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Men and Woman's Bodybuilding

- Pre-Judging Poses: Competitors will be judged on posing as well as physical appearance, in both, individual and comparison rounds. Both rounds will consist of quarter turns and mandatory poses. Depending on the division a competitor enters, there are several different posing categories. Below is a breakdown of each division with details regarding proper competition attire, presentation and mandatory posing.


Competition Attire:

• Men – bodybuilding posing suit, plain in color, standard “V” shape covering at least 2/3 of your buttocks

All suits will be checked at weigh-in. Weight Classes:

Men's Bodybuilding Novice:

Light- less 165

Middle – 165.25 up to 184

Heavy – over 184

Men's Bodybuilding Open -

Bantam – less than 150

Light Weight – 150.25 up to 165

Middle Weight – 165.25 up to 180

Light-Heavy Weight – 180.25 up to 199

Heavy- 199.25 up to 224

Super Heavy – over 224


Mandatory Poses:

• Front Lat Spread

• Front Double Bicep

• Side Chest

• Rear Lat Spread

• Rear Double Bicep

• Side Tricep

• Abdominal and Thigh

• Most Muscular


Individual Round: During pre-judging each competitor will be called out to center stage where they will stand feet flat, heels touching, and arms to their side and head facing front. The head judge will ask the competitor to perform their quarter turns first. The quarter turns consist of facing front, quarter turn facing right, facing backstage and quarter turn facing left. The head judge will then ask the competitor to complete a series of mandatory poses. Athletes will be judged on muscularity, conditioning and symmetry, a display of overall shape and muscle balance, vascularity, separation and striation. All poses must be performed properly and in a timely manner to avoid any penalties.


Comparison Round: Once all competitors have completed their individual rounds, the head judge will call random competitor numbers of their choice to line up on center stage where quarter turn comparisons as well as mandatory posing comparisons will be performed. Upon completion of comparison round the head judge could call on competitors to return to stage in order to ensure proper judging and placement. Please Note: We do NOT call first call outs, second call outs etc.


Evening Presentation Format: Competitors will be called to stage one by one, where they will stop at center stage, strike a pose and proceed to line up on stage right/left based on the direction of the expediter until each competitor has presented him/herself. The expediter will then instruct all competitors to leave the stage. Depending on the number of competitors in a class and the decision of the officials, either all competitors or the top 5 in the class will perform a 90 second routine to their chosen music. Please note rule for routines, only one routine will be performed if doing Crossover divisions.


Posing Music: Posing music must be on a CD and must be the only music on that CD. Posing music may not contain any vulgar lyrics. Music will vulgar or racial lyrics and tone will be prohibited. Note:


The Moon Pose is prohibited at any GBO Sanctioned Event.

Props are allowed in the final evening routine however you must have them approved at the weigh in meetings by the Head Judge or the State Director.

Men's Standard Bodybuilding

  • All Sales Final and no Refunds will be issued after Registration.

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