Bodybuilding consists of group comparisons and individual presentations. Posing suits can be of any color. Thong and T-back styles are not allowed. Competitors must be over the age of 13 and cannot participate in any other categories at the same show.
Bodybuilding judging takes four elements into account: muscularity (size), definition (leanness), symmetry, and presentation (ability to display development during posing in the group comparisons).
During group comparisons competitors will be directed through a series of poses that can consist of any of the following:
Front or Rear Double Biceps
Front or Rear Lat Spread
Left or Right Side Chest
Left or Right Side Triceps
Hands over Head Abdominals
Hands on Thighs/Hips Most Muscular
Crab Most Muscular (Men's only)
Double Calf Raise
Left or Right Side Serratus
Left or Right Single Quadriceps
Competitors individually perform a posing routine to music. The individual routine is not factored into scoring but does count toward consideration for Best Poser awards when offered.