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Men's Physique

Suit Selection/Athlete Attire

All posing suits will be evaluated at Athlete Registration the day before the event.

Posing suits (Round 1 and 2) must be square cut swimsuit (see image), covering all of the gluteus maximus and frontal area. 

Competitors are barefoot and shirtless for both rounds.

NPAA will provide competitor numbers that are to be worn on the left side of the posing suit.

G-strings, Thongs, and Bikini bottoms are not permitted

Small earrings and wedding rings are permitted 




Divisions and Classes

Men’s Junior Physique 

• Please refer to General Rules and Regulations for information on Junior Division Eligibility


Men’s Open Physique 

• Please refer to General Rules and Regulations for information on Open Division Eligibility

Men’s Masters Physique

• Please refer to General Rules and Regulations for information on Masters Division Eligibility

Men’s Elite-Pro Physique

• Please refer to General Rules and Regulations for information on Elite-Pro Division Eligibility.  


Men's Physique classes will be announced after height check at registration.  Please note that if there are more than 10 competitors in a Division, there will be 2 classes.  For example:

• Short Class = 5’8” and under

• Tall Class = 5’8” and over


Please note that height classes depend on total number of entries in a division.  Hence, NPAA reserves the right to modify the height classes to ensure even and fair division of the classes to promote a high standard of competition at each event.



• Men's Physique competitors are permitted to crossover to Men's Classic Physique. 

• Men's Physique competitors are not permitted to crossover to Men's Bodybuilding.

Judging Criteria

Men's Physique judging takes five elements into account:

• Muscularity – overall size of muscle groups must not be excessive (unlike bodybuilding category).  Visible signs of strength training should present a toned and athletic appearance (less muscular than bodybuilding category).

• Definition – the degree of muscularity brought about by the absence of subcutaneous body fat must not be excessive (unlike bodybuilding category).  Hence, physique competitors should not display deeply drawn-in faces but some striations may be visible to display a toned physique.  Visible abdominal separations are encouraged.

• Proportion – equal balance of development between muscle groups

• Symmetry – equal balance of development between each side of the physique

• Stage Presentation – ability to display physique during comparisons, marketability, skin tone, and confidence during quarter turn comparisons/individual presentation.


Round 1

Competitors are brought on stage in a line up facing the judges.  At that point each competitor is introduced individually and asked to perform the following individual presentation:

• Walking out to rear centre stage and pausing briefly in a stance of choice

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

• Then walk to stage left (pause/pose)

• Then walk to stage right (pause/pose)

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

• Finally walk back to their place in the competitor line up (relaxed pose)

Each competitor will have 20 to 30 seconds to complete their presentation.


  • A 20 second "5 point turn" at Centre Stage will be completed in Round 1 to provide the judging panel enough time to evaluate the physique of each athlete at that time. 
  • 5 point turn is as follows:

*NPAA reserves the right to apply the 5-point turn to the Elite-Pro Category as well

Round 2

Once all of the competitors have completed their presentation, the entire class will be instructed to complete the following quarter turns (turning right): 

• Quarter turn Right (Right Pose)

• Quarter turn Back (Back Pose)

• Quarter turn Right (Left Pose)

• Quarter turn Front (Face Front)

The judges may ask to see certain competitors together and change the order of the lineup at any time during group comparisons, and may request to see certain poses again for closer comparison of select individuals. 

Costumes and/or props and lewd acts are not permitted

Top 5 competitors are announced for their respective class.