The Total package of the "Toned" Miss Figure Class should display an athletic level of development presenting a balanced, symmetrical developed figure, considering the condition of the skin and the skin tone, with the ability to present confidence, poise and grace.
Judging criteria will be for a "Toned" Figure and not "physique" or "trained" Figure category – (Muscularity, vascular, muscular definition and/or diet leanness will not be considered acceptable). Competitors will be assessed as to the level of overall tone, achieved through athletic endeavours. The figure should have a round and firm appearance with small amount of body fat. Competitors cannot be excessively muscular and should be free from deep muscle separation and /or striations.
The Head Judge will make considerations as to whether or not to remove any competitor that displays a look that is "too hard".
(Anyone who is considered too hard for the "Toned" Figure, will be given the opportunity to enter the Female Athletic category.)
The Competition Presentation will consist of the following:
Quarter Turns – The general presentation during the quarter turns will consist of competitors presenting themselves with poise, self-confidence and posture. Although they will be in a semi tense stance the judges are looking for a "total package" and competitors are warned against adopting any stance that tries to emulate too much muscularity.
Followed by – Any 1 favourite pose at front, left side, back and finally right side.
Each competitor will then be required to do an individual posing routine (90 seconds duration) maximum.
The NABBA Council is excited to introduce a new ladies bodybuilding category, the "Athletic" category. This new and exciting development is the result of the NABBA Council listening to the needs of the Athletes and taking a pro-active stance in the growth of female bodybuilding. Sitting between the Toned and Trained categories this offers Athletes who wish to develop from Toned, the opportunity to progress further.
The definition of this category is to show athletic and feminine development. We are not looking for large deltoid or arm development, sweeping quadriceps or a thick back, but displaying enough muscle to maintain an athletic, healthy and feminine appearance, an Athlete who works out with serious intentions.
Muscle definition, relating to how lean the muscle is, showing an absence of subcutaneous body fat and water showing muscularity, is an important aspect to cover. We are not looking for excessive vascularity, extreme striations, or the Athletes to look emaciated. Definition is encouraged, but the overall look must be one of a healthy, toned, feminine look. The way that the physique is displayed is extremely important to include the above rather than displaying the Athlete as a mini physique competitor.
Symmetry and balance, showing equal balance in muscular development and muscle definition in both the top and bottom parts of the Athlete's physique, is also important. Stage presence and the overall presentation of the Athlete's physique have become extremely important in the toned class, as it will be in the new "Athletic" class. Confidence, poise, skin tone, suit selection and execution of quarter turns will be taken into account and is often, where the standard is high, a determining factor in many Judges eyes.
This discipline will allow judges to assess each individual competitor. Time allocation for each competitor will be 90 seconds (1 ½ minutes ) maximum. Judges are again reminded that however graceful and exciting an individual presentation may be, the most important aspect is the agreed criteria applied to Figure Judging. Competitors should construct their routines to reflect this.
Competitors should strive to achieve their best possible performance. The five Comparison Poses are Double Biceps Front, Side Chest, Side Triceps, Rear Double Biceps showing Calf, and Abdominals & Thighs.
In conclusion, this category is the result of many Athletes developing on their bodybuilding journey. Feminine and an athletic healthy appearance, coupled with stage presence will give an Athlete over one that is purely concerned with their level of definition.
The agreed NABBA criteria requirements for the Miss Trained Figure judging are as follows:
The emphasis must be on feminine shape and proportion, while retaining a "trained look" and low body fat levels, but not carrying development or definition to an extreme that could be classed as unfeminine.
Three disciplines are involved and competitors should prepare with diligence for all three. During the disciplines wearing jewellery and/or shoes is optional.
DISCIPLINE 1: FRONT, BACK