Old-School Bodybuilding: Athletes Achieve Impressive Physiques Using Traditional Methods

Old-School Bodybuilding: Athletes Achieve Impressive Physiques Using Traditional Methods

 IBFA UK Finals Showcase the Best of British Bodybuilding

The winners of this year’s IBFA’s 12th annual finals have been announced, showcasing the most muscle-bound Brits across the entire country.

IBFA UK is a non-profit bodybuilding federation that works to “keep the old school values of the sport alive.” They hold numerous bodybuilding shows across the UK and cater for both amateurs and professionals of the sport. This year, 85 people entered with people across the country, from Aberdeen to Exeter.

Charles Barrett and Kelsey Yung Crowned IBFA UK Overall Winners

The overall winners were Charles (Charlie) Barrett and Kelsey Yung, who both won “unique swords and trophies.” Mr Barrett also won £1,000 in prize money.

IBFA UK president Martyn Yates, who put on the show, told MailOnline: “Those who won have qualified for the World Championships in Rome next year.”

IBFA UK: Keeping the Old School Values Alive

Yates continued: “The IBFA is an Italian federation, but this is the UK branch. Considering there are around 17 UK bodybuilding federations currently, we’re going from strength to strength. We’ve built up a good clientele, you know, building a good following and we have nine qualifiers throughout the UK. The IBFA sticks to bodybuilding values which were established in the 50s and 60s. We judge the whole physique. Our school is the old school, we keep the values to remember where we came from.”

Kelsey Yung’s Reaction to Winning

Kelsey Yung, who won the overall women’s title, posted a photo on social media of herself with her sword and trophies, saying: “I can barely keep my eyes open. Little tinks is worn out. I’m over the moon with my results today. Blown away with winning the overall and most of all so happy to be in my happy place, the stage.

“Thank you to everyone who supported me today, I love you all. Sword and trophies arrived home safely. My dog is happy to congratulate me and take a pic too.

Food prepped for tomorrow as peak week again for the NABBA universe. Now I need to scrub this tan and makeup off and get these hair extensions out for a busy day of clients tomorrow to be continued.”


The IBFA UK finals are a showcase for the best of British bodybuilding, and the winners of this year’s event are a testament to the hard work and dedication required to achieve an impressive physique.

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