BIKINI CRITERIA

Judges will evaluate competitors on the following criteria:

Posing/Presentation – Posing/Presentation refers to how well the competitor presents herself and displays their physique on stage as well as adherence to USBF posing guidelines. Competitors should present themselves with poise, good posture and confidence and should utilize posing that enhances their physique (i.e. no overly pointed elbows, arms too far from midline of body, or inability to display symmetry. Competitors should be able to quickly and smoothly transition between poses. 

Symmetry – Symmetry refers to the evenness of development of the competitor’s physique and how well the parts of the physique flow together. It includes the balance and proportion of the competitor from side to side, top to bottom and front to back. Symmetry is a measurement of evenness of development between all muscle groups and proportion when viewed from all sides. No body part or muscle group should stand out from the rest.

Muscularity – Muscularity refers to muscle size and development relative to the competitor’s frame, including shape and size. The level of muscularity is determined by the extent of development in relation to the size of the competitor’s skeletal structure. Also to be considered is the shape and contour of the developed muscle and muscle groups. Bikini competitors should display: 

  • A slight level of muscularity;

  • Full/round shoulder caps;

  • Visible quad development;

  • Visible hamstring development;

  • Full, round, firm glutes;

  • Should NOT display an abundance of muscle size

 

Conditioning – Conditioning refers to the level of differentiation between adjacent muscles delineating sections or fibers within the same muscle group and the degree of firmness (hardness) of muscle tone.  Leanness is important but an overly dieted appearance is neither advantageous nor desirable. Bikini competitors should display:

 

  • Overall healthy and fit muscle tone;

  • Visible abdominal definition;

  • Visible quad definition;

  • Visible hamstring definition;

  • Full, round, firm glutes with visible tie-in to hamstrings

  • Should NOT display deep cuts, striations, or overly dieted look;

   •  Should NOT display deeply drawn-in faces or stringy-looking muscularity (an emaciated look).

GROUP COMPARISONS:

Each class is brought out to front center stage as a group and guided through quarter turns to display their physique from all sides. Stances should be fairly relaxed and competitors should not appear to be flexing. Excessively twisting is NOT recommended during the front pose. Excessively leaning forward is NOT allowed during the back pose. Competitors will also be asked to walk to the back and front of the stage to further assess comparisons.


INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION:

Competitors walk out to music of their choice and perform a “T” walk (amateurs are allowed up to 60 seconds while Pros are allowed up to 90 seconds). A T-walk consists of walking out to rear center stage and pausing briefly in a pose of choice. Competitors then walk up to front center stage to pose briefly, then walk to stage left and pose briefly, then walk to stage right and pose briefly, then walk to the front center of the stage and pose briefly, and finally walk off stage diagonally to the side (as instructed by staff). The walk resembles a “T”, which is how it got its name. 

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