Introducing the innaugural
IFBB Ben Weider Natural Pro Show & Pro Qualifier
The Ben Weider Natural Pro Show & Pro Qualifier is in honor of Ben Weider who, along with his brother Joe Weider, founded the IFBB. Ben Weider was born and raised in Montreal Quebec. He spent his life in Quebec and was our ambassador travelling around the world building the IFBB and promoting our sport.
Ben's brother Joe Weider moved to the United States and built the sport south of the border. Joe Weider's legacy continues with the most prestigious IFBB Professional League contest in the world known as "Joe Weider's Olympia".
Ben Weider will now also have his legacy within the IFBB Pro League with the Ben Weider Pro/Am Naturals! What will make this contest historic is the fact that it is being held in Montreal in the same venue that Ben Weider promoted his first IFBB contest - the 1946 IFBB Mr. Canada! Also the same venue for the first ever IFBB Mr. Universe in 1959, which later became known as the World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships!
2019 marks the 60th anniversary of Ben Weider's IFBB's Mr. Universe!
This is THE contest every natural athlete around the world does not want to miss. Being part of this historic moment will be an unforgettable experience for every natural competitor.
The winners from each class in the Natural Pro division will earn 5 points towards competing at the one and only Olympia in Las Vegas!
Built between 1891 and 1893, the Monument-National is the oldest theatre still in use today in Quebec, Canada. Officially opened on June 24, 1893 by the Association Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal (the present-day St-Jean-Baptiste Society), the Monument-National was situated at the historical interface between the Francophone neighbourhoods (to the east) and the Anglophone areas (to the west). With its daring architecture and imposing dimensions, the Monument-National was the first "monument", as such, to celebrate the glory of the French-Canadian "nation" and this is why it was called the "National Monument."
Ben Weider chose the Monument-National Theatre as the venue for the first ever Mr. Canada in 1946!
We are honored to 'carry the torch' and proud to continue the Legacy of Ben Weider. This is the "can't miss event of the year"!