M.A.B.B.A. / C.B.B.F. / I.F.B.B.
Manitoba Amateur Bodybuilding Association /
Canadian Bodybuilding Federation / International
Federation of Bodybuilding
The International Federation of Bodybuilding is
the longest standing organization in the world
representing and promoting bodybuilders, and now
fitness competitors. Ben Weider is one of the
founders of the organization, which has a 53-year
history. 173 countries are affiliated with the
I.F.B.B. each country running qualifiers for World
Class I.F.B.B. Professional Competitions such as The
Olympia, The Ironman Pro Invitational Men's
Bodybuilding, Fitness International, Ms.
International Women's Bodybuilding, Arnold Classic
Men's Bodybuilding, Atlantic City Pro Fitness,
Toronto Pro Invitational Men's Bodybuilding, Night
of the Champions Men's Bodybuilding, Fitness World
Pro, and Women's World Pro bodybuilding.
Many of these contests receive TV coverage and are
well represented in most of the bodybuilding and
fitness magazines such as: Flex, Muscle and Fitness,
Oxygen, Ironman, Musclemag, and Hers. In Canada,
each province has a provincial organization.
Manitoba’s Association consists of a President, VP,
Fitness Chair, Secretary/Treasurer and Executive
The Manitoba provincial association contacts are
Each province has qualifying shows for National
Competition. In Manitoba two contests are available
each year - the Novice (Provincial Qualifier) and
the Provincials (National Qualifier).
Currently, in Manitoba the overall men's and women's
bodybuilding, fitness, figure, bikini and men's and women's physique winners from the Provincials will be
eligible for National competition for life. The
first place winner in any weight category in
bodybuilding or height category in fitness, figure, bikini or physique (if
applicable) is eligible to compete only at the next
two CBBF National championships and the next two World Qualifiers. If
a bodybuilder comes in 2nd or 3rd at the Provincials
they are only eligible to compete at the very next
CBBF National championships and the very next CBBF World Qualifier.
Once an athlete has qualified to compete at a
National level they may be chosen to represent
- The CBBF National Championships - winners may be
offered Pro cards and then may move on to the
pro shows mentioned previously.
- CBBF World Qualifier - winners may be
selected to represent Canada at the IFBB World
NOTE: Random drug testing is done by the Canadian Centre of Ethics (CCES) as arranged by the Canadian Bodybuilding Federation (CBBF) following the competitors weight class or open class.
Athletes who place at a National competition may
qualify to compete in:
- NPC - winners of
this show may also qualify to turn pro.
ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING ELIGIBILITY SHOULD BE
DIRECTED TO THE EXECUTIVE WELL BEFORE THE CONTEST
YOU ARE ENTERING!
Please note: There are several other newer
organizations promoting competitions in Canada that
are not affiliated with IFBB/CBBF/MABBA. Rules and
opportunities differ from one organization to the
next - make sure that you are aware of these
differences before you make a decision to compete.
Currently, MABBA is the only organization with an
official executive and a 41-year history in
Welcome to MABBA, I would like to introduce myself,
I am the MABBA President. I have been involved in
bodybuilding since 1969 when almost all of the
bodybuilders in Winnipeg trained at the local YMCA
on Vaughan St in the basement and we had never heard
of Women’s Bodybuilding or Women’s Figure and
My first Mr. Manitoba contest was in 1972.
Prejudging was upstairs in the YMCA and the evening
show was always held in conjunction with the Red
River Ex in June outside the arena on a make shift
stage with the setting sun as our stage lights.
Now look at us we hold our Competitions at Pantages
Theatre or the Manitoba Theatre Centre. We have come
a long way since I started in 1969 with a lot of the
credit going to the past Presidents who have
contributed so much of their personal time and
effort to see that MABBA grew and improved. I can
only hope that my time will also contribute to the
future growth of Bodybuilding, Figures and Fitness
in Manitoba and MABBA.
MABBA is at very exciting crossroads in Manitoba.
The Women’s Figure and Fitness in Manitoba has grown
into a premier event both at the local level and at
a National level.
I have several objectives I will work on as
President. I want to start by getting our young
Figure and Fitness and Bodybuilders out of the gym
and onto the stage with the help of past MABBA
members acting as mentors to help answer the many
questions that must be on their minds when it comes
to committing themselves to their first competition.
I also want to see the Women’s Figure and Fitness
continue to grow into an intricate part of MABBA.
The last thing I want to say is I look forward to
meeting as many MABBA members as I can and get your
contribution in making MABBA the greatest
organization in Canada.
You can contact me via email at
Train hard and stay healthy,
Tom Heffner, MABBA President
IFBB fitness Pro and 3 time national fitness winner, Shelly is the 2012 national short fitness winner and 2012 World qualifier fitness short winner and represented the Canadian team at the IFBB world fitness championships and placed 6th in Bialystok, Poland in October 2012.
She is the Overall 2010 Fitness Winner including Best Routine and Master 's Winner and National fitness competitor working towards her Pro Card.
Shelly is MFC certified trainer/ fitness instructor and evaluator of fitness leaders. She also holds certifications in Older Adult and pre and post natal fitness. She has over 20 years experience in the fitness industry. She also trains fitness and figure competitors. Shelly and her husband Bruce, have been volunteers for MABBA for several years and love helping at the contests. The last 3 years she has been emceeing the novice and provincial contests and loving it.