Next Event: MAY 11 – IDFA ONLINE 10: Canadian Provincials / Nationals (CANADIAN Citizens ONLY)

Bodybuilding ONLINE Contest Rules

Athlete Attire

Posing Suit

1-piece posing suit. Please choose a quality-made suit appropriate for bodybulding competition. The posing suit will cover a minimum of 40% of the gluteus maximus and all of the frontal area. No G-strings, thongs etc.

Posing suit must be in good taste. If you are unsure about your suit please contact the IDFA prior to competition.

All competitors will wear posing attire, as stated above, for the photos and video they are submitting to the IDFA.


Only small earrings and wedding rings permitted.

Divisions and Classes

Men’s Novice Bodybuilding

  • Men’s Novice Bodybuilding

Men’s Open Bodybuilding

  • Men’s Open Bodybuilding

Men’s Masters Bodybuilding

  • Masters 40+ (40 years old and over)
  • Masters 50+ (50 years old and over)

 Men’s Pro Bodybuilding

  • Men’s Pro Bodybuilding (one class)

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


  • 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 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
  • Definition – degree of muscularity brought about by the absence of subcutaneous body fat
  • Proportion – equal development between all muscle groups
  • Symmetry – equal development of muscularity on both right and left sides of the physique
  • Stage Presence – posing performance, skin tone, overall presentation

The best physique may not win if it is not displayed properly. Each competitor should practice the mandatory poses to ensure they are executed properly. Posing will count as part of your score.


IDFA Mandatory Poses for PHOTOS and VIDEO Submission

Bodybuilding - Mandatory Poses


Submitted Competitor Photos and Videos will be compared against the Photos and Videos of the other competitors in your class. Official IDFA Judges will be individually and privately going over all of the competitor Photos and Videos and comparing them and ranking them from 1st place to the final placing and submitting them to the IDFA as their official placings just as we do at our Live Competitions. All competitors will be placed.


The Quarter Turns and Mandatory Poses will be in this order for your VIDEO Submission:

Facing Forward

  • Front Double Biceps
  • Front Lat Spread

Quarter turn to your right*

  • Side Chest Pose
  • Side Triceps Pose

Quarter turn to your right*

  • Rear Double Biceps
  • Rear Lat Spread

Quarter turn to your right*

  • Side Chest Pose
  • Side Triceps Pose

Quarter turn to your right*

  • Abdominal and Thigh Pose
  • Most Muscular Pose – your choice of Crab Most Muscular or Hands on Hips Most Muscular

*NOTE: For the Quarter Turns, both feet must be flat on floor (see photos above).


We will need a photo of each mandatory pose. We will also need a VIDEO of you performing all the mandatory poses.

For the Photos and Video make sure we see your entire body from the bottom of your foot to the top of your head. You can not edit or use filters on the Photos and Video. For the Video, if you are using your phone, hold it upright (or vertically). We will be putting together a Contest Coverage and Results video for every online competition.

To validate the date we will need one photo of you holding a piece of paper with the code word on it. We will be emailing the code word out to all the athletes late the evening before the online competition.

Send your Photos and Videos submissions to  We can also use sending files sites such as DropBox, Wetransfer, etc.  If you prefer another method for sending Photos and Videos please email Shaun at  The main file sharing programs we use are Dropbox and WeTransfer.

If you have any questions please message Shaun at


Top 3 will receive Large IDFA Custom Medallions with 4th and 5th receiving smaller size IDFA Custom medallions. We will be awarding medallions for 6th to the final placing. Everyone will receive a medallion.

All Awards will be shipped out to the mailing address the competitor provides. The Awards will be shipped out right after all the Placings are announced.

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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