Male: The criteria used to judge a physique is based on three aspects: Symmetry, Muscularity and Presentation
The judging for the Bodybuilding Class is conducted over three rounds.
Male competitors must wear solid coloured posing suits.
Rounds of Competition
1/ Symmetry Round: Contestants will stand in a line on stage facing the Judges, assuming a semi relaxed stance with ankles touching.
The Head Judge will instruct them through a series of quarter turns to the right allowing the Judges to observe them from front, left side, back, right side returning to the front position.
Symmetry refers to the structural harmony of the physique relative to the size of the various body parts. Symmetry does not refer to muscular mass but rather to the harmonious blend of all the body parts to present a total aesthetically proportionally developed physique.
Symmetry Quarter Turns
In this round the Judges are looking for:
Structural Flaws - Faults within the contestants skeletal structure.
Proportion - The balance of one muscle group to another e.g. Lower body to upper body, biceps to calves, waist to quadriceps etc.
Balance - Left side of the body to left side, front compared to the rear,
Symmetry - The competitors overall shape and line.
Muscularity Round: Competitors will present themselves in a line onstage. The Head Judge will instruct the contestants as a group to perform a
Mandatory Bodybuilding Poses
series of mandatory poses which are designed to display all of the muscle groups of the body from all directions. The Judges may request the contestants be called out for more closer scrutiny and comparison.
In this round the Judges will be looking at the size of the muscle, shape, density and definition. This includes the separation between individual muscles and muscle groups and striations within a muscle or muscle group. Muscle shape should be aesthetically pleasing and demonstrate development from the belly out to the extremities.
Routine Round: Free posing round. Each competitor will be allowed a maximum of 60 seconds with music to display their physique, physical conditioning, personality and overall presentation through a free posing routine to their own music. This round is usually not judged but is taken into account when selecting the winner for the Best Presentation Award in most competitions.
Bodybuilding Criteria - Female
The criteria used to judge a Female Bodybuilding physique is based upon three aspects: Symmetry, Muscularity and Presentation.
The judging will be conducted in three rounds.
Females must wear solid coloured two piece posing suits free of any jewels. Thongs or G String are not permitted except for international events. Jewelry is not permitted except for rings.
Symmetry Round: Competitors will line up on stage facing the Judges and assuming a semi relaxed stance with ankles touching.
The contestants will be instructed to perform quater turns to the right in a semi relaxed stance allowing the Judges to view them from front, left side, back, right side returning to the front.
Symmetry refers to the structural harmony of the physique relative to the size of various body parts. Symmetry does not refer to muscular mass but rather to a harmonious blend of all body parts to present a total aesthetically proportional deveoped physique.
Muscularity Round: Competitors will line up on stage facing the Judges and will be instructed to perform a series of Mandatory Bodybuilding poses designed to display the muscular structure of the physique. Muscle size, shape and definition are the qualities that the Judges have to assess. In the Bodybuilding Class muscle size takes priority over symmetry and definition must not be displayed to the extreme that it comprimises the fullness and shape of the muscle groups being displayed.
Routine Round: This is a free posing round in which each competitor will individually be allowed a maximum of 60 seconds with music to display physique, physical conditioning, personality and overall presentation with a posing display to music. This round is usually not judged but is taken into account when selecting the winner for the Best Presentation Award in many competitions.