IFBB PRO CARD QUALIFICATION RULES

TYPE OF CONTESTOPEN TOPRO CARD
RegionalWorldwideNo
National RegionalHost Country OnlyNo
Pro QualifierWorldwideSee Table 1 below
National Pro QualifierHost Country OnlySee Table 1 below
Ben Weider WorldWide ClassicWorldwideSee Table 1 below
Arnold Amateur (South America)WorldwideSee Table 1 below
Arnold Amateur (USA)WorldwideSee Table 2 below
Olympia AmateurWorldwideSee Table 3 below
Other CompetitionsWorldwideSee Table 4 below

Table 1: Pro Qualifier

TYPE OF CONTESTMINIMUM NUMBER OF COMPETITORS PER DIVISIONNUMBER OF IFBB PRO CARDS AWARDED PER DIVISION OVERALL
Pro Qualifier51
National Pro Qualifier51
Ben Weider WorldWide Classic51
Arnold Amateur (South America)51

Table 2: Arnold Amateur (USA)

DIVISIONMINIMUM NUMBER
OF COMPETITORS
PER DIVISION
NUMBER OF IFBB PRO
CARDS AWARDED
PER DIVISION
OVERALL
Men's Bodybuilding51
Classic Physique51
Fitness51
Figure51
Women's Physique51
Wellness51
Men's Physique52
Bikini52

Table 3: Olympia Amateur

NUMBER OF COMPETITORS PER DIVISIONCOMPETITION
NUMBER OF IFBB PRO CARDS AWARDED
PER DIVISION OVERALL
10 or more3
8-92
5-71
less than 50

Table 4: Other Competitions

COMPETITIONNUMBER OF IFBB PRO CARDS AWARDED
PER DIVISION
European ChampionshipsDetermined by NPC Worldwide and IFBB Pro League
European Masters ChampionshipsDetermined by NPC Worldwide and IFBB Pro League
South American Masters ChampionshipsDetermined by NPC Worldwide and IFBB Pro League

RULE 1 – Athletes must have an NPC Worldwide membership to compete in an NPC Worldwide Regional or Pro Qualifier contest.  Membership is only valid for one calendar year (January 1 – December 31).  US and Canadian athletes only require an NPC or CPA membership.  Membership is verified before each contest.

RULE 2 – Athletes that reside (live) in a country with a Regional Certificate requirement must compete in a Regional contest in their country of residence before competing in a Pro Qualifier contest.  Regional Certificates are only valid within the calendar year the certficates were obtained.  Regional certification is verified before each contest.

RULE 2A – Athletes must compete under the rules of the country in which they reside (live).  Athletes must be a resident of a country for at least four months prior to competing in a Pro Qualifier contest held in that country.  Proof of residency, such as a utility bill, rental agreement, driver’s license, or bank or credit card statement, must be provided upon request.  If you are residing in a country as a foreign student, you must provide a student ID or college or university enrollment form.  Regional Certificate requirements still apply.

RULE 3 – If an Athlete resides in a country with a Regional Certificate requirement but there are no Regionals in that country until later in the year, the Athlete may compete in a Pro Qualifier contest anywhere in the world provided:

  1. the Athlete has competed in a Regional contest in the Athlete’s country of residence in the previous year; and
  2. the Pro Qualifier contest is held before the first Regional contest in the Athlete’s country of residence.

When the first Regional contest is held in the Athlete’s country of residence, the Athlete may not compete in a Pro Qualifier contest without first obtaining a current-year Regional Certificate from the Athlete’s country of residence.  Failure to abide by this rule will result in disqualification from the Pro Qualifier contest.

RULE 4 – The following countries have a Regional Certificate requirement: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, [District of] Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vietnam

  • Athletes from Norway may compete in a Regional contest in Denmark, Finland or Norway to fulfill the Regional Certificate requirement.
  • Athletes from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay may compete in a Regional contest in any one of these eight countries to fulfill the Regional Certificate requirement.
  • Athletes from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam may compete in a Regional contest in any one of these seven countries to fulfill the Regional Certificate requirement.
  • Athletes from Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands may compete in a Regional contest in any one of these three countries to fulfill the Regional Certificate requirement.
  • Athletes from Latvia and Lithuania may compete in a Regional contest in any one of these two countries to fulfill the Regional Certificate requirement.
  • Athletes from China, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR may compete in a Regional contest in any one of these three countries to fulfill the Regional Certificate requirement.

