The International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness stages professional and amateur bodybuilding and fitness competitions all over the world. For almost 60 years, it has opened its stages to some of the most remarkable physiques on earth.
These ultrafit men and women were once only idolized in muscle magazines, but a widespread information shift from print to online now allows IFBB fans to follow the greats on their computers, tablets, and phones. Social media helps bright young stars supernova.
We compiled this list of the most popular current pros on Instagram. Use their training tips and videos for motivation to find and maintain your own fitness.
Kai stands as one of the biggest and best bodybuilders in a generation of mass monsters. Intense, entertaining, and approachable, Kai's shares really let his fans get to know him. "Thoughts become things," he teaches at his camps. His feed is full of sick vids with soundtracks, mash-ups, and motivational speeches. His fan base matches his enormity; he's the most-followed male IFBB pro on Instagram.
As the reigning Mr. Olympia, Phil Heath uses his Instagram feed to share pics and videos from his world travels to expos, weight rooms, backstage at the O, and media spots. The crown is light for the king of bodybuilding. Phil's trademark smile and growing @giftednutrition brand make him a must-follow on Instagram.
DayDay Knucks is taking the fitness and physique world by storm. She won the first women's Physique Olympia title in IFBB history and has amassed an incredible international following. DLB runs camps at her Warhouse Gym, manages a website, and has a hip clothing line. Read her 2014 Olympia #dlbprepjournal and learn to #lovetheprocess.
This list could never be complete without the four-time Figure Olympia champion! She's gorgeous of course, but #youcantfakestrong. She leads followers with posts of training vids, selfies, fashion snaps, #phatcamp updates, and motivational posts!
We'll always be proud of how cover model and physique Olympian Steve Cook built his reputation; he was one of the very first Bodybuilding.com spokesmodels. He's stayed true to our mutual mission, but continues to expand his personal brand.
This Venezuelan model has yet to win a title on the hypercompetitive IFBB bikini circuit, but honestly, who cares? She has 4.2 million Instagram followers for a reason; she's stunning. It can be difficult for fitness models to cross over into mainstream culture, but with social media driving fans to her side, Michelle has achieved mass popularity.
The three-time Olympia 212 champ is a bona fide pro with a number of affiliations, including BSN and FitMark bags. Don't worry; James doesn't spend all day flexing. The "Welsh Dragon" posts motivational quotes, lifting videos, expo promos, and pics of him interacting with fans and industry pros.
Eduardo has perhaps the most vascular quads on earth; just check out his videos! This 212 competitor finishes in the top five at major events, where he proudly represents his home country of Brazil. With a growing Instagram imprint and strong sponsors, he'll keep coming back to the Olympia and Arnold podiums.
We all live in a big, beautiful world. One of Instagram's most popular IFBB bikini pros has never competed in the United States. This stunning German model and entrepreneur loves the camera almost as much as it loves her. She won the FIBO Bikini Cup in 2014. Women like Ramona help make fitness a burgeoning global phenomenon.
Coming off his first major pro win&mash;the 2015 IFBB Arnold Classic Men's Physique—Sadik is riding a wave of positive energy. Since turning pro in 2012, he's never finished lower than fourth. He competes against himself every day. Check out his page and get to know this smiling, cut-to-shreds star in the making.
This Ohio girl rose to stardom by taking the last two Bikini Olympia titles. She's won 12 shows (and finished second 5 times) since 2013! Naturally, IG is the perfect platform for her killer body and ecstatic smiles. See her training, dressing up, skipping through Spain, and generally enjoying the crap out of life!
This former pop star and bikini pro has spent much of her adult life in the spotlight, and recently married bodybuilder @stevekuclo. With Instagram, she can direct the attention through her own lens. She is still training hard, living that #glutelife, and killing it for BSN.