Wellness Guidelines

Wellness contests consist of group comparisons and individual presentations. Two-piece suits and clear high-heeled shoes are worn for both portions of the contest. Suits can be of any color and may be decorated with crystals. Thong and T-back style suits are not permitted. Jewelry is permissible. Competitors must be age 16 or over. Competitors under 18 must have parental consent. Competitors cannot participate in any other categories at the same show.

Judging Criteria

All competitors will be judged and compared on the following: The balance of the upper and lower body will lean more towards lower body development through the glute, hamstring, and quad area. Judging is based on having an overall toned physique with muscle fullness, shape and proportion along with posing, poise, confidence, and stage presence. Excessive muscularity, striations and vascularity will be marked down. Other factors that can affect overall appearance are suit fit, hair and make-up, tan, and complexion. Wellness competitors should not display deep muscle separation, muscle striations or an abundance of muscle size.

Group Comparisons

During the group comparisons portion, competitors in a class perform quarter turns as a group as directed by the head judge to display their physiques from the Front, Side and Back. Hair should be pulled aside, if needed, to avoid obstructing view of the back in the rear pose. Not performing poses in the manner specified may result in lower scoring from judges. Competitors will not be required to perform a stage walk during the group comparison portion of the event.

Description of Quarter Turns

Front Pose: Competitors will face front, one thigh will be placed slightly forward, knee bent with the opposite hand on the hip and one arm straight down.

Side Pose: From the side the thigh facing the judges will be straight with the arm extended down, the torso will be bent slightly towards the judges with the leg facing away from the judges bent slightly and hand on hip. The head will be turned towards the judges.

Back Pose: Competitors will face the rear with lower back arched. Hair should be pulled aside, if needed, to avoid obstructing view of the back in the rear pose and with hands on the front thighs (competitors may arch their backs but leaning forward is not permitted).

Individual Presentations

The individual presentation portion is a stage model 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 half turns to show the front 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 front center 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.

SUITS

• Can be customized with crystals.

• Must be a two-piece suit.

• The suit top is not connected to the bottom.

• The suit top is the same standard as the bikini category top cut.

• The suit bottom must be V-shapes in the front and is traditionally made with all fabric and no connectors.

• The suit bottom sits high up on the hips.

• The suit bottom back is the same standard as the bikini category.

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