RULE 5 – US athletes must be nationally qualified by placing in the top 2 in an open class at an NPC regional contest held in the current or previous year before competing in an NPC Worldwide Pro Qualifier contest.  US athletes who are posted overseas, or whose employment requires them to work overseas, are exempt from this requirement and must compete under the rules of the country in which they reside (live).  Canadian athletes must compete in a Canadian Pro Qualifier contest not more than one year before competing in an NPC Worldwide Pro Qualifier contest, including the Arnold Amateur (USA), Olympia Amateur (USA) and NPC North American Championships.  A current NPC or CPA membership is required.

*IFBB PRO athletes, and athletes who qualified for IFBB PRO status but who have not yet registered with the IFBB Professional League, may only compete in contests that are sanctioned by the IFBB Professional League.

RULE 6 – This rule only applies to athletes who qualified, or who will qualify, for an IFBB PRO card on or after May 11, 2023.

*Athletes who qualified before May 11, 2023 must register before December 31, 2024.

  1. An athlete has up to one year from the date the athlete qualifies for an IFBB PRO card to register with the IFBB Professional League.
  2. An athlete may register:
  • as an “Active” member if, at the time of registration, the athlete agrees to the terms and conditions of membership and pays the membership fee.  An Active member receives a member number, an IFBB PRO card and may compete in IFBB PRO contests; or
  • as an “Inactive” member if, at the time of registration, the athlete agrees to the terms and conditions of membership but does not pay the membership fee. An Inactive member receives a member number, does not receive an IFBB PRO card and may not compete in IFBB PRO contests.
  1. If an athlete does not register within one year of qualifying for an IFBB PRO card, the athlete’s qualification will be canceled.
  2. If an athlete registers as an Inactive member, the athlete has up to one year from the date of registration to become an Active member.
  3. If an athlete does not become an Active member within one year of the date of registration, the athlete’s membership will be canceled.
  4. If an athlete’s qualification or membership is canceled, the athlete may requalify at a Pro Qualifier contest.

*NOTE: “Register” means creating an account at ifbbpromembership.com and receiving a member number.  Registering and paying the membership fee assigns “Active” member status.  Registering without paying the membership fee assigns “Inactive” member status.

RULE 7 – If an Athlete qualifies for an IFBB PRO card at a Pro Qualifier contest and, before registering with the IFBB Professional League, competes in a Regional or Pro Qualifier contest or participates in a competition or event that is not sanctioned by the IFBB Professional League, the Athlete’s qualification to apply for the IFBB PRO card is canceled.  Participation includes, but is not limited to, competing, judging, officiating, promoting, advertising (to include using one’s name and/or likeness) or otherwise endorsing a competition or event that is not sanctioned by the IFBB Professional League.

RULE 8 – The number of IFBB PRO cards awarded at NPC Worldwide Masters contests will be decided by NPC Worldwide and the IFBB Professional League.

RULE 9 – As of January 1, 2022, if an Open division at a Pro Qualifier contest has less than five competitors, the division winner may petition the IFBB Professional League for IFBB PRO status. The petition must:

  1. be submitted in writing to info@ifbb-proleague.com;
  2. be received by the IFBB Professional League no later than 14 days after the date of the Finals. Petitions received after the
    14-day deadline will not be considered;
  3. include official stage photographs of the individual poses and all comparison poses; and
  4. for Fitness, include a video of the fitness routine.

RULE 10 – “True Novice” means a competitor who has never competed within NPC Worldwide.  “Novice” means a competitor who, in the current contest year, has not won an Overall in a Novice, Masters or Open contest, or who has not won in an Open class with three or more competitors.  “Junior” means a competitor who is 18-23 years old.  “Master” means a competitor who is 35 years of age or older.

RULE 11 – At an Olympia Amateur Pro Qualifier:

  1. if there are less than 15 competitors in a division, they will compete in one class; and
  2. the number of IFBB PRO cards awarded is as detailed in Table 3 of these rules.

RULE 12 – The number of classes in a division at a Pro Qualifier contest may be changed by NPC Worldwide at its sole discretion at any time before the competition.

Check-in

All competitors must present themselves at Check-in where they will be registered and, if required, weighed and height-measured.

Music

If required, all music must be submitted at Check-in.

Backstage Access

The only people permitted in the backstage area are approved officials and media.

Competitor Health

  • Any competitor who appears to be disoriented or light-headed, or who experiences undue cramping, will not be permitted to compete.
  • Any competitor disqualified for health reasons must be checked by the attending EMT and, if it is advised by the EMT, must go to the nearest hospital for evaluation.
  • Competitors who refuse to be evaluated by the EMT or at the hospital will be suspended from competition for a period of one year from the date of the occurrence.

