NatBod Showdown: South East

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NatBod Showdown: South East

Welcome to the page for the inaugural NatBod Showdown: South East on the 7th of September 2019 in Ulladulla, NSW.

The NatBod website was created with the goal of promoting the sport of natural bodybuilding. We believe natural bodybuilding can become a legitimate sport, attracting mainstream attention and boosting the profile of natural athletes, as is the case with other sports.

We believe natural bodybuilding has a ready made support base with the growing number of people embracing the fitness lifestyle and shaping, sculpting and building their physiques in the gym.

We know that many of you see yourselves as serious athletes, and you also feel that natural bodybuilding is a sport. We’re bringing changes to our independently run NatBod Showdown: South East that will pull natural bodybuilding in that direction.

We’ll be changing the way categories are named and creating clear and easy to understand definitions for these categories.

Our judging system is more sport like, resulting in fairer results and useful feedback for the athletes.

With the introduction of the “Team Challenge”, athletes and gyms can come together as a sporting team.

The NatBod Showdown: South East is being held in the well known NSW South Coast town of Ulladulla. Ulladulla is only 3 hours south of Sydney, and 2 hours from the national capital of Canberra, so it is a central location for the “South East” region. Our venue is directly across the road from the stunning Ulladulla Harbour, a perfect location to take photos.

This is your opportunity to be part of a brand new and exciting direction for natural bodybuilding. It is important that the future of natural bodybuilding is accessible to everyone, so we’ve made both competing and watching the show significantly more affordable, with no “membership fee” required, lower entry fees and cheaper spectator tickets.

Below you will find detailed information about our categories, the team challenge, judging system and costs for competitors & spectators.

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.

Below 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.

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The difference in Muscularity and Condition explained

Male Categories

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Bodyshaping (Men’s Fitness/Physique), Bodysculpting (Classic Physique), Bodybuilding

Female Categories

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Bodyshaping (Bikini), Bodysculpting (Fitness/Sports Model), Bodybuilding (Figure)

Category Definitions

Bodyshaping (Men’s Fitness/Physique & Women’s Bikini):

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.

Bodysculpting (Men’s Classic Physique & Women’s Fitness/Sports Model):

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 striations or vascularity. Proportionate development between muscle groups and a high standard of presentation are expected.

Bodybuilding (incl. Women’s Figure):

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 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 style posing trunks
  • Female Bodysculpting: standard sports model style outfit (shorts and sports 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.

Division

Each Category will offer the following Divisions:

  • Youth (Under 20)
  • Junior (Under 25)
  • Rookie (Competed less than 5 times EVER)
  • Masters (Over 40)
  • Senior (Over 50)
  • Open

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

Team Challenge

A new aspect we are adding to our competition that brings it more in line with sports is the Team Challenge.

Team Challenge – Pairs Division

The Team Challenge – Pairs Division involves teams of 2 competitors from any category or division, male or female.

The final scores of each team member from their individual divisions will be turned into a percentage out of 100 (as total scores vary based on category). These scores will added together and an average score calculated. This average is the “Team Score”. The winning team will be determined by the highest average score. The winning team will be announced at the conclusion of the whole event.

Team Challenge – Group Division

The Team Challenge – Group division involves a team of 3 or more competitors (up to unlimited) from any category or division, male or female.

The final scores of each team member from their individual divisions will be turned into a percentage out of 100 (as total scores vary based on category). This average is the “Team Score”. The winning team will be determined by the highest average score. The winning team will be announced at the conclusion of the whole event.

Judging System

Round One: Physique Assessment (Quarter Turns)

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An example of Round 1 Judging

Round 1 is the Physique Assessment round (commonly known as the “quarter turns”). Athletes will come out in “callouts” and take a semi-relaxed position, making 4 turns to the right so their physiques can be assessed from all sides and angles. Bodyshaping and female Bodysculpting athletes must perform these semi-relaxed poses with one hand on the hip, and Bodybuilding and male Bodysculpting athletes must perform these semi-relaxed poses with both hands by their sides.

Here the judges are assessing the competitors on the four main criteria: Muscularity, Condition, Proportion & Presentation. The judges will allocate a score out of 10 for each of these criteria, with 10 representing “perfect”.

For the Bodyshaping and Bodysculpting divisions, excessive levels of Muscularity and Condition will result in a significantly lower score out of 10.

Round Two: Posing Assessment (Mandatory Poses)

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An example of Round 2 Judging

Round 2 is the Posing Assessment round (commonly known as the “Mandatory Poses”). Again, athletes will come out in “callouts”, with the first callout being the Top 5 from the previous round.

Here the judges are assessing the athletes through their assigned mandatory poses (3 for Bodyshaping, 5 for Bodysculpting & 7 for Bodybuilding). The judges will allocate a score out of 10 for each of these poses, with 10 representing “perfect”.

The mandatory poses for the different categories are as follows:

Bodyshaping: Front Ab Pose, Side Oblique Pose, Hands on Head Back Pose

Bodysculpting: Front Double Bicep, Side Chest (Men)/Side Oblique Pose (Women), Side Tricep (Men)/Twisting Side Tricep (Women), Back Double Bicep, Abs & Thigh

Bodybuilding: Front Double Bicep, Front Lat Spread, Side Chest, Side Tricep, Back Double Bicep, Back Lat Spread, Abs & Thigh

Athletes will obviously bring their own twists to these poses and that is accepted as long as the core essence of the pose is retained. This also allows for female Bodysculpting athletes to bring a model type style to their poses.

After Round 2 is complete and scored the Top 5 will be called to the back of stage whilst Achievement Awards are handed out to those outside of the Top 5. The Top 5 will then go through to the Final Round.

Final: Posedown Challenge

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An example of the Final Round Judging

The Final Round is our new and unique Posedown Challenge. In this round the Top 5 will come out together in a callout and the athletes will strike one front pose, one side pose, one rear pose and then one more front pose of their choice. The judges will assess and score each of these poses out of 10, with 10 representing “perfect”.

This will be followed by a traditional free posing style posedown as the final scores are being calculated.

Placings

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An example of the Top 5 Placings

The final placings are determined by combining the scores from all three rounds. The highest score places first, second highest second and so on. The scores of the Top 5 for all rounds will appear on screen after they receive their placings and awards.

All athletes will have the opportunity to view their full scores after the show, giving them useful feedback that they can use to work on improvements for their next show.

Competitor Entry & Spectator Tickets

As we are an independent competition we do not charge a “Membership Fee” in order to enter our competition. This means our competition is open to athletes from any federation.

The entry fee for the competition is $99. That covers the first division. Extra divisions cost $49 each. Athletes can enter as many divisions as they are eligible for. However, athletes can not cross over between categories.

Spectator tickets for the whole day are only $29!

Competitor Entry and Spectator Tickets will be available soon.

Your Invitation to Compete

We would like to personally welcome all natural athletes, new and experienced, to compete at the NatBod Showdown: South East on Saturday the 7th of September in Ulladulla, NSW.

For new competitors, this show is a great introduction to the sport of natural bodybuilding. We would like anyone who has ever thought about competing to finally take on the challenge at our show.

For experienced competitors, this is your opportunity to receive valuable feedback to use as you head onto competitions later in the season. A great way to start your season as you move onto competitions run by the many great natural federations.

And for previous competitors who have stepped away from the sport, we believe some of the changes we’re bringing might see yourselves coming back.

At as low as only $99 to compete, why not have a shot at competing at the NatBod Showdown: South East and be a part of a new approach to natural bodybuilding.

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