Back to IFBB Disciplines

Athletes train to develop all parts of their body and muscles to maximum size but in balance and harmony. 

There should be no "weak points" or underdeveloped muscles. Moreover, they should follow a special pre-competition training system, to decrease the bodyfat level as low as possible and remove the underskin water to show the quality of muscles: density, separation and definition. 

The competitor who displays more muscle details scores the highest. The other matter to be assessed is general view of the physique, which should be proportionally built. Broad shoulders and narrow waist, as well as adequately long legs and shorter upper body, are what the judges are looking for. 

These qualities are displayed during two physique assessment rounds when competitors do seven mandatory poses during comparisons of three to eight athletes chosen by the judges.

There are three rounds, including one offering athletes the opportunity to show their physique during 60-second free posing to music. Judges will assess each round, giving athletes individual places.

View Men's Bodybuilding Rankings