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Difference between physique divisions

    What division is right for you? What type of physique do you want?

    One of the first questions I often get from women wanting to compete is “What division should I compete in?”.

    The answer really is dependent on the type of physique you want for YOUR body.  Do you want to have a sleek athletic toned physique?  Do you want a V-Taper and a moderate amount of muscle and a feminine look?  Do you have special gymnastics or dance talents you want to be able to incorporate into competing?  

    These questions should help you decide which division is right for you. 

    Below you will find a set of examples of what to expect in the competitive classes amongst physique shows.  These are the divisions common to the NPC, some organizations will differ, but this will give you a good starting point in your journey. 

    For more detailed instruction, consider one of my Posing & Show Day Guides.  

    I have them available for both Bikini and Fitness & Figure.  

     

    Bikini Division

    Bikini Division

    • Overall toned, defined, athletic look
    • Focus on great glutes, legs and abs
    • Modest amount of muscle with no striations
    • Very outgoing, even sexy posing that shows personality

    Figure Division

    Figure Division

    • Tight, defined look
    • Focus on V taper with wide shoulder, defined delt caps, tiny waist, lean legs and round glutes.
    • Moderate amount of muscle with small amount of striations
    • Structured mandatory poses to show V taper
    Fitness Division - Julie Lohre

    Fitness Division – Julie Lohre Olympia


    Julie Lohre - Routine - Fitness Division

    Fitness Division – Julie Lohre Arnold Classic

    Fitness Division

    • Same physique requirements as Figure
    • Includes a 2 min routine that incorporates cardio vascular endurance, strength and flexibility
    Physique Division

    Physique Division

    Women’s Physique Division

    • Extremely tight and defined muscular look
    • Focus on V taper with wide shoulder, defined delt caps, tiny waist, lean legs and round glutes.
    • Large amount of muscle with some muscular striations.
    • Structured mandatory poses to show V taper and muscle definition.
    • Bodybuilding posing routine
    Bodybuilding Division

    Bodybuilding Division

    Women’s Bodybuilding Division

    • Most extreme tight and defined muscular look
    • Focus on V taper with wide shoulder, defined delt caps, tiny waist, lean legs and round glutes.
    • The most extreme muscle development with as much muscular striations as possible
    • Structured mandatory poses to show V taper and muscle definition.
    • Bodybuilding posing routine

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