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Women's Physique Criteria
WPA Women's Physique division consists of Group Comparisons, Individual Presentations and Overall Comparisons (if needed). Judging Criteria is based on symmetry, muscularity and conditioning.
At shows designated as IPE Pro Qualifiers, Open Class Overall winners become eligible for IPE Pro status. Master’s 40+ overall winners become eligible for IPE Pro Master’s status. For more information, visit the Become a Pro section.
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.
Competitors wear two-piece suits and can include designs, patterns and/or adornments. Shoes are not worn. Jewelry is permitted. Competitors cannot compete in Figure or Bikini in 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: Competitors will be judged on overall muscularity and leanness. Emphasis will be stressed on muscle size, hard muscle density, and level of conditioning. . Competitors should not display an overly depleted physique.
Women's Physique Poses consist of:
Symmetry Round Poses
Front Relaxed Pose - Facing front center stage, arms should be shoulder width apart with lats flared, quads flexed, chest up high/flexed.
Quarter Turn Right (left pose) – Feet flat on the floor, shoulders tight, left arm (with tricep flexed) and back to view side serratus/intercostal muscles. Chest up high with hamstrings, glutes and calves flexed.
Quarter Turn to the Rear – Feet flat on the floor with triceps, back, glutes, hamstrings and calves flexed.
Quarter Turn Right (right pose) - Feet flat on the floor, shoulders tight, right arm (with tricep flexed) and back to view side serratus/intercostal muscles. Chest up high with hamstrings, glutes and calves flexed.
Muscularity Round Mandatory Poses
Front Double Bicep (With Open Hands)
Side Chest (Left/Right) Front Leg Extended
Side Tricep (Left/Right)
Rear Double Bicep (With Open Hands)
Hands Behind Head Abdominals
Rear double calf raise – Facing the rear of the stage, raise up on your toes and flex while keeping both the upper body/lower body tight and balanced.
Intercostal with twisted crunch – Twist at the waist and crunch down to flex serratus/intercostal.
Flex and Rotate Quads (Left/Right) – Set upper body by placing your hands on hips and squeezing your legs. Extend leg keeping it flexed and tight while slowly rotating so judge can see all angles.
Hamstring Curl (left/right)– While facing the rear of the stage, maintain your balance then flex and squeeze the left or right hamstring as instructed by the head judge.
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.
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