Next Event: SEPTEMBER 3 – 2022 IDFA NATURALMANIA Online Natural Bodybuilding Championships

IDFA Rules & Regulations: Men’s Physique

Athlete Attire

Posing Suit

Board shorts will be the proper attire (see photo below for an example). You can have any colour and the length of the short can be anywhere from 2 inches above the knee to at your knee. Please choose a quality-made suit appropriate for onstage competition.

Pro Physique Champ

Posing suit must be in good taste and the IDFA must approve suit prior to competition.

All competitors will wear posing attire, as stated above, for both the Judging round and Presentation & Awards round.

JEWELLERY

Only small earrings and wedding rings permitted.

Note: All suits will be checked at Athlete Registration / Check-in.

Divisions and Classes

Men’s Novice Physique

  • classes to be announced after height check at registration

If more than 10 competitors, there will be 2 classes. The classes will be divided up evenly and fairly based on height.

Men’s Open Physique

  • classes to be announced after height check at registration

If more than 10 competitors, there will be 2 classes. The classes will be divided up evenly and fairly based on height.

Men’s Masters Physique

  • Men’s Masters 40+ (40 years of age and older)
  • Men’s Masters 50+ (50 years of age and older)

Men’s Pro Physique

  • Men’s Pro Bodybuilding (one class)

All IDFA competitors must be at least 18 years of age.

Crossovers

  • Masters can crossover to Open and / or Novice
  • Masters 50+ can crossover to Masters 40+
  • Novice can crossover to Open

Novice Eligibility

  1. Competitor has not placed in the top 3 in an Open Division in another organization.
  2. Competitor has not placed top 3 in the Novice division in an IDFA sanctioned event.

Open Eligibility

  1. Competitor has placed top 3 in the Novice division in an IDFA sanctioned event.
  2. Competitor has placed top 3 in the Open Division in another organization.

Pro Eligibility

  1. Competitor holds a current IDFA Pro Card in the Pro Division they are entering.
  2. Competitor has earned Pro Status in a natural organization in the U.S.A. and has been granted permission by the IDFA. Please contact the IDFA at info@idfa.ca to verify that the IDFA recognizes your Pro Status.

Judging Criteria

Judges will be basing their decisions on the following criteria:

          • Muscularity – full muscle development of all muscle groups (This is not bodybuilding so we are not looking for excessive size)
          • Definition – degree of muscularity brought about by the absence of subcutaneous body fat (This is not bodybuilding so we are not looking for excessive definition, ie. striations)
          • Proportion – equal development between all muscle groups
          • Symmetry – equal development of muscularity on both right and left sides of the physique
          • Stage Presence – photogenic quality, posing performance, confidence, skin tone, overall presentation

IDFA Men’s Physique Poses

Judging Round

Competitors will come out and line up with their class along the back of the stage in the physique relaxed pose. The Head Judge will direct the class through the quarter-turn comparisons (see Photos of Men’s Physique Poses above).

Presentation & Awards Round

All competitors in each class will be introduced and will perform their Posing Showcase at the Presentation & Awards round.

The Judging is where the scoring mainly takes place however if your class is close, the Presentation & Awards round will be factored in.

Presentation & Awards – Posing Showcase

Competitors will come out and line up with their class along the back of the stage in the Front Pose. Once the entire class is on stage each competitor will be introduced for their Posing Showcase.  Once introduced the competitor will proceed to the front center of the stage and perform (or present) 4 to 6 of their favourite poses.  This is the competitors time to showcase and display themselves so each competitor can do whatever type poses they feel best present their physique.

Music

We will supply the background music for the Judging round, and for the Posing Showcase at the Presentation & Awards round.

Overall Comparisons

If the division has more than one class the winners of each class will be compared in the same fashion as Judging round to determine the overall winner.

No Props or Costumes Allowed

The use of props or costumes during Judging round and the Presentation & Awards round is strictly prohibited.

Awards

Novice, Open, Masters

Top 3 will receive Large IDFA Custom Medallions with 4th and 5th receiving smaller size IDFA Custom Medallions.

Pro

Top 10 will receive Large IDFA Custom Medallions. Cash prizes may be awarded in the Pro Divisions and will be clearly stated prior to the event.


For information on how to register, Go to homepage and click on the event you wish to compete in.  The entry form for that event will be there.

For information on drug testing, please see our IDFA Drug Testing section.

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