NANBF Classic Physique Guidelines


The Classic Physique category is for men who have more muscle than Men’s Physique, but less than Men’s Bodybuilding. The emphasis is on symmetry and this will take priority in judging rather than size or extreme conditioning.


Competitors will compete in posing shorts that cover the glutes. Shorts can be of any color, however black is traditional. You are “NOT” to wear board shorts or Bodybuilding posing trunks. Athletes will be warned about improper suits and are advised to contact show promoter if you are concerned your suit does not meet specifications. No jewelry or body accessories are permitted (except for wedding rings which are allowed). No board shorts or bodybuilding posing trunks allowed.


Classic Physique competitors are permitted to crossover to Men’s Physique or Men’s Bodybuilding.


The use of performance-enhancing substances is never permitted. All competitors must successfully pass a polygraph screen prior to competition.

Judging criteria

SYMMETRY: Symmetry refers to the structural harmony of the physique, including the structural size on the muscles, and the relation of each muscle in a group to all other muscles in the group. The Ideal physique will display an aesthetically proportioned muscular “X” frame silhouette, highlighted by a small waist.


CONDITIONING: it is not a priority to be striated. The competitor needs to show symmetrical leanness top to bottom with muscle separation without an overly dieted appearance.


PRESENTATION: Presentation is the effectiveness of display of the competitor’s most favorable development, including posture, carriage, projection, posing ability and stage presence. Skin quality, evenness of tone, choice of suit, and grooming are also considered. The posing technique used in the individual poses and the fitness in assuming them, along with the smoothness of transition between these are factors included in the judgment of presentation.

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Group comparisons

Competitors will come on stage by class, facing the judges to determine the most balanced physique. Competitors will start facing the judges, then they will be instructed to perform quarter turns - turning to the right, turning to the back, turning to the right, and then facing the judges again. Arms are at the sides, slightly bent and legs are also slightly bent, a mild twist on the side poses is permitted.


Mandatory Poses

The head judge will instruct you to complete mandatory (muscularity) poses. You may be asked to do these several times and out of order later in the round.


  • Asymmetrical front double bicep: Opposite arm extended.

  • Left Mantis Pose: Left side chest, arms extended, leg extended back.

  • Back Archer Pose: Arm and leg of the same side extended.

  • Rear double arm bicep twisted: Front leg extended slightly back.

  • Right Mantis Pose: Right side chest, arms extended, leg extended back.

  • Abdominal Pose: Regular or vacuum.

  • Front Victory Pose

  • Front and Rear double bicep

  • Right and Left side chest

  • Favorite Classic Pose -Exception Most Muscular.

Individual presentation/routine.

Competitors individually perform a 60-second posing routine to music. This portion of the show is for the crowd and gives the competitor a chance to win a "Best Presenter" or "Best Poser" award. Individual presentations should be done tastefully and be conducive to a family atmosphere.