NPC Physique Division Judging Criteria
According to the NPC, here’s how the Men’s Physique Division will be judged:
Muscularity & Body Condition
Judges will be looking for fit contestants who display proper shape and symmetry combined with muscularity and overall condition. This is not a bodybuilding contest so extreme muscularity should be marked down.
Stage Presence & Personality
Contestants will be asked to walk in board shorts (shorts must be just above the knee in length and can be one inch below the belly button, no spandex and no logos are permitted on the board shorts however a manufacturer’s logo such as Nike symbol or Billabongs are acceptable.) Competitors will enter the stage without a shirt and barefoot. No lewd acts allowed for example the moon pose. Judges are looking for the contestant with the best stage presence and poise who can successfully convey his personality to the audience.
Presentation: Competitors will walk to the center of the stage alone and perform quarter (1/4) turns with optional pose of hand on hip or hand in pocket, face the judges as directed then proceed to the side of the stage.
Comparison Round – 1) The competitors will be brought back out in a group and directed to do quarter turns. 2) Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other in quarter turns.
Physique Division Classes
It appears there will be either one or two classes in the Physique Division, for now at least. (But I suspect they’ll add more later…if this venture proves successful.) And I think it’s safe to assume that there will be two height classes at all national level shows.
Promoters can choose to have one class or two. For contests with two classes:
# Up to including 5’8″
# Over 5’8″
Can Someone Do Physique AND Bodybuilding?
Competing in two divisions is called ‘crossing over.’ Here’s what they say about crossovers:
National level contests do not permit competitors to crossover into Bodybuilding. All other competitions are permitted to have crossovers at the discretion of the promoter with district chairperson’s approval.
How Do Physique Division Competitors Qualify for National Level Competitions?
Competitors that place in the top five (5) in each class at national qualifying contests will have a one year qualification for national level events.
Note: For 2011 a place in the top five (5) of any Men’s Physique contest will qualify you for national level contests.
How Do You Turn Pro in the future IFBB Physique Division?
* JUNIOR USA CHAMPIONSHIPS – Top 2 placers in the overall comparison earn IFBB Pro Card
* JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Top 4 placers in the overall comparison earn IFBB Pro Card
* TEAM UNIVERSE – Height class winners earn IFBB Pro Card
* USA CHAMPIONSHIPS – Height class winners earn IFBB Pro Card
* IFBB NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS – Top 2 placers in the overall comparison earn IFBB Pro Card
* NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Height class winners earn IFBB Pro Card