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Men's Classic Physique Criteria


Competitors are required to be current members of the WPA to compete in WPA sanctioned events.



Competitors must pass a drug test administered in the form of a polygraph screening in order to be eligible.


Other forms of drug testing may be used including urinalysis, voice stress, blood, saliva, hair testing or other means of detection.


Competitors should be sure to thoroughly read the drug testing guidelines prior to obtaining a WPA membership.




WPA divisions are based or age, category status and level of experience.

Teen: Ages 13 -19.

Debut: Ages 18+. First competition ever. Cannot have competed anywhere else, in any category, with any organization.

Novice: Ages 18+. Cannot have placed first in any class besides Teen, within any division, within any category, with any organization (with the exception of cases where first place was won in a class that only had one competitor in it).

Masters: Age as of day of contest must fall within the stipulated age range. Master’s categories start at 40+ (example Master’s 40+, Master’s 50+

Open: Open to everyone 18+ with any level of experience.

Military, Police, Fireman (MPF) – Open to everyone 18+ who is currently or previously served in the Mililtary, Police Officer or Fireman.



In this class the emphasis is symmetry and this will take priority in judging this class rather than size or extreme condition.

WPA Men’s Classic Physique division consists of Group Comparisons, Individual Presentations and Overall Comparisons (if needed).

Competitors must be 13 -19 years of age for Teen Divisions and 18+ for Debut, Novice, Open. For Master’s categories (40+, 50+, etc.), competitors must be within the age restrictions at the time of competition.

Men’s Physique competitors wear black spandex shorts with no logos, are shirtless and there is no footwear.


         •  Small earrings and wedding bands are permitted

         •  No Props or Costumes Allowed

         •  Crossover from men’s bodybuilding to men’s classic physique is allowed

         •  Crossover from men’s physique to men’s classic physique is allowed


Competitors will be judged on balance, shape and proportion. Structure should be aesthetically pleasing in both front, side and rear poses. The Ideal physique will display an aesthetically proportioned muscular “X” frame silhouette, highlighted by a small waist.


Men’s Classic Physique Poses consist of:

Front Double Bicep – Set and squeeze legs. Raise both elbows above the shoulders while supinating the wrists and squeezing the biceps. Roll arms back slightly to delineate the biceps and triceps.


Side Chest (Left/Right) – Set legs by spiking calf, squeezing the quads, hamstrings and glutes. Bring right or left arm into bicep with palm up clasping wrist. Bring shoulder around slightly squeezing the chest. Don’t bring shoulder too far around. Keep upper and lower body tight. Keep chest high and abs vacuumed or flexed.


Rear Double Bicep – Facing the rear of the stage with one leg extended back, spike calf. With elbows higher than the shoulders, supinate the wrists and squeeze biceps bringing out the lat flare while keeping the chest high being careful not to round out the back.


Hands Behind Head Abdominal – Set and squeeze legs. Bring hands up behind head and crunch down on the abs.


Favorite Classic Pose - (Overhead Victory, Vacuum pose) *No Most Muscular


Individual Presentations

Individual presentations consist of a free posing routine.  Competitors pose and choreograph to the music of their choosing to highlight their physique and individual personality.


This round is not scored for final division placements but is used as selection criteria for events that have best poser awards. Props and costumes may be used.


Music should be tasteful with no profanity.



Overall Comparisons

If the division has more than one class, the winners of each class will compete for an overall title. Overall comparisons are conducted in the same manner as judging.



Formation of classes within divisions at a show is at a promoter's discretion. Promoters may elect to use specified weight or may form classes by dividing groups into as equal as possible parts by height based on total number of entries in a division for other categories.


Lightweight - Up to and including 154lbs

Middleweight - Over 154 1/4lbs up to and including 176lbs

Light-Heavy Weight – 176 1/4lbs up to and including 198lbs

Heavy Weight – 199lbs and over




Judging Criteria is based on symmetry, muscularity, conditioning and stage presence.


         •  WPA sanctioned events require a minimum of 5 judges for regional shows and 7 judges for Pro Qualifying events.

         •  Each judge takes all criteria for a category into account and assigns one overall score for each contestant in the form of rank during the group comparison


         •  A highest and lowest rank for each competitor is dropped as a safeguard against human error and/or bias, whether intentional or on a subconscious level.

         •  The remaining judges' placements are summed, and the competitor with the lowest sum total receives 1st place in the class. Second lowest sum receives 2nd

             place, and so on.

         •  In cases of a tie, competitors ranked higher by the majority of all judges are awarded the higher placements.




Competitors that place in the top five (5) in each class at national qualifying contests are qualified for the WPA Nationals (Spring) and NANBF Nationals (Fall).



Select events are designated as International Federation of Physique Competitors Pro Elite Qualifiers. There must be at least 3 competitors in a class to be eligible to earn a pro card.  

Open division overall winners at these events become eligible for Pro competitions and overall Masters Age 40+ division winners for Men’s Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini become eligible for Pro Masters competitions.

When Open divisions have 30 or more participants, the top two overall qualify. When Open divisions have 45 or more participants, the top three overall qualify.

Should a competitor who previously won a Pro qualifier win the overall, the Pro card being offered at the Pro qualifier can be offered to the competitor who placed 2nd in the overalls.

If the urinalysis test reveals positive results for an overall winner at a Pro qualifier, the competitor who was ranked 2nd in the overalls will be recognized as the overall champion and become eligible for Pro competition.




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