1. CLASSES

For contests with 2 classes:
Lightweightup to and including 176 ¼ lbs (80 kg)
Heavyweightover 176 ¼ lbs (80 kg)
For contests with 3 classes:
Lightweightup to and including 165 ¼ lbs (75 kg)
Middleweightover 165 ¼ lbs (75 kg) up to and including 187 ¼ lbs (85 kg)
Heavyweightover 187 ¼ lbs (85 kg)
For contests with 4 classes:
Bantamweightup to and including 154 ¼ lbs (70 kg)
Lightweightover 154 ¼ lbs (70 kg) up to and including 176 ¼ lbs (80 kg)
Light-Heavyweightover 176 ¼ lbs (80 kg) up to and including 198 ¼ lbs (90 kg)
Heavyweightover 198 ¼ lbs (90 kg)
For contests with 5 classes:
Bantamweightup to and including 143 ¼ lbs (65 kg)
Lightweightover 143 ¼ lbs (65 kg) up to and including 154 ¼ lbs (70 kg)
Middleweightover 154 ¼ lbs (70 kg) up to and including 176 ¼ lbs (80 kg)
Light-Heavyweightover 176 ¼ lbs (80 kg) up to and including 198 ¼ lbs (90 kg)
Heavyweightover 198 ¼ lbs (90 kg)
For contests with 6 classes:
Bantamweightup to and including 143 ¼ lbs (65 kg)
Lightweightover 143 ¼ lbs (65 kg) up to and including 154 ¼ lbs (70 kg)
Middleweightover 154 ¼ lbs (70 kg) up to and including 176 ¼ lbs (80 kg)
Light-Heavyweightover 176 ¼ lbs (80 kg) up to and including 198 ¼ lbs (90 kg)
Heavyweightover 198 ¼ lbs (90 kg) up to and including 225 ¼ lbs (102 kg)
Super Heavyweightover 225 ¼ lbs (102 kg)
For contests with 7 classes:
Bantamweightup to and including 143 ¼ lbs (65 kg)
Lightweightover 143 ¼ lbs (65 kg) up to and including 154 ¼ lbs (70 kg)
Welterweightover 154 ¼ lbs (70 kg) up to and including 165 ¼ lbs (75 kg)
Middleweightover 165 ¼ lbs (75 kg) up to and including 176 ¼ lbs (80 kg)
Light-Heavyweightover 176 ¼ lbs (80 kg) up to and including 198 ¼ lbs (90 kg)
Heavyweightover 198 ¼ lbs (90 kg) up to and including 225 ¼ lbs (102 kg)
Super Heavyweightover 225 ¼ lbs (102 kg)

2. ATTIRE

  1. Posing suits must be standard men’s swimsuit with at least ½ rear coverage. Suits must meet acceptable standards of taste and decency. Thongs are prohibited.
  2. Posing suits must be one color. Fringe, wording, sparkle or fluorescents is prohibited.
  3. Competitors must not alter the fit of the posing suit by hiking it up in the back or by pulling up the sides during Front and Rear Lat Spreads.

3. MUSIC

  1. Posing music must be on a CD or USB stick.
  2. Posing music must be the only music on the CD or USB stick.
  3. Posing music must not contain vulgar lyrics. Competitors using music containing vulgar lyrics will be disqualified.

4. ONSTAGE

  1. During the Judging, competitors shall not wear jewelry except for a wedding band.
  2. Prescription eyewear (except sun glasses) is permitted.
  3. The following is prohibited while onstage:
    • Props
    • Chewing gum
    • “Moon Pose” (any competitor performing this pose will be disqualified)
    • Lying on the stage.
    • Bumping and shoving (the first and second person involved will be disqualified)
  4. Competitor numbers must be worn on the left side of the posing suit during the Judging and Finals.

5. FORMAT

JUDGING

Presentation

  1. Each competitor proceeds to center-stage individually in numerical order and automatically performs the mandatory poses. No signal from the Head Judge is required.
  2. Each competitor has a maximum of 60 seconds to perform the poses. A warning will be given when 10 seconds remain.
  3. Competitors are not required to use the full 60 seconds.
  4. The mandatory poses are:
    • Front Double Biceps
    • Front Lat Spread
    • Side Chest
    • Back Double Biceps
    • Back Lat Spread
    • Side Triceps
    • Abdominals and Thighs

Comparisons

  1. The Head Judge will call the competitors, in small groups and in numerical order, to center stage to perform the quarter turns and mandatory poses.
  2. In the call-outs, the Head Judge will direct specific competitors to perform the quarter turns and mandatory poses. Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other.

