NANBF Figure Guidelines


The Figure category is for women who have more muscle than Bikini with the focus on overall symmetry. Symmetry means balanced muscularity coupled with pleasing structural ratios of leg length to upper body, as well as width of the shoulders to the hips and thighs. Competitors should try to create what is referred to as the X frame on stage.


Leanness is not as emphasized as is in Bodybuilding, but this class should present muscle separation top and bottom with muscle fullness most importantly to compliment the physique. Overly striated muscle in not encouraged and can detract from your score. Posing should be presented to bolster your symmetry not to take away from it or distorting your physique balance.


Competitors will compete in a two-piece suit and high heels. The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped. No thongs are permitted. All suits must be in good taste. Athletes will be warned about improper suits and are advised to contact show promoter if you are concerned your suit does not meet specifications. The fronts of the suits should not be too low and must be constructed higher. Competitors may wear jewelry.


Starting in 2020, Figure competitors are permitted to crossover to Bikini, Women’s Physique or Women’s Bodybuilding.


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

Judging criteria

The judging is comprised of two (2) co-equal rounds: Symmetry and Presentation rounds. The score for both rounds will be tallied together to give the judges an overall rating and a final placing.


Symmetry round: Competitors will be judged in a group. Mandatory quarter-turns will be performed in this round. The objective is to showcase your overall symmetry. A toned physique, proportion, femininity and poise. The turns should not be hard; rather soft feminine turns. The NANBF Figure class will focus on the physique. A fit physique is encouraged, muscular development is not discouraged but overly bulky and striated muscles are. An overly soft physique is also discouraged.


Presentation round: Competitors will be judged individually. Competitors will walk stage left, stage right, center stage and then exit (or at promoter's discretion). Judges will score based upon three key elements. Appearance (which includes tone, complexion and color), style (includes creativity with choice of suit, heels, and grooming), and stage presence (gracefulness on stage, walk and confidence). Judges will consider all aspects of these elements and determine a ranking against their self on a 1-5 scale based upon the presentation.

Group comparisons

Competitors will come on stage by class, facing the judges in a relaxed pose that compliments the physique. Competitors are then instructed to face the judges. Hips should be square to the judges, and heels and toes together, for the first of three quarter turns to the right. Judges will instruct competitors to turn to the left side, then turn to the back, turn to the right side, and then facing the judges again.

Individual presentation and stage walks

The individual presentation portion is a stage walk.  This portion of the show is for the crowd and gives the competitor a chance to win a "Best Presenter" or "Best Poser" award.  Competitors walk out to House music of the promoter's choice and perform a T-walk or the L-walk.


T-walks consists of walking out from rear center stage, do a single pose, then walk to front center stage turn and walk to stage left and do two poses, then walk to stage right do two poses, then walk to the front center of the stage doing the final two poses then exit the stage.  For the L-walk, walk from center stage to either right or left stage. Do the same amount of poses in three spots in a straight line, then leave the stage. *This walk may be modified at the Promoters discretion.


Individual presentations should be done tastefully and be conducive to a family atmosphere. Bodybuilding-type poses, fitness moves (like push-ups) and costumes/props should be avoided.

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