INBF/WNBF FAQ

INBF/WNBF FAQ 2017-11-25T19:02:08+00:00

REGISTERING FOR AN EVENT

How do I register for an event?

Find the event on the website by clicking here.  Click on the link to the website for that particular competition.  Some shows require online registration and some will take mail in applications.  Send in your application and entry fees to the address on the application.  At this point, some promoters will schedule you for a polygraph and others will require you to contact the polygraph examiner to schedule an appointment.  The next step is to register for your INBF Membership Card.  Your card will be presented to you at check-in for your selected competition.

CATEGORIES OF COMPETITION

What categories are offered?

  • Men and Women’s Bodybuilding
  • Figure
  • Fit Body
  • Men’s Physique
  • Bikini

The criteria for each category is located here.

CLASS ENTRY & CROSSOVERS

For INBF Pro Qualifying events, athletes may enter Open OR Novice, NOT BOTH. Crossovers may occur between an age division and Open or Novice, or between categories such as Figure & Fit Body, or Men’s Physique and Bodybuilding.

Why do you not allow novice to open crossovers?

The INBF does not allow this because the divisions are a totally different mind set.  Novice athletes should have a goal to gain competition experience, and do the best they can.  By not allowing Open competitors to cross back into Novice, this gives people the best chance to compete with other beginners.  It makes for a fair playing field for real Novice competitors.  Open class competitors should have competed before, and are working towards winning Pro status.

What is the definition of Novice?

Novice competitors are either first time competitors, someone who has competed and has not placed, or has not placed top three in an Open class.  If you win a Novice class, you are then required to compete in an Open division.

Membership

To compete in an INBF event, an athlete must have a current INBF membership.  Memberships are active for 11 months (expiration is the end of the month prior to competition month the next year).  For example if you compete on 7/16/16, your membership will expire 6/30/17.  You may compete in any INBF event during this time frame.  All affiliate membership cards are accepted by the INBF competitions in the U.S.

International Athletes

Athletes from other countries are welcome to compete with the INBF as long as there is not a WNBF affiliated federation in their country.  Please submit an Email inquiry if you would like to compete with us.

DRUG TESTING

Am I required to take the polygraph?

Yes, we require all competitors to take and pass an intense polygraph.  This test is good for 6 weeks for amateurs and 2 weeks for pros.  If you are entering another INBF or WNBF event please let the show promoter know you have been tested and they will confirm this with a WNBF official.

Can I use another organizations polygraph test?

No, we require all competitors to test directly with us.  Our banned substance list is more stringent than other organizations, and we have very high standards for our licensed professionals.

How long does the polygraph take?

The polygraph examination itself is not a long process, usually completed on Thursday & Friday prior to a Saturday competition.  The pre-screening, completing the athlete questionnaire, and multiple pre-interviews do take significantly more time.  All of this information is necessary for us to gather in order to make our polygraph process more valid.  You should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to fill out paperwork.  Some testers will require you to submit paperwork in advance.  A valid ID, drivers license, or passport also needs to be provided to the polygraph examiner.

Am I required to urine test?

If you are a Professional member, we can and will ask competitors to submit a urine specimen unannounced.  If you are at a show, all prize money winners and also pro card winners are required to urine test immediately after leaving the stage from awards.  All competitors are required to test in a posing suit and will not be allowed to bring anything into the testing area.

Banned Substances/Prescribed Medications:

Please read the banned substance list thoroughly prior to submitting a supplement or prescription medication question:  Email

* An athlete who has failed a polygraph or urinalysis test with any federation must divulge this information prior to registering with the INBF.   Such a failure that regards any INBF banned substance will result in a 7 year suspension.

PRO-QUALIFYING CRITERIA

There must be at least Eight (8) competitors in the following categories for a WNBF Pro Card to be awarded (No Exceptions)

  • Bikini
  • Figure
  • Men’s Bodybuilding
  • Men’s Physique

There must be at least Five (5) competitors in the following classes for a WNBF Pro Card to be awarded (No Exceptions)

  • Women’s Fit Body
  • Women’s Bodybuilding
  • Masters (All categories)

**Pro Card winners Must submit a urine specimen the day/evening of the competition!

**WNBF Professionals who place in the money and do not submit a urine specimen will face disqualification and/or suspension.

Pro’s from other organizations – am I eligible for the WNBF?

The WNBF only accepts pro card winners through the INBF and International Affiliate Sanctioned events.

COMPETING AS A PRO

Can I compete in any Pro event?

The WNBF has Pro events across the country and throughout the year.  If you hold a current WNBF Pro card, you are eligible for all of them.  The only event that requires a qualification is the WNBF World Championship.  To compete in the WNBF World Championships, you need to compete in any WNBF Pro show in the year of the Worlds you are hoping to compete.  You will also be qualified if you have placed top three at the previous year Worlds or won an Overall Pro title any time in the WNBF.

If I win prize money, when do I receive it?

If you win prize money, your checks will be sent within 30 days of receiving urine testing results.  You will be required to fill out a W9 form before we submit payment to you.

I just won my pro card, when do I have to compete?

Pros are required to compete within a year of winning their pro card.  If you have circumstances regarding a delay, please contact us for an extension.  Extensions are granted for medical reasons, pregnancy or personal hardships. Please Email your request.

Once I have competed, what do I have to do to stay eligible as a pro?

Pros are required after their first pro show to compete every two years and to keep dues current.   Annual Pro Membership Fees are required to be up to date at all times. WNBF memberships may be updated here.