March 31, 2023

A Have a look at the 2022 IFBB Professional League Males’s Open Bodybuilding Calendar

As with many individuals that observe energy sports activities, bodybuilding followers are at all times wanting forward. As quickly because the 2021 calendar season completed, anticipation was already constructing for what lay forward in 2022. After two calendar years that noticed quite a few adjustments as a result of pandemic, the 2022 season schedule seems to mirror considered one of normalcy, with many contests returning after sabbaticals whereas others held in several places are returning to their house bases.

The total schedule for all divisions is offered on the IFBB Professional League web site. Here’s a look at what lies forward for the Males’s Open division.

Schedule Abstract

The calendar season begins on the primary weekend of March 2022 and concludes mid-December 2022. There shall be 21 contests held in seven totally different nations. The USA has essentially the most with 12. The nation with the second most is Spain with three contests. 

All contests have Olympia ramifications. Except for winners qualifying for the large contest, every non-Olympia present is ranked by tier in order that factors may be awarded to the second by way of fifth-place finishers within the Olympia Qualification Collection (OQS). The tiers of every present shall be listed subsequent to the situation. The highest three OQS finishers total can even be invited to the Olympia.

This schedule is topic to alter as a result of exhibits being added or rules in several places affecting whether or not the present goes on or not. BarBend will replace this schedule accordingly.


Custom returns to bodybuilding because of the season kicking off with the Arnold Basic. The second greatest present within the sports activities will get the brand new yr rolling in an enormous means with stars reminiscent of Brandon Curry, William Bonac, and Cedric McMillan becoming a member of 11 different opponents in Columbus, OH.

  • Arnold Basic: March 3-6, 2022, in Columbus, OH (Tier 1)
  • Boston Professional: March 12, 2022, in Boston, MA (Tier 4)


There’s one Males’s Open contest scheduled on the docket for April, nevertheless it’s an enormous one — the Arnold Basic Brazil is returning after a two-year absence. Previous champions of this present embrace Curry, Juan Morel, and Steve Kuclo.

  • Arnold Basic Brazil: April 22-24, 2022. Location TBD (Tier 2)


The month of Might options two springtime traditions. The Indy Professional takes place within the midwest whereas the New York Professional returns to its house state after two years in Florida. The latter present is taken into account by many to be the third greatest title in bodybuilding. Earlier winners of the NY Professional embrace Nick Walker, Iain Valliere, and Sergio Oliva Jr.

  • Indy Professional: Might 14, 2022, in Indianapolis, IN (Tier 4)
  • New York Professional: Might 21, 2022, in White Plains, NY (Tier 2)


The bodybuilding summer season will begin within the Nice White North with the Toronto Professional, a present that has been round for a number of many years. The 2021 winner was Joel Thomas. The Puerto Rico Professional shall be held on the ultimate weekend of the month. The champion of that present in 2021 was Akim Williams.

  • Toronto Professional: June 4, 2022, in Toronto, ON, Canada (Tier 2)
  • Puerto Rico Professional: June 25-26, 2022 in San Juan, Puerto Rico (Tier 3)


July would be the busiest month of the yr, with 5 contests at the moment slated to be held. Athletes shall be competing in 4 totally different nations all through the month, beginning in Orlando, FL, adopted by exhibits in Spain, Portugal, and Canada. The Chicago Professional concludes the month, and it’ll return to Chicago after briefly calling Atlanta, GA house. 2021’s champion of the Chicago Professional present was Hunter Labrada.

  • Orlando Professional: July 2, 2022, in Orlando, FL (Tier 4)
  • Empro Professional: July 3, 2022, in Spain. Metropolis TBD (Tier 4)
  • Mr. Large Evolution Professional: July 8-10, 2022 in Portugal. Metropolis TBD (Tier 3)
  • Vancouver Professional: July 17, 2022, in Vancouver, BC, Canada (Tier 4)
  • Chicago Professional: July 22-23, 2022 in Chicago, IL (Tier 3)


Three contests shall be held within the southern United States throughout August. The Tampa Professional and Texas Professional exhibits shall be held on back-to-back weekends. Valliere received each of these exhibits in 2021. 

The ultimate present is a brand new one with a well-recognized face being the host. The Ronnie Coleman Professional has been held prior to now, however it can characteristic a Males’s Open lineup for the primary time. The eight-time Mr. Olympia shall be there to crown the champion as effectively.

  • Tampa Professional: Aug. 5-6, 2022 in Tampa, FL (Tier 2)
  • Texas Professional: Aug. 12-13, 2022 in Irving, TX (Tier 4)
  • Ronnie Coleman Professional: August 20, 2022, in Houston, TX (Tier 4)


The season begins to wind down as fall approaches. The one contest being held in September is the second annual Arnold Basic UK. Nathan De Asha was the primary champion of that present, which qualifies him for the 2022 Olympia already. 

  • Arnold Basic UK: Sept. 24-25, 2022 within the Birmingham, United Kingdom (Tier 2)


Like September, there is just one present slated for October. The Legion Sports activities Fest obtained lots of buzz in 2021 because of former 212 Olympia winner Shaun Clarida taking the Open victory. This may very well be a very good alternative for opponents getting ready for the Olympia to gauge their progress eight weeks out from the large one.

  • Legion Sports activities Fest: Oct. 7-9, 2022 in Stateline, NV (Tier 3)


November presents the final probability to bop in terms of the 2022 Olympia. The month begins with the Europa Professional in Spain, adopted by the Romania Muscle Fest the subsequent weekend. At this level, the qualification interval for the 2022 Olympia ends.

Nevertheless, the qualification for the 2023 contest begins with the Large Man’s Professional. This can be a distinctive alternative as a result of the winner of this present may take as much as a yr away from competing to organize for his or her probability at bodybuilding immortality.

  • Europa Professional: November 6, 2022, in Spain. Metropolis to be Decided (Tier 2)
  • Romania Muscle Fest: Nov. 12-13, 2022 in Bucharest, Romania (Tier 3)
  • Large Man’s Professional: November 27, 2022, in Spain. Metropolis to be Decided (Tier 4)


The calendar yr closes in a novel trend with the Olympia weekend being held in December. It returns “house” to Las Vegas, nevertheless it was historically held in September. The 2020 contest was in Orlando, FL throughout December as a result of pandemic. It returned to Florida in 2021, nevertheless it was held in October. Mamdouh “Large Ramy” Elssbiay received each contests. Who shall be on stage to problem the champ on the finish of the yr? We received’t know till the schedule performs out.

  • 2022 Olympia: Dec. 16-18, 2022 in Las Vegas, NV

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