Divisions

Bodybuilding – Men & Women – Judging & Rules

Mandatory Bodybuilding Poses

Athletes will be judged on mandatory poses in the combined symmetry and muscularity rounds. Competitors will be judged in groups by class, but in the case of exceedingly large classes, they may be called in groups of three to six to stage front for Mandatory Pose comparisons. The following Mandatory Poses shall be used by judging panels associated with the WNBF.

These poses should be presented such that the judge may make clear determination of comparisons, with contestants not turning from side to side (unless instructed). Contestants must hit the pose and relax on the command of the head judge, or he/she will be penalised with lower placement for not following instructions.

Symmetry Round

  1. Front Symmetry
    The athlete should be in a semi-relaxed position, with both feet flat on the floor, head erect, abdominals tightened, lats spread and quads flexed. The toes may be pointed outward at up to 45 degrees and the heels should be no more than 8 inches apart. The arms must remain in a natural position, not angled out to the sides excessively in an attempt to show the lats much bigger than they actually are. An exaggerated pose with the arms overly spread will be verbally noted by the Head Judge and, if the contestant does not comply with the command to assume a more natural position, he will be scored down. Competitors should all face forward except those at the ends of the line-up, which may be instructed to angle in toward the judging panel.
  2. Quarter-turn to the right
    Contestant must have both feet together, with both flat on the floor. The head must face in the same direction as the feet (no turning head toward the judges). The upper body cannot twist at more than a 15-degree angle toward the judges in relation to the pelvis (excessive twisting is prohibited). The front arm should remain at the side, while the rear arm cannot be pulled forward across the torso in an attempt to show more width. Bringing the hand across the centre of the torso is prohibited and verbal warnings will be issued to stop this practice.
  3. Facing the rear
    The athlete should be in a semi-relaxed position, with both feet flat on the floor, head erect, lower back tightened, lats spread and hamstrings and quads flexed. The toes may be pointed outward at up to 45 degrees and the heels should be no more than 8 inches apart. The back should be erect, not bent forward excessively nor arched rearward toward the judges, as these practices take away from the physique’s symmetry. The arms must remain in a natural position, not angled out to the sides excessively in an attempt to show the lats much bigger than they actually are. An exaggerated pose with the arms overly spread will be verbally noted by the Head Judge and, if the contestant does not comply with the command to assume a more natural position, he will be scored down. Competitors should all face the rear of the stage except those at the ends of the lineup, which may be instructed to angle their backs in toward the judging panel.
  4. Quarter-turn to the right
    The same rules apply as the side pose described above (point b.).

Muscularity Round

  1. Front double biceps
    The contestant should stand on two feet and have upper arms out to the sides parallel to the floor, with elbows bent at approximately 90 degrees with forearms parallel to the torso or slightly higher. The legs, lats, chest, abdominals and arms should be flexed and held until the athlete is told to relax.
  2. Front lat spread
    Contestant should face the judges with feet nearly together, with the thighs tensed. He should grasp the waist with the hands and spread the elbows forward to flare the latissimus. The judges shall examine the lat width, back-to-waist taper, shoulder width, chest and arm muscularity and abdominal definition; as well as the muscular development and cuts of the legs and overall body shape.
  3. Side Chest
    Contestant should stand on the foot farthest from the stage with the front leg bent to show the calf and leg biceps. The front arm should be bent at approximately 90-degrees with the rear hand gripping it at the wrist. The chest should be lifted and the abdominals pulled in tightly.
  4. Side tricep
    Contestant should stand in leg position similar to the ‘side chest pose’, with the frontal arm hanging alongside the body, grasped at the waist by the rear hand from around the lower back. The triceps should be tightened, shoulders, chest and abdominals flexed, and the legs and calves tight.
  5. Back double biceps
    This pose is exactly as the frontal version except that the contestant must bring the leg of choice toward the judges and “spike” the foot to show calf and leg hamstrings development. Contestants should not lean excessively toward the rear of the stage, nor lean backwards too far toward the judges, as this could obscure lighting and ruin the pose.
  6. Back lats spread: Contestant should face stage rear with the calf of choice “spiked” toward the judges, and grasp the waist with closed hands and spread the elbows to flare the latissimus. Hamstrings and glutes should also be flexed, with emphasis on showing judges the width of the back (V-shape), as well as detail in the lats, teres major, rhomboids and trapezius, erectors and rear deltoids.
  7. Abdominals & Thighs
    The contestant must stand facing the judges with one leg extended slightly forward, and with hands clasped behind the head. The abdominals must be fully flexed, with air expelled, with the legs and chest also tightened. One-arm variations of the Abdominal Pose are PROHIBITED in Prejudging unless instructed by the Head Judge.
  8. Most Muscular (Men Only)
    The contestant must stand with one leg slightly extended toward the judges, and assume whichever one of the following most muscular poses is asked for by the Head Judge: The “crab”, hands-on-hips or partial crab (with one hand behind back) variations may be asked for. Side most muscular poses are not permitted unless instructed by the Head Judge.
  9. Optional poses
    The judging panel may request additional poses depending on necessity. These may include Side Hamstrings Curl, Stand-On-Calves pose, Serratus Side pose, Quadriceps Forward leg pose, etc.

