NPC MEMBERSHIP

Each competitor must be a member of the NPC.

CHECK-INS

Competitors will be checked in and weighed.

POSING SUITS

  • All suit bottoms must be V-shaped, no thongs are permitted.
  • Suits worn by male competitors at the prejudging and finals must be plain in color with no fringe, wording, sparkle or fluorescents.
  • Posing Suits worn by female competitors must be two-piece but may include a printed design with fringes, lace, sparkle or fluorescents that are in good taste.
  • All Prejudging suits will be checked at the morning check-in.
  • Competitors are not permitted to alter the fit of the posing suit by hiking it up in the back or by pulling up the sides during Front and Rear Lat Spreads.
  • Take a look at our recent NPC contest galleries for examples of approved NPC Posing Suits.

POSING MUSIC

  • Posing music will be used at the Finals.
  • Posing music must be on a CD and must be the only music on the CD.
  • Posing music must be on Side A and should be cued to the start of the music.
  • Posing music must not contain vulgar lyrics. Competitors using music containing vulgar lyrics will be disqualified.

ONSTAGE

  • During the Prejudging male and female competitors are not permitted to wear any jewelry onstage other than a wedding band. Decorative pieces in the hair are not permitted.
  • During the Finals female competitors are permitted to wear earrings.
  • No glasses, props or gum are permitted onstage.
  • Any competitor doing the “Moon Pose” will be disqualified.
  • Lying on the floor is prohibited.
  • Bumping and shoving is prohibited. First and second persons involved will be disqualified.
  • Competitors numbers will be worn on the left side of the suit bottom.

BACKSTAGE

  • The only people permitted in the backstage area are competitors, expediters, NPC officials & NPC News Online.

COMPETITOR’S HEALTH

  • Any competitor who appears to be disoriented, light-headed or experiences undue cramping will not be permitted to compete.
  • Any competitor disqualified for health reasons must be checked by the attending EMT and, if it is advised by the EMT, must go to the nearest hospital for evaluation.
  • Competitors who refuse to be evaluated by the EMT or at the hospital will be suspended from competition for a period of one year from the date of the occurrence.

WEIGHT CLASSES

Bantamweight up to 143 ¼ lbs
Lightweight over 143 ¼ lbs up to 154 ¼ lbs
Middleweight over 154 ¼ lbs up to 176 ¼ lbs
Light-Heavyweightover 176 ¼ lbs up to 198 ¼ lbs
Heavyweight over 198 ¼ lbs up to 225 ¼ lbs
Super Heavyweightover 225 ¼ lbs
Bantamweight 143 ¼ lbs & under
Lightweight over 143 ¼ lbs to & including 154 ¼ lbs
Welterweight*over 154 ¼ lbs. to & including 165 ¼ lbs
Middleweight over 165 ¼ lbs. up to & including 176 ¼ lbs
Light-Heavyweightover 176 ¼ lbs. up to & including 198 ¼ lbs
Heavyweight over 198 ¼ lbs up to & including 225 ¼ lbs
Super Heavyweightover 225 ¼ lbs

*The Welterweight is optional at local, regional and national qualifying contests.

2 CLASSES

Lightweight up to and including 176 ¼ lbs
Heavyweight over 176 ¼ lbs

3 CLASSES

Lightweight up to and including 165 ¼ lbs
Middleweight over 165-1/4 up to and including 187 ¼ lbs
Heavyweight over 187 ¼ lbs

4 CLASSES

Bantamweight up to and including 154 ¼ lbs
Lightweight over 154 ¼ lbs up to and including 176 ¼ lbs
Light-Heavyweightover 176 ¼ lbs up to and including 198 ¼ lbs
Heavyweight over 198 ¼ lbs

5 CLASSES

Bantamweight up to and including 143 ¼ lbs
Lightweight over 143 ¼ lbs up to and including 154 ¼ lbs
Middleweight over 154 ¼ lbs up to and including 176 ¼ lbs
Light-Heavyweightover 176 ¼ lbs up to and including 198 ¼ lbs
Heavyweight over 198 ¼ lbs

6 CLASSES

Bantamweight up to and including 143 ¼ lbs
Lightweight over 143 ¼ lbs up to and including 154 ¼ lbs
Middleweight over 154 ¼ lbs up to and including 176 ¼ lbs
Light-Heavyweightover 176 ¼ lbs up to and including 198 ¼ lbs
Heavyweight over 198 ¼ lbs up to and including 225 ¼ lbs
Super Heavyweightover 225 ¼ lbs

Note: At the NPC Universe Championships there is no Super Heavyweight class but there is a Welterweight class that is over 154 ¼ lbs up to and including 165 ¼ lbs for a total of six (6) classes.

