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Ms FIGURE JUDGING CRITERIA

The requirement for the Ms Figure division varies from female bodybuilding in subtle ways. While Ms Figure competitors should not have the bulk of a bodybuilder, it is judged along the lines of a bodybuilding contest. As with all divisions, we require the competitors to reduce their bodyfat as low as possible, we still expect hardness and definition, but taken to the point that stops before a competitor loses their figure or shape and the individual muscle groups lose their fullness or dimension. *Please Note: The Ms Figure division used to be called Physique, the name has changed on several occasions, this is not to be confused with Figure (International) which is described here.

In round one, Ms Figure competitors perform five compulsory poses:


1) Front double bicep
2) Side chest (any side)
3) Side triceps (any side)
4) Rear double bicep
5) Abdominal & thigh.

The concept of Ms Figure is to express more femininity than is done in bodybuilding. As such:

High heel shoes are worn
Hands remain "open" not clenched during the posing
Jewellery and hair decorations are allowed

Competitors may twist their physique during the symmetry round - but the Head Judge may ask for a straight line up if the closeness of the division requires full scrutiny.

Ms Figure is the most debated division regarding judging decisions. If a small and lean competitor wins - the cry is the event is now a dieting contest, if the winner is hard or muscular - Ms Figure girls now must be 'bodybuilders in high heels', if a full or shapely girl wins it has become bikini contest, and finally, if the winner is attractive - Ms Figure is a now a beauty pageant.

As a competitor do not let the above confuse you - the judges are not changing their minds at each event. The answer to the Ms Figure question, "what are the judges looking for?" is to say the judges are looking for the competitor who displays the highest standard of their particular body type/shape. This covers the situations where the winner may be a 'hard' competitor who looks in peak condition or a 'full' competitor with aesthetic shape and symmetry. The judges are simply looking for the best competitor and this means you should focus on your improving your body shape/type.


Ms FIGURE SYMMETRY POSING ROUND

Here is a written description of how to perform the quarter turns of the Symmetry Posing Round. This is also available for download as a PDF.


1st Symmetry Pose (facing the judges):

  Move your feet close together to present the best “Y” shape possible.
 Look straight ahead and raise your shoulders, gaining maximum height and width.
 Spread your shoulder blades and back (lats) to maximum “axe-handle” width.
 Pull your shoulders back (external rotation of shoulders) stretching your chest out smoothly and squaring the shoulder points.
 Take a deep breath and inflate your chest girth.
 You may like to bend your knees slightly to better flex your thighs. If so, only bend your knees, very slightly.
 In the front-on pose bend your arms slightly at the elbow to give a “no-effort” appearance to your pose.
 Keep your fingers “loose”, if you cannot, make a fist. A mistake is to have your fingers pointed, in a frozen, tense fashion; this gives away the whole relaxed, confident game.

For Ms Figure and other divisions which do not hold the truly technical position for symmetry judging, the front-on stance can be to the side with a nice twist to look more aesthetic.

A warning here - some judges have a personal objection to competitors being allowed to twist off-line because it means they can not really judge their symmetry. These judges may ask to see the line-up standing in the front-on position. Therefore, it is also necessary for such competitors to know and practice the traditional bodybuilding techniques for the symmetry round. After the first symmetry comparison, competitors will be asked to perform a quarter turn to the right, so judges can assess competitors from a side view. Make your turn with little movement and fuss. Take just a couple of steps. During this brief moment, relax your (aching) muscles and catch your breath before regaining your erect position:

2nd Symmetry Pose (quarter turn to the right, left side facing the judges):

 Your feet may be wider for comfort in this view; however, your legs should be in the identical position, so from the side the judge only sees one leg.
 Flex your calves by pushing your toes into the floor. Keep your heels on the floor.
 Keep your head up, by looking straight ahead.
 Roll your shoulders back, so you stretch out your chest and crush the rear deltoids and back muscles into a prominent shape.
 Tense your arms and bend at the elbow so you can flex the triceps well.
 Take a deep breath and inflate your chest girth.
 Try bending your knees slightly to better flex your thighs. If you are a female competitor push your glutes out and up to enhance your shape.

For Ms Figure competitors and such who do not need to hold the truly technical ‘side-on’ position for symmetry judging, this is your pose to cheat in! By keeping your feet facing to the side of the stage. You can twist your torso like a rope, so your upper body faces towards the judges. This presents a most beautiful shape. And this is a great opportunity to reacquaint the judges with that mega-watt smile.

The only instruction you hear in this round is the request for competitors to make another “quarter turn to the right”. When turn a further quarter circle and face the rear of the stage - your rear faces the world. This view shows your calves, hamstrings, glutes, triceps and back.

3rd Symmetry Pose (another quarter turn to the right, back facing the judges):

 Push your toes into the floor to flex your calves.
 Bend your knees slightly to tense your hamstrings.
 Push your hips forward slightly and tense your glutes.
 The judge’s eyes are at the level of your heels, so arch your back to give them a clearer view of your back, plus this allows you to flex your lower back better.
 Spread your shoulder blades and lats to maximum “axe-handle” width as you did in the front pose, squeezing your shoulders back.
 Flex your triceps.
 Look straight ahead – if you look down at the floor the judges will lose the view of your traps.

Finally, there is another quarter turn for the judges to view the opposite side. The same instructions as for the other side apply.

4th Symmetry Pose (another quarter turn to the right, right side facing the judges):

 Your feet may be wider for comfort in this view; however, your legs should be in the identical position, so from the side the judge only sees one leg.
 Flex your calves by pushing your toes into the floor. Keep your heels on the floor.
 Keep your head up, by looking straight ahead.
 Roll your shoulders back, so you stretch out your chest and crush the rear deltoids and back muscles into a prominent shape.
 Tense your arms and bend at the elbow so you can flex the triceps well.
 Take a deep breath and inflate your chest girth.
 Try bending your knees slightly to better flex your thighs. If you are a female competitor push your glutes out and up to enhance your shape.

Once this is quarter turn is completed, you will be asked to perform the final quarter turn to face the front of the stage and the judges again. Return immediately to your signature stance, smile and make eye contact with all judges. It is common for the Head Judge to change your position in the line-up by asking competitors to swap to the opposite end of the stage (so other judges get a fair view of you). If this happens you can expect to go through the round once more.

If you are in a sizable line-up, the judges may ask to compare selected competitors. Usually they will select three competitors in a comparison and instruct them to hit any one or all of the four symmetry positions.



Ms FIGURE POSING ROUND

  
   

The poses from top to bottom, left to right are:

Front Double Bicep

Side Chest

Side Tricep

Rear Double Bicep

Abdominal and Thigh

Pose for photo/cameras after medal/trophy presentations