Men’s Physique Contest Prep

Men’s Physique Contest Prep

Men”s Physique DivisionMen”s Physique Division Introduced by The NPC

When the NPC Board of Governors met in Atlanta, Georgia a new division was announced… “Men’s Physique”. Next year (2011), the NPC will implement the men”s physique division and we could see the IFBB follow suit in 2012. We’ll have to wait and see on the IFBB front but let’s focus on the men”s physique NPC for now.

A look at what type ofmen”s physique could do well in the new men”s physique division.

Photo of Muscle & Fitness Cover Model Search at the 2010 Olympia.

4th place in Tahoe Mens Physique Division.

4th place in Tahoe Mens Physique Division.


Women joked a couple years ago when the bikini division was implemented. Some of the hardcore bodybuilding women asked when a men’s bikini division would be implemented. This new division certainly isn’t a men’s bikini division (thankfully!) but it will bring a number of new men”s  physique to the stage.

Many men”s physique don’t have the genetics to be professional bodybuilders nor do they aspire to be one. The new division is more a Muscle & Fitness / Men’s Fitness look and one that is sure to attract a following. Men who could do well at this show might have won a local level bodybuilding show but have no chance at a top spot on the National Bodybuilding scene.

It’s not a bodybuilding competition, so you won’t see any front double biceps or most muscular poses here. This is Men”s Physique Contest Prep

The NPC Men”s Physique division recently released the guidelines for the new men”s physique division, shown below. What do you think ladies, is this something you will pay attention to and look forward to seeing or not so much?

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Men’s Physique Division
Beginning in 2011 a new division for men will be introduced – Men’s Physique. The following are the guidelines/rules.
Judging Criteria:
* Muscularity and Body Condition for men”s physique
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 should be marked down.
* Stage Presence and Personality
All of the Men”s Physique Contestants will be asked to walk in board shorts (shorts must be just above the knee in length and can be one inch below the belly button, no spandex and no logos are permitted on the board shorts however a manufacturer’s logo such as Nike symbol or Billabong are acceptable. Competitors will enter the stage without a shirt and barefoot. No lewd acts are allowed. Example: The moon pose. 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 quarter (1/4) 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.

Comparison Round:
* The competitors will be brought back out in a group and directed to do quarter turns
* Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other in quarter turns.
Promoters can choose to have one class or two. For contests with two classes:
* Up to including 5’8”
* Over 5’8”

National level contests do not permit competitors to crossover into Bodybuilding. All other competitions are permitted to have crossovers at the discretion of the promoter with district chairperson’s approval.

Who Qualifies for National Level Men’s Physique Competitions:
Competitors that place in the top five (5) in each class at national qualifying contests will have a one year qualification for national level events.
Note: For 2011 a place in the top five (5) of any Men’s Physique contest will qualify you for national level contests.


* NPC MEN”S PHYSIQUE JUNIOR USA CHAMPIONSHIPS – Top 2 placers in the overall comparison earn IFBB Pro Card
* NPC MEN”S PHYSIQUE JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Top 4 placers in the overall comparison earn IFBB Pro Card
* MEN”S PHYSIQUE TEAM UNIVERSE – Height class winners earn IFBB Pro Card
* MEN”S PHYSIQUE PC USA CHAMPIONSHIPS – Height class winners earn IFBB Pro Card
* MEN”S PHYSIQUE FBB NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS – Top 2 placers in the overall comparison earn IFBB Pro Card

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