NOVICE: (Note Novice class is only open at qualifiers NOT final events)
A Novice is an athlete who has never placed in the top 3 of a competition in any previous season.
Your status as a novice lasts the duration of a season. Athletes who have won a regional, national title, or competed internationally as a masters, bikini, fit body or bodybuilding competitor is not eligible to be considered a novice.
This is the open figure class. The division may be split into short and tall classes depending on the number of competitors. The division will be split as follows:
Short, under 163 cm tall
Tall, over 163 cm tall
Athletes over the age of 40 are eligible for the Masters Figure. Where there are more than 15 entries the division may be divided into two classes based on height.
Figure is judged equally on symmetry, muscle tone and stage presence (to include posing and the stage walk). Judges will be looking at balance and proportion (e.g., between upper and lower body). Figures should be symmetrically balanced; upper or lower body should not overpower the other; no one-body part should overpower the rest of the physique. Competitors must also show good muscle tone, leanness and muscle development is expected.
The Figure division will be suitable for athletes who are larger framed and more heavily muscled than Bikini athletes, and slightly harder and leaner but WITHOUT the detail and conditioning of Fit Body or Size of Bodybuilding. The athlete featured is a good example of what the judges will be looking for.
The three rounds judged are:
- Symmetry – Encompasses the overall proportions, and symmetry from the top to bottom and front and side of the physique.
- Muscle Tone – Overall muscle size, and conditioning is assessed in this round.
- I-Walk - Stage presentation is considered in this round, as is the athletes ability to display their strengths and hide their weaknesses.
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