Athletes train to develop all bodyparts and muscles to maximum size but in balance and
harmony. There should be no “weak points” or underdeveloped muscles. Moreover, they should follow a special
pre-competition training cycle, to decrease the bodyfat level as low as possible and remove the underskin
water to show the quality of muscles: density, separation and definition. Who can display more muscle details
is scoring higher at the contest. And the other matter to be assessed is general view of the physique, which
should be proportionally built. It means broad shoulders and narrow waist as well as adequately long legs
and shorter upper body.These qualities are displayed during two physique assessment rounds when competitors
do 7 mandatory poses during comparisons of 3 to 8 athletes proposed by the judges. Athletes perform barefoot,
in posing trunks. There are 7 bodyweight categories for men: 65 kg; 70 kg; 75 kg; 80 kg; 90 kg; 100 kg and
over 100 kg. There is also a routine round when athletes can show their physique during 60-second free posing
routine performed to the music of their choice. It is an attractive, artistic presentation, including compulsory
and non-compulsory poses and other type of movements. There are three rounds. In each round each panel judge
must put the competitors in order, giving them individual places from the first to the last.
52ND ASIAN CHAMPION MAJID JAMEHBOZORG (IRAN)
Classic Bodybuilding and Games Classic Bodybuilding
It is a version of bodybuilding for those male athletes
who don’t want to develop their muscles to their “extreme” full potentials but prefer lighter “classic” physique.
To create the equal chances to them, the competitors’ bodyweight is limited according to their body height,
following the special IFBB formula for each body height category (currently there are five categories: 168
cm; 171 cm, 175 cm, 180 cm and over 180 cm). Since muscle mass is limited, special attention is paid to the
overall view of the physique, body proportions and lines, muscle shape and condition (density, bodyfat level,
definition and details). These values are assessed by the judges during Rounds 1 and 3. In Round 2, like
in bodybuilding, free posing routines are performed to music of athlete’s choice.
52nd Asian Champion Seol Ki Kwan (South Korea)
Games Classic Bodybuilding
Was introduced by the IFBB in 2016. It is intended for less muscular men,
with smaller bodyweight limits, what is the only difference compared to Classic Bodybuilding. There are two
categories in Men’s Games Classic Bodybuilding: up to 175 cm and over 175 cm. Games Classic Bodybuilding
photo: World champion Aage BUNDE (Norway)
52ND ASIAN CHAMPION ZHENG SHAO ZHONG (CHINA)
This concept has been introduced by the IFBB in the early 90’s, starting as official competition
in 1996 in response to the increasing demand for competitions for women who prefer to develop a less muscular,
yet athletic and aesthetically pleasing physique and also to show their physiques in motion. In Women Fitness,
the emphasis is placed on a shapely, athletic-looking physique, assessed by comparisons of four quarter turns
and athletic ability, assessed during a very attractive and dynamic fitness style routine. Currently, there
are two Women’s Fitness categories: up to 163 cm and over 163 cm. The judges are looking for strengths elements,
flexibility movements, high tempo, technical perfection, elegance and grace. Competitors may use small props,
associated with their attires.As it is a physique sport as well, there are also two physique assessment rounds
beside this artistic routine rounds. In Round 1 and 3 competitors perform four quarter turns in bikini suit,
during which the judges assess their figures and body contours, bodypart shape, bodyfat level, body firmness
and muscle tone, overall stage presentation (self-confidence, poise, coordination of movements) as well as
the overall style of presentation.Eliminations (if more than 15 athletes), Round 1 (comparisons in quarter
turns) and Round 2 (90-second routine) are performed during the Prejudging. In the finals, the top 6 competitors
perform their posing routines once again (Round 3) and then quarter turns (Round 4). The subscores from these
two final rounds are summed up to create the total and final places of the competitors.
