Round 1: Individual Free Posing Round
In this round each contestant performs their individual posing routine to their own selection of music. There is a time limit of 90 seconds and all music should be supplied on CD with a back-up copy available on event day. Original music is recommended as some home-made recording versions do not allow commercial systems to play. It is embarrassing both for the competitor and the promoter when music does not play, so please check this critical aspect.
The judges will look for a routine which is entertaining, compliments and enhances the physique of the competitor, showing their better features whilst disguising their weaker points. The competitor should have an empathy with the music selected, using movements in time to the rhythm or beat of the music without uncoordinated moves that are too fast for the audience and the judges to appreciate whilst digesting the competitor’s physique.
Round 2: Symmetry Round
All competitors appear in numerical order in one line across the stage (when there are large number of competitors, the head judge may choose to dissect the line into two or three sections to allow clearer vision of the competitors by the judges). The line is then taken through a series of quarter turns.
In this round the competitors will be closely scrutinized for any genetic, structural or proportional defects that could affect their placing and are scored accordingly.
Round 3: Compulsory Posing Round
These poses are designed to allow the judges to view development of every muscle from different angles, thus ensuring the individual judge has a good basis for "callouts" (competitor comparisons).
After the competitors have completed these poses as a group, each individual judge has an opportunity to call out only the competitors he wishes to view in further comparison.
Round 4: Posedown
In this round all competitors perform together in a group posing to background music which allows the head judge to tally the score card. The Top 3 winners are awarded immediately on stage and the 1st place winner only is invited to contest the Overall event later in the program.