*Judges will score competitors according to the “total package”, which is a balance of size, symmetry and muscularity.

FINALS

Routine

  1. Competitors are called onstage individually in numerical order to perform a posing routine to music of the competitor’s choice.
  2. The length of the posing routine is a maximum of 60 seconds.
  3. Depending on the number of competitors, the promoter and Head Judge may decide that only the top finalists shall perform their posing routine.

Confirmation

(if necessary*)
Competitors are called onstage and, under the direction of the Head Judge, are compared in groups while performing the mandatory poses.
*The judging panel, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to re-judge using a Confirmation round.

Posedown

(overall title only)
The top finalists take part in a 60-second posedown.

6. SCORING

  1. The Judging is scored 100%.
  2. Ties are broken using the Relative Placement method.

1. CLASSES

2. ATTIRE

Competitors are required to wear posing shorts (see image below). Board shorts or bodybuilding posing trunks are prohibited. Competitors are required to wear the same type of cut and all shorts that are worn in competition must be black.

NATIONAL PHYSIQUE COMMITTEE & IFBB PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE MEN’S CLASSIC PHYSIQUE
ANNOUNCEMENT
Pittsburgh, PA
December 19, 2018

Since the inception of the Men’s Classic Physique division two years ago, the standard to wear was
the Black Classic Physique Shorts. Over time we’ve heard you, the competitors, with suggestions
and have previously followed through by both adding another height division from three to four
and increasing the allowable weights for your height in both the NPC and IFBB Professional
League.

Probably the suggestion we’ve heard the most though is competitors wanting to compete in more
traditional posing trunks that don’t cover the top of the thighs and hamstrings. Well you wanted
“Classic” and now you are going to get “Classic”! Starting January 1, 2019, ALL Men’s Classic
Physique competitors, both IFBB Pro and NPC, will be competing in Classic Physique Posing
Trunks!

Competitors are required to wear the same type of cut and all Classic Physique Posing Trunks that
are worn in competition must be black and no less than 4-1/2 Inches on the sides/hips. See the
photo examples.
You can purchase your Classic Physique Posing Trunks now at www.npcwear.com

Men's Classic Physique Trunks

3. MUSIC

  1. Posing music must be on a CD or USB stick.
  2. Posing music must be the only music on the CD or USB stick.
  3. Posing music must not contain vulgar lyrics. Competitors using music containing vulgar lyrics will be disqualified.

4. ONSTAGE

  1. During the Judging, competitors shall not wear jewelry except for a wedding band.
  2. Prescription eyewear (except sunglasses) is permitted.
  3. The following is prohibited while onstage:
    1. Props
    2. Chewing gum
    3. “Moon Pose” (any competitor performing this pose will be disqualified)
    4. Lying on the stage.
    5. Bumping and shoving (the first and second person involved will be disqualified)
  4. Competitor numbers must be worn on the left side of the posing suit during the Judging and Finals.

5. FORMAT

JUDGING

Presentation

  1. Each competitor proceeds to center-stage individually in numerical order and automatically performs the mandatory poses. No signal from the Head Judge is required.
  2. Each competitor has a maximum of 60 seconds to perform the poses. A warning will be given when 10 seconds remain.
  3. Competitors are not required to use the full 60 seconds.
  4. The mandatory poses are:
    1. Front Double Biceps
    2. Side Chest
    3. Back Double Biceps
    4. Abdominals and Thighs
    5. Favorite Classic Pose (no Most Muscular)

Comparisons

  1. The Head Judge will call the competitors, in small groups and in numerical order, to center stage to perform the quarter turns and mandatory poses.
  2. In the call-outs, the Head Judge will direct specific competitors to perform the quarter turns and mandatory poses. Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other.

*Judges will score competitors according to the “total package”, which is a balance of size, symmetry and muscularity.

FINALS

Routine

  1. Competitors are called onstage individually in numerical order to perform a posing routine to music of the competitor’s choice.
  2. The length of the posing routine is a maximum of 60 seconds.
  3. Depending on the number of competitors, the promoter and Head Judge may decide that only the top finalists shall perform their posing routine.

Confirmation

(if necessary*)
Competitors are called onstage and, under the direction of the Head Judge, are compared in groups while performing the mandatory poses.
*The judging panel, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to re-judge using a Confirmation round.

