The National Physique Committee is the official governing body of men’s and women’s amateur bodybuilding in the United States and is recognized by the International Federation of Body Builders (IFBB). IFBB only recognizes one amateur organization per country. In order to become an IFBB professional in the US, one must win in their weight class at the NPC National Championship or be given the title of Overall Winner at the NPC USA Championship.
Gretta Vitta, single mother of three in Port St. Lucie, has her eyes set on pro status and there is nothing that will stop her.
Gretta preps 42 meals every week and spends up to seven hours training every week; between parenting her three boys and her career as a journalist and businesswoman, Gretta’s dedication to the sport of body building is inspiring.
“A few years ago, I met a national level competitor … [he] approached me and started working with me… put me on a diet and trained me intensely so that I could prepare for a show,” she said. “Now I’m almost completely ready to do it and I’m amazed at the transformation my body is making each and every week!”
Ultimately Gretta would like to earn her IFBB professional status and go on to compete in Ms. Olympia – a competition created by Joe Weider that is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The film Pumping Iron followed bodybuilding pros such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno as they prepped for the 1975 Mr. Olympia in South Africa. Qualifying for the Olympia competition requires one of the following:
- Top four in each division at the Olympia
- Top three in each division at the Arnold Classic/International
- Top two in each division at the New York Pro
- First place at all other competitions, even the Amateurs World Championship Competition
“I’m honored to be part of the Tony Racanelli team and I am thankful to have Anthony Racanelli as my coach and mentor,” Gretta said. “I am also grateful for the constant support from my friends, family, and sponsors for believing in me and giving me the freedom to train and focus on my career goals.”