Each competitor must be a member of the NPC.


1. Muscularity and 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.

2. Stage Presence and 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. No Gymnastics Moves are Allowed. Judges are looking for the contestant with the best stage presence and poise who can successfully convey his personality to the audience.



Competitors will walk to the center of the stage alone and perform front and back turns with optional pose of hand on hip or hand in pocket, finishing facing the judges as directed then proceed to the side of the stage.

Comparison Round

  • The competitors will be brought back out in a group and directed to do turns.
  • Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other in turns.

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


  • Up to & including 5’8”
  • Over 5’8”


  • Up to & including 5’7”
  • Over 5’7” up to including 5’10”
  • Over 5’10”


  • Up to & including 5’6”
  • Over 5’6” up to including 5’8”
  • Over 5’8” up to including 5’10”
  • Over 5’10”


  • Up to & including 5’7”
  • Over 5’7” up to including 5’8”
  • Over 5’8” up to including 5’9”
  • Over 5’9” up to including 5’11”
  • Over 5’11” up to including 6′
  • Over 6′


  • Up to & including 5’6″
  • Over 5’6″ up to & including 5’7-½”
  • Over 5’7-½” up to & including 5’8-½”
  • Over 5’8-½” up to & including 5’9-½”
  • Over 5’9-½” up to & including 5’10-½”
  • Over 5’10-½” up to & including 5’11-½”
  • Over 5’11-½” up to & including 6’1″
  • Over 6’1″


NPC Junior USA Championships

NPC Junior National Championships

NPC Masters Nationals Championships

NPC USA Championships

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:

  • NPC Men’s Physique contest you entered
  • Date of your contest
  • Contest promoter
  • Your height class and final placing


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

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