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December 22, 2021
Every year, aspiring bodybuilders flock to the National Physique Committee (NPC) national championship. The NPC national championship is the last amateur bodybuilding competition any ambitious bodybuilder must go through to receive their pro-card and make it to the big leagues, entrance into pro bodybuilding shows.
This year the NPC national championship was held in Orlando, Florida, from December 17th through the 18th. The NPC show is divided into eight divisions: Men's Bodybuilding, Men's Physique, Classic Physique, Women's Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini, Women's Physique, and Wellness.
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Within these 8 different divisions, there are eight subcategories based on weight class: Overall, Bantamweight (lightest), Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, Light-Heavyweight, Heavyweight, and finally Super-Heavyweight.
But the most popular of the divisions for men are Men's Bodybuilding, Classic Physique, and Men's Physique. For Women, it seems to be Bikini, Wellness, and a close call between Figure and Women's Physique. Now let's get into the results.
The talk of the show was Carlos Thomas Jr for his insane physique this year. Thomas won both Men's Bodybuilding in his weight class (Super-Heavyweight) and the Men's Bodybuilding Overall class. Competitors had to weigh at least 225lbs before stepping on stage to compete in the Super-Heavyweight class. Carlos Thomas was a force to be reckoned with this year; the size and shape of his quads accentuated his upper shelf, giving a beautiful v-taper that the judges no doubt recognized.
Athletes competing in the heavyweight division weighed in between 199lbs and 225lbs. Justin Shier's physique stood out from the rest in his division, not for sheer size but rather his proportionality and the symmetry of his muscle bellies. His physique is reminiscent of Arnold's era bodybuilders.
If you want to learn more about bodybuilding competitions have a look at Bodybuilding Competitions & Divisions For Men & Women Explained.
All of us here at SET FOR SET want to send our salutations to all the winners and everyone else who competed. We're looking forward to see what the future has in store for these competitors. You can see more details of the 2021 NPC National Championship scorecards on their website here.
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