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Definition:A harder, toned-body compared to the Bikini Model Class. Competitors should have a 6 pack abs.Download Fitness Model PDF here.


Am I a Female Bikini or Fitness Model?



For female competitors the difference between Bikini and Fitness Model may be slight. Critically a female fitness model can be harder, best defined as allowed to have and display a six pack abdominals. In terms of a female competitor asking “Am I a Bikini or Fitness Model?” the answer is not solely about the body. At the extreme of both divisions there is an obvious difference between a soft bikini competitor and a developed fitness competitor with chiseled abs. However, 80% of competitors will have a body that will fit either both division, with a combination of some developed muscle groups yet softness elsewhere. Indeed, up to 2012 both types of competitor were in the one division (Sports Model) and still in smaller contests we will only offer the Fitness Model division for everyone to enter. Therefore apart from using the “six pack” guideline, a competitor can also choose a division based on which title, ideals and criteria suits their competitive ambitions.

Female Fitness Model Criteria

In the Fitness Model (FM) division competitors present themselves as a Model. FM competitors should move, walk, stand and perform their quarter turns like a model; not a physique competitor. Overriding the physical component (i.e., training and diet) to prepare to compete, competitors need to research and replicate how a model presents themselves on stage.

More than achieving a “Cover-girl / Cover-male” body, judges will be pay attention to the competitor’s stage presence, personality, professionalism and grooming.

Female Fitness Model Required Attire

In the Bikini round competitors require a two-piece fashion bikini. There is no restriction on fabric or style. However, avoid the ‘posing costume’ typical of Ms Physique and Bodybuilders. A Fitness Model will be better served wearing a bikini that displays a sense of fashion and style. Competitors also wear high heels during their round.

In the Fitness wear round competitors should wear a two piece outfit with runners – white runners are more suitable than coloured runners as you do not want the judges looking at your shoes! ICN may supply the outfit for this round – please read your event information to see if you need to bring your own.

Please study the judging criteria for Round One and Round Two (note: rarely a contest will offer a third round and the event information will provide further information on what is required – such as Dress or Theme wear round). The way the FM division is presented will vary at each show depending upon the stage configuration and number of competitors.

Competitors may be required to do either an individual or group walk across the stage, walking to the front and centre of the stage to perform four quarter turns in your own time before continuing to the other side of the stage. Following the individual presentation, the whole group is brought on stage for comparisons of the quarter turns.

Judges look for:

PLEASE NOTE: Some events in Western Australia and Queensland are trialing not having a Bikini round, you are encouraged to check the divisions offered in any event here:http://www.inba.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=21&Itemid=127 


Bikini Round

Body: Physique should display a fit body with nice abdominal section
Appearance: Does she have sex appeal? Stature: Ability to move, turn and stand with confidence and grace like a fitness model
Symmetry: Overall shape and line
Structural flaws: Skeletal assessment


Fitness Wear Round (Not available in all states)

Appearance: Does she look like a fitness model - project a natural, healthy appearance?
Beauty: Is she beautiful?
Poise: Does she walk and hold her stage presence with confidence
Charisma? 




Male Fitness Model Criteria

Male Fitness Models have the objective to present themselves professionally on stage as a Model over one round of competition.

Male Fitness Model Required Attire

In the fitness wear round competitors wear fitness or cargo styled shorts (sometimes supplied) and runners for footwear.

Model: Chase Baker, Director: Vicki Arief


The way the Male Fitness Model division is presented will vary at each show depending upon the stage configuration and number of competitors. Competitors may be required to do either an individual or group walk across the stage, walking to the front and centre of the stage to perform four quarter turns in your own time before continuing to the other side of the stage. Following the individual presentation, the whole group is brought on stage for comparisons of the quarter turns.

Judges look for:

Fitness Wear Round

Body: Physique should display a fit body with nice abdominal section, which should be more defined than Mr. Beachbody abs
Appearance: Does he have sex appeal? Does he look like a fitness model - project a natural, healthy appearance?
Stature: Ability to move, turn and stand with confidence and purpose like a fitness model.
Symmetry: Overall shape and line.
Structural flaws: Skeletal assessment. 
Physique: Is his physique appealing?
Poise: Does he walk and hold his stage presence with confidence?
Charisma: General impression.

Fitness Model Sub-Classes: Some events will also offer Novice and/or Masters which is 30+ (years).


Mr Beach Body

A one-round division for males being offered is Mr Beach Body.

Mr Beach Body consists of one round that has two elements – an individual stage walk and group comparisons. Competitors come out individually wearing beach shorts (or cargo shorts) with bare feet.

They perform a stage walk – there is no set path for a stage walk as stage shape and dimension varies greatly between venues. The path will be outlined to competitors on the contest day.

However, all stage walks finish with each competitor striking two ab poses – one pose showing the front abdominals and a second pose showing the side obliques - in their own time in the centre of the stage before walking off. The emphasis of the stage walk is to display confidence with your physique by presenting a self assured stage presence and persona.

Model: Tim Edwards, Photographer: Chase Baker, Director: Vicki Arief

Once all competitors have done their individual appearance the entire group is brought back on stage for group comparisons consisting of four (quarter) symmetry turns and the two abdominals poses.

Judges look for:

50% Stage Walk

Stage craft: Presence and self assurance, engage the audience/judges.
Walk: Comfortable walk, confidence moving across the stage and turning
Presentation: Appearance, shorts selection, physical attractiveness and grooming.
50% Quarter Turn Comparisons

Body: Physique should display a built, masculine body
Appearance: Physical attractiveness and photogenic appeal
Execution: Ability to pose, perform the symmetry turn and stand with confidence
Abdominals: Hardness and definition


Fitness Type of Tan required - This division does not require competitors to be extremely dark like you see in the bodybuilding divisions. A dark spray tan is sufficient. However some competitors in this division will use a top coat like the bodybuilder's tan's such as Body Shimmer or Tan Master, If you do use a bodybuilding top coat product we suggest you to spread it thinly so as not to be too dark.

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