In 2012 the muscular and men's physique division was officially launched as a new IFBB sport discipline.
It has proved to be a very popular category so the IFBB has increased the number of men’s physique categories from two to six: 170cm, 173cm, 176cm, 179cm, 182cm and over 182cm.
They perform two rounds of quarter turns, wearing board shorts of their choice.
The second and final round begins with a short individual onstage presentation of each competitor.
Judges assess the shape and symmetry of the athletes, as well as their muscles and overall condition.
Competitors' stage presence and personality are also part of the judges’ verdict.