Body Fitness

Discipline Explained

Bodyfitness has been implemented by the IFBB in 2002 to give a chance to compete for wide group of shapely women without the routine rounds, just the physique ones. This formula has proved to be useful and the number of participating competitors increases each year. Later on IFBB created for them the possibility to show their figure in motion during a short individual onstage presentation called “I-walking”.

Currently, there are two rounds of quarter turns in the bikini-style costume of their own choice and classic stiletto pump of any color. At the beginning of Round 2 (finals) top 6 competitors perform individual “I-walking” presentations and then quarter turns as group.

In all rounds judges will assess the overall athletic appearance of the physique, taking into account symmetrically developed physique, muscle tone and shape, with a small amount of body fat, as well as the hair, makeup and individual style of presentation, including personal confidence, poise and grace. This sport discipline is widely open for all well-shaped women working out in the fitness centers and following the healthy sport diet. And they take the advantage of it! The subscores from the final round are used to get the final total and places.

Posing Suits

  • Competitors will compete in a two-piece suit of any color and pattern. The bikini bottom must cover a minimum of 1/2 of the gluteus maximus and all of the frontal area. Strings and thongs are strictly prohibited.  All swimsuits must be in good taste.  Athletes will be warned about improper suits and are advised to bring two (2) suits to check in.  Athletes will be scored down if the suit is not up to standard
  • Competitors must wear high heels. Although shoes are not inspected at the ABBA National events, it is strongly recommended that athletes adhere to the IFBB International standards when selecting shoes (any style or color but in good taste, sole thickness should be a maximum of ¼ inch and stiletto should be a maximum of 12cm). This is to be used as a guide. Shoes should not be distracting to the full package and are intended to compliment athletes. Athletes should also consider shoe fit and how easy the shoes are to walk in.
  • Competitors will not wear glasses, watches or artificial aids to the figure, except breast implants. Implants or fluid injections causing the change of the natural shape of any other parts or muscles of the body are strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification of the competitor.
  • Except for moderate rings, bracelets, and earrings, jewellery will not be worn.
  • Hair may be styled
  • The use of tans and bronzers that can be wiped off is not allowed. If the tan comes off by simply wiping, the athlete will not be allowed to enter the stage. Artificial body colouring and self-tanning products may be used provided that it is applied at least twenty-four hours prior to the Prejudging. Professional competition tanning methods (airbrush tanning, cabin spray tanning) may be used if applied by the professional companies and qualified personnel. Sparkles, glitter, shiny metallic pearls or gold coloring are prohibited whether applied as part of a tanning lotion and/or cream or applied separately, regardless of who applied them on the competitor’s body.
  • The excessive application of oil on the body is strictly prohibited; however, body oils and moisturizers may be used in moderation.

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Posing Music

Not applicable to this category.


Sportsmanship requires that an athlete conduct himself in a manner which will reflect favorably on the sport of bodybuilding. Any conduct contrary to that effect is discouraged, and depending on the severity of such conduct, can lead to suspension from competition. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

1. Making disparaging remarks concerning any ABBA official, judge or fellow athletes in the venue location.
2. Making disparaging gestures while on stage.
3. Smashing, breaking or throwing an award, damaging or vandalizing the contest venue.
4. Any conduct which demeans you, your fellow athletes, judges or officials.

Competition can be a source of great personal triumph. There are no guarantees. The nature of the competition requires "risk taking". Sometimes you may wind up being very disappointed because you did not do as well as you wanted to, or as well as you thought you deserved. Whatever happens, leave the audience with the impression that you are a gracious competitor, that you have dignity and class. The way that you present yourself and take your placement will be remembered long after people remember what place you took.

Weight Classes

Open classes are open to female athletes 16 years of age or older. Athletes under the age of 18 must complete a parental consent form.

Masters competitors must be within the age parameters in the calendar year in which they compete.

All classes must have a minimum of 6 competitors. The head judge reserves the right to merge classes at their discretion.


A: Up to and including 158 cm (approx. 5' 2")
B: Up to and including 163 cm (approx. 5' 4")
C: Up to and including 168 cm (approx. 5' 6")
D: Over 168 cm (approx. 5' 6")


Masters 35 – 44 years of age
A: Up to and including 163 cm (approx. 5' 4")
B: Over 163 cm (approx. 5’ 4”)


Masters – 45 years of age and over
This class will be one height class only.

Presentation Posing & Finals

Presentation Posing

  • Competitor walk to center stage in groups to perform quarter turns
  • Proceed to the side of the stage
  • Large groups will be split into two groups on either side of the stage
  • Upon completion of all quarter turns comparisons begin
  • Competitors are called to centre stage in no less than groups of three for comparisons
  • Quarter turns are performed
  • Upon completion of quarter turns athletes leave stage

Finals Posing

  • Competitors are introduced individually as they walk to centre stage in groups to perform quarter turns
  • Proceed to the side of the stage
  • Larger groups will be split into two groups on either side of the stage
  • Upon completion of all quarter turns top 5 announced
  • Top 5 step on line at back of stage
  • MC call 5th place to marked spot on centre stage … award is presented … 4th to marked spot on centre stage … award is presented ..etc..
  • After 1st place presented photo is taken with sponsor standing between 1st and 2nd place finishers
  • Photo then taken (without sponsor) of all top 5
  • Photo of 1st only

Overall Judging

Judges are stro that they are judging a women’s FIGURE competition and not WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE competition. The type of muscularity, vascularity, muscular definition, and/or dieted leanness displayed by Women’s Physique athletes will not be considered acceptable if displayed by a Figure competitor and therefore, must be marked down.

Mandatory Poses

If your category requires any poses they will appear here for your to reference.

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Judging Criteria

Overall Athletic Appearance

The judge should first assess the overall athletic appearance of the physique. This assessment should take the whole physique into account. The assessment, beginning with a general impression of the physique, should take into consideration the hair, the overall athletic development of the musculature; the presentation of a balanced, proportionally and symmetrically developed physique; the condition of the skin and the skin tone; and the athlete’s ability to present herself with confidence, poise and grace.


The physique should be assessed as to its level of overall muscle tone, achieved through athletic endeavours and diet. The muscle groups should have a round and firm appearance with a small amount of body fat. The physique should neither be excessively muscular nor excessively lean and should be free from deep muscle separation and/or striations. Physiques that are considered either too muscular or too lean must be marked down.

Tightness and Tone of the Skin

The assessment should also take into consideration the tightness and tone of the skin. The skin tone should be smooth and healthy in appearance, and without cellulite. The hair and makeup should complement the “Total Package” presented by the athlete.


The judge’s assessment of the athlete’s physique should include the athlete’s entire presentation, from the moment she walks onstage until the moment she walks offstage. At all times, the Figure competitor must be viewed with the emphasis on a “healthy, fit, athletic” physique, in an attractively presented “Total Package”.

Size vs Shape

The competitors should have shape to their muscle but not the size, definition or vascularity that is seen at Women’s Physique competitions. Any competitor who exhibits these features is to be marked down.

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