The Women’s Physique Division provides women who enjoy weight training a division in between Figure and Bodybuilding. Competitors should display a toned, athletic physique showcasing muscle tone, proportion, beauty/flow of physique, poise and femininity. Women’s physique competitors should have the overall aesthetics and look that is found in figure with a little more overall muscularity. Excessive muscularity, striations, vascularity and grainyness is reserved for Women’s Bodybuilding and would be scored down accordingly.
Suits worn by women’s physique competitors for prejudging must be a two piece and do not have to be solid in color. The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped and thongs are not permitted. Competitors can compete in an off-the-rack suit but most are specially made. All suits must be in good taste. Competitors may wear earrings and bracelets but must be barefoot.
Competitors will be introduced and walk to the center of the stage alone and perform quarter (1/4) turns and mandatory poses. They will then be called out in groups where the head judge will then instruct the group to execute a series of mandatory poses giving the competitors a sufficient amount of time to hold the poses for the judges and to rest between each pose. After the initial comparisons are complete the head judge may shift the position of the competitors to conduct additional comparisons. Mandatory poses may differ slightly between bodybuilding organizations:
- Front double biceps/open hands (no flat footed full front pose – some sort of front twisting pose)
- Side chest with arms extended
- Back double biceps/open hands
- Side triceps with leg extended
- Front ab/thigh
Events are typically split between pre-judging, normally held during the day, and then finals held in the evening. During the evening finals, each competitor will perform a routine which are typically 60 to 90 seconds. However, if there are a large number of competitors for a particular event, promoters may limit the number of individual routines (ie only the top 5 competitors based on the pre-judging round would perform routines). It is performed to music provided by the competitor and gives them an opportunity to display their physique, physical conditioning, personality, and creativity. They normally contain some or all of the mandatory poses. Music containing profanity or explicit language should not be used and may result in routine being cut short. No props will be used.
Promoters may have up to four height classes depending upon the number of competitors. The number of classes and the height cut-off of each class is left to the discretion of the promoter. An example of 4 height classes is:
- Up to & including 5’2”
- Over 5’2” up to including 5’4”
- Over 5’4” up to including 5’6”
- Over 5’6”