Posedown

(overall title only)
The top finalists take part in a 60-second posedown.

6. SCORING

  1. The Judging is scored 100%.

Ties are broken using the Relative Placement method.

1. CLASSES

2.ATTIRE

  1. Competitors compete in Board Shorts.
  2. The shorts must be above the knee in length and can be 1” below the belly button.
  3. Spandex is not permitted.
  4. Logos are not permitted except that a manufacturer’s logo (i.e. Nike, Billabong) is acceptable.
  5. Competitors compete shirtless and barefoot.

3. ONSTAGE

  1. Prescription eyewear (except sunglasses) is permitted.
  2. Competitor numbers must be worn on the left side of the shorts at all times while onstage.
  3. The “Moon Pose” is prohibited.
  4. Gymnastic moves are prohibited.

4. FORMAT

JUDGING

Presentation

  1. Each competitor, in numerical order, walks onstage and performs front and back turns, finishing facing the judges. Length of time allowed is 30 seconds.
  2. Depending on the number of competitors in the class, each competitor may be directed to:
    1. exit the stage until the entire class has performed the front and back turns, at which time the entire class is called back onstage; or
    2. line up along diagonal lines on the sides of the stage.

Comparisons

  1. The Head Judge will call the competitors, in small groups and in numerical order, to center stage to perform the front and back turns.
  2. In the call-outs, the Head Judge will direct specific competitors to perform the front and back turns. Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other in the front and back turns.

5. SCORING

The Presentation and Comparisons are scored 100%.

Muscularity and Body Condition

Judges will be looking for fit competitors who display proper shape and symmetry combined with muscularity and overall condition. This is not a bodybuilding contest so extreme muscularity should be marked down.

Stage Presence and Personality

Judges are looking for the competitor with the best stage presence and poise who can successfully convey his personality to the audience. *If necessary, the judging panel, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to re-judge at the Finals using a Confirmation round.

1. CLASSES

2. ATTIRE

  1. Posing suit bottoms must be V-shaped with at least ½ rear coverage. Suits must meet acceptable standards of taste and decency. Thongs are prohibited.
  2. Posing suits may include a printed design with fringes, lace, sparkle or fluorescents.
  3. Competitors must not alter the fit of the posing suit by hiking it up in the back or by pulling up the sides during Front and Rear Lat Spreads.

3. MUSIC

  1. Posing music must be on a CD or USB stick.
  2. Posing music must be the only music on the CD or USB stick.
  3. Posing music must not contain vulgar lyrics. Competitors using music containing vulgar lyrics will be disqualified.

4. ONSTAGE

  1. During the Judging, competitors shall not wear jewelry except for a wedding band. During the Finals, earrings and other jewelry may be worn.
  2. During the Judging, the hair must be worn up, off the shoulders and back. Decorative pieces in the hair are prohibited. During the Finals, the hair may be worn down, and decorative pieces in the hair are permitted.
  3. Prescription eyewear (except sunglasses) is permitted.
  4. The following is prohibited while onstage:
    • Props
    • Chewing gum
    • “Moon Pose” (any competitor performing this pose will be disqualified)
    • Lying on the stage.
    • Bumping and shoving (the first and second person involved will be disqualified)
  5. Competitor numbers must be worn on the left side of the posing suit bottom during the Judging and Finals.

5. FORMAT

JUDGING

Presentation

  1. Each competitor proceeds to center-stage individually in numerical order and automatically performs the mandatory poses. No signal from the Head Judge is required.
  2. Each competitor has a maximum of 60 seconds to perform the poses. A warning will be given when 10 seconds remain.
  3. Competitors are not required to use the full 60 seconds.
  4. The mandatory poses are:
    1. Front Double Biceps
    2. Front Lat Spread
    3. Side Chest
    4. Back Double Biceps
    5. Back Lat Spread
    6. Side Triceps
    7. Abdominals and Thighs

Comparisons

  1. The Head Judge will call the competitors, in small groups and in numerical order, to center stage to perform the quarter turns and mandatory poses.
  2. In the call-outs, the Head Judge will direct specific competitors to perform the quarter turns and mandatory poses. Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other.

*Judges will score competitors according to the “total package”, which is a balance of size, symmetry and muscularity.

FINALS

Routine

  1. Competitors are called onstage individually in numerical order to perform a posing routine to music of the competitor’s choice.
  2. The length of the posing routine is a maximum of 60 seconds.
  3. Depending on the number of competitors, the promoter and Head Judge may decide that only the top finalists shall perform their posing routine.

