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NPC: Guidelines for Men's Physique, New Rules for Fitness & Bikini

physiqueFrom npcnewsonline.com

TO: NPC District Chairpersons
FROM: Jim Manion
At our meeting held on October 14, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia the following changes were approved for 2011.

New Men’s Physique Division
Beginning in 2011 a new division for men will be introduced – Men’s Physique. The following are the guidelines/rules.
Judging Criteria:
  • Muscularity and Body Condition
Judges will be looking for fit contestants 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
Contestants will be asked to walk in board shorts (shorts must be just above the knee in length and can be one inch below the belly button, no spandex and no logos are permitted on the board shorts however a manufacturer’s logo such as Nike symbol or Billabongs are acceptable.) Competitors will enter the stage without a shirt and barefoot. No lewd acts allowed for example the moon pose. Judges are looking for the contestant with the best stage presence and poise who can successfully convey his personality to the audience.

  • Competitors will walk to the center of the stage alone and perform quarter (1/4) turns with optional pose of hand on hip or hand in pocket, face the judges as directed then proceed to the side of the stage.
Comparison Round –
  • The competitors will be brought back out in a group and directed to do quarter turns
  • Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other in quarter turns.
Promoters can choose to have one class or two. For contests with two classes:
  • Up to including 5’8”
  • Over 5’8”
National level contests do not permit competitors to crossover into Bodybuilding. All other competitions are permitted to have crossovers at the discretion of the promoter with district chairperson’s approval.

Who Qualifies for National Level Men’s Physique Competitions:
Competitors that place in the top five (5) in each class at national qualifying contests will have a one year qualification for national level events.
Note: For 2011 a place in the top five (5) of any Men’s Physique contest will qualify you for national level contests.

  • JUNIOR USA CHAMPIONSHIPS – Top 2 placers in the overall comparison earn IFBB Pro Card
  • JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Top 4 placers in the overall comparison earn IFBB Pro Card
  • TEAM UNIVERSE – Height class winners earn IFBB Pro Card
  • USA CHAMPIONSHIPS – Height class winners earn IFBB Pro Card
  • IFBB NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS – Top 2 placers in the overall comparison earn IFBB Pro Card
  • NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Height class winners earn IFBB Pro Card

Beginning in 2011, the emphasis in Women’s Fitness will be the fitness routine and will be scored as 1/3 on Physique/2-Piece Swimsuit and 2/3 on the 2 Minute Fitness Routine. The 2 Minute Fitness Routine scores will be doubled. The mandatory movements within the routine, in no specific order, in Women’s Fitness are as follows:
  • Push Up (of any kind)
  • High Kicks
  • Straddle Hold
  • Side Split
The Physique/2-Piece Swimsuit round will be judged during prejudging and the 2 Minute Fitness Routine will be performed and scored during finals. It is suggested that finals begin with the 2 Minute Fitness Routine.
All trophies should be awarded to Fitness athletes in their routine outfits.
The Overall comparison will happen immediately after all awards for each height class are given out.
For the Overall comparison, Fitness athletes will be judged wearing their routine outfits.

The Bikini athlete should be warned about improper suits and advised to bring two (2) suits to check in. The fronts of suit are too low and must be constructed higher. Athletes scores will be marked down if the suit is not up to standard. Athletes should be instructed at the meeting what is permitted on stage;
  • Hand(s) on hip front pose
  • Hand(s) on hip back pose
  • Hand(s) on hip front pose and walk to the side as instructed by the expedite
No lewd acts permitted. Length of time allowed – 10 seconds. This information should be reiterated by the expediter prior to the athlete entering the stage.