As the world’s leading natural fitness & bodybuilding organization, UFE has adopted a tier system in order to accommodate people of all experience levels and goals. UFE offers 4 levels of competition: Novice, Open, Elite & Pro.
A great place to start for competitors of any age just looking to get into fitness and bodybuilding and who would like to experience the exhilaration of showcasing their hard work on stage with other first time competitors. Competitors must not have participated in any fitness or bodybuilding event previously.
This level is open to people of all ages and experience levels who would like to participate at a competitive level at our events. First time competitors who are ready to take the plunge into competition are welcome.
This level is open to competitors who have qualified from a UFE Open level event or who have qualified from another organization (see qualification criteria below). Competitors are qualified for Elite level status for 2 years from the time they qualify.
UFE’s PRO level is the pinnacle of success in natural fitness and bodybuilding. Our PRO competitors are the best of the best natural fitness and bodybuilding competitors in the world and the prizes and industry exposure they receive are a reflection of this fact.
For people of all ages with no previous competitive experience.
The Novice level is open to anyone without prior competitive experience in any organization. Competitors must move on to the Open level after they have competed at the Novice level.
This is an awesome opportunity for people to get the exhilarating experience of showcasing the results of their hard work and healthy lifestyle with other first-time competitors.
Divisions within the Novice level categories:
There are no age, height or weight divisions within the NOVICE level categories.
Any age and experience level may participate
The Open level is for competitors of all ages and all experience levels except for UFE PRO competitors (Elite level competitors ARE permitted to compete at the Open level). The Open level is a good place to start for those that are new to UFE or first time competitors that want a higher level of competition than the Novice level. These events feature top notch stage production and are a great opportunity to be seen, as many top photographers will be scouting for talent to shoot and/or feature in industry magazines or ad campaigns for companies within the fitness industry. Top placing competitors will qualify to compete at the Elite level. There is also one special Open level event in which the overall winners in each category will become eligible UFE PRO’s (provided there are 10 competitors in each respective category) – UFE Revolution in Cobourg, Ontario.
Divisions within the Open level categories:
The divisions within each Open level category are as follows:
Men’s Fitness Model: Open, Masters (40+)
Men’s Physique: Height Class A, Height Class B, Masters (40+)
Bodybuilding: Junior, Masters, Grandmasters, Lightweight, Middleweight, Light-heavyweight, Heavyweight
Bikini: Short, Tall, Masters 35, Masters 45
Women’s Fitness: Short, Tall, Masters 35, Masters 45
Figure: Short, Tall, Masters 35, Masters 45
Women’s Physique: Open, Masters (35+)
Fitness Model: Short, Tall, Masters 35, Masters 45
Glamour: Short, Tall
*Separation into short and tall classes is based on a minimum of 10 competitors in the open division. Otherwise, competitors will be combined into one single open division.
*Separation into Masters 35 and Masters 45 classes is based on a minimum of 5 competitors in each age division. Otherwise, competitors may be combined into one single Masters division.
The placings required to move onto the Elite level are the following:
Men’s Fitness Model: Top 3 from Open division, winner of Masters division
Men’s Physique: Top 3 from each height class; winner of Masters division
Men’s Bodybuilding: top 2 from each weight-class, winner from each age division
Bikini: top 3 from each height class, top 3 from a Masters division
Women’s Fitness: top 3 from each height class, top 3 from a Masters division
Figure: top 3 from each height class, top 3 from a Masters division
Women’s Fitness Model: top 3 from each height class, top 3 from a Masters division
Glamour: top 3 from each height class
Women’s Physique: top 3 from Open division, winner of Masters division
View requirements to see how you can compete in the Elite level
The Elite level is open to competitors who have qualified from any UFE event according to the criteria listed in the “Open Level,” any NBA Australia event according to the criteria set forth by the NBA Australia or any qualified Pro competitor from another organization. Competitors are qualified for Elite level status for a 2 contest season period from the time in which they qualify (including the contest season in which they qualify). Should a competitor fail to re-qualify for Elite status in that 2 year period, they will revert to being an Open level competitor again. Elite competitors can re-qualify for Elite status by receiving a top placing at an Open UFE or NBA Australia event again, or by using their status at the Elite level prior to expiration.
Elite level competitors are permitted to compete at the Open level as well.
Divisions within the Elite level categories:
There are no height or weight divisions within Elite level categories as we are simply looking for the best of the best competitors to move onto the Professional level. At the UFE World Championships, a Masters division for all Elite level categories will be featured for men and women 40 years of age and above.
The placings required to move onto the Pro level are the following:
- Top 3 Elite competitors at the UFE World Championships
- 1st place Masters Elite competitors at the UFE World Championships
- Top 2 Elite competitors at any other Elite level event.
*NBA Australia competitors qualify for UFE PRO status based on the criteria set forth by NBA Australia.
Events featuring Elite level:
UFE Showdown – London, Ontario
UFE USA PRO Qualifier – Chicago, Illinois
UFE World Championships – Toronto, Ontario
View the requirements to see how you can compete in the Pro level
UFE’s PRO level is the pinnacle of success within the realm of natural fitness competition. Our PRO competitors are of the highest caliber and the cash and prizes awarded to our PROs are a reflection of this fact. Our PROs will be a force in the industry, being heavily marketed by UFE to the many connections we have established in the industry and as UFE continues to grow, the opportunities that will be available to our competitors are endless. These opportunities will involve massive exposure and, in some cases, significant cash compensation. Our PRO competitors will be awarded the stunning UFE rose gold PRO card!
As our international affiliate, Natural Bodybuilding Australia (NBA) competitors may qualify to compete in UFE’s Elite or PRO levels based on the criteria of the NBA Australia. As an Elite or PRO level competitor, NBA Australia competitors may compete at any UFE show featuring these levels, including the UFE World Championships. For those wishing to compete at UFE’s PRO level, mandatory membership dues apply. For more information about NBA Australia’s qualification criteria, visit their website.
Divisions within the Professional level categories:
There are no height or weight divisions within the PRO level categories. A Masters division for male and female competitors 40 years of age and above will be featured for categories at the sole discretion of UFE.
Events featuring the Professional level:
UFE World Championships – Toronto, Ontario
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