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NANBF classic Physique criteria


Men’s Classic Physique is based on lean muscle, symmetry, posing and presentation.



Overall Physique Objective:


In this class the emphasis is symmetry and this will take priority in judging this class rather than size or extreme condition.




For this class, 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.


Symmetry: Structural Harmony


The Ideal physique will display an aesthetically proportioned muscular “X” frame silhouette, highlighted by a small waist.



Presentation and posing:


Includes posture, effectiveness to display the competitor’s assets, properly perform poses, smooth transitions, and stage presence.

Also considered, evenness of skin tone & color, grooming, suit fit, and choice.


Round 1: Quarter Turns

Round 2: Mandatory Poses. (Listed below)



  • Asymetrical front double bicep, opposite arm extended, elbow aligns at the level of eyes

  • Left Mantis Pose (Left side chest, arms extended, left 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, right leg extended back)

  • Front Victory Pose

  • Favorite Classic Pose (Exception Most Muscular)

  • Props are prohibited during prejudging


Posing Routine:

  • 60 Seconds.


Posing Shorts:

Competitors are required to wear posing shorts that cover your glutes.  Color of choice


*Note: No board shorts or Bodybuilding posing trunks.

*Note: Crossover from Men’s Bodybuilding and Men’s Physique is allowed.

*Note: Promoters and Head judges have the Option to also ask for the old standard Classic/Bodybuilding poses - Click here to see poses. 

 "Front and Rear Double Bicep."

Required Poses:


Asymmetrical Front Double Bicep

Left Side Mantis


Rear Archer Pose

Twisting Rear Double Bicep

Right Side Mantis

Overhead Victory Pose

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