Judging Criteria & Contest Format

Posing attire

*All competitors are required to bring their posing suit to the Athlete Check in.

Male Bodybuilding Competitors
Standard v-shaped posing trunks must be solid in color with no wording. Thongs are not permitted. The use of padding anywhere in the trunks in prohibited. Competitors will be barefoot. No glasses, props or gum.

Male Classic Physique Competitors
Competitors are required to wear boxer/brief style posing shorts. You are NOT to wear board shorts or Bodybuilding posing trunks. No logos or writing are permitted. Competitors will be barefoot. No glasses, props or gum.

Male Physique Competitors
Competitors must wear board shorts. Shorts must be just above the knee in length. No spandex and no logos are permitted on the board shorts, however, a manufacturer’s logo such as the Nike symbol are acceptable. Competitors will be barefoot. No glasses, props or gum.

Female Physique Competitors
Competitors are required to wear a 2-piece suit with straps that cross in the back and attach to the suit bottom. Competitors will be barefoot and may wear jewelry. No glasses, props or gum.

Figure Competitors
Competitors are required to wear a 2-piece suit with straps that cross in the back and attach to the suit bottom, along with clear 5”-6” heels. No platform shoes. Competitors may wear jewelry. No glasses, props or gum.

Bikini Competitors
Competitors are required to wear a 2-piece suit. This may be a custom suit or one “off the rack,” along with clear 5”-6” heels. No platform shoes. Competitors may wear jewelry. No glasses, props or gum.

*Women must wear their suit for proper fit approval. G-strings, thongs and T-back bottoms are not permitted and front rise of suit bottom must not be too low. If you are unsure your suit has enough coverage, it is best to bring an extra one to avoid being disqualified. Your suit must be classy and in good taste.
*Competitor’s numbers will be worn on the left side of the suit bottom.


Other Important Notes

Conduct
  • Competitors must conduct themselves in a manner that will reflect favorably on the sport of bodybuilding, figure, physique and bikini.
  • Do not make disparaging remarks concerning the Judges or Competitors anywhere in the venue.
  • Do not make disparaging gestures while on stage, or engage in any conduct that demeans you, your fellow Competitors, Judges, hosts (the venue) or the fans.
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct will result in immediate disqualification and relinquishment of ALL placings. The Athlete will also be escorted out of the venue.

Judging
  • The Judges are committed to making fair and honest decisions, showing no partiality. They are looking at many different things, which may not be obvious to you when comparing Competitors. *If Competitors are tied, their scores will be recalculated after removing their lowest and highest score.
Night Show
  • All Competitors will come back for the Night Show.
  • If the Judges feel a particular class or group is close, some final decisions may be made at the Night Show. Be prepared to do additional comparisons. Come back from the afternoon break looking your best!
Tan/Skin
  • Tanning lotions or creams should be applied evenly and sparingly over the entire body and in such a manner so as not to cause streaking.
  • Use of tanning or makeup to contour, shade or define muscle tone is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification.
  • Your face color should match your body color.
  • Sparkles, glitter or gold coloring are strictly prohibited whether applied as part of a tanning lotion and/or cream or applied separately.
  • Excessive application of glaze/oil on the body is strictly prohibited.
Hair
  • Competitors may wear their hair anyway they choose. Be sure to move it to the side with certain poses so that the Judges may view the musculature of the shoulders and upper back.

Bodybuilding Competitors

Judging Criteria

What the judges are looking for: A balance of size, symmetry, muscularity, posing, stage presence and personality.

Prejudging
Competitors will enter the stage as a group and do their ¼ turns and Mandatory Poses.

Mandatory Poses
See Appendix for description

  • Front Double Bicep
  • Front Lat Spread
  • Side Chest
  • Side Tricep
  • Back Double Bicep
  • Back Lat Spread
  • Abdominal & Thigh
  • Most Muscular

Night Show
Competitors will enter the stage individually to perform their posing routine to the music of their choice. Music containing profanity or explicit language is prohibited and will result in routine being cut short. Time limit is 60 seconds. Both, the “moon” pose (bending over to display glutes and hamstrings) and lying on the floor, is strictly prohibited during any posing routine. Both will result in disqualification. Once all posing routines have been performed, Competitors will enter the stage as a group where they may be asked to do some additional comparisons.

