Amateur Championships. These impressive results earned her the IFBB Pro card.

In 2001, after not competing for 12 years, Juliette returned the to stage and defeated Iris Kyle to win the 2001 Ms. Olympia overall and lightweight title. In 2002 and 2003, Juliette won the lightweight Olympia title, but lost the overall title to Lenda Murray.

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Another memorable victory for Juliette was winning the 1986 IFBB Pro World Championship mixed pairs title with Tony Pearson.

Juliette is still a very active member within the IFBB. Since 2009, she became president of the IFBB in the Netherlands (Dutch Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation), director IFBB Thailand, a member of the IFBB executive council, and chairwoman of the EBFF fitness committee.

Her knowledge of the sport is very valuable when it comes to judging and when giving advice on the presentation of athletes in regards to posing and contest prep.

Evolutionofbodybuilding.net would like to congratulate our very close friend Juliette for this great honor that is greatly deserved.

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Competition History

1982 Ms. Randstad – 1st (LW)
1982 Twentse Open Championship – 1st (LW)
1983 Ms. Elegance – 2ndȚ
1983 Dutch Grand Prix – 3rd
1983 Davina Challenge Cup – 3rd
1983 Gold Cup – 2nd
1983 Dutch Championships – 3rd
1984 Dutch Grand Prix – 2nd
1984 IFBB European Championships – 7th (LW)
1984 Dutch Championships – 1st (LW & Overall)
1985 Dutch Championships – 1st (LW & Overall)
1985 IFBB European Championships – 1st (LW)
1985 IFBB World Amateur Championships – 1st (LW)
1985 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 15th
1986 IFBB Pro World Championship – 1st
1986 IFBB Pro World Championship mixed pairs (with Tony Pearson) – 1st
1986 Ms. International – 2nd
1986 Los Angeles Pro Championship – 2nd
1986 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 6th
1986 IFBB Pro World Championship – 7th
1986 IFBB Pro World Mixed Pairs – 2nd
1987 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 9th
1988 IFBB Pro World Championship – Disqualified
1988 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 13th
1989 IFBB Pro World Championship – 15th
2001 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st (LW & Overall)
2002 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st (LW)
2003 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st (LW)

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Changes in the order of Mandatory Poses Classic Physique

The order of the mandatory poses has been changed for this class.
Also the order of the classes will be such that the Classic Physique comes first and then the Bodybuilding classes because if you can’t pose a vacuum then you will be placed from the top but you will have the opportunity to participate in the Bodybuilding. So in this case bring a posing slip along with the obligatory pants for the Classic Physique.

6. In Round 1 individual comparisons, formulated by the Chief Judge, competitors are directed to perform four quarter turns, followed by seven Mandatory Poses:
a. Quarter turn right
b. Quarter turn back
c. Quarter turn right
d. Quarter turn front
e. Vacuum pose
f. Front double biceps
g. Side chest
h. Back double biceps
i. Side triceps
j. Abdominals and Thighs
k. Classic pose at Athlete’s choice (in a standing front position but no most muscular)

Decided at the IFBB world congress.

Why Choose For NBBF / IFBB Netherlands?

Why choose for NBBF / IFBB Netherlands?

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  • The NBBF is the largest and longest existing bodybuilding association in the Netherlands. The NBBF organizes approx. 12 competitions per year with a well-arranged structure in which you can gradually climb to the highest level.
  • The NBBF currently has several thousand members and the website has attracted 75,000 page views by over 20,000 visitors in the last two months alone!
  • The NBBF has represented the I.F.B.B for over 40 years. This is the only federation in the world that is officially recognized and is even Olympic recognized on 4 continents!
  • The NBBF has a photo archive on the website that is accessible to anyone with photos of all events from the recent past!
  • The NBBF is a non-profit association with a board chosen by the members, the money earned is used to organize competitions, to send out athletes internationally and to help athletes in any other way with their career.
  • Almost all successful Dutch athletes have been launched by the NBBF!
  • The NBBF annually gives several free posing clinics that are given by very experienced people who are aware of the latest rules and can help optimize the presentation on stage.
  • The NBBF gives athletes the opportunity to steadily progress from D or C level to B, then nationwide to A. The better athletes can then move on to the international circuit of the IFBB that cannot be compared with any other federation in terms of size and professionalism of the events. Finally, there is the opportunity for the absolute top players to move on to the professionals where a lot of prize money can be won in competitions that are organized on all continents around the world.
  • Therefore it makes little sense to participate in competitions of random  commercial federations, simply because this is a dead end without real future possibilities.
  • The events organized by the NBBF are known for their friendly, almost family-like, atmosphere and the officials and crew are always available and accessible for everyone.

