The Fitness Model category is open to males and females of all experience levels, including first timers, that are 18 years of age and above. There are two equally scored rounds in the Fitness Model category: swimwear and sportswear. At UFE Halloween Mayhem, competitors have the option of replacing the sportswear with a costume.
The Fitness Model category will consist of one Open division for males. This division is open to males of all experience levels, including first timers, who are 18 years of age and older. For females, there will be an Open division for competitors 18 years of age and above and a Masters division in which competitors 35 years and above can compete with others in this age group. Masters competitors may also compete in the Open division as a crossover.
An explanation of the Fitness Model category requirements
Because different organizations have different requirements and expectations of an ideal Fitness Model competitor it is important to set forth what the judges will be looking for with respect to Fitness Model competitors at UFE shows.
Fitness Model competitors should have a very athletic and fit physique. However competitors should not come in striated, dry and “ripped” like a bodybuilder. Vascularity in female competitors is not favorable, while in males, some vascularity is acceptable.
For examples of an ideal look for female Fitness Models, competitors can refer to a magazine such as Oxygen or Fitness Rx. As a reference for male Fitness Models, competitors can refer to a magazine such as Men’s Health or Reps for an ideal look. After referring to many of the Fitness Models you will see, there is no one ideal level of musculature or bodyfat; it is what looks best in relation to the competitors’ skeletal frames.
Rounds of Competition
There are two equally scored rounds in the Fitness Model category: swimwear and sportswear (or costume for UFE Halloween Mayhem only). In both of these rounds, competitors will be asked to come out on stage individually and walk to 3 predetermined points on the stage. During this walk, judges are looking for poise and confidence of the competitor. The style of walk is important as this is a model competition so the competitor should walk accordingly. At each of the 3 points on stage, competitors will execute 1-2 freestyle poses, perform any style of turn or have fun and play up their outfit in the case of the sportswear or costume round (ie: if the competitor dresses in a baseball outfit, they may pretend to swing a bat or catch a ball etc.). After all 3 points are hit, competitors will go to the back of the stage and line up with the other competitors. Once a predetermined number of competitors are in the lineup, they will all be asked to come forward and execute a series of quarter turns for the judges before leaving the stage.
Swimwear Round – (1/2 of score)
For females, this round will be performed in a two piece swimsuit and high heels. Judges will be looking for developed muscles with some visible separation. Judges would like to see lean, symmetrical physiques that include even distributions of bodyfat and muscle, and an ideal waist to hip ratio. Poise and confidence of the competitors is important as is attractiveness and presentation.
For males this round will be performed in swim trunks and either barefoot or suitable footwear (ie: sandals). Judges would like to see developed and proportionate muscles with visible separation. Competitors should also have low bodyfat, visible definition, and broad shoulders with a narrow waist. Poise and confidence are also important, as are attractiveness and presentation.
Sportswear Round – (1/2 of score)
In the sportswear round, competitors may select anything from a sporty outfit to a yoga outfit to a sport themed costume. There is a lot of room for creativity as long as the outfit looks “sporty” or sports related. Judges are looking at the competitor’s physique and how the chosen outfit compliments the competitor’s physique. As in the swimwear round, judges are looking for poise, confidence, attractiveness and presentation.
NOTE: Some other organizations allow almost any type of theme and costume during this round, but UFE is specifically looking for competitors to wear sportswear or a sports theme as the whole point of the category is to essentially look for people that would make good sports models or sportswear models. Hence, competitors who do not adhere to the guidelines will be assessed demerit points.
Costume Round (UFE Halloween Mayhem ONLY)
NOTE: this is NOT an extra round and is simply an OPTION to replace the sportswear round at UFE Halloween Mayhem ONLY.
This is an opportunity for competitors to get creative. Competitors can select nearly anything they wish to wear in this round from sportswear/sport themed costumes to ghoulish Halloween costumes. Judges are looking at the competitors’ creativity and how their chosen costume reflects their physique. Again, poise and confidence as well as attractiveness and presentation are all key factors in how the competitor is scored in this round.
Keep in mind, that there will be a prize for best costume at UFE Halloween Mayhem. If a competitor would like to be in contention for this, the costume round should replace the sportswear round. However, scoring will NOT be affected by a competitor’s choice to wear a costume or not.