WOMEN'S PHYSIQUE POSING CRITERIA
Women’s Physique judging criteria is based on muscularity, conditioning, symmetry (balanced proportions), poise and presentation. Striated muscle will NOT be marked down in this division.
Symmetry – Symmetry score is a measurement of the evenness of development of the competitor’s physique and how well the parts of the physique flow together. It includes the balance and proportion of the competitor from side to side, top to bottom and front to back. Symmetry is a measurement of evenness of development between all muscle groups and proportion when viewed from all sides. No body part or muscle group should stand out from the rest.
Muscularity – Muscularity refers to muscle size and development relative to the competitor’s frame, including shape and size. The level of muscularity is determined by the extent of development in relation to the size of the competitor’s skeletal structure. Also, to be considered is the shape and contour of the developed muscle and muscle groups should display:
∙ A level of muscularity more than that of Figure, but not as significant as Boydbuilding.
∙ Well-defined muscles that flow evenly.
∙ Full, round delts that flows into the biceps and triceps.
∙ A taper in the lats that flow into the oblique with fluid lines into the sweep of the upper thigh. More than that of
Conditioning - refers to the level of differentiation between adjacent muscles within the same muscle group and
the degree of firmness (hardness) of muscle tone. Leanness is important but an overly dieted appearance is neither
advantageous nor desirable, should display:
∙ Visible muscle separation with a level of striations.
∙ Visible ab cuts.
∙ Visible cuts between delts, biceps and triceps.
∙ Visible quad/hamstring separation. But should not display overly feathered appearance like that of Bodybuilding.
∙ Round, firm glutes with visible tie-in to hamstrings.
∙ Muscles should be full and round.
∙ Should not display stringy-looking muscularity (an emaciated look).
Each class is brought out to front center stage as a group and guided through quarter turns to display their physique from all sides. After the quarter turns competitors will be directed through the mandatory poses which consist of:
Front Double Biceps with open hands and One Leg Spiked
Side Triceps with Front Leg extended – Side of choice
Side Chest with Arms Extended and Front Leg Extended – Side of choice
Back Double Biceps with Open Hands and One Heel Spiked
Hands Over Head Ab with One Leg Extended
Competitors perform a posing routine to music of their choice. Costumes and/or props are permitted, but are not required. If costumes or props are utilized, they should still allow presentation of the physique. Competitors will perform a 60 second posing routine to music of their choice (Pros are allowed up to 90 seconds)