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Natural Bodybuilding Judging
Recently, there were a few modifications to the INBF/WNBF judging procedures. This was to ensure that athletes are provided the best opportunity to be fairly judged at all INBF/WNBF events and to help the athlete understand what the judges are looking for physique-wise.

At all bodybuilding prejudging, three scores would be given to both male and female competitors. Bodybuilders would be scored on symmetry, muscle mass and conditioning. In the past, INBF/WNBF guidelines dictated that athletes scored over two rounds: Symmetry and muscularity. The muscularity round combined both mass and conditioning creating a difficult choice for judges of deciding between these two aspects of bodybuilding.

To make the scoring more clearly defined, an extra round was added to the prejudging consisting of four poses: Most Muscular (of choice), Front Double Biceps, Side Chest (of choice) and Rear Lat Spread. Bodybuilders will be judged on fat-free muscle mass, not by overall conditioning. Athletes were judged on conditioning in a separate round consisting of all the mandatory poses.

This especially helps Women’s Bodybuilding, which is often confused with Figure and Ms. Fit Body. Figure athletes are scored in three rounds in the prejudging: Beauty/Presence, Symmetry/Muscletone and Presentation. Athletes are required to display an athletic, feminine physique, which takes into account facial beauty, overall appearance and graceful presentation.

The addition of the general conditioning format of judging has made the process a whole easier for the competitors to prepare for as they can now see themselves in an overall package of presentation which is important. This has added less error and also more agreement in the judge’s consensus when reaching a decision.

The Head Judge at all INBF/WNBF events reserves the right to penalize an athlete one point for each pose if the athlete refuses to perform the requested poses properly. The athlete will be given a warning to correctly perform the pose and if the judge’s request is ignored, may have a penalty assessed to their placement for each improper pose Athletes will perform only the poses requested by the Head Judge or face the same penalty.

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