Men and women in the Bodybuilding Divisions will be judged through a series of poses that will allow the judges to evaluate not only individual body parts, but also the “whole package.”

Men wear a bodybuilding posing suit; women wear a two-piece solid bodybuilding suit with no embellishments.

Athletes are judged in two rounds:

  • Symmetry encompasses overall balance and conditioning.
  • Muscularity and conditioning judges mass, definition, and proportion.

Download the WNBF Bodybuilding Division Judging Criteria.

Figure is a class of physique competition judged equally on symmetry, tone, and beauty/stage presence.

Athletes wear two-piece figure suit; thongs or T-back bottoms are not allowed. The suit may be embellished with rhinestones, sparkles, or sequins for added effect. High-heeled shoes are required. Jewelry and body piecing is allowed, but must not be offensive or obscure the physique.

The Figure Division is judged in three (3) rounds:

  • Symmetry takes into account balance and proportion; figures should be symmetrically balanced with no one body part overpowering the rest of the figure.
  • Tone focuses on good muscle tone; leanness and muscle development is expected, however competitors must not be over conditioned as in the Bodybuilding or Fit Body divisions.
  • Beauty Presentation / Stage Walk judges overall stage presence as well as hair, make-up, attire, and accessories that compliment and enhance the athlete’s figure.

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Fit Body judges are looking for a more athletic physique, but without the muscle mass of the BodyBuilding Division, such as overly ripped or vascular shoulders or arms.

Athletes wear two-piece figure suit; thongs or T-back bottoms are not allowed. The suit may be embellished with rhinestones, sparkles, or sequins for added effect. High-heeled shoes are required. Jewelry and body piecing is allowed, but must not be offensive or obscure the physique.

Scoring is based on two (2) rounds:

  • Symmetry is judged on balanced proportions; upper and lower body should not overpower the other, and no one body part should overpower the rest of the physique.
  • Muscle Tone will focus on the overall conditioning of the body, not overly muscular, too striated, or hard looking.  Competitors should not appear to be at the same physical level of a Bodybuilding competitor.

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Physique Division competitors are lean, fit and muscular, yet do not have the muscle mass or extreme leanness required for the Bodybuilding Division.

Athletes wear conventional Board Shorts with relatively loose legs.

Judges are looking for:

  • Nicely shaped overall muscle
  • A small waist
  • Good V-taper
  • Good abdominal definition

Competitors are also judged for their male fitness model qualities.  Grooming and overall aesthetic appeal are taken into consideration as judges look for the best overall package.

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The Bikini Division is a women’s physique division designed to find athletes with a fit and shapely body that is not heavily muscled or over defined.

A traditional two-piece bikini posing suit is worn and may be multi-colored or solid, and embellishments and jewelry is permitted.  Shoes are required but height of heels is optional.

Competition Bikini Suits

  • “Micro Pro”, “Scoop”, or other suits with minimal glute coverage are not allowed.
  • “Brazilian” cut or suits that provide moderate coverage are preferred.

Competitors are judged in three (2) rounds:

  • Round 1
    • Fitness and balance in the Bikini division is achieved through a lightly muscled and not overly lean or hard appearing physique as compared to Figure, Fit Body, or Bodybuilding.
  • Round 2
    • Physical Appearance refers to the overall appearance of the athlete.  Stage presentation, hair, tanning, make up, and suit choice are encompassed in this round.

Download the WNBF Bikini Division Judging Criteria.