52ND ASIAN CHAMPION MUNKHZUL BATTULGA (MONGOLIA)
This sport discipline is similar in structure to Women Fitness; however the body mass is
limited according to the formulas established for all four body height ranges: 170 cm, 175 cm, 180 cm and
over 180 cm. Currently, there is one open Men’s Fitness category. The contest also includes four rounds,
with the artistic fitness routine in Round 1 and Round 3 plus quarter turns in Round 2 and Round 4. During
the quarter turns competitors wear the swim trunks only and the judges assess the overall male athletic physiques.
Posing routines should include strength and flexibility moves, gymnastic moves or other ways of displaying
of their athletic talent and capacity. At the end, the subscores from two final rounds (Round 3 and Round
4) are added to produce the final scores and to reach the final places of the top 6 competitors. Competitors
in places from 7th to 15th remain with their scores from the Prejudging (Round 1 and Round 2).
52ND ASIAN CHAMPION CAI LU LU (CHINA)
Bodyfitness has been implemented by the IFBB in 2002 to give a chance to compete for
wide group of shapely women without the routine rounds, just the physique ones. This formula has proved to
be useful and the number of participating competitors increases each year. Later on IFBB created for them
the possibility to show their figure in motion during a short individual onstage presentation called “I-walking”.
Currently, there are two rounds of quarter turns in the bikini-style costume of their own choice and classic
stiletto pump of any color. At the beginning of Round 2 (finals) top 6 competitors perform individual “I-walking”
presentations and then quarter turns as group.In all rounds judges should assess the overall athletic appearance
of the physique, taking into account symmetrically developed physique, muscle tone and shape, with a small
amount of body fat, as well as the hair, makeup and individual style of presentation, including personal
confidence, poise and grace. This sport discipline is widely open for all well-shaped women working out in
the fitness centers and following the healthy sport diet. And they take the advantage of it! Like in fitness,
subscores from the final round are used to get the final total and places. There are four body height categories:
158 cm, 163 cm, 168 cm and over 168 cm.
52ND ASIAN CHAMPION YEKATERINA PAVLOVSKAYA (KAZAKHSTAN)
This category has been introduced in 2011 and is aimed at women who keep their
body in shape and eat healthy. Overall body lines, balance and proportions, body tone and healthy appearance
are taken into consideration. High-intensity weight training and hard, lean muscles are not necessary. The
emphasis is on a well-shaped, fit, healthy and attractive appearance, similar to that of models. Competitors
are assessed in two rounds, wearing a two-piece bikini and high-heels. In both rounds, quarter-turns, including
front, back and both sides stance, are performed. As well, the final round begins with “I-walking”, which
gives each competitor a chance to present her body and her charm on the move. This competition started with
one open class and – due to the extreme popularity – expanded to eight body-height categories nowadays: 158
cm, 160 cm, 162 cm, 164 cm, 166 cm, 169 cm, 172 cm and over 172 cm.
52ND ASIAN CHAMPION YEKATERINA SHALAMOVA (KAZAKHSTAN)
In 2012 the Men’s Physique division was officially launched as a new IFBB sport discipline.
It proves to be a very popular category, so the IFBB has increased the number of Men’s Physique categories
from 2 (two) to 6 (six): 170 cm, 173 cm, 176 cm, 179 cm, 182 cm and over 182 cm. They perform two rounds
of quarter turns, wearing board shorts of their choice. The final round (Round 2) begins with a short individual
onstage presentation of each competitor. It is aimed at men who do weight training, keep fit and eat a healthy
balanced diet, but who prefer to develop a less muscular, yet athletic and aesthetically pleasing physique.
They are fit looking contestants who display proper shape and symmetry, combined with some muscularity and
good overall condition. The athletes should have stage presence and poise and their personality and ability
to present themselves onstage with confidence, should be visible. In 2016 IFBB introduced one open category
of Muscular Men’s Physique intended for competitors with slightly bigger muscularity than accepted in the
regular men’s physique.
