BODYBUILDING COMPARISON ROUNDS
MANDATORY COMPARISON ROUND
After each contestant has finished their Individual Posing Routines, they are brought out as a group in numerical order. The head judge will call them out in groups of 3-5 and direct them through the Mandatory poses. There are seven for women and eight for men. The judges will take this time to assess muscular development (See Judging criteria, Muscular development). The Side Chest and Side Tricep poses may be done from either side.
During the Prejudging, the judges look for a balance of size, symmetry and muscularity. The judges may ask to see certain competitors together for comparisons.
The judges then mark their score sheets, consisting of a single placing for each competitor based on all three rounds of posing.
- POSE#1 – FRONT DOUBLE BICEP
- POSE#2 – FRONT LAT SPREAD
- POSE#3 – SIDE CHEST POSE (either side)
- POSE#4 – SIDE TRICEP EXTENSION (either side)
- POSE#5 – BACK DOUBLE BICEP
- POSE#6 – BACK LAT SPREAD
- POSE#7 – ABDOMINAL POSE
- POSE#8 – MOST MUSCULAR (Men Only)