Overall Pose Down
All 1 st place winners will compete for the Overall trophy, by doing ¼ turns and Mandatory Poses. They will also be given 20 seconds of free posing with some background music. Competitors will enter the stage as a group.


Men’s Classic Physique Competitors

Judging Criteria

What the judges are looking for: A balance of size, symmetry, muscularity, posing, stage presence and personality. Known for a more aesthetic look.

Prejudging
Competitors will enter the stage as a group and do their ¼ turns and Mandatory Poses.

Mandatory Poses
See Appendix for description

  • Front Double Bicep
  • Side Chest
  • Back Double Bicep
  • Abdominal & Thigh
  • Favorite Classic Pose (No
  • Most Muscular)

Night Show
Competitors will enter the stage individually to perform their posing routine to the music of their choice. Music containing profanity or explicit language is prohibited and will result in routine being cut short. Time limit is 60 seconds. Both, the “moon” pose (bending over to display glutes and hamstrings)and lying on the floor, is strictly prohibited during any posing routine. Both will result in disqualification. Once all posing routines have been performed, Competitors will enter the stage as a group where they may be asked to do some additional comparisons.

Overall Pose Down
All 1 st place winners will compete for the Overall trophy, by doing ¼ turns and Mandatory Poses. They will also be given 20 seconds of free posing with some background music. Competitors will enter the stage as a group.


Men’s Physique Competitors

Judging Criteria

What the judges are looking for: Muscle tone and body conditioning, a nice beach body with great absand calves, posing, stage presence and personality. This is not a bodybuilding division. Bodybuilding poses and/or extreme size or muscularity will be marked down.

Prejudging
Competitors will enter the stage individually and do their stage walk, poses and comparisons.

Night Show
Competitors will enter the stage individually and do their stage walk and poses.

Overall Pose Down
All 1 st place winners will compete for the Overall trophy, by doing ½ turns and comparisons. Competitors will enter the stage as a group.


Women’s Physique Competitors

Judging Criteria

What the judges are looking for: A balance of size, symmetry, muscularity with separation, posing, stage presence and personality. Competitors should have the overall aesthetics and look of a figure competitor with a little more muscularity.

Prejudging
Competitors will enter the stage as a group and do their ¼ turns and Mandatory Poses.

Mandatory Poses
See Appendix for description

  • Front Double Bicep with open hands (No flat footed full front pose)
  • Rear Double Bicep with open hands
  • Side Tricep with leg extended
  • Side Chest with arms extended
  • Front Abdominal and Thigh

Night Show
Competitors will enter the stage individually to perform their posing routine to the music of their choice. Music containing profanity or explicit language is prohibited and will result in routine being cut short. The time limit is 60 seconds. Once all posing routines have been performed, Competitors will enter the stage as a group where they may be asked to do some additional comparisons.

Overall Pose Down
All 1 st place winners will compete for the Overall trophy, by doing ¼ turns and Mandatory Poses. Competitors will enter the stage as a group.


Figure Competitors

Judging Criteria

What the judges are looking for: Symmetry, small degree of muscularity with separation, no visible striations, overall muscle tone with shapely lines, not excessively lean, posing, stage presence and personality.

Prejudging
Competitors will enter the stage individually and do their stage walk, poses and ¼ turn comparisons.

Night Show
Competitors will enter the stage individually and do their stage walk and poses.

Overall Pose Down
All 1st place winners will compete for the Overall trophy, by doing ¼ turns and comparisons. Competitors will enter the stage as a group.


Bikini Competitors

Judging Criteria

What the judges are looking for: Symmetrical, toned and shapely figure with a small amount of muscle.

Prejudging
Competitors will enter the stage individually and do their model walk, poses and ½ turn comparisons.

Night Show
Competitors will enter the stage individually and do their model walk and poses.

Overall Pose Down
All 1st place winners will compete for the Overall trophy, by doing ½ turns and comparisons. Competitors will enter the stage as a group.


