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This is a chance for women with muscle who also enjoy the posing and routine aspects of Bodybuilding to do so while maintaining the feminity and beauty associated with Figure competitors.

This category has 3 rounds of competition including the symmetry round, mandatory posing round and routine round. The symmetry and mandatory posing rounds are performed barefoot.


Women may participate in as many divisions in which they are eligible. For example, a woman competing at the Open level that is 38 years of age may compete in the Masters division and the Open division.

Novice Level

No divisions.

Open Level

By Age

Masters – for women 40 years of age and above.

Elite Level

Masters division for women 40 years of age and above at the UFE World Championships only.

Professional Level

Masters division for women 40 years of age and above at the UFE World Championships only. Subject to the sole discretion of UFE

Protocol & Judging

Symmetry Round

In the symmetry round, competitors will stand in a “semi-relaxed” stance with heels close together or touching. While the body is kept tight, the hands should be kept soft, like in Figure (ie: no clenched fists). Competitors will then be instructed to execute a series of quarter turns to the right so that they may be viewed from the front, the back and both sides.

In this round, judges are looking for a well-proportioned physique. Muscle groups should be proportioned from top to bottom (ie: the size and structure of the legs should be in proportion to the size and structure of the upper body) and from side to side (ie: both legs should look the same in both size and condition). Competitors should also display good muscle definition.

Mandatory Posing

In this round, judges are looking at the muscularity and conditioning of the individual muscle groups, as well as the proper execution of each pose.

The following poses will be called in this round:

  • Front Double Biceps (hips should be pointed off center with a twist in the waist to face the judges)
  • Rear Double Biceps
  • Abdominals and Thigh
  • Side Triceps (with leg extended)
  • Side Chest (with leg extended)

All poses should be done with open hands. No clenching of the fists is permitted during this round.


Presentation (25%)

Judges’ will be looking for proper execution of the quarter turns, the ability to hit the mandatory poses and hold them, and proper transition between poses. The routine will make up a significant part of this score as well.

Conditioning (25%)

This refers to the degree of separation of each muscle group and the muscles within each group. Judges are also looking for how tight the skin is to the muscles (ie: is the athlete holding water under the skin?), vascularity and visible striations.

Symmetry and Proportion (25%)

Judges will be looking for equal development of all body parts in relation to one another as well as equal development from side to side and from top to bottom.

Muscle Mass (12.5%)

This refers to the size of each muscle group and the overall muscularity of the entire body. The muscle mass of a Women’s Physique competitor would be similar to that of a Figure competitor or, in some cases, it may be somewhat higher.

Beauty/Skin Tone and Condition (12.5%)

The Women’s Physique competitor should maintain femininity and beauty. The competitor should have a skin tone that looks smooth, healthy and radiant.

Routine Round

Competitors will prepare a routine that is a maximum length of 90 seconds set to music of their choice. The routine round is meant to display a competitor’s physique, physical conditioning, personality, posing and creativity.

Competitors should incorporate at least some of the mandatory poses in their routines, but are also encouraged to include other poses that show the judges their physique in the most favorable way. Transition between poses is also looked at and routines should be creative and entertaining in order to capture the attention of the judges. Props and costumes are encouraged and showing off a relevant talent is also encouraged. Some relevant talents could include dance, martial arts, gymnastics, robotics, baton etc. Props, costumes and the incorporation of special talents are not required, however, keep in mind that the point of the routine is to try and “WOW” the judges and the audience. This is your chance to shine on stage and show everyone what you want them to see.

Routine music must be saved to a USB drive in MP3 format (no other format will be accepted) and handed in at the athlete meeting. The music will be uploaded and the USB will be given back. Please keep the USB as backup in the case that anything happens to your music. Routine music may not contain profanity and competitors will have points deducted if warranted.

Routines will be performed in the finals only.

Example of Scoring System:

Competitor #



Conditioning (10)

Symmetry (10)

Muscle Mass (5)

Beauty/Skin Tone (5)

Total (40)






















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


  • Competitors should keep jewelry to a minimum to avoid distracting from their physique (ie: nice earrings and a simple bracelet are sufficient).
  • All competitors will come on the stage barefoot for the symmetry and mandatory posing rounds.
  • 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.
  • Competitors should perform all poses with open hands.
  • In the event of a tie, the highest and lowest scores from the competitors in the tie will be dropped.
  • Having a base tan and using a product such as Protan or Jan Tana on the body is a good idea. Competitors should use makeup to try and match their facial color to the rest of their body. Dream Tan is not allowed for use due to venue restrictions.
  • Using posing glazes 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 suit bottoms must be cut in a “V-shape” and 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).
  • Competitors will be allowed to start a routine over or can be called back in the event of a technical glitch with their music during the routine round. Keep in mind that how a competitor handles the situation can affect the way the judges perceive them.
  • 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.