Pro Competition Rules for Men’s Bodybuilding

Judging

1. Each competitor is called onstage individually in numerical order and has up to a maximum of 60 seconds to perform the following 8 mandatory poses in the order shown:

  • front double biceps
  • front lat spread
  • side chest
  • back double biceps
  • back lat spread
  • side triceps
  • abdominals and thighs
  • most muscular

2. The entire lineup is then called onstage in numerical order and forms in equal numbers along diagonal lines at each side of the stage. The center stage area is left clear for the callouts.

3. The head judge then directs groups of competitors in numerical order through the quarter turns and mandatory poses. The size of the groups is at the discretion of the head judge.

4. The head judge then directs selected competitors through the callouts, where the selected competitors are compared against each other in the quarter turns and mandatory poses. The number and placement of competitors in the callouts is at the discretion of the head judge.

5. The Judging is worth 50% of the Final Score. Athletes with extended abdominal/stomach muscles will be scored down in both Judging and Finals.

Finals

1. The Finals, which includes the posing routine and confirmation round, is worth 50% of the Final Score.

2. Each competitor is called onstage individually in numerical order and has up to a maximum of 3 minutes to perform a posing routine to music of the competitor’s choice.

3. The entire lineup is then called onstage in numerical order and forms in equal numbers along diagonal lines at each side of the stage. The center stage area is left clear for the callouts.

4. The head judge directs selected competitors through the callouts, where the selected competitors are compared against each other in the quarter turns and mandatory poses. The number and placement of competitors in the callouts is at the discretion of the head judge.

5. The competitors then perform a 60-second posedown to music of the promoter’s choice.