Womens Physique Category

Women’s Physique category will replace Womens Bodybuilding.

The Womens Physique category will have similarities to womens bodybuilding although mandatory poses will be more refined with hands remaining open while performing mandatory poses and more emphasis will be placed on overall aesthetics.

The level of muscular development and conditioning in the Asia Pacific Womens Physique Category is expected to be more pronounced than the Standard Figure Category although not to the muscle size or vascularity that one would expect in Bodybuilding classes.

Judges will be looking for even development between all muscle groups presenting a total aesthetically pleasing physique.

Overall symmetry, balance and proportion with a lower level of body fat are required.

Judging Rounds in Womens Physique

There will be two rounds in the fitness model category and this will comprise of a:


Score percentage of Round 1 – 50%

In this round competitors perform the following compulsory poses:

  • Front Double Biceps with open hands and one leg extended to the side
  • Side Chest (either side) with arms extended and front leg extended in the same direction the upper body is facing
  • Side triceps (either side) with front leg extended in the same direction the upper body is facing
  • Rear Double Biceps with open hands and one leg extended to the side
  • Abdominal and Thigh

In this round judges are comparing competitors for the following:

Muscularity – The shape, level and quality of muscle.

Proportion – The balance of one muscle group against another.

Definition – Muscle separation and definition.

Balance – Left side of the body compared to the right, front compared to rear, upper to lower body.



Score percentage of Round 2 – 50%

In this round the competitors will stand facing the judges and they will perform four one quarter turns – the first will be facing the judges, then the competitors will be asked to make three one quarter turns to the right, thus displaying their physique from every angle.

In this round judges are looking for the following:

Proportion – The balance of one muscle group to another eg. Lower body to upper body, biceps to calves, waist to quadriceps etc.

Balance – The left side of a competitor’s body compared to the right, the front compared to the rear.

Symmetry – The competitor’s overall shape and line.

Each round will be judged on the following attributes:


Contestants must exhibit a degree of muscle development and is expected to be more pronounced than the Standard Figure Category.


This factor must be considered in conjunction with muscle development. Separation is the delineation between the muscle groups of the physique. Excess subcutaneous fatty tissue under the skin blurs this muscular separation resulting in a smooth appearance which detracts from muscle development. A good physique must have muscle development which is complemented with visible muscle separation.


This must not be confused with separation. Definition is the display of the individual muscles & muscle fibers  (often referred to as ‘ripped’ or ‘shredded’).

Definition should be only to show clean muscle mass, that is display a moderate degree of muscular definition but should not be taken to either extreme (ie. Shredded or Emaciation). 


A key ingredient in a winning physique & one that owes it’s qualities mainly to the genetic component of the competitor. Wide shoulders, narrow hips, trim waist & a deep rib-cage are genetically endowed qualities on which a championship physique can be built. Faults such as knock-knees, bowed legs, rounded shoulders or any curvature of the spine, whilst unfortunate, are to be scored down during the symmetry round.


This must not be confused with symmetry, although a proportionate physique owes much to it being symmetrical in the first place. A proportionate physique is one where each individual bodypart complements the others in both size & shape. Not one bodypart should “over emphasize” the other.  The upper body should not be developed to the extent that it overpowers the lower body & vice-versa. All bodyparts should flow in harmony with no bodypart being over developed to the detriment of the others. Right & left sides should be equally developed, so as to not exhibit no readily observable differences in size. Adjoining muscle groups should enhance each other rather than detract.

These qualities; Muscle Development, Separation, Definition, Symmetry & Proportion, are the major considerations when assessing any physique, but must be viewed in conjunction with some rather less important, (but not trivial) considerations which can enhance or detract from the major qualities mentioned.


No heels are worn (bare foot).

Standard 2 piece costumes with cross over straps at the back attaching the top to the rear bottoms (as seen in Figure Costumes). Any color/patterns and sparkles are permitted.

G-Strings are not permitted under any circumstances.

Jewellery may be worn.

Important elements to remember:

The overall look is taken into consideration by the judges; hence it’s important to ensure competitors have covered all bases in their preparation and stage presentation.

Important elements include having:

A healthy, even tan that enhances your overall look.

Fit, colour and cut of competition suit to compliment your body, skin and hair colour.

Finer details – Ensure your hair, make –up is in place to add to your total stage appearance.


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