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Is an Olympia title still an Olympia title?

Every top athlete in the world strives for the highest achievable. Within Bodybuilding the highest achievable is the title Miss Olympia or Mister Olympia. It used to be that only one such title per year was awarded to one person. Then you were the absolute top of the world in the entire sport discipline. So world champion meant real champion of the whole world in your sport. And Mister and Miss Olympia were the world champions of all world champion winners: “the best of the best“.

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During that time, Juliette Bergmann, as a Dutchman, achieved this absolute world top no less than 3 times. Three times the very best in the world of Bodybuilding (plus two PRO world championships) was a performance of exceptional class that was never matched by anyone else.

Now we sometimes hear from someone that he is world champion or Mister Olympia “in his or her class”.
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What happened?

The “Olympia” title has been sold and commercialized. Everything is now about money and especially ‘how can I get even more money out of it’ as an organizer. As a result, several organizations have since been set up, each of which is organizing their own Olympia championship. To participate in these competitions, an athlete must be a member of that club (paid membership) and pay a registration fee for participation in each individual contest. Oh, and don’t forget… if you are a member of club A, you cannot be a member of club B. Otherwise you will be excluded from participation …

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In addition, countless new Olympia classes have been added. All this brings a lot of money to organizations. “Amateur Olympia” and “Professional Olympia” titles have also been created, so that you can now become, for example, Miss Olympia amateur in one of more than 10 different classes.
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If you add that up, over 80 (!) Different “Olympia” titles are currently being awarded each year. This makes absolutely no sense, because ultimately only one can be the ‘best of the best’. And that one was once in the women’s department Miss Olympia Juliette Bergmann, president of IFBB Netherlands.

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3x Miss Olympia & 2x Pro World Champion!

3x Miss Olympia & 2x Pro World Champion!

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What is it still worth?

So you can rightly ask yourself the question what an “Olympia” title is worth nowadays. The title has been completely scaled down and has become very opaque. Because in the end you are only champion of organization A, of the amateurs or the pros and only in one out of many different classes. Then you no longer can talk with any decency about the “best-of-best world champion”.

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That once coveted and all-embracing “Olympia” title has now largely lost its luster. That is why the winners from the “good old days” are the real heroes. Juliette Bergmann is such a unique hero, because she conquered the absolute top with the most titles ever won worldwide. No female athlete has ever done that after her. That is also one of the reasons why Juliette is an honorary member of the World IFBB Organization. The first and still by far the largest Bodybuilding Association in the world. Juliette is on the world board that does its work from Spain. It is internationally recognized by all organizations and clubs and keeps its finger on the pulse with regard to organization, new developments, health and doping.

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Did you know that

Did you know that in ALL contests in which Juliette participated, everyone was tested for doping. That is totally different now! The control in the PRO event has become a joke, because it is ultimately only about money. And money basically has nothing to do with fitness or health risks. At all costs people want to become champions and whether or not they go with or without “forbidden means” is of hardly any interest anymore to organizations. There are already cases known where this has led to permanent physical and mental damage, even to death a number of times recently…!

 

Back to “real” Olympia winners

I understand that IFBB Netherlands views this development with dismay and wants to dedicate itself, in this maze of organizations, classes and titles, to come back to one comprehensive world championship for amateurs and professionals per class, so with “real Olympia winners”. Because that’s what  the athletes deserve, who put in all their energy and enthusiasm day after day with sheer will power.

 

Collage van slechts een paar Mister Olympia Amateur winnaars in 2018

Collage of just a few Mister Olympia Amateur winners in 2018

Rick Gommers, webmaster IFBB Nederland and dedicated follower