Crucial to Competitor Success

Understanding the juding 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.

Richard Gozdecki WNBF Pro World Champion WNBF Men Bodybuilding Judging CriteriaMen 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 solid bodybuilding suit with no embellishments.

Athletes are judged in two rounds:

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

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Heather Drake WNBF Pro World Champion Figure Judging Criteria 2017Figure 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.

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Sophie Browne WNBF Pro World Champion Fit Body Judging Criteria 2017Fit 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.

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Tyler Annett WNBF Pro Mens Physique Judging Criteria 2017Physique 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.

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Leigha Hervey WNBF Pro World Champion Bikini Judging Criteria 2017The 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.

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