Mens Classic Bodybuilding


Judging for OWU-NBA Men’s Classic BB takes four elements into account: Example muscularity (size), good definition (leanness) but not to the extreme, symmetry, and presentation (ability to display development during posing in the group comparisons). The targeted look is a little less extreme than in Men’s Bodybuilding.

  • Front/Rear Relaxed Stance – Head and eyes should face the same direction as the body with heels and toes together. Knees can be soft, but should not be overly bent. Arms should be no more than 2 inches from the competitor’s hip (front or side). Lats should be spread wide as to accentuate the v-taper. Shoulders and chest should be held high, but not hunched toward the ears.
  • Side Relaxed Stance – Head and eyes should face the same direction as the body, heels together or front foot may be shifted slightly forward of the rear foot (no visible space between the feet). Both legs should be straight or competitor can have a slightly soft knee. Competitors may twist slightly but keeping in mind that the twist cannot be overly done. Twist only enough so that that the rear shoulder (facing away from the judges) can be displayed. The front arm (facing the judges) must not be moved any further than the middle of the hip.

Classic bb_QTR turns


Each class is brought to front center stage and is guided through the following mandatory poses:

  • Front Double Biceps – This should be performed in a way that accentuates your physique best. The vacuum pose was popular in the era that inspired this division, but it is not expected. Use your judgment to present your hard work best.
  • Side Chest – Foot closest to the judges should have a spiked calf about the midline of a planted rear foot. The back leg should press against the front leg to present the hamstring. Back arm should be pressing against the chest to present fullness with hand placement near the wrist on your lead arm. A slight turn of the back shoulder can create a fuller appearance, but not over dramatized.
  • Rear Double Biceps – Right calf should be spiked to show definition. Tighten hamstrings to show definition. Be sure to open up nice and wide with the lats to not cause pinching. Glutes will be covered with the required posing trunks.
  • Hands over head abdominals and Thighs – One quad should spiked, vacuum optional (use your judgment if it fits your physique), abs flexed, and arms behind the head.
  • Favorite Classic Pose of Choice – Victory pose, archer, single bicep with other arm raised, twisting double bicep, one arm flexed and one behind head (NO MOST MUSCULAR POSE)


Classic bb_CLASSIC Poses