Women's Bodybuilding Competition Rules

For all contests with 2 classes:

Lightweightup to and including 125 lbs (57 kg)
Heavyweightover 125 lbs (57 kg)

For all contests with 3 classes:

Lightweightup to and including 125 lbs (57 kg)
Middleweightover 125 lbs (57 kg) up to and including 140 lbs (64 kg)
Heavyweightover 140 lbs (64 kg)

For all contests with 4 classes:

Lightweightup to and including 115 lbs (52 kg)
Middleweightover 115 lbs (52 kg) up to and including 125 lbs (57 kg)
Light-Heavyweightover 125 lbs (57 kg) up to and including 140 lbs (64 kg)
Heavyweightover 140 lbs (64 kg)
  1. Posing suit bottoms must be V-shaped with at least ½ rear coverage. Suits must meet acceptable standards of taste and decency. Thongs are prohibited. Posing suits may include a printed design with fringes, lace, sparkle or fluorescents.
  2. Competitors must not 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.
  1. Posing music must be uploaded using the Muscleware platform you can access during sign-up for the competition.

  2. Posing music must be cut to the desired start time and may not be longer than 1 minute.
  3. We do not cut your music or start it at a different time. 
  4. Posing music must not contain vulgar lyrics. Competitors using music containing vulgar lyrics will be disqualified.
  1. During the Judging, competitors shall not wear jewelry except for a wedding band.
    During the Finals, earrings and other jewelry may be worn.
  2. During the Judging, the hair must be worn up, off the shoulders and back.
    Decorative pieces in the hair are prohibited. During the Finals, the hair may be worn
    down and decorative pieces in the hair are permitted.
  3. Prescription eyewear (except sunglasses) is permitted.
  4. The following is prohibited while onstage:

    a. Props
    b. Chewing gum
    c. “Moon Pose” (any competitor performing this pose will be disqualified)
    d. Lying on the stage.
    e. Bumping and shoving (the first and second person involved will be disqualified)

  5. Competitor numbers must be worn on the left side of the posing suit bottom during
    the Judging and Finals.



  1. Each competitor proceeds to center-stage individually in numerical order and automatically performs the mandatory poses. No signal from the Head Judge is required.
  2. Each competitor has a maximum of 60 seconds to perform the poses. A warning will be given when 10 seconds remain.
  3. Competitors are not required to use the full 60 seconds.
  4. The mandatory poses are:

    a. Front Double Biceps
    b. Front Lat Spread
    c. Side Chest
    d. Back Double Biceps
    e. Back Lat Spread
    f. Side Triceps
    g. Abdominals and Thighs


  1. The Head Judge will call the competitors, in small groups and in numerical order, to center stage to perform the quarter turns and mandatory poses.
  2. In the call-outs, the Head Judge will direct specific competitors to perform the quarter turns and mandatory poses. Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other.

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



  1. Competitors are called onstage individually in numerical order to perform a posing routine to music of the competitor’s choice.
  2. The length of the posing routine is a maximum of 60 seconds.
  3. Depending on the number of competitors, the promoter and Head Judge may decide that only the top finalists shall perform their posing routine.

Confirmation (if necessary*)

Competitors are called onstage and, under the direction of the Head Judge, are compared in groups while performing the mandatory poses.

*The judging panel, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to re-judge using a Confirmation round.

Posedown (overall title only)

The top finalists take part in a 60-second posedown.

  1. The Judging is scored 100%.
  2. Ties are broken using the Relative Placement method.

It is strictly forbidden to bring professional cameras or videography equipment into the venue.

This includes: DSLR's, Mirror Cameras, Handycams, Camcorders, Tripod mounted cameras, Monopod mounted cameras and/or gimbal mounted cameras. 

Getting caught may lead to your removal of the theatre. This is for both spectators aswell as competitors and coaches. No refunds will be provided when breaking these rules. 

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