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Juniors Under 23

Must be under 23 on the 1st of January this current year and must produce a valid ID (e.g. passport) at the registration


Must be 40+ on the day of the show and and must produce a valid ID (e.g. passport) at the registration

Wff Novice

Never placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in any Contest of any Federation

Classification within category:

  • Over 1.72m
  • Under 1.72m

Mr Class 1, 2, 3

Class 4 – Up to and including 1.65 M
Class 3 – Over 1.65 M up to and including 1.72 M
Class 2 – Over 1.72 M up to and including 1.79 M
Class 1 – Over 1.79 M

Classic Bodybuilders are judged on the OVERALL QUALITY of their muscular development; – Judging is based upon the presentation of:

Mass The perception of muscular size, has been the foundation for bodybuilding since the beginning of the sport. Yet, mass is only a merit when accompanied by the remaining qualities. Definition Indicates the degree of muscularity brought about by the

Absence of subcutaneous body fat. Defined muscularity is necessary to fully display the development of the physique.

Definition is only of value when it allows massively developed muscles to be displayed. Proportion Implies an even balance of muscular development in comparison to each muscle group. Theoretically, a “strong body part” can be just as detrimental as a “weak body part”. Bodybuilders must strive for equal development between all muscle groups.

Symmetry A misnomer, is commonly used to depict “proportion” or expressed to indicate an aesthetic quality throughout the physique. Although, in its strictest definition, symmetry denotes equal development of muscularity on both right and left sides of the physique.

Stage Presence Includes posing performance and other factors influencing general appearance such as skin tone, grooming, charisma, and poise. Effective stage presentation is essential to display the physique to its maximum potential.

Attire, athletes are required to wear suitably fitting trunks no restriction on colour or material / shorts or underwear are not permitted.

Round 1

Quarter Turns: To the right as requested by the Judges chairman

Round 2

Routine: Each competitor will perform a 60 sec routine judges will be looking for an engaging posing routine showcasing the individual’s physique. Lewd acts / explicit music is not permitted.

Round 3

Comparisons: Competitors will be judged on any one favorite pose at front, left side, back and finally right side. Judges may also request quarter turns during the call out / comparison rounds.
Pose-down & Awards – All athletes will be asked to perform 30 seconds of free posing – then assemble in a line at back of stage for placement awards. (This may take place after preliminary rounds of another class.)

Mens Athletic And Fitness

Men Fitness Performance Athletic Superbody Extreme
Over 1.79m < 80 kg 80 -85 kg 85 – 90 kg 90 – 95 kg > 95 kg
1.72 m – 1.79m < 75 kg 75 – 80 kg 80 – 85 kg 85 – 90 kg > 90 kg
1.65 m – 1.72m < 70 kg 70 – 75 kg 75 – 80 kg 80 – 85 kg > 85 kg
Under 1.65m < 65 kg 65 – 70 kg 70 – 75 kg 75 – 80 kg > 80kg

Three disciplines are involved:

Discipline 1 – Symmetry Round Quarter Turns

Front, Back And Sides Lineup

All competitors will present on stage in numerical order facing the judges. The head judge will call heels together facing the front. A series of quarter turns will follow. Competitors will be viewed from the left side, from the back, from the right side and from the front. Twisting is preferred on the left and right sides. Judging will be based on overall symmetry shape and muscle definition.

This discipline will require judges to evaluate standards of symmetry, proportion, muscular development and condition, posture and general deportment, in a RELAXED State.
Overall symmetry, muscular development and condition will be preferred to competitors with ´exceptional´ or ´sensational´ development areas which don´t come together in the form of overall symmetry or competitors with an imbalance in their physical make-up.
Competitors should remember this discipline in the first view the judges have of their physiques. By this stage all the serious training is over – so arguably posture and general deportment are the most important items on their list.

Discipline 2 – Individual Free Posing Round

Individual Routines

This discipline will afford judges the opportunity to extend their assessment of individual Competitors.

The time allocation for each competitor will be 60 seconds (1 1/2 minutes) max.

In case of a high quantity of competitors the Chief Judge can decide for 1 minute posing time during the pre-judging.

Judges will be looking for tone, shape and quality of individual and collective muscle groups. Presentation will also be an important consideration, but the main criteria for selection and placing will be symmetry, proportion, muscular development and condition

Discipline 3 – Comparison Round Compulsory Poses


Arguably the most important discipline of all. Eight compulsory comparisons poses which allow the judges to assess selected competitors against each other.

