Men's Physique Contests Guidelines

Men's Physique

Men's Physique consists of two parts: Group Comparisons and Individual Presentations. Board shorts (loose shorts that come down to around the knee) are worn for both parts. Shorts can be of any color and pattern. Competitors cannot participate in any other categories at the same show.

Judging Criteria

Judging is based on good leanness and definition with full muscularity, and good balance, proportion, symmetry of both muscularity and conditioning, and presentation. Extreme size and leanness like with the bodybuilding category should be avoided.

Group Comparisons

Each class is brought to front center stage and is guided through quarter turns to display physiques from the front, left, back, and right.

View the tutorial.

Watch a class being judged.

Individual Presentations

The individual presentation portion is a stage walk. Competitors walk out to music to rear center stage and pause briefly in a stance of choice. Competitors then walk up to front center stage and perform quarter turns to show front, sides, and back views of their physiques, then walk to one side of the stage and pause briefly in a stance of choice, then to the opposite side of the stage and pause briefly in a stance of choice, then to the front center of the stage and pause briefly in a stance of choice before exiting. The individual presentation is not factored into placement scoring but does count toward consideration for Best Presentation awards when offered.

See the stage path.

Watch a presentation.