Understanding the judging criteria process worldwide will ensure that all athletes are properly prepared to compete in WNBF sanctioned events in any country.
JUDGING CRITERIA VARIES
Each category in the WNBF has specific criteria; knowing what the judges are looking for will help competitors excel, particularly if they are competing in more than one category to see where their physique best fits.
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Men 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 most balanced physique throughout.”
Men wear a bodybuilding posing suit; women wear a two-piece bodybuilding suit with or without embellishments.
ATHLETES ARE JUDGED IN TWO ROUNDS
Bikini is a women’s physique division designed to find athletes with a fit and shapely body that is not heavily muscled or over-defined.
A traditional two-piece bikini posing suit is worn and may be multi-colored or solid, and embellishments and jewelry are permitted. Shoes are required, but the height of the heels is optional.
Competition Bikini Suits - Athletes should choose suits that best complement their physique.
COMPETITORS ARE JUDGED IN TWO (2) ROUNDS
The figure is a class of physique competition judged equally on symmetry and muscle tone.
Athletes wear two-piece figure suits; 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 piercing is allowed but must not be offensive or obscure the physique.
THE FIGURE DIVISION IS JUDGED
IN TWO (2) ROUNDS
Physique 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 cut ABOVE the knee. 11″ inseam (28cm) or slightly shorter is allowable. Athletes wearing board shorts at mid thigh length may be scored down.”
Judges are looking for:
MEN'S PHYSIQUE IS JUDGED IN TWO (2) ROUNDS
Below are some general stage walk guidelines for physique athletes. Many venues vary in accessibility, so athletes should reach out to prospective promoters about stage walk specifics so that they can prepare properly.