1. OVERALL APPEARANCE
The judge should first assess the overall male athletic appearance of the physique. This
assessment should begin at the head and extend downwards, taking the whole physique
into account. The assessment, beginning with the general impression of the physique,
should not take into consideration the hair and facial handsomeness; the overall athletic
development of the musculature; the presentation of a balanced, symmetrically
developed physique; the condition of the skin and the skin tone; and the athlete’s ability
to present him with confidence.
3. MUSCLE TONE
The physique should be assessed as to the level of overall muscle tone, achieved
through athletic endeavours. The muscle groups should have a round and firm
appearance with a small amount of body fat.
The judge’s assessment of the athlete’s physique should include the athlete’s entire
presentation, from the moment he walks onstage until the moment he walks offstage. At
all times the male classic bodybuilder competitor must be viewed with the emphasis on a
“healthy, fit, athletic-looking muscular physique, in an attractively presented total
2. MUSCLE GROUPS
During the comparisons of the compulsory poses, the judge should first look at the
primary muscle group being displayed. The judge should then survey the whole
physique, starting from the head, and looking at every part of the physique in a downward
sequence, beginning with general impressions, and looking for muscular bulk, balanced
development, muscular density and definition. The downward survey should take in the
head, neck, shoulders, chest, all of the arm muscles, front of the trunk for pectorals, pecdelt
tie-in, abdominals, waist, thighs, legs, calves and feet. The same procedure for back
poses will also take in the upper and lower trapezius, teres and infraspinatus, erector
spinae, the gluteus group, the leg biceps group at the back of the thighs, calves, and feet.
A detailed assessment of the various muscle groups should be made during the
comparisons, at which time the judge has to compare muscle shape, density, and
definition while still bearing in mind the competitor’s overall balanced development. The
comparisons of the compulsory poses can not be over-emphasized as these
comparisons will help the judge to decide, which competitor has the superior physique
from the standpoint of athletic balanced development, muscular density and definition.
4. SKIN TONE
The assessment should also take into consideration the tightness and tone of the skin.
The skin tone should be smooth and healthy in appearance.