Compulsory comparisons poses are as follows:

  1. Abdominals and thighs
    A display which allows judges to assess a competitors overall condition and to establish if he is carrying any surplus.This will be evident around the abdominal area, including the obliques, inter-costals and serratus. Coupled with the thighs display – which should show separation and striations of the quadriceps – it can be a very effective display.
  2. Front Latspread
    One of the best known and most widely used displays in bodybuilding. Judges should look for that much sought- after v-shape. They should also be looking for a ´tie-in´ and upper body blend of arms, chest, serratus and deltoids – to compliment the v-shape.Judges (and competitors) should be aware that although this pose deals primarily with the ´front lat spread´ attention should be paid to ´positioning´ other parts of the body accordingly – particularly the legs. This applies to all compulsory comparison poses.
  3. Double Biceps
    This is the pose which – perhaps more than any other- epitomises what bodybuilding is all about! Muscular development… size… power… and strength. The association of the biceps with the strong man goes back a long way. Look for a fully developed arm (even though it´s a double biceps the triceps should compliment the overall arm shape). But most of all look for well-developed biceps – thick and high-peaked with good shape and separation. Look also for the arms that enhance the rest of the physique and produce a balance.
  4. Side Chest
    A full side-chest pose, properly executed, can be very impressive. In former days it was one of the hallmarks of a top physique. Nowadays it is looked on as a more integral (but no less important) part of the physique. Look for overall thickness and development of the pectorals (major and minor), and a good arch of the rib-cage. Again, either side can be displayed.
  5. Side Triceps
    This is the pose which allows a competitor to display the biggest portion of the upper arm – the triceps. Look for sharpness on the horse-shoe of the triceps – a three-headed muscle. Those with exceptional development may even show horizontal striations, and a fullness which begins at the elbow. Display either arm – or both alternately.
  6. Full lat spread (from back showing calf and leg biceps) Like its counterpart (the front version) this one should show the v-shape – wide shoulders and a narrow waist. Attention should also be paid to thickness of development in upper back area and lumbar region. Watch carefully for any surplus on the lower back and waist areas. Competitors should again remember to position other aspects of their physique to produce an overall attractive display.
  7. Double biceps(back)
    Properly executed this can be one of the most impressive poses in bodybuilding. Those who possess thickness, shape and highly developed muscular separation will stand out immediately. These are the main requirements and they must also include the lumbar region. Particular emphasis must be placed on the peaks of the biceps, forearms, triceps an the three heads of the deltoids.
  8. Most muscular(front)
    This is the final pose of the comparison discipline – the ´clincher & the crowd-pleaser. Competitors should be more concerned with pleasing the judges though. They can do this if they are in good sharp overall physical condition. The most muscular (or trap-over) provides an opportunity to show the muscle-mass of arms, chest and shoulder areas. But don’t forget to look at the legs as well.

Mens Physique/sports Model

Competitors will be judged on their masculine style, marketability and stage presence. Male Sports Models will also be judged on their ability to display their own unique character, style and self-confidence.

Male Fitness Models will be expected to show off their physical attributes that project a fit and healthy lifestyle; A LEAN, well-proportioned, toned and athletic looking body is the look that is wanted. Posing…hands OPEN NO BODYBUILDING POSES.

Competition attire will consist of square cut spandex style swim shorts as the choice for Male Sports Model contestants. (NO swimming trunks or boxers/briefs) The current Men WFF SPORTS”MODEL” category is judged over two rounds Sports- theme and swimwear speedo or European style posing briefs for men.

The current Men WFF SPORTS MODEL category is judged over two rounds Sports- theme and swimwear ( speedo or European style posing briefs for men)

Classification within category;

  • Junior – Under 24 years
  • Short – <= 1.75 m
  • Tall – > 1.75 m
  • Senior – Over 30+ years


Athletes are reminded that extreme muscularity will be marked down.

Each athlete is introduced individually by number, name and country by MC and proceeds to follow a T Model walk on stage and creates a line at the rear of the stage.

Each Class is then introduced as a group onstage, in numerical order in a single line or two rows, depending on the volume of athletes.

In numerical order, each group is directed to the center-stage area facing the judges to perform the four quarter turns.

Quarter Turn Right b.Quarter Turn Rear c.Quarter Turn Right d.Quarter Turn Front

On completion of the quarter turns the group is reformed and directed to model cat-walk front and rear of stage for further judging comparison.

The line-up is further required to perform a circle or parade around the stage before final placings are awarded.

A pose down (no bodybuilding poses) is called to allow time for judging sheets to be collated.

Top three in each class are announced and requested to stand at rear of stage, the remaining athletes in the group are presented with commemorative medal and exit stage in a parade around the stage.

* If there are less than 4 athletes in any class the organiser may merge a class into the closest suitable class

NABBA 2022