• Active NABBA USA Membership is required for all participants.





  • Competitors will be checked-in, measured, and weighed upon arrival and registration.




Judging Criteria

Women’s Physique focuses primarily upon aesthetics, symmetry, shape, proportion, muscle tone, poise, and beauty of overall figure.NABBA USA

  • Women’s Physique Division was created to give a platform for women who enjoy weight training, competing, contest preparation.

  • Women’s physique competitors should have the overall aesthetics and look that is found in figure – with an increase in overall muscularity.

  • Competitors should display a toned, athletic physique, highlighting femininity, muscle tone, beauty/flow of physique.

    These are not bodybuilder’s physiques. Excessive muscularity will result in low scores.

Physique Types that are not recommend for this division include:

  • Ripped

  • Shredded

  • Peeled

  • Striated

  • Dry

  • Diced

  • Hard

  • Vascular

  • Grainy

  • Massive

  • Thick

  • Dense

  • Huge




  • All Competitor Attire will be inspected upon morning check-in.

  • Suits worn by women’s physique competitors for prejudging must be a two piece.

  • Suits do not have to be solid in color.

  • The bottom of the suit must be V-shaped.

    • No thongs are permitted.

  • All suits must be in good taste and not revealing.





  • Posing music is limited to solely to Final Round events.

    • Pre-judging does not include musical aperture

  • Posing music must be on a recorded CD or approved USB device according to competition organizer.

    • Posing routine must be cued to the start of the music prior to check-in.

    • Vulgar lyrics or illicit content of any kind is not permitted.

      • Violations of music guidelines or usage of vulgar lyrics will result in disqualification.



  • During the Prejudging & Finals, competitors are not permitted to wear any jewelry other than a wedding band.

  • Decorative pieces in the hair are not permitted.

  • No glasses (excluding prescription) or props are permitted onstage.

  • No chewing of gum is allowed on stage.

  • Any competitor doing the “Moon Pose” will be disqualified.

  • Lying on the floor is prohibited.

  • We expect you to act as professional on stage and to treat all Competitors with respect.

  • No bumping or shoving are allowed. First and second persons involved will be disqualified.

  • Competitors numbers will be worn on the left side of the suit bottom.

  • During finals, we expect you act as adults with your placing.  No pouting, vulgar language, tossing your award, etc. is allowed.

    • Violations will result in a lifetime ban from NABBA USA®.



  • Backstage access is restricted to competitors, expediters, and NABBA officials.



Rounds of Competition


Mandatory Poses

  • Front double biceps/open hands

  • Back double biceps/open hands

  • Side triceps with leg extended

  • Side chest with arms extended

  • Front ab/thigh

  • Finals routine will be maximum 90 seconds in length, performed to music of competitor’s choice.  Music containing profanity or explicit language is not permitted and will result in being disqualified.

  • No props are permitted.

  • No heels are permitted at any time during the competition/judging of women’s physique.


Pre-Judging Round:

  • Individual routine up to 60 seconds with a 10 second warning.  No Music.

  • Quarter turns

  • Mandatory posing comparisons/ callouts

  • Final Round

  • Finals routine will be maximum 90 seconds in length, performed to music of competitors choice.

  • No props are aloud.

  • No heels may be worn at any time during the competition/judging of women’s physique.


Competitor Classes

  • Organizers will have the option to choose to have any of the following weight classes of competitors for Regional & Amateur competitions:

2 Height Classes

  • Up to & including 5’6”

  • Over 5’6”

3 Height Classes

  • Up to & including 5’4”

  • Over 5’4” up to including 5’6”

  • Over 5’6”

4 Height Classes

  • Up to & including 5’2”

  • Over 5’2” up to including 5’4”

  • Over 5’4” up to including 5’6”

  • Over 5’6”


Competitor Health

  • Your health is very important to us and if it appears you are disoriented, light-headed or you are experiencing serve cramping you will not be permitted to compete.

    • Any competitor disqualified for health reasons must be checked by the attending EMT and, if it is advised by the EMT, must go to the nearest hospital for evaluation.

    • Competitors who refuse to be evaluated by the EMT or at the hospital will be suspended from competition for a period of one year from the date of the occurrence.



Definition of a Novice

  • Competitors placed in the top ten (10) of any national competition then the Competitors is no longer considered a novice.

  • A true novice is an Competitors that has never entered an NABBA event.



National Competitor Qualifications – Women’s Physique

  • Competitors that place 1st – 3rd in each class at national qualifying contests.

  • Qualification is valid 1 year from the date of the contest.

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