52ND ASIAN CHAMPION Farid Shirmohammadzadehlahroudi (IRAN)
This IFBB division was introduced with the beginning of 2013 for women who want to
prepare heavier, bodybuilding-style body but not extremely dried, lean and muscular, yet athletic and aesthetically
pleasing. Altogether, there are 3 rounds. In round 1 (semi-finals) competitors’ physiques and muscularity
are assessed during quarter turns and four compulsory poses. In the finals compulsory poses and the posedown
are performed in round 2 and a short, 30-second posing routine to music of competitor’s choice in round 3.
This sport is placed somewhere between Bodyfitness and former Women Bodybuilding which has been removed from
the IFBB list of official sports in 2013. Competitors are expected to present the overall athletic development
of the musculature but also balanced and symmetrical development of all muscle groups as well their sport
condition and quality, with visible separation between them. There are two categories in this division: up
to 163 cm and over 163 cm.
52ND ASIAN CHAMPION MEGUMI SAWADA (JAPAN)
Women’s Wellness Fitness
The Wellness Fitness division is intended for women who prefer a muscular physique
without muscle separation, athletic and aesthetically pleasing, with a bigger body mass than in Bikini Fitness.
From this point of view, Wellness Fitness is placed somewhere between Bikini Fitness and Women’s Physique.
Assessing of the physique, judging criteria and rounds are the same like Women’s Bikini Fitness. Competitors
performs quarter turns in all rounds plus individual “I-walking” presentation in the finals. Vertical proportions
(legs to upper body length) are ones of the key factors. Horizontal proportions (hips and waist to shoulder
width) may favour women with a bit bigger hips, thighs and buttocks. There are four Wellness Fitness categories:
up to 158 cm, up to 163 cm; up to 168 cm and over 168 cm.
Mixed-Pairs was officially recognized as by the IFBB a sport discipline in 1983 as a bodybuilding
mixed pairs; however, the 2013 IFBB International Congress in Marrakesh, Morocco, finally cancelled women’s
bodybuilding, so nowadays IFBB Mixed Pairs category is open for women participating in female physique or
female fitness or female bodyfitness performing with male bodybuilder or male classic bodybuilder. Men from
Mixed-Pairs perform mandatory poses in the same manner like in Men’s Bodybuilding, while women perform these
poses in the same style like in Women’s Physique. Men competitors wear the same attire like in Men’s Bodybuilding,
women competitors wear the same attire like in Women’s Physique. Mixed Pairs competition consists of three
rounds: Round 1 in the semifinals (comparisons) plus Round 2 (mandatory poses) and Round 3 (posing routine)
in the finals.In the Mixed Pairs category judges assess the overall physique of both partners for the degree
of proportion, symmetry, muscle size and quality (density, separation) as well as skin tone. The couple will
also be assessed as a unit with particular attention being given to how well their individual physiques complement
each other and how well they move in unison. In the routine round judges pay particular attention to how
well each couple display their physiques to music. Judges will look for a smooth, artistic, and well-choreographed
routines which may include any number of poses; however, the mandatory poses must be included. The couple
must also include intermittent pauses so as to display the muscular development of their physique.
Children Fitness is the only IFBB sport division available for children, with no lower
age limit. The upper age limit is 16 years old. Then children move to the junior age division. Currently,
there are the following Children Fitness age girl categories: up to 7 years, up to 8 years, up to 9 years,
up to 10 years, up to 11 years, up to 12, up to 13 years, 14-15 years. Boy’s categories: up to 7 years, 8-9
years, 10-11 years, 12-13 years, 14-15 years old. The semifinals as well as the finals consist of two rounds
each: fitness routine round (90 seconds) and quarter turn round. The routine round is more important as its
results are multiplied by 2 (two). Judges assess the routine with a view towards style, personality, athletic
coordination and overall performance. Judges will also look for competitors who perform strength and flexibility
moves, as well as gymnastic moves. The routine may include aerobics, dance, gymnastics or other demonstrations
of athletic talent. In the quarter turns round judges assess the overall appearance of the physique, taking
the whole physique into account. The assessment should take into consideration the overall development of
the body; the presentation of a balanced, symmetrically developed physique; the condition of the skin and
the skin tone. At all times the children competitor must be viewed with the emphasis on a “healthy, fit,