NANBF Women's Physique Guidelines


The Women’s Physique consists of two parts. Group comparisons and individual presentations.

Competitors must be age 13 or over. Competitors under 18 must have parental consent. 

Competitors should display a toned, athletic physique showcasing symmetry, femininity, shapely muscle, poise, and a graceful presentation. Leanness is to be expected but not to the degree of the striated bodybuilding level.                                                  The emphasis is symmetry and this should take priority in judging over extreme conditioning.


Competitors will compete in a two-piece suit and no shoes. The bottom of the suit should 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.


Women’s Physique competitors are permitted to crossover to Bikini, Figure 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

Symmetry: This means the contour of full and developed muscle groups 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 athlete’s degree of perfection in this round.


Muscularity: Refers to the size of the muscles, their shape, separation, definition, and hardness or visibility of striations and vascularity.

In Women’s Physique most of these elements are important, however extreme striations and vascularity are not awarded and can go against the athlete’s score.

Presentation: Is the effectiveness of display 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 mandatory poses, along with smooth and graceful transitions between these are factors included in the judgment of presentation.

Group comparisons

Competitors will come on stage by class, facing the judges. Then they will be instructed to perform quarter turns - turning to the right, turning to the back, turning to the right, 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.


The head judge will instruct you to complete mandatory (muscularity) poses. 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 in fists as in Bodybuilding.


Front Double Biceps


Left Side Chest, Left leg extended


Left Side Triceps, Left leg extended


Rear Double Biceps, Calf Spiked


Right Side Chest, Right Leg Extended


Right Side Triceps, Right Leg Extended


Right or Left side of choice Intercostal Pose


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

Individual presentation/routine.

Competitors individually perform a 60-second posing routine to music of their choice.                                                                Music containing profanity or explicit language can not be used. This portion of the show is for the crowd and gives the competitor a chance to win a "Best Presenter" or "Best Poser" award.                                                                                                                 Individual presentations should be done tastefully and be conducive to a family atmosphere.