Competitor Guidelines

Competitor Guidelines

All competitors will follow NPC rules, guideline and mandatory poses. For complete guidelines and rules, visit the official site of the NPC: www.npcnewsonline.com Exhibition of poor sportsmanship will be grounds for automatic disqualification. Previous Overall winners are eligible to compete if they need to re-qualify. No thongs are allowed in any division. If you think your suit is borderline, bring a 2nd suit.

Fitness Competitors*

Will have two rounds of judging, consisting of a Fitness Round (2/3), a Two-Piece Swimsuit Round (1/3).

Round 1 – Fitness Round (2/3 of score): Each athlete will perform a routine to music, with a maximum time limit of two minutes. Judges will be looking for style, personality, athletic ability, strength, flexibility and overall performance. Routines must include the following mandatory moves in no particular order: a push up of any kind, high kicks, a straddle hold and a side split. Props are permitted but anything that cannot be carried by the competitor on and off stage must be approved in advance.

Round 2– Two-Piece Swimsuit Round (1/3 score for Fitness): Contestants will be brought out in one or more lines for quarter turns. The judges will be scoring symmetry, conditioning and overall appearance including complexion, poise and overall presentation. The judges will move competitor’s positions in the line-up to make comparisons and will repeat quarter turns.

Figure Competitors*

Will have one round of judging, consisting of model turns, quarter turns and comparisons in a two-piece swimsuit. Fitness, Figure and Bikini competitors must wear high heels. Swimsuits must be in good taste and thongs and T-back suits are not allowed. Exhibition of poor sportsmanship will be grounds for automatic disqualification.

Men’s Physique Competitors

Men’s Physique is similar to a male model search division with the men wearing board shorts. Judges will be looking for fit contestants who display proper shape and symmetry combined with muscularity and overall condition. This is not a bodybuilding contest so extreme muscularity, vascularity and dryness will be marked down. Contestants will be asked to walk in board shorts (no spandex and no team logos are permitted on the board shorts however a manufacturer’s logo such as Nike symbol or Billabongs are acceptable.) Competitors will enter the stage without a shirt and barefoot. Judges are looking for the contestant with the best stage presence and poise who can successfully convey his personality to the audience. Competitors will walk to the center of the stage alone and perform half (1/2) turns with optional pose of hand on hip or hand in pocket, face the judges as directed then proceed to the side of the stage. Judges reserve the option to ask for ¼ turns in comparisons.

Bikini Competitors*

Suit bottoms must be in good taste. Bikini competitors should bring two suits if unsure about your suit because suits cut too low in the front or not providing enough coverage in the rear will be disqualified. In the Northwest you are allowed to do the bikini back pose with your legs up to shoulder width apart, not wider. You are not allowed to bend over forward. It is because if you straddle your legs and bend far forward all the judges see is your "hoo-ha". They are sitting below you and cannot see the whole physique to judge. Plus the local shows are family shows and the promoters do not want that pose done incorrectly here in the NW. You can hear Sandy Williamson describe how to pose correctly right here: http://npcnewsonline.com/bikini-posing-tutorial-video/196759/ You can skip to 3:50 for the exact explanation of the back pose. Feel free to call or email us with your questions or concern about this. We will also go over this in the athletes meeting. Please keep in mind your parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters are in the audience! You are a serious athlete and want to be viewed as such. If you pose like you are straddling over a motorcycle and bend forward, we feel you won't be taken that way.

Women’s Physique Competitors

Competitors are judged on symmetry, shape, proportion, muscle tone, poise, and beauty flow. The following words can be helpful to assess what should NOT be descriptive to Women’s Physique: ripped, shredded, peeled, dry, diced, vascular, grainy, massive, thick. Excessive muscularity will be scored down accordingly. It is the standard between Women’s Figure and Women’s Bodybuilding. Posing consists of ¼ turns and mandatory poses: front double biceps (no flat footed full front pose – some sort of front twisting pose, side chest with arms extended, back double arm biceps, side triceps with leg extended and front ab/thigh – all poses must be executed with open hands *no fists (closed hands). Barefoot – no heels. Finals routines are 60 seconds in length performed in the evening. Costumes and Props are permitted as long as the props can be carried by the competitor on and off stage. If time dictates, only the top 5 will perform their routines but everyone will be introduced and hit a few poses.

Men and Women Bodybuilders Competitors

All competitors will follow NPC rules, guideline and mandatory poses. Mandatory poses for men and women bodybuilders for 2016 are: Front double biceps, front lat spread, side chest (your favorite side), rear double biceps, rear lat spread, side tricep and abdominal/thigh (hands behind your head with one leg extended forward). Moon poses are not allowed. Previous overall winners are eligible to compete if they need to re-qualify. If time dictates, only the top five in each class will perform their routines at the finals.

Masters Competitors

Will follow same rules as their Open divisions.

*Fitness, Figure and Bikini competitors must wear high heels. Swimsuits must be in good taste and thongs and T-back suits are not allowed. Exhibition of poor sportsmanship will be grounds for automatic disqualification.