Confirmation

(if necessary*)
Competitors are called onstage and, under the direction of the Head Judge, are compared in groups while performing the mandatory poses.
*The judging panel, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to re-judge using a Confirmation round.

Posedown

(overall title only)
The top finalists take part in a 60-second posedown.

6. SCORING

  1. The Judging is scored 100%.
  2. Ties are broken using the Relative Placement method.

1. CLASSES

2. ATTIRE

  1. Competitors may dress as they deem appropriate to perform their fitness routines, except that:
    1. Fitness routine attire must meet acceptable standards of taste and decency.
    2. Thongs are prohibited.
  2. Athletic footwear may be worn at the discretion of the competitor.

3. MUSIC

  1. Routine music must be on a CD or USB stick.
  2. Routine music must be the only music on the CD or USB stick.
  3. Routine music must not contain vulgar lyrics. Competitors using music containing vulgar lyrics will be disqualified.

4. ONSTAGE

  1. Prescription eyewear is permitted. Sunglasses are permitted if they are an accessory to the routine attire.
  2. Competitor numbers must be worn on the left side of the routine attire.
  3. Props are permitted under the following conditions:
    1. They must be of a size and weight to allow transport onto and off the stage by the competitor, without assistance.
    2. They must not leave any residue on the stage that might cause a safety hazard for other competitors, or that might require cleaning the stage before subsequent use by other competitors.
    3. If discarded during the routine, they must be transported off the stage by the competitor, without assistance.
  4. Competitors are prohibited from wearing product (e.g., oils, lotions, creams, etc.) that may leave slippery residue on the stage.

5. FORMAT

NPC AND NPC WORLDWIDE FITNESS RULES – 2022 UPDATE

Beginning in 2022, for NPC and NPC Worldwide Fitness division, the Two-Piece
Swimsuit Round will return just as it is in IFBB Professional League Fitness and will
count for 1/3 of the score.

  • The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped. No thongs are permitted. All swimsuits
    must be in good taste.
  • Competitors must wear high heels
  • Competitors may wear jewelry

The Fitness Routines must include the following mandatory moves and be a maximum
of 2 minutes to music of the competitor’s choice:

  • Push Up (of any kind)
  • High Kick
  • Straddle Hold
  • Side Split

The Fitness Routine will count for 2/3 of the score.

1. CLASSES

2. ATTIRE

  1. Competitors compete in a two-piece suit. The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped. Thongs are prohibited. Competitors can compete in an off-the-rack suit. All suits must meet acceptable standards of taste and decency.
  2. Competitors must wear high heels.
  3. Competitors may wear jewelry.

3. ONSTAGE

  1. Prescription eyewear (except sunglasses) is permitted.
  2. Competitor numbers must be worn on the left side of the suit bottom at all times while onstage.

4. FORMAT

JUDGING

Presentation

  1. Each competitor, in numerical order, walks to the center of the stage and performs the quarter turns. Length of time allowed is 30 seconds.
  2. Depending on the number of competitors in the class, each competitor may be directed to:
    1. exit the stage until the entire class has performed the quarter turns, at which time the entire class is called back onstage; or
    2. line up along diagonal lines on the sides of the stage.

Comparisons

  1. The Head Judge will call the competitors, in small groups and in numerical order, to center stage to perform the quarter turns.
  2. In the call-outs, the Head Judge will direct specific competitors to perform the quarter turns. Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other.

5. SCORING

The Presentation and Comparisons are scored 100% using the following criteria:

  1. Small degree of muscularity with separation, no visible striations
  2. Overall muscle tone with shapely lines, overall firmness, and not excessively lean
  3. Full general assessment
  4. Healthy appearance
  5. Skin tone and make-up

*If necessary, the judging panel, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to re-judge at the Finals using a Confirmation round.

1. CLASSES

NPC, NPC WORLDWIDE & IFBB PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE UPDATED BIKINI RULES, MARCH 2020 BIKINI COMPETITOR RULES

  1. PRESENTATION

    • Competitors will walk on stage alone and perform their Model Walk (personal preference)
    • The Model Walk consists of the following:

    Walk to the center of the stage, stop and do a front stance, then a full turn and do a back stance, then turn to the front again and face the judges as directed, then proceed to the side of the stage.  No lewd acts are permitted.  Length of time allowed is 10 seconds.

    • NOTE:

      We do not want to see the arm off to the side with the elbow bent and the wrist bent upwards or downwards.