Appendix

Detailed descriptions of the mandatory bodybuilding poses

Front Double Biceps
Standing face front to the judges, with the legs and feet in-line and a short distance apart, the competitor will raise both arms to shoulder level and bend them at the elbows. The hands should be clenched and turned down so as to cause a contraction of the biceps and forearm muscles, which are the main muscle groups that are to be assessed in this pose. In addition, the competitor should attempt to contract as many other muscles as possible as the judges will be surveying the whole physique, from head to toe. The judge will first survey the biceps muscles looking for a full, peaked development of the muscle, noting whether or not there is a defined split between the anterior and posterior sections of the biceps, and will continue the head-to-toe survey by observing the development of the forearms, deltoids, pectorals, pec-delt tie-ins, abdominals, thighs, and calves. The judge will also look for muscle density, definition, and overall balance.

Front Lat Spread
Standing facing the judges, with the legs and feet a short distance apart, the competitor will place the open hands, or clenched fists, against, or gripping, the lower waist or obliques and will expand the latissimus dorsi muscles. At the same time, the competitor should attempt to contract as many other frontal muscles as possible. Competitors may not pull up on the posing trunks so as to show the top inside of the quadriceps. The judge should first see whether the competitor can show a good spread of the latissimus dorsi muscles, thereby creating a V-shaped torso. Then the judge should continue with the head-to-foot survey, noting first the general aspects of the physique and then concentrating on the more detailed aspects of the various muscle groups.

Side Chest
The competitor may choose either side for this pose, in order to display the “better” arm. He/she will stand with his left or right side towards the judges and will bend the arm nearest the judges to a right-angle position, with the fist clenched and, with the other hand, will grasp the wrist. The leg nearest the judges will be bent at the knee and will rest on the toes. The competitor will then expand the chest and by upward pressure of the front bent arm and contract the biceps as much as possible. He/she will also contract the thigh muscles, in particular, the biceps femoris group, and by downward pressure on his toes, will display the contracted calf muscles. The judge will pay particular attention to the pectoral muscles and the arch of the rib cage, the biceps, the leg biceps and the calves, and will conclude with the head-to foot examination. In this pose the judge will be able to survey the thigh and calf muscles in profile, which will help in grading their comparative development more accurately.

Back Double Biceps
Standing with his back to the judges, the competitor will bend the arms and wrists as in the Front Double Biceps pose, and will place one foot back, resting on the toes. He will then contract the arm muscles as well as the muscles of the shoulders, upper and lower back, thigh and calf muscles. The judge will first survey the arm muscles and then do the head-to-foot survey, during which there are more muscle groups to look at than in all of the other poses. This includes the neck, deltoids, biceps, triceps, forearm, trapezius, teres, infraspinatus, erector spinae, external obliques, latissimus dorsi, gluteus, thigh biceps, and calves. This pose, probably more than the others, will help the judge to determine the quality of the competitor’s muscle density, definition, and overall balance.

Back Lat Spread
Standing with his back to the judges, the competitor will place hands on waist with elbows kept wide, one foot back and resting on the toes. He/she will then contract the latissimus dorsi as wide as possible and display a calf contraction by pressing downward on the rear toes. The competitor should make an effort to display the opposite calf to that which was displayed during the back double biceps pose so the judge may assess both calf muscles equally. Competitors may not pull up on the posing trunks so as to show the gluteus maximus muscles. The judge will look for a good spread of the latissimus dorsi, but also for good muscle density and will again conclude with the head-to-foot survey.

Side Triceps
The competitor may choose either side for this pose so as to show the “better” arm. He will stand with his left or right side towards the judges and will place both arms behind his back, either linking his fingers or grasping the front arm by the wrist with his rear hand. The leg nearest the judges will be bent at the knee and the foot will rest flat on the floor. The competitor will exert pressure against his front arm, thereby causing the triceps muscle to contract. He will also raise the chest and contract the abdominal muscles as well as the thigh and calf muscles. The judge will first survey the triceps muscles, and conclude with the head-to-foot examination. In this pose, the judge will be able to survey the thigh and calf muscles in profile, which will help in grading their comparative development more accurately.

Abdominals and Thighs
Standing face front to the judges, the competitor will place both arms behind the head and will place one leg forward. He will then contract the abdominal muscles by “crunching” the trunk slightly forward. At the same time, he will contract the thigh muscles of the forward leg. The judge will survey the abdominal and thigh muscles, and then conclude with the head-to-foot examination.