2 CLASSES

Lightweight up to and including 125 lbs
Heavyweight over 125 lbs

3 CLASSES

Lightweight up to and including 125 lbs
Middleweight over 125 lbs up to and including 140 lbs
Heavyweight over 140 lbs

4 CLASSES

Lightweight up to and including 115 lbs
Middleweightover 115 lbs up to and including 125 lbs
Light-Heavyweightover 125 lbs up to and including 140 lbs
Heavyweightover 140 lbs

Note: National level contests do not permit competitors to cross over into fitness, figure or bikini at the same event. All other competitions are permitted to have crossovers at the discretion of the promoter with appropriate approval.

THE PREJUDGING POSING ROUNDS FOR MALE AND FEMALE COMPETITORS

Judges will score competitors according to the NPC “total package” which is a balance of size, symmetry and muscularity.

POSING ROUNDS:

  • Keep your feet flat
  • Keep your heels together
  • Hold your arms at your sides
  • No twisting
  • Your head must be facing the same direction as your feet.
  • Begin when ready – no signal is necessary from the Head Judge.
  • Maximum of 60 seconds with a warning when 10 seconds remain.
  • You are not obligated to use all 60 seconds.
  • Lying on the floor is not permitted.
  • Front Double Bicep
  • Front Lat Spread
  • Side Chest
  • Side Tricep
  • Rear Double Bicep
  • Rear Lat Spread
  • Abdominals with one thigh
  • NO Gymnastic Moves Are Allowed

Note: Scroll below to see examples of mandatory round poses.

Mandatory Round Poses

NATIONAL LEVEL CONTESTS

NPC Junior USA Championships

NPC Junior National Championships

NPC Masters Nationals Championships

NPC USA Championships

NPC Universe Championships

IFBB North American Championships

NPC National Championships

BODYBUILDING QUALIFICATIONS

Bodybuilding competitors that place in the top five (5) in each open division class at a national qualifying contest are qualified for the Junior USA, Junior Nationals, NPC Universe and North American Championships. Competitors that place in the top three at each open class at a national qualifying contest are eligible for the USA and Nationals. All National level qualifications are good for one year including the USA and Nationals.

My placement qualifies me for the following national events:

To enter the Junior USA, Teen and Masters Nationals you must place as follows:

  • Top five (5) in an open weight class from a national level competition
  • Top three (3) in an open weight class in the Teen or Masters Nationals
  • Class winner in the Armed Forces
  • Top three (3) in an open weight class from an Area national qualifier
  • Top two (2) in an open weight class from a district level national qualifier

To enter the USA and Junior Nationals you must place as follows:

  • Top five (5) in an open weight class from the Nationals, USA, Universe or Junior Nationals
  • Top three (3) in an open weight class from the Teen, Collegiate Masters Nationals
  • Class winner in the Armed Forces
  • First overall in an open weight class area level national qualifier
  • Top 2 in an open weight class area level national qualifier
  • Weight class winner from an open weight class district level competition designated as a national qualifier

To enter the Nationals and North American Championships you must place as follows:

Who Qualifies for National Level Competitions?

  • A competitor must place in the top two (2)  in their open weight class of the Men’s Open or in the top three (3)  in their open weight class of the Women’s open division in a contest that has been sanctioned as a national qualifier.
  • First overall in an area championship of the open division.
  • Top two (2) in a open weight class from an area level national qualifier
  • Overall winner in a district level competition designated as a national qualifier.
  • Winner of the open weight class in a regional competition designated as a national qualifier.
  • Weight class winners from the Armed Forces.
  1. This qualifies the competitor for competition on the national level for a period of one (1) full calendar year after the year that the qualification took place
  2. Only if a competitor’s one (1) year qualification has expired can an athlete enter a state or higher level national qualifying competition even if they have already won the overall title.

ENTRY INFORMATION

The following must be provided with your entry:

  1. NPC contest you entered
  2. Date of contest
  3. Contest promoter
  4. Your weight class and final placing

RULE FOR EVENTS WHERE ONE COMPETITOR COULD WIN TWO PRO CARDS DUE TO CROSSOVERS – NPC MASTERS NATIONALS AND IFBB NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS.

When an event that is a pro qualifier such as the Masters Nationals and the IFBB North American Championships has the possibility of the same competitor winning two divisions and also two pro cards, the pro card that is awarded last in the Schedule of Events will be awarded to the second highest placing in the Overall judging of the last judged division.

For example, at the Masters Nationals, if a competitor wins the Overall of the Men’s over 50 division he is awarded an IFBB pro card. If the same competitor wins the Overall of the Men’s over 40 division, the pro card in the Men’s over 40 division which is judged after the Men’s Over 50 division, will go to the second highest placing competitor in the Overall judging of the Men’s over 40 division.