  2. COMPARISON ROUND, TWO-PIECE SWIMSUIT

    • Competitors will be judged wearing a two-piece swimsuit and heels.
    • The competitors will be brought back out in a group and directed to do a full front and back stance.
    • Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other in half turns. (No side judging permitted, front and back only.)
    • NOTE:

      We do not want to see the arm off to the side with the elbow bent and the wrist bent upwards or downwards.

  3. SCORING

    Judges will be scoring competitors using the following criteria:

    • Balance and Shape
    • Overall physical appearance including complexion, skin tone, poise and overall presentation.

    Correct Posing

    (see example images below)

    Correct Bikini Pose 1Correct Bikini Pose 2

    Incorrect Posing

    (see example images below)

    Incorrect Bikini Pose 1Incorrect Bikini Pose 2

    Incorrect Bikini Pose 3

    BIKINI COMPETITOR RULES

    • Competitors will compete in a two-piece suit. The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped. No Thongs are permitted.  Competitors can compete in an off-the-rack suit.  All swimsuits must be in good taste.  Athletes will be warned about improper suits and are advised to bring two (2) suits to
      check in.  If the fronts of the suit(s) bottoms are too low and the judges deem them so at check-in’s, then the suit must be constructed higher, otherwise the Athletes will be scored down if the suit is not up to standard.
    • Competitors must wear high heels.
    • Competitors may wear jewelry.
    *Note:

    The NPC, NPC Worldwide and IFBB Professional League Have Not Authorized or Granted the license, authority or exclusivity to any competition suit company or designer to be their Official Suit Maker and to advertise their suits as an Official Cut or Approved Cut. There has never been an Official
    or Approved “Pro Cut Bikini” for Any Division! That term was erroneously created by suit makers.
    Full Bikini Rules Can Be Viewed Here: http://npcnewsonline.com/bikini-rules/

1. CLASSES

2. ATTIRE

  1. Competitors compete in a two-piece bikini.
  2. The bikini bottom must be v-shaped. Thongs are prohibited.
  3. The bikini must meet acceptable standards of taste and decency.
  4. Competitors can compete in an off-the-rack bikini.
  5. The bikini does not have to be solid in color.

3. MUSIC

  1. Posing music must be on a CD or USB stick.
  2. Posing music must be the only music on the CD or USB stick.
  3. Posing music must not contain vulgar lyrics. Competitors using music containing vulgar lyrics will be disqualified.

4. ONSTAGE

  1. Prescription eyewear (except sunglasses) is permitted.
  2. Competitor numbers must be worn on the left side of the bikini bottom at all times while onstage.
  3. Competitors compete barefoot.
  4. The “Moon Pose” is prohibited.
  5. Lying on the stage is prohibited.
  6. Gymnastic moves are prohibited.

5. FORMAT

JUDGING

Presentation

  1. Each competitor, in numerical order, walks onstage and performs the mandatory poses as follows:
    1. Front double biceps/open hands (no flat footed full front pose – some sort of front twisting pose)
    2. Back double biceps/open hands
    3. Side triceps with leg extended
    4. Side chest with arms extended
    5. Front abdominals and thighs
  2. The competitor has up to 60 seconds to perform the mandatory poses. A 10-second warning will be given.
  3. Depending on the number of competitors in the class, each competitor may be directed to:
    1. exit the stage until the entire class has performed the mandatory poses at which time the entire class is called back onstage; or
    2. line up along diagonal lines on the sides of the stage.

Comparisons

  1. The Head Judge will call the competitors, in small groups and in numerical order, to center stage to perform the quarter turns and mandatory poses.
  2. In the call-outs, the Head Judge will direct specific competitors to perform the quarter turns and mandatory poses. Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other.

FINALS

Routine

  1. Competitors are called onstage individually in numerical order to perform a posing routine to music of the competitor’s choice.
  2. The length of the posing routine is a maximum of 60 seconds.
  3. Depending on the number of competitors, the promoter and Head Judge may decide that only the top finalists shall perform their posing routine.

Confirmation

(if necessary*) Competitors are called onstage and, under the direction of the Head Judge, are compared in groups while performing the quarter turns and mandatory poses. *The judging panel, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to re-judge using a Confirmation round.

Posedown

(overall title only) The top finalists take part in a 60-second posedown.