Combined Symmetry & Compulsory Poses

This is the order in which competitors will be asked to do the stances/poses:

  1. Facing Front
  2. Front Double Biceps
  3. Front Lat Spread
  4. Quarter-Turn To The Right
  5. Side Chest Pose
  6. Side Tricep Pose
  7. Facing The Rear
  8. Rear Double Biceps
  9. Rear Lat Spread
  10. Quarter-Turn To The Right
  11. Side Chest Pose
  12. Side Tricep Pose
  13. Quarter-Turn To The Right
  14. Overhead Abdominals Pose
  15. Most Muscular (Men Only)
  16. Optional Poses

A 60 second posing routine is required after the comparisons are completed.

Note that the following poses/actions are not permitted in WNBF contests:

  • Moon Pose
    Any pose where the competitor is bent forward with their gluteals facing the audience.
  • Lying on Stage
    Competitors may not lie down fully during their routine.
  • Obscene Actions
    Any action or gesture toward the audience, judges or fellow athletes that is obscene or offensive, as deemed so by the Head Judge and/or Promoter.

Ms Fit Body – Judging & Rules

Two Rounds

  1. Combined Symmetry Round (Quarter Turns) and Compulsory Poses (Five Poses).
  2. Individual Posing Routine (60 Seconds)

Combined Symmetry and Compulsory Poses

This is the order in which competitors will be asked to do the stances/poses:

  1. Front Symmetry
    Heels together, toes facing forward. Lats spread, arms in semi-relaxed position at sides.
  2. Front double-biceps
    One leg shifted toward the side, both arms up in double-biceps pose. Hands must be open in feminine pose.
  3. Quarter-turn to the right
    Feet offset slightly (foot of choice either with toes shifted forward by three inches or back by three inches; feet still must be beside one another to some extent). Hips toward the side of the stage, face toward side of the stage. Upper body turned toward the judge no more than 30 degrees.
  4. Side Chest
    Arm facing the judges is bent at 90 degrees, with the back arm reached across the torso to grasp the bent-arm wrist. The bent arm must have an open hand in feminine style.
  5. Side tricep
    Hands are clutched behind the back showing the tricep closest to the judges. Both hands remain ‘open’ to emphasise femininity.
  6. Facing the rear
    Heels together, toes facing the curtain. Lats spread, arms in semi-relaxed position at sides.
  7. Back double biceps (hands open)
    One leg shifted toward the back, with the calf tightened. Both arms are lifted up in double-biceps pose. Hands must be open in feminine pose.
  8. Quarter-turn to the right
    As above.
  9. Side Chest
    Arm facing the judges is bent at 90 degrees, with the back arm reached across the torso to grasp the bent-arm wrist. The bent arm must have an open hand in feminine style.
  10. Side tricep
    Posing arm will be placed straight down to show tricep and arm further from judges will remain in front of body but not crossing the midline of the body. Both hands remain ‘open’ to emphasise femininity.
  11. Quarter-turn to the right
    As above.
  12. Abs & Thighs
    One leg must be extended toward the judges. BOTH hands behind the head.

Judging Criteria

The Ms Fit Body judges the competitors based on their physical symmetry (in the quarter-turns), muscle tone and shape (in the five poses) and overall fit look, grooming (makeup, hair), costume & stage presence. This is not a hardcore bodybuilding competition, but it is also not a swimwear contest. The desired look is for muscle tone, symmetrical shape and the appearance of health and fitness. We do not like the ‘anorexic’ look in this division.

Competition Attire

  • Two-piece bikini swimsuit (G-strings or thongs are NOT allowed but may have sequins or other adornments, and should be single-coloured).
  • High-heeled shoes.
  • Jewellery is permitted.

Women’s Fitness – Judging & Rules

Two Rounds

  1. Bikini Round (40%) – Stage walk and Quarter Turns.
  2. Fitness Demonstration (60%) – Limited to 90 seconds (and longer if the promoter allows). All women will perform the routine to their own music.

Qualities looked for in judging

  1. Body Aesthetics in a Bikini
    The athlete should have a symmetrical physique with muscle tone and some definition. This represents the fitness of a competitor, but overly muscled competitors (those that look too much like a bodybuilder) are not the look desired in this category.
  2. Presentation
    Also conducted during the Bikini Round, this area scores the competitors based on their makeup, hair, beauty and overall look.
  3. Fitness Demonstration
    The athlete should demonstrate their level of fitness through a routine that includes some strength moves (various push-ups, etc.), some demonstration of athletic ability (gymnastics or dance moves), endurance, flexibility plus individuality (calling upon the personal strengths and background of the competitor).

