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Men's Physique Criteria

WPA MEMBERSHIP

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

 

DRUG TESTING

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.

 

MEN'S PHYSIQUE DIVISIONS

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

Teen: Ages 15-19.

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.

 

WPA MEN'S PHYSIQUE RULES AND COMPARISONS

 

 

Group Comparisons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WPA Figure division consists of Group Comparisons, Individual Presentations and Overall Comparisons (if needed).

Competitors must be 15 -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 board shorts, are shirtless and there is no footwear.

        •  Board shorts must be just above the knee in length and can be one inch below the belly button.

        •  No Spandex

        •  Small earrings and wedding bands are permitted

        •  No Props or Costumes Allowed

        •  Men’s Physique competitors may not crossover into Men’s Bodybuilding at the same show

Group Comparisons are conducted through a series of quarter turns called by the head judge. The judges may request to have competitors moved in the lineup and ask to see specific poses during group comparisons.

 

Round 1 – Symmetry: Competitors will be judged on balance, shape, fullness and proportion. Physique structure should be aesthetically pleasing in both front, side and rear poses.

Round 2 - Physique - Symmetry: Competitors will be judged on balance, shape, fullness and proportion. Physique structure should be aesthetically pleasing in both front, side and rear poses.Muscularity and Conditioning: Competitors will be judged on overall muscularity and leanness. Visible signs of strength training should present along with a toned and athletic appearance. Competitors should not display extreme muscularity similar to that of a bodybuilder or an overly depleted physique.

Round 3 – Muscularity and Conditioning: Competitors will be judged on overall muscularity and leanness. Visible signs of strength training should present along with a toned and athletic appearance. Competitors should not display extreme muscularity similar to that of a bodybuilder or an overly depleted physique.

 

Men’s Physique Poses consist of:

Front Relaxed Pose – Facing forward with hands near the sides or with one hand on the hip.

Quarter Turn Right - (Right Pose)

Quarter Turn to the Rear (Facing the back of the stage)

Quarter Turn Right - (Left Pose)

 

Individual Presentations

Individual presentations consist of a model walk. Competitors may provide their own background music or use house music for individual presentations. Music should be tasteful with no profanity. Competitors should walk with poise and grace with the ability to transition between different poses smoothly and effortlessly.

The Men’s Physique Walk consists of:

          •  Walking out to rear center stage and pause briefly in a stance of choice

          •  Then walk up to the front center stage (pause/pose)

          • Then walk to stage left (pause/pose)

          • Then walk to stage right (pause/pose)

          •  Then walk to front center stage (pause/pose)

          •  Finally walk back diagonally to stage entry point

 

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.

 

MEN'S PHYSIQUE HEIGHT CLASSES  

Formation of classes within divisions at a show is at a promoter's discretion. Promoters may elect to use specified height  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.

Example:

Class 1 - Up to and including 5’4”

Class 2 - Over 5’4” and up to and including 5’6”

Class 3 - Over 5’6”

 

MEN'S PHYSIQUE JUDGING  

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

SCORING AND TIE-BREAKERS

         •  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

            rounds.

         •  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.

 

NATIONAL QUALIFICATION

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).

 

EARNING YOUR PRO CARD

Select events are designated as  International Pro Elite Qualifiers (ipeproelite.com).

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.

 

WPA CONTEST SCHEDULE

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Men's Physique Criteria