NPC WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE DIVISION RULES

 NPC MEMBERSHIP

  • Each competitor must be a member of the NPC.

JUDGING CRITERIA

  • Symmetry, shape, proportion, muscle tone, poise and beauty flow
  • Physique assessment and comparison will take place during prejudging

Women’s Physique Division has been created to give a platform for women who enjoy weight training, competing, contest preperation. Competitors should display a toned, athletic physique showcasing femininity, muscle tone, beauty/flow of physique.

The following are examples of common terms used in the bodybuilding industry. These words can be helpful to assess what should not be descriptive to the physiques being judged in women’s physique:

Ripped, shredded, peeled, striated, dry, diced, hard, vascular, grainy, massive, thick, dense, etc.

While all types of physiques will be considered when it comes to height, weight, structure, etc. Excessive muscularity should be scored down accordingly.

Women’s physique competitors should have the overall aesthetics and look that is found in figure with a little more overall muscularity.

JUDGING FORMAT

Prejudging

  • Individual routine with 10 second warning up to one minute in time.
  • Quarter turns
  • Mandatory posing comparisons/ callouts

Finals
Individual posing routine

SUITS

*Suits worn by women’s physique competitors for prejudging must be a two piece. Suits do not have to be solid in color. The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped. No thongs are permitted. Competitors can compete in an off-the-rack suit. All suits must be in good taste.

MANDATORY POSES


▪    Front double biceps/open hands (no flat footed full front pose – some sort of front twisting pose)

▪    Back double biceps/open hands
▪    Side triceps with leg extended
▪    Side chest with arms extended
▪    Front ab/thigh

*Finals routine will be maximum 90 seconds in length, performed to music of athletes choice adhering to rules set forth by the NPC. Music containing profanity or explicit language should not be used and may result in routine being cut short.

* No props will be used.

* No heels may be worn at any time during the competition/judging of women’s physique.

HEIGHT CLASSES


Promoters can choose to have one height class, two height classes, three height classes or four height classes.

CONTESTS WITH TWO HEIGHT CLASSES:

  • Up to & including 5’6”
  • Over 5’6”

CONTESTS WITH THREE HEIGHT CLASSES:

  • Up to & including 5’4”
  • Over 5’4” up to including 5’6”
  • Over 5’6”

CONTESTS WITH FOUR HEIGHT CLASSES:

  • Up to & including 5’2”
  • Over 5’2” up to including 5’4”
  • Over 5’4” up to including 5’6”
  • Over 5’6”

NATIONAL CONTEST QUALIFICATIONS

  • The top three (3) in a national qualifying women’s physique contest will be qualified for the NPC USA and NPC national championships.
  • The top five (5) will qualify for all other national contests including the NPC Junior USA, NPC Junior National, NPC Team Universe and IFBB North American Championships.
  • At a non-qualifying contest, no athletes are qualified for a national contest.
  • One-year qualification for the top five (5) places in each class at national-level contests previously listed.