NANBF Mixed Pairs Guidelines
The Mixed Pairs category is for male and female bodybuilders who wish to compete together. Pairs will be judged through a series of bodybuilding poses that will allow the judges to evaluate one physique to the other, the synchronization of movement between the two competitors, and the originality of the routine devised by the competitors. The presentation shall be the complement of one physique to the other, the synchronization of movement between the two competitors, and the originality of the routine devised by the competitors. Separate movements are encouraged verse just mirroring each other throughout the routine.
Men will compete in bodybuilding posing trunks of any color, with no shirt or shoes. No thongs. No jewelry or body accessories are permitted (except for wedding rings which are allowed).
Women will compete in a two-piece suit and no shoes. The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped. No thongs are permitted. The fronts of the suits should not be too low and must be constructed higher. Competitors may wear jewelry.
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.
Crossovers are permitted into other categories.
The use of performance-enhancing substances is never permitted. All competitors must successfully pass a polygraph screen prior to competition.
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. It shall also include the balance and proportion of components (upper and lower body, and front and back). There should be a degree of separation, definition, and detail in all angles.
Muscularity: Muscularity refers to the size of the muscles, their shape, separation, definition, and hardness or visibility of striations and vascularity. Muscularity is determined by the extent of development in relation to the size of the skeletal structure. The shape and contour of the developed muscle and muscle groups are also considered. Of equal importance is the separation of lines of demarcation between adjacent muscles, and striations delineating sections or fibers within the same muscles, and striations delineating sections or fibers within the same muscle group, and the degree of firmness of muscle tone. Body fat retention and water retention are conditions that should subtract from an athlete’s degree of perfection in this round.
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.
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 left side, turning to the back, turning to the right side, 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.
Front Double Biceps
Front Lat Spread
Left Side Chest
Left Side Triceps
Rear Double Biceps (either heel spiked to show calf)
Rear Lat Spread (either heel spiked to show calf)
Right Side Chest
Right Side Triceps
Hands Over Head Abs (hands behind head, one leg extended)
Single Quadriceps (hands on hips, rotate quad)
Crab Most Muscular (men only)
Double Calf Raise (optional)
Side Serratus (optional)