Categories, Criteria & Divisions

Male Categories
Female Categories

To bring natural bodybuilding in line with other sports we have altered the naming system of our categories.

Bodybuilding is the traditional name used for the category that focuses on a well “built” physique, representing the fullest level of muscularity and condition. What most people will be familiar with as the women’s “figure” division will fall under the banner of the Bodybuilding category.

Following along those lines we have introduced two new names for our other categories that represent categories you will be familiar with under different names.

Bodyshaping is the name of our category that represents a focus on a well shaped physique. Most people will be familiar with this category as “bikini” for female athletes and “fitness/physique” for male athletes.

Bodysculpting is the name for the category that is focused on a well sculpted physique. Most people will be familiar with this category as “fitness/sports model” for female athletes and “classic physique” for male athletes.

Category Criteria

In the past the difference between categories has not been clearly defined. This has caused confusion for athletes, coaches and fans. We wanted to make the differences between the categories much clearer and easy to understand.

Above you’ll find a graph outlining the differences in muscularity and condition for each category. “Level 5” represents the highest level, so for muscularity and condition that is equivalent to a top level natural Bodybuilding (or figure) athlete. All categories are expected to have high standards of proportion and presentation.

In the Bodyshaping and Bodysculpting categories the amount of Muscularity and Condition is limited. The judges will score athletes lower in these criteria if they come in over developed or over conditioned.

The judging guidelines for too much Muscularity or Condition is as follows:

  • Slightly Over: scores a 5 or 6 (out of 10)
  • Over: scores a 3 or 4 (out of 10)
  • Extremely Over: scores a 1 or 2 (out of 10)

Male Categories

Bodyshaping

Bodyshaping athletes are expected to present enough muscularity to show a well shaped physique, but not an excessive amount. Their condition should be high enough to show the outline and shape of muscle groups, but not hard lines or fine details. Proportionate development between muscle groups and a high standard of presentation are expected.
Posing for Men’s Bodyshaping category. You can bring your own personal approach to all these poses, changing stance, hand position etc. There is no strict guideline for exactly how the pose is to be executed as long as it fits the general idea of the pose.

Bodysculpting

Bodysculpting athletes are expected to present a decent level of muscularity to show a well sculpted physique, with somewhat significant size and development, but not a high level. Their condition should be of high standard to show the sculpted development of muscle groups, with clear separation between the muscles, but without excessive striations or vascularity. Proportionate development between muscle groups and a high standard of presentation are expected.
Posing for Men’s Bodysculpting category. You can bring your own personal approach to all these poses, changing stance, hand position etc. There is no strict guideline for exactly how the pose is to be executed as long as it fits the general idea of the pose.

Bodybuilding

Bodybuilding athletes are expected to present a high level of muscularity to show a well built physique, with the highest level of size and development. Their condition should be of the highest standard to show the well built development of muscle groups, with clear separation between the muscles, and with striations and fine details. Proportionate development between muscle groups and a high standard of presentation are expected.
Posing for Men’s Bodybuilding category. You can bring your own personal approach to all these poses, changing stance, hand position etc. There is no strict guideline for exactly how the pose is to be executed as long as it fits the general idea of the pose.

Female Categories

Bodyshaping

Bodyshaping athletes are expected to present enough muscularity to show a well shaped physique, but not an excessive amount. Their condition should be high enough to show the outline and shape of muscle groups, but not hard lines or fine details. Proportionate development between muscle groups and a high standard of presentation are expected.
Posing for Women’s Bodyshaping category. You can bring your own personal approach to all these poses, changing stance, hand position etc. There is no strict guideline for exactly how the pose is to be executed as long as it fits the general idea of the pose.

Bodysculpting

Bodysculpting athletes are expected to present a decent level of muscularity to show a well sculpted physique, with somewhat significant size and development, but not a high level. Their condition should be of high standard to show the sculpted development of muscle groups, with clear separation between the muscles, but without excessive striations or vascularity. Proportionate development between muscle groups and a high standard of presentation are expected.
Posing for Women’s Bodysculpting category. You can bring your own personal approach to all these poses, changing stance, hand position etc. There is no strict guideline for exactly how the pose is to be executed as long as it fits the general idea of the pose.

Bodybuilding

Bodybuilding athletes are expected to present a high level of muscularity to show a well built physique, with the highest level of size and development. Their condition should be of the highest standard to show the well built development of muscle groups, with clear separation between the muscles, and with striations and fine details. Proportionate development between muscle groups and a high standard of presentation are expected.
Posing for Women’s Bodysbuildingting category. You can bring your own personal approach to all these poses, changing stance, hand position etc. There is no strict guideline for exactly how the pose is to be executed as long as it fits the general idea of the pose.

Posing Costumes

  • Male Bodyshaping: board shorts or compression shorts that come to just above the knee.
  • Female Bodyshaping: standard style competition bikini, stage heels
  • Male Bodysculpting: classic physique, muscle model or fitness model style posing trunks
  • Female Bodysculpting: standard sports model style outfit (booty shorts and sports crop top), sports shoes
  • Male Bodybuilding: standard style posing trunks
  • Female Bodybuilding: standard style competition figure suit, stage heels

Any colour or combination of colours is allowed. For men there is to be no “bling”, but for women it is allowed. As you may be coming from many different federations the posing attire is very flexible to suit what you already have.

Divisions

Each Category will offer the following Divisions:

  • Youth (Under 20)
  • Junior (Under 25)
  • Rookie (Competed less than 5 times EVER, never placed Top 3)*
  • Masters (Over 40)
  • Senior (Over 50)
  • Open

The winners of each of the Divisions will go through to an Overall.

*Rookie Eligibility:

– If you were the only competitor you are still eligible for Rookie.
– If there was only 2 competitors you are still eligible for Rookie.
– If there was only 3 competitors you are still eligible for Rookie as long as you didn’t place first.
– If there was only 4 competitors you are still eligible for Rookie as long as you didn’t place in the top two.
– If there was 5 or more competitors you cannot have placed in the top 3.