Figure

This category is for women that think more muscle is sexy and want to show it off. “Elegance,” “poise,” and “confidence” are some of the words used to describe women in this category.

Overall, the judges are looking for rounded shoulders and a well built, wide, upper back that tapers down into a tight waist. Judges will also be looking for the muscle to round out or “sweep” from the skeletal structure of the competitor. Having separation between the muscle groups and within individual muscle groups is ideal.

This category is performed in a single round in which women wear a 2 piece custom figure suit.

Divisions Within the Category:


Women may participate in as many divisions in which they are eligible. For example, a woman competing at the Open level that is 45 years of age may compete in the Masters 45 division and the appropriate height class.

By Height Class

Provided there are at least 10 competitors in the category, UFE will separate women into short and tall classes. UFE uses a median height system in which all women below the median height are placed in the short class, while women above the median height are placed in the tall class. This ensures each class has an equal number of competitors. The median height will change from event to event based on the heights of the competitors at a particular event.

By Age

Masters 35 – for women 35 years of age and above
Masters 45 – for women 45 years of age and above

By Height Class

Provided there are at least 10 competitors in the category, UFE will separate women into short and tall classes. UFE uses a median height system in which all women below the median height are placed in the short class, while women above the median height are placed in the tall class. This ensures each class has an equal number of competitors. The median height will change from event to event based on the heights of the competitors at a particular event.

Masters division for women 35 years of age and above at the UFE World Championships only.

Masters division for women 35 years of age and above (provided sufficient number of competitors) at the UFE World Championships only.

Protocol and Judging

Stage Presentation

Competitors will enter the stage wearing a 2 piece posing suit with high heels. Competitors will go to three points on stage where they will execute 1-2 standard or creative poses of their choice. The points on stage will be marked and the competitor is to go to the far side of the stage first, come back to the near side of the stage and then pose at center stage before forming a lineup at the back of the stage. When all competitors have completed their walk and gone to the back of the stage, they will then be called forward and asked to execute a series of quarter turns to the right for the judges in order to do a direct comparison of all of the competitors. In each quarter turn position, arms should remain at the competitor’s sides. For the side poses, a slight twist in the waist is allowed, however the competitor’s hips and face should remain in the direction in which they are told to stand.

Scoring and Assessment

The following criteria and judging requirements will help those looking to compete in the Figure category grasp what UFE judges will be looking for.

Physique Assessment, along with the respective weighting for each area, will include:

  • Proportion & symmetry (25%)
  • Conditioning (25%)
  • Presentation (poise, posture, confidence) (25%)
  • Structure (12.5%)
  • Skin tone & condition/Facial beauty/Marketability (12.5%)

Judges will first assess the overall athletic appearance of the physique. The assessment beginning with a general impression of the physique will take into consideration the hair, facial beauty, overall athletic development of the muscle, presentation of a balanced, symmetrically developed physique, condition of the skin, the skin tone and the athlete’s ability to present herself with confidence, poise and grace.

The physique will be assessed as to its level of overall muscle tone, achieved through athletic endeavors. The muscle groups should round out from the skeletal frame and there should be separation between muscle groups (ie: between the triceps/biceps and shoulders, between the hamstrings and quadriceps). The physique should neither be excessively muscular nor excessively lean and should be free from deep muscle separation and or striations. Physiques that are considered either too muscular or too lean may be marked down.

The assessment will also take into consideration the tightness and tone of the skin. The skin tone should be smooth and healthy in appearance and without cellulite. The face, hair and makeup should complement the “total package” presented by the athlete.

The assessment of the athlete’s physique will include the athlete’s entire presentation from the moment she walks on stage until the moment she walks off stage. Emphasis will be placed on a healthy, fit, athletic physique in an attractively presented “total package”.

Example of Scoring System:

Competitor #

Symmetry (10)

Conditioning (10)

Presentation (10)

Structure (5)

Skin/Beauty (5)

Total (40)

300

10

6

6

4

3

29

301

8

10

10

5

5

38

302

7

9

9

4

5

34

*scores will be sorted from high to low and highest scoring competitor will win

OTHER POINTS AND TIPS TO REMEMBER FOR FIGURE COMPETITORS:

  • Competitors may wish to wear jewelry that compliments their presentation, but should avoid jewelry that distracts from their physique (ie: necklaces or large jewelry).
  • Competitors should keep in mind that the judges are looking at them at all times. For this reason competitors should never stand totally relaxed on stage and should keep a positive attitude at all times.
  • In the event of a tie, the highest and lowest scores from the competitors in the tie will be dropped.
  • Competitors in the Figure category tend to look best when they are dark. Having a base tan and using a product such as Protan or Jan Tana is a good idea. Competitors should try to match the color of their face to their body with make-up, rather than competition tanning products. Facial spray tan is also a good option.  Dream Tan is not allowed for use due to venue restrictions of this product.
  • Using posing oils can help accentuate the physique, however, competitors should be careful not to put too much on as it can cause the lights to reflect off it and drown out their physique. Competitors should have a sheen, not a shine.
  • Posing suits must cover all critical body parts. Demerit points will be given to competitors who have posing suits that are too provocative (ie: thongs and G-Strings).
  • Try to always show confidence by keeping your head up and executing your turns and poses with surety. Remember in all subjective sports, poise and confidence will affect the way judges perceive you.
  • Trainers, make-up artists, friends are not allowed backstage with the competitors. This is to prevent overcrowding in the dressing areas. Should a competitor need assistance, there will be volunteer staff to help them out.
  • Tattoos, piercings, etc. are acceptable.
  • Clear high-heels are preferred, as they don’t draw the attention of the judges to them. Select high heels based on your height and how you are able to walk in them.
  • Practice walking in your heels to ensure you are able to walk confidently in them on stage.
  • Posing suit tops should cover approximately half of the breast; significant deviations from this will result in demerit points being given.
  • Posing suit bottoms should cover approximately half of the glutes; significant deviations from this will result in demerit points being given.
  • Shoes worn should be stiletto style; however, there are currently no restrictions in terms of sole or heel height.
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