POSING GUIDELINES

Mandatory Poses
Pre-judging happens in the morning and the night show happens in the evening.

The majority of the judging occurs during the pre-judging. The four mandatory or symmetry poses are called quarter turns: front, right side, back, and left side.
Fit-Body and Men’s and Woman’s bodybuilding have many more mandatory poses. They have their four symmetry poses, but they also will have side chest, tricep, ab and thigh, etc.

Posing routine
Men’s Physique, Fit Body, Figure and Bikini competitors don’t get a choice of music when they have their individual stage time. They perform a Walk or “Model Walk” to house music.
Fit-Body and bodybuilding competitors do a choreographed routine to display their musculature.

All men’s and women’s Bodybuilders will perform a 60 second posing routine to their music during finals (night show). All the others divisions (Figure, Bikini, Fit-Body and Men’s Physique) will pose to house music during finals.

Understanding the judging criteria process will ensure that athletes are properly prepared to compete in natural bodybuilding contests.
Judging Criteria Varies
Each competition division has specific criteria; knowing specifically what the judges are looking for will help competitors avoid penalties, particularly if they are competing in more than one division or are moving from one division to another.

Bodybuilding Posing Guidelines
Men and women in the Bodybuilding Divisions will be judged through a series of poses that will allow the judges to evaluate not only individual body parts, but also the “whole package.”
Men wear a bodybuilding posing suit; women wear a two-piece bodybuilding suit with or without embellishments.

Athletes are judged in two rounds:

  • Symmetry encompasses overall balance and conditioning.
  • Muscularity and conditioning judges mass, definition, and proportion.

Mandatory Poses:

  • Front relaxed
  • Side #1 relaxed
  • Back relaxed
  • Side #2 relaxed
  • Front double biceps
  • Front lat spread
  • Side chest #1
  • Side tricep #1
  • Back double biceps
  • Back lat spread
  • Side chest #2
  • Side tricep #2
  • Abs & thigh – Hands over head
  • Crab most muscular
  • Hands on hips

Figure Posing Guidelines
Figure is a class of physique competition judged equally on symmetry, tone, and beauty/stage presence.
Athletes wear two-piece figure suit; thongs or T-back bottoms are not allowed. The suit may be embellished with rhinestones, sparkles, or sequins for added effect. High-heeled shoes are required. Jewelry and body piecing is allowed, but must not be offensive or obscure the physique.

The Figure Division is judged in three (3) rounds:

  • Symmetry takes into account balance and proportion; figures should be symmetrically balanced with no one body part overpowering the rest of the figure.
  • Tone focuses on good muscle tone; leanness and muscle development is expected, however competitors must not be over conditioned as in the Bodybuilding or Fit Body divisions.
  • Beauty Presentation / Stage Walk judges overall stage presence as well as hair, make-up, attire, and accessories that compliment and enhance the athlete’s figure.

Mandatory Poses:

  • Front relaxed
  • Side #1 relaxed
  • Back relaxed
  • Side #2 relaxed

Fit-Body Posing Guidelines
Fit Body judges are looking for a more athletic physique, but without the muscle mass of the bodybuilding Division, such as overly ripped or vascular shoulders or arms.
Athletes wear two-piece figure suit; thongs or T-back bottoms are not allowed. The suit may be embellished with rhinestones, sparkles, or sequins for added effect. High-heeled shoes are required. Jewelry and body piecing is allowed, but must not be offensive or obscure the physique.

Scoring is based on two (2) rounds:

  • Symmetry is judged on balanced proportions; upper and lower body should not overpower the other, and no one body part should overpower the rest of the physique.
  • Muscle Tone will focus on the overall conditioning of the body, not overly muscular, too striated, or hard looking. Competitors should not appear to be at the same physical level of a Bodybuilding competitor.

Mandatory Poses

  • Front relaxed
  • Side #1 relaxed
  • Back relaxed
  • Back relaxed
  • Side #2 relaxed
  • Front biceps pose (hands/fingers must be open)
  • Side #1 triceps (hands/fingers must be open)
  • Side #2 triceps (hands/fingers must be open)
  • Side #1 chest (hands/fingers must be open)
  • Side #2 chest (hands/fingers must be open)
  • Back biceps (hands/fingers must be open)
  • Abs pose with hand(s) over head (both or one hand)

Men’s Physique Posing Guidelines
Physique Division competitors are lean, fit and muscular, yet do not have the muscle mass or extreme leanness required for the Bodybuilding Division.
Athletes wear conventional Board Shorts with relatively loose legs.

Judges are looking for:

  • Nicely shaped overall muscle
  • A small waist
  • Good V-taper
  • Good abs
  • Competitors are also judged for their male fitness model qualities. Good looks, grooming, and overall aesthetic appeal are taken into consideration as judges look for the best overall package.

Mandatory Poses

  • Front relaxed (one, or no hand on hips)
  • Side #1 relaxed (one, or no hand on hips)
  • Back relaxed (one, or no hand on hips)
  • Side #2 relaxed (one, or no hand on hips)

Bikini Posing Guidelines
The Bikini Division is a swimsuit/modeling contest designed to find the most marketable, most beautiful and most fit swimsuit models.
A traditional two-piece beach bikini swimsuit is worn and may be multi-colored or solid, and embellishments are permitted; thongs or t-backs are not allowed. High heals are required and jewelry is permitted.

Competitors are judged in three (3) rounds:

  • Overall fitness and balance in the Bikini division is achieved through a leaner and soft look, compared with the Fit Body and Fitness Division competitors.
  • Beauty presence takes into account facial beauty, tan, hair, make-up, and nails.
  • Presentation/model walk allows competitors to show grace, poise, and confidence.

Mandatory Poses:

  • Front Relaxed (one, or no hand on hips)
  • Side #1 Pose (one, or no hand on hips)
  • Back Relaxed – Feet together or crossed at ankles with hands on front thighs. Or feet apart at shoulder width with hands on front thighs. Or one hand on hip and left leg out. It is ok to arch but do not bend over at the waist in the back poses!
  • Side #2 Pose (one, or no hand on hips)

Walk or “Model walk”

This short presentation usually consists of the competitor walking out from the curtain to one side of the stage after they call your name, you then walk to the front, then the other side of the stage and finally walk off back behind the curtain. At each stopping point, the competitor hit a pose to display their physique in the best way possible.

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