The judges’ cumulative score is based on placement of the athletes in each of the three areas. 

What Judges are looking for

A WNBF Fitness contest should reward the woman whose presentation, body condition and fitness talent represent the ultimate in a woman’s appearance. The women are judged by virtue of stage presence and overall appearance, in equal comparison to their body shape, symmetry, toned muscularity, and fitness skills and talents. Judges are looking for the woman who best fits the female ideal, both attractive and physically fit. Note, however, that this is not a women’s bodybuilding contest.

Necessities for Athletes

Competitors must bring:

  • Two-piece bikini-style swimsuit (thong or T-back bottoms are not allowed);
  • Music on CD (not tape); and
  • Whatever outfit (dance, etc.) and props they need for Fitness Routine.

Women’s Fitness and USA Figure Crossover

All Women’s Fitness competitors at WNBF events are allowed to crossover into the USA Figure division at the same event if they wish.

They must pay a crossover entry fee.

USA Figures – Judging & Rules

Judged by Two Rounds

  1. Bikini Round – Stage walk & Quarter Turns
  2. Dress Round – Stage walk

In the Bikini Round, competitors will be compared while wearing a two-piece swimsuit and high-heel shoes. Comparisons will be made in the standard quarter-turns of the competitors. Judging will reward toned muscularity, relative leanness, overall symmetry, facial beauty, stage presence, poise, elegance and an overall fit look. There is no fitness demonstration, and this is not a bodybuilding competition (there are no poses).

The quarter-turns will examine all ladies in the same positioning to the judges. In this regard, the face front command will require both feet together, with toes and hips facing the judges. Quarter-turns will be made to the right in four steps, until the contestants are again facing front. The Head Judge may ask for movement among the competitors to see different people together in different locations onstage.

Competitors will enter stage left or right, walk to the centre stage, do a complete turn; walk to stage left and do another complete turn; walk all the way over to stage right for one more turn and then exit. The turns are designed to allow contestants to show themselves to the judges and exhibit stage presence that enhances their presentation. However, overly exaggerated displays or taking excessive time onstage will be scored down.

The two-piece swimsuit must be in good taste; thongs or T-back bottoms are not allowed. The suit must be a solid colour (no bold patterns allowed), but may be adorned with rhinestones, sparkles, sequins, etc. for added effect. There is no one-piece swimsuit round in WNBF competition.

Body jewellery (piercing) is allowed, so long as it is not offensive. Other jewellery (earrings, necklace, bracelets) may be worn, but should not obscure the physique or be in poor taste.

The WNBF is looking to reward women who have fit, toned physiques, yet who are not necessarily proficient in gymnastics or another performance art.

Stage presence & presentation is VERY important in this division!

USA Figure – Stances

The WNBF Figure Rules require that competitors use the following stance positions during judging of any WNBF Figure event:

  1. From the Front
    Toes must face the judges, but competitors can angle their toes out SLIGHTLY if it helps to accentuate their thigh presentation. The angle of outward extension cannot exceed 15 degrees with either foot! (However, this is not always the most flattering thing, so caution should be exhibited.) Any exaggeration of this ruling will be corrected by the head judge. In addition, the head judge may insist on feet together, so be prepared in your stance in case that is requested. Heels must be in line, without either foot ahead of the other toward the front. Heels cannot be spread wider than three inches apart. The hips MUST face the judges and the arms must remain at the sides.
  2. From the Side
    A slight turn of 35 degrees (upper body only) is acceptable, so the rear shoulder can be seen, but nothing exaggerated. The hips must face the side of the stage. The eyes must face the side of the stage. Toes must also face the side of the stage, with both feet flat. Long hair should be pushed back behind the front shoulder so it doesn’t obscure the judges’ view. The front and rear hands should not be placed on the body, and should hang freely. However the head judge may request the side stance with the hand farthest from the judges to be place on the hip, so be prepared if this is asked.
  3. From the Rear
    This is pretty much the same position as from the front. Both feet must be together or very close (within three inches of each other). The toes cannot be spread wide apart. They cannot be offset (i.e., one in front of the other). Competitors should brush their hair to one side when they turn to the rear so their back can be seen (if they have long hair). But they cannot twist to the side, put a hand on their hip or anything like that. Arms must be at the sides with the hands hanging freely, with the back (lats) spread comfortably to show shape and symmetry.

Best Body Swimsuit – Judging & Rules

Judged by Two Rounds

  1. Bikini Round – Stage walk & Quarter Turns
  2. Dress Round – Stage walk

Everything will be exactly as USA Figure division (above) except that the Best Body Swimsuit competitors will be softer & less muscular.

Again, stage presence & presentation is VERY important in this division.

Please Note: G STRINGS/THONGS are NOT ALLOWED in ANY division.