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NANBF women's Physique 




Women's Physique Division is judged through a series of poses that allows the judges to evaluate not only individual body parts but, a “Total Package”.  The Total Package in this classes puts symmetry as the number one emphasis. Leanness is to be expected but not to the degree of the striated bodybuilding level. We are looking for full and shapely muscle that is in balanced harmony.   



Symmetry refers to the structural harmony of the physique including the structural size on the muscles, 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). Also to be considered is the degree of separation with striations not as emphasized as in bodybuilding.



Muscularity refers to the size of the muscles, their shape, separation, definition, and hardness or visibility of striations and vascularity. In this class most of these elements are important, however extreme striations and vascularity are not awarded and can go against the athletes score. Symmetry is number one in this class. This means the contour of full and developed muscle groups in relation to the overall athlete’s skeletal structure for a balanced silhouette appearance. We do however want to see separation and degree of firmness of muscle tone. Too much body fat and water retention are conditions that should subtract from an athletes degree of perfection in this round.




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 posing outfit, 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.





These are done to determine which competitors possess the best balanced physique – Arms are at the sides slightly bent and legs are also slightly bent a mild twist on the side poses is permitted and the head is point in the direction you are facing.  You will be instructed as follows – All ¼ turns will be called as “Quarter Turn to the Right”. Competitors start squared up facing the judges or (Front), turn to show your left side, turn to the Back or (Curtain) , Turn to the Right side show your right side and back to the Front. The head judges may do these turns several times.





The head judge will instruct you to “ Relax at which you will go back into your symmetry ¼ turn stances. Then you will Quarter turn to your right between pose designated below.  You may be asked to do these several times and out of order later in the round.


*All Poses will be done with hands open not a fist as in Bodybuilding.


Front Double Biceps


Relax, Quarter Turn to the Right


Left Side Chest,  Left Leg Extended


Left Side Triceps, Left Leg Extended


Relax, Quarter Turn to the Right


Rear Double Biceps, Right Calf Spiked


Relax, Quarter Turn to the Right


Right Side Chest, Right Leg Extended


Right Side Triceps, Right Leg Extended


Right or Left Side Of Choice Intercostal Pose From A Side Stance


Relax, Quarter Turn to the Right


Hands Over Head Abs, Hands Behind Head, One Leg Extended


* Women’s suits are two piece and of any color.  Thongs are not allowed. We do allow embellishments (Bling). You will be barefooted as well.

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