Bodybuilding Women


Bodybuilding Competitor Rules – Female

Competitors will be checked in and weighed


  • All suit bottoms must be V-shaped, no thongs are permitted.
  • Female competitors suites  must be two-piece but may include a printed design with fringes, lace, sparkle or fluorescents that are in good taste.
  • All Prejudging suits will be inspected at the morning check-in.
  • Competitors are not permitted to alter the fit of the posing suit by hiking it up in the back or by pulling up the sides during Front and Rear Lat Spreads.


  • Posing music will be used at the Finals Only and not at prejudging.
  • Posing music must be on a CD and must be the only song on the CD.
  • Posing music must be on Side A and should be cued to the start of the music.
  • Posing music must not contain vulgar lyrics. Competitors using music containing vulgar lyrics will be disqualified.


  • During the Prejudging & Finals, female competitors are not permitted to wear any jewelry other than a wedding band. Decorative pieces in the hair are not permitted.
  • During the Finals female competitors are permitted to wear earrings.
  • No glasses (except prescription) or props are permitted onstage.
  • No chewing of gum is aloud on stage.
  • Any competitor doing the “Moon Pose” will be disqualified.
  • Lying on the floor is prohibited.
  • We expect you to act as professional on stage and to treat all athletes with respect.
  • No bumping or shoving are aloud. First and second persons involved will be disqualified.
  • Competitors numbers will be worn on the left side of the suit bottom.
  • During finals we expect you act as adults with your placing.  No pouting, vulgar language, tossing your award, etc is aloud.  If this happens you will be banned from NABBA USA®.


  • The only people permitted in the backstage area are competitors, expediters and NABBA officials.


  • Your health is very important to us and if it appears you are disoriented, light-headed or you are experiencing serve cramping you will not be permitted to compete.
  • Any competitor disqualified for health reasons must be checked by the attending EMT and, if it is advised by the EMT, must go to the nearest hospital for evaluation.
  • Competitors who refuse to be evaluated by the EMT or at the hospital will be suspended from competition for a period of one year from the date of the occurrence.


Promoters will have the option to choose from 2,3,or 4 classes depending on the size of the show.

2 Classes

  • Lightweight – Up to and including 125
  • Heavyweight – Over 125

3 Classes

  • Lightweight – Up to and including 125
  • Middleweight – Over 125 up to and including 140
  • Heavyweight – Over 140

4 Classes

  • Lightweight – Up to and including 115
  • Middleweight – Over 115 up to and including 125
  • Light-Heavyweight – Over 125 up to and including 140
  • Heavyweight – Over 140



Judges will score competitors according to the NABBA USA® rulings which is a balance of size, symmetry and muscularity.

Relaxed Round

  • Keep your feet flat
  • Keep your heels together
  • Hold your arms at your sides
  • No twisting
  • Your head must be facing the same direction as your feet.

Individual Round

  • Head judge will signal when to start
  • Maximum of 60 seconds with a warning when 10 seconds remain.
  • You are not obligated to use all 60 seconds.
  • Lying on the floor is not permitted.

Mandatory Round

  • Front Double Bicep
  • Front Lat Spread
  • Side Chest
  • Side Tricep
  • Rear Double Bicep
  • Rear Lat Spread
  • Abdominals with one thigh


Bodybuilding Qualifications

Bodybuilding competitors that place in the top five (5) in each weight class will qualify for NABBA USA National Qualifying shows. Competitors that place in the top three at a national qualifying contest are eligible for NABBA USA National Pro Qualifier shows. All National level qualifications are good for one year.

Definition of Novice

If an athlete has placed in the top ten (10) of any national competition then the athlete is no longer considered a novice.

A true novice is an athlete that has never entered an NPC event.

Who Qualifies for National Level Competitions:

  • A competitor must place in the top three (3)  in their weight class of the Women’s open division in a contest that has been sanctioned as a national qualifier.
  • First overall in an area championship of the open division.
  • Top two (2) in a weight class from an area level national qualifier
  • Overall winner in a district level competition designated as a national qualifier.
  • Winner of the weight class in a regional competition designated as a national qualifier.
  1. This qualifies the competitor for competition on the national level for a period of one (1) full calendar year after the year that the qualification took place
  2. Only if a competitor’s one (1) year qualification has expired can an athlete enter a state or higher level national qualifying competition even if they have already won the overall title.