6. SCORING

  1. The Judging is scored 100%.
  2. Ties are broken using the Relative Placement method.

Comments on Judging

The Women’s Physique division has been created to provide a platform for women who enjoy weight training, contest preparation and competing. Competitors should display a toned, athletic physique showcasing femininity, muscle tone, and the beauty and flow of the physique. The following are examples
of common terms used in the bodybuilding industry. These words can be helpful to assess what should not be descriptive of the physiques being judged in Women’s Physique – ripped, shredded, peeled, striated, dry, diced, hard, vascular, grainy, massive, thick, dense, etc. All types of physiques will
be considered when it comes to height, weight, structure, etc. Excessive muscularity should be scored down. Women’s Physique competitors should have the overall aesthetics and look that is found in Figure with a little more overall muscularity.

What is the Wellness Division?

This division is for females with athletic physique’s that showcase more body mass in the hips, glutes and thigh areas.  The upper body is developed but not to the same degree as the lower body.

Height Classes

Posing and Presentation

Front:

Competitors will face front with one hand on hip, one arm straight down and one leg slightly extended. We do not want to see the arm off to side with the elbow bent and the wrist bent upwards.

Women's Wellness Pose 1

Quarter turn Right:

Competitors will turn slightly facing the judges with right hand on hip and left arm straight down and right leg bent at knee. More like a twisting side pose that Bikini competitors perform. We do not want to see the arm off to side with the elbow bent and the wrist bent upwards.

Women's Wellness Quarter Right Turn

Quarter turn Rear:

Competitors will face the rear with lower back arched with glutes pushed back. We do not want to see the arm off to side with the elbow bent and the wrist bent upwards.

Women's Wellness Quarter Rear Turn

Quarter turn Right:

Competitors will turn slightly facing the judges with the left hand on the hip, right arm relaxed and left leg bent at knee. We do not want to see the arm off to side with the elbow bent and the wrist bent upwards.

Women's Wellness Quarter Turn Right

Model Walk:

As it is currently performed in the Bikini Division. Listen to instructions from the Head Judge. *As with All Other Divisions, No Lewd Acts Are Permitted and will result in automatic disqualification. *We do not want to see the arm off to side with the elbow bent and the wrist bent upwards as seen
below.

Women's Wellness Model Walk 1
Women's Wellness Model Walk 2

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Level of conditioning?

    We are looking for conditioning almost on par with Bikini athletes, but the athletes will have slightly more muscle. We want to see a little body fat with slight separation but no striations.

  2. Abs defined like Figure or less defined like Bikini?

    As it currently is in Bikini.

  3. Shoulders? Rounded & Capped like Figure and Women’s Physique or less pronounced like Bikini?

    Slightly more developed than Bikini and a little less than Figure, but not as lean and with no striations. Not like Women’s Physique.

  4. How much definition for quads?

    The quads should display an athletic appearance with slight separation but no striations. Not as lean and defined as Figure and Women’s Physique.

  5. Glute Development?

    Full round glutes with a slight separation between the hamstring and glute area but no striations, as is in place for the Bikini Division. Glutes will be bigger than current Bikini competitors. They will not be as lean and defined as Figure and Women’s Physique.

  6. Rules & Restrictions on suits?

    Wellness Competition Suits have the same rules that are currently in place for all of our other divisions. Suits can be customized with “bling”. Competitors will compete in a two-piece suit. Unlike a Figure, Fitness or Women’s Physique competition suit, the top is not connected to the suit
    bottom. The suit top is the same standard that is currently in place for the Bikini division. The suit bottom must be V-shaped in the front and is traditionally all material with no connectors and sits high up on the hips. The cut of the suit back is the same standard that is currently in
    place for the Bikini division. No Thongs and No T-back suits allowed. *You also have the Option to wear a Competition Bikini style bottom that has connectors. You will not be scored any differently if you choose to compete in this suit bottom. All swimsuits must be in good taste. Athletes will
    be warned about improper suits and are advised to bring two (2) suits to check in. Athletes will be scored down if the suit is not up to standard.
    *Note: The NPC, NPC Worldwide and IFBB Professional League Have Not Authorized or Granted the license, authority or exclusivity to any competition suit company or designer to be their Official Suit Maker and to advertise their suits as an Official Cut or Approved Cut. There has never been
    an Official or Approved “Pro Cut Bikini” for Any Division! That term was erroneously created by suit makers.</em >

  7. Rules & Restrictions on shoes and heels?

    Shoes and heels same rules that are currently in place for the Bikini division.

  8. Rules & Restrictions on jewelry?

    Jewelry same rules that are currently in place for the Bikini and Figure divisions.

  9. Rules & Restrictions on posing oil or not?

    No Posing Oil but can be “glazed” as is currently done for the Bikini and Figure divisions.