Bodybuilding is an intensive and competitive sport that requires competitors to work day in and day out towards achieving their goals. Bodybuilding competitors follow stringent exercise and nutrition regimens to compete onstage in five major bodybuilding divisions: figure, bikini, bodybuilding, physique and fitness.
The judging criteria between the categories can be confusing to new beginners as well as competitors. You will want to go to the website of the specific organization you want to compete in and look at their rules and judging criteria. Specific judging criteria can differ between the bodybuilding organizations. The natural bodybuilding website is a good resource of organizations and events for natural bodybuilding competitors.
In general the types of competitions are as follows:
Bodybuilding: Competitors are scored on muscle mass (size), muscularity (definition/ being ripped), and symmetry (overall body shape and proportions).
Bikini: This is one of the most popular divisions. You do a model walk onstage, front pose, side pose, and back pose. You wear a two-piece swimwear, heels and jewelry. You are judged on personality, poise, physique symmetry, and overall body conditioning. If you’re sassy and confident this is the division for you.
Figure: Figure is a popular division among women who carry more muscle, symmetry, and balance. You pose using strict form doing quarter turns in a two-piece swimsuit, heels, and jewelry.
Physique: The physique division focuses on symmetry, shape, proportion, muscle tone, poise, and beauty flow. For men, physique includes muscularity, body condition, symmetry, and proper shape. As compared to the bodybuilding division, contestants are less shredded, ripped, or vascular. Physique competitors have a little more muscularity than the figure competitors. Judging in this category includes an individual routine, quarter turns, mandatory posing comparisons, and individual posing routines (in finals). Unlike other bodybuilding divisions, the women do not wear high heals and instead, are barefoot.
Thinking about Competing?
Your dreaming about the stage, you don’t know where to start or you’ve worked hard in the gym and now you’re ready to take it to the next level. You probably have a lot of questions about bodybuilding!
- Which competition is right for me?
- What division suits my physique?
- What type of strength training do I need?
- How do I pose?
- What type of nutrition do I need?
- Where do I get a competition suit?
At Ocean Drive Elite Physiques we have experienced bodybuilders, qualified personal trainers, and a Registered Dietician that will guide you step by step in preparation for the stage. Structured workouts, nutrition, and coaching as well as posing for the individual client. While working out and nutrition are obvious, perfecting your on-stage performance is also critical to nailing your stage presence and performing for the judges. That’s why we believe that practicing your posing skills is a bodybuilding “must-do”.
Your posing is how you present yourself to the judges, so minor changes in angles, how you stand, and whether you contract or relax a muscle can dramatically change the appearance of the lines in your body. Poses are the most important element of your presentation. Practice makes perfect! Practicing with an experienced competitor can help you advance your posing and stage performance more quickly. That’s why we will pair you up with an experienced competitor who will help teach you the the do’s and don’ts of posing to help you achieve your best score.
Enjoyable Competition Prep
We all have a busy life to take into consideration work, family needs, social life, and other responsibilities. At Ocean Drive Elite Physiques we believe in making your competition prep enjoyable and maintainable. Practice your posing and work it on stage, too! Looking and feeling good you’re going to love the experience. It’s exhilarating to be up on stage, showing off your hard work, and if you’re well practiced know that looking good on stage isn’t the be-all, end-all. Being healthy, and maintaining balance is most important. From prep to the show day, let us walk you through.