Judgment Day: The Judges Speak Their Mind.

To help increase your chances to succeed, the following are basic tips provided by some of the best and most well-respected IFBB/NPC Judges in the world. Read on to see what they think is the most important when preparing for a show.
"There is no success without sacrifice."
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Now that you have selected your next competition, are you doing everything necessary to prepare for the big day? Most people concentrate on sticking to their diets and getting their workouts in. Often times, they overlook the obvious. How much effort have you put into stage presentation, posing, choreography, suit selection or even skin color?

According to the National Physique Committee (NPC), the following are questions the judges consider as they assess your physique:

  • Did the style of posing work well with and compliment their physique?
  • Did the competitor show their physique to its best advantage during their posing routine?
  • Were all the muscle groups displayed?
  • Was emphasis placed on their strong areas or did they draw attention to their weaknesses?

Perfecting these key areas can go a long way in ensuring success on competition day. To help increase your chances to succeed, the following are basic tips provided by some of the best and most well-respected International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB)/NPC judges in the world. Read closely, follow their advice and you may be surprised at the outcome of your next contest!


Jim Rockell
Head IFBB/NPC Judge, Member of the IFBB Professional Division Management Team, NPC Vice President and General Secretary:

    Men's Bodybuilding:

    1. Listen and follow all instructions given by the head judge.
    2. Learn how to stand relaxed.
    3. Learn to apply proper color and oil.

    Women's Bodybuilding:

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    1. Emphasize femininity.
    2. Symmetry and balance need to be in order.
    3. Muscularity is important, but without too much of a striated look.

    Fitness:

    1. Routines should have all aspects of strength, gymnastics and dance.
    2. Feminine and athletic look without heavy muscular separation.
    3. Perfection of mandatory movements in 45 second and two minute routine rounds with smooth transitions (not rushed).

    Figure:

    1. Healthy skin tone and facial appearance is very important.
    2. Feminine and athletic look... limit heavy muscle.
    3. Suits are very important and must accentuate the body to its best look.


Dr. Gary Udit
IFBB/NPC Judge, NPC Mid-Atlantic District Zone Supervisor.

    Men's Bodybuilding:

    1. Practice mandatory poses!
    2. Don't over apply your oil - create sheen, not a shine.
    3. Don't "guest pose" during your routine and do not ask for applause from audience.

    Women's Bodybuilding:

    1. Be sure to apply your tan properly - no steaking.
    2. Train to have muscle separation but no striations.
    3. Spend time practicing your poses without a mirror.

    Fitness:

    1. Build your routine around things you are good at - don't try things you can't do.
    2. Better to do 90 seconds of high energy than two minutes that is boring.
    3. Practice the quarter turn stances!

    Figure:

    1. Wear deep colored suits.
    2. Stay away from platform shoes.
    3. Wear your hair in the style that exudes femininity.


John Tuman
IFBB/NPC Judge, IFBB/NPC Promoter.

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    Men's Bodybuilding:

    1. Athletic muscular balance.
    2. Symmetry.
    3. Condidtioning.

    Women's Bodybuilding:

    1. Healthy muscular athletic look.
    2. Symmetry.
    3. Conditioning.

    Fitness:

    1. Symmetry.
    2. Athletic healthy look.
    3. High energy routine with crisp moves.

    Figure:

    1. Skin tone.
    2. Athletic healthy look (not too muscular or ripped).
    3. Symmetry.


Rick Bayardi
IFBB Expeditor, NPC Judge, Ohio District Chairman.

    Men's Bodybuilding:

    1. Pay attention to detail.
    2. Proper posing - we can't judge what we can't see.
    3. Shape, then size.

    Women's Bodybuilding:

    1. Do not get too hard.
    2. Grace and beauty (look like a woman).
    3. Shape, shape, shape.

    Fitness:

    1. Do not go to Figure (we need you).
    2. Do not get too hard.
    3. Focus on the moves you can do best.

    Figure:

    1. Do not get too hard.
    2. Display confidence and smile!
    3. Detail.


Marie Allegro
IFBB Fitness Pro, IFBB Official, NPC Judge.

    Men's Bodybuilding:

    1. Get a suit that flatters your physique.
    2. Feet together during quarter turns.
    3. Smile and have fun.


    Marie Allegro.
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    Women's Bodybuilding:

    1. Wear make-up, a stylish hairdo and appropriate accessories.
    2. Wax three to four days before your show, so your skin looks clear.
    3. Be poised.

    Fitness:

    1. No daisy duke shorts for your routine - it looks tacky when it runs up your butt
    2. Practice walking in your heels and be poised
    3. Practice facial expressions and smile during your routine. You will look nervous if you do not change your expression

    Figure:

    1. Condition
    2. Get professional advice for stage make-up and get hair fillers or extensions if your hair is thin
    3. Make sure that the color and style of your suit fits you

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Conclusion

Judges take their job just as seriously as competitors do. Many judges are former competitors and know the effort it takes to get into top shape. They do their best to fairly assess your physique. From time to time, you may not agree with their results, however, there will be more contests and opportunities for you to shine.

After each competition, try to get feedback from as many judges as possible. Ask them what your strengths are and just as importantly, what areas need the most improvement.

Through hard work, discipline, perseverance and following the tips provided by our expert judging panel, you will greatly increase your chances for success.

Good luck!

About Amy

Amy Yanagisawa-Wilkins has a master's degree in human performance and is an IFBB Fitness Pro and Official. Rob Wilkins is the IFBB Athlete Liaison and Special Assistant to the IFBB. Contact them at amyrobwilkins@aol.com