Bodybuilding (also A Level)
Athletes train to develop all body parts and muscles to maximum size but in balance and harmony.
Bodybuilders have to decrease the body fat level as low as possible and remove the underskin water to show the quality of muscles : density, separation and definition. The physique should be proportionally built. It means broad shoulders and narrow waist as well as adequately long legs and shorter upper body. 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 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. 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, body fat level, definition and details). Athletes perform barefoot, in posing trunks and do a free posing routine to music of theirs choice.
Men’s Physique / Muscular Men’s Physique (also A Level)
In 2012 the Men’s Physique division was officially launched as a new IFBB sport discipline. They perform two rounds of quarter turns a short individual onstage presentation, wearing board shorts of their choice. 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. There are six categories ( 170 cm, 173 cm, 176 cm, 179 cm, 182 cm and over 182 cm). 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.