2022 INBA PNBA World Championships: Overview

The 2022 INBA PNBA World Championships show takes place this weekend!

The 2022 International Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA)/Professional Natural Bodybuilding Association (PNBA) World’s Championships The competition will take place next weekend, June 25, 2022, in Florence, Italy.

This competition is one of the biggest shows of the year for the INBA PNBA. It is part of the “Road to Natural Olympia” series of shows. Competitors can win a place at Natural Olympiaand amateurs who rank well can get their pro card, though competitors don’t necessarily turn pro before they debut.

Natural Olympia is the largest natural bodybuilding show in the sport. This is the equivalent of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) pros Olympia. However, there is a significant difference. Natural Olympia Competitors are Thoroughly Tested and Meet the Highest Drug Testing Standards –World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Denny Kakos, founder of INBA PNBA, has high hopes for natural bodybuilding. Bringing bodybuilding to the Olympics is his ultimate goal. The Olympics also abides by WADA rules and prohibits drugs.

The INBA PNBA World Championships are one of the most diverse international shows. Athletes from all over the world come to this event to represent their country and put their nation on the map.

Athletes participating in the 2022 World Championships

Generation Iron (GI) interviewed a few key contenders taking part in the weekend show. Below are the competitors we’ve spoken to, and they’ve given us some insight into what they’re looking to achieve.

Kayla Rowling

3x Bikini Divas Natural Olympia champion and media athlete Kayla Rowling is one of the most prominent INBA PNBA competitors competing at the 2022 INBA PNBA World Championships. Rowling is exceptionally excited about this competition as it will be her first international bikini competition of the year. To prepare for the show, Rowling shared her pre-competition breakfast diet. Rowling ate five egg whites, asparagus and mushrooms for breakfast to prepare for the event.

Veronique Malloy

2x Natural Olympian Champion and Hall of Fame Inductee Veronique Malloy well placed at Natural Olympia 2021, receiving third place in Bikini Angels and a top five finish in the Figure class. GI recently spoke with Malloy about strategies for finding AMA-compliant supplements. According to Malloy, the WADA does not have a list of compliant supplements, so INBA PNBA athletes should do their due diligence to find out which supplements will pass the drug tests. Malloy agrees that although Florence, Italy is beautiful, she’s there for work – she does admit, however, that she probably indulged in pizza and other Italian cuisine after the show.

Tommi Thompson

by Tommy Thompson has been competing with the INBA PNBA since 2017 in the Men’s Bodybuilding Open category. He also served in the military for over 20 years. Thompson dipped GI into her pageant prep for the show in Florence, Italy, and how Thompon is conditioning her body to burn fat without losing muscle. In addition, he is trained by the Natural Olympia Champion Philip Ricardo Jr. Thompon kept his heavy weight during the cutting process to show up on stage in Florence at his best conditioning.

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Teresa E. Burton