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  1. Criteria for Judging Female Physiques:
    1. Muscularity – the amount of muscle will vary between the divisions
    2. Condition- will vary depending on the division
    3. Symmetry and Balance
    4. Presentation (Posing)
  2. Bikini
    1. Bikini athletes should display-
  1. A foundation of muscle which gives shape to the female body
  2. Full round glutes with a slight separation between the hamstring and glute area
  • Small amount of roundness in the delts
  1. Conditioned Core
  2. Overall look- hair, makeup, suit, and tan
    1. Bikini athletes should NOT display –
  1. Muscular density seen in a figure physique
  2. Squared glutes
  • Muscle separation seen in figure competitors
  1. Graininess
  2. Striations anywhere




Each competitor must be a member of the NPC.


  • Competitors will compete in a two-piece suit. The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped. No Thongs are permitted. Competitors can compete in an off the rack suit. All swimsuits must be in good taste. Athletes will be warned about improper suits and are advised to bring two (2) suits to check in. If the fronts of the suit(s) bottoms are too low and the judges deem them so at check-in’s, then the suit must be constructed higher, otherwise the Athletes will be scored down if the suit is not up to standard.
  • Competitors must wear high heels.
  • Competitors may wear jewelry.

*Note: The NPC, NPC Worldwide and IFBB Professional League Have Not Authorized or Granted the license, authority or exclusivity to any competition suit company or designer to be their Official Suit Maker and to advertise their suits as an Official Cut or Approved Cut. There has never been an Official or Approved “Pro Cut Bikini” for Any Division! That term was erroneously created by suit makers.

Take a look at our recent NPC contest galleries for examples of approved swimsuits and styles.



Beginning in 2017, select NPC national level and non-national level contests will now have the option of offering up to eight (8) Height Classes. The promoters of these contests will indicate the amount of Height Classes available on their entries.

The breakdown is as follows:

Class AUp to and including 5’1”
Class BOver 5’1” and up to and including 5’2”
Class COver 5’2” and up to and including 5’3”
Class D Over 5’3” and up to and including 5’4”
Class E Over 5’4” and up to and including 5’5”
Class F Over 5’5” and up to and including 5’6”
Class G Over 5’6” and up to and including 5’7”
Class H Over 5’7”

A promoter can choose to have fewer height classes as follows:

Class AUp to and including 5’1”
Class BOver 5’1” and up to and including 5’2-1/2”
Class COver 5’2-1/2” and up to and including 5’4”
Class DOver 5’4” and up to and including 5’5-1/2”
Class EOver 5’5-1/2” and up to and including 5’7”
Class FOver 5’7”
Class AUp to and including 5’2”
Class BOver 5’2” and up to and including 5’4”
Class COver 5’4” and up to and including 5’6”
Class DOver 5’6”
Class AUp to and including 5’4”
Class BOver 5’4” and up to and including 5’6”
Class COver 5’6”
Class AUp to and including 5’4”
Class BOver 5’4”


Bikini Division competitors will be checked in and measured the same as Fitness, Figure, Wellness and Women’s Physique competitors.

All suits will be inspected at the check-in’s. Every competitor must wear their competition suit under their clothing to check-in’s for inspection. If your suit is not inspected you will not be permitted to compete. No Exceptions.

If you change your competition suit from prejudging to finals and the judges deem it not to conform to the rules you will be directed to leave the stage. No Exceptions.



  • Competitors will walk onstage alone and perform their Model Walk (personal preference)
  • The Model Walk consists of the following:

Walk to the center of the stage , stop and do a front stance, then a full turn and do a back stance, then turn to the front again and face the judges as directed then proceed to the side of the stage.  No lewd acts are permitted. Length of time allowed is 10 seconds.

NOTE: We do not want to see the arm off to side with the elbow bent and the wrist bent upwards or downwards.


  • Competitors will be judged wearing a two-piece swimsuit and heels.
  • The competitors will be brought back out in a group and directed to do a full front and back stance.
  • Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other in half turns. (No side judging permitted, front and back only.)
  • NOTE: We do not want to see the arm off to side with the elbow bent and the wrist bent upwards or downwards.


Judges will be scoring competitors using the following criteria:

  • Balance and Shape
  • Overall physical appearance including complexion, skin tone, poise and overall presentation.

Correct Posing

Incorrect Posing


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NPC Universe Championships

NPC North American Championships

NPC National Championships


Who Qualifies for NPC (USA) National Level Competitions?

Beginning January 1, 2018 athletes must place Top 2 in an open class at a NPC National Qualifier to be qualified for any NPC National contest. All athletes that qualified in 2019 for a NPC National contest are eligible to compete in a NPC National Contest in 2020. Also, athletes that place 3rd, 4th or 5th place at the NPC USA or NPC Nationals are also qualified for one year.

  1. This qualifies the competitor for competition on the NPC national level for a period of one (1) full calendar year after the year that the qualification took place. Example: If a competitor enters an NPC contest in October 2019, they are qualified through December 31, 2020.


The following must be provided with your entry:

  1. NPC Bikini Contest You Entered
  2. Date Of Contest
  3. Contest Promoter
  4. Your Height Class & Final Placing


The NPC has bikini contests all over the United States. Take a look at the schedule below for a NPC contest in your area.


P.O. Box 799
Carnegie, PA 15106

(412) 276-5027 FAX: 412-281-0470 E-mail:

January 1, 2020

I am very happy to announce that the 2020 NPC Contest Season will be the biggest and best ever. If you are a United States Citizen or possess a valid United States Green Card you have the ability to qualify to compete for IFBB Professional League status in the following 11 competitions.

  • 2020 NPC Arnold Amateur Championships (Columbus, Ohio)
  • 2020 NPC Junior USA Championships (Charleston, South Carolina)
  • 2020 NPC Junior National Championships (Chicago, Illinois)
  • 2020 NPC Universe Championships & NPC National Fitness Championships(Teaneck, New Jersey)
  • 2020 NPC Masters National Championships (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • 2020 NPC USA Championships (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • 2020 NPC North American Championships (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • 2020 NPC Olympia Amateur (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • 2020 NPC National Championships (Miami, Florida)
  • 2020 NPC Masters USA Championships (Los Angeles, California)

(If you achieve an IFBB Professional League “IFBB PRO™ Card” at one of these events then you are eligible to compete under the rules and regulations of the IFBB Professional League.)

The 2020 IFBB Professional League has worked diligently to increase the number of contests and prize money.
This year the prize money, including the Mr. Olympia, will be a record $4 million dollars plus! IFBB Professional League Contest Schedule.

International competitors and those that are not United States Citizens or possess a valid United States Green Card, who would like to qualify for the IFBB Professional League can compete in the following 2 NPC sanctioned events in the USA*.

  1. 2020 NPC Arnold Amateur (Columbus, Ohio)
  2. 2020 NPC Olympia Amateur (Las Vegas, Nevada)

*Competitors must have a current NPC Worldwide Membership

International competitors also have the opportunity to compete and earn an IFBB Professional League “IFBB PRO™ Card” currently in over 100 IFBB Professional League Qualifier Contests around the world as a member of NPC Worldwide.

IFBB Professional League Qualifier Contest Schedule 

I look forward to seeing you all compete this year and Good Luck in achieving your IFBB Professional League Status.