NANBF Figure Guidelines

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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 is not encouraged and can detract from your score. Figure competitors should not display deeply drawn-in faces or stringy-looking muscularity (an emaciated look). indicative of extreme leanness, or less shapely muscularity. An overly soft physique is also discouraged. 

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. Competitors may wear jewelry.


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 Figure division consists of two parts: Group Comparisons and Presentations.

Competitors will be judged in a group.

The objective is to showcase your overall symmetry. 

Figure is based on conditioning with full, healthy and shapely muscularity, good balance, proportion, poise and symmetry of both muscularity and conditioning.

Presentation is baed by 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 and confidence).

Group comparisons

Each class is brought to front center stage and guided through quarter turns to display physiques from the front, left, back, and right. The turns should not be hard; rather soft feminine turns.   

  • Front and Back Stance: both feet together, and arms down by sides. 

  • Side stances: Upper body can be twisted towards judges to accentuate V-taper. Hips face side of the stage. Eyes face side of the stage. Both feet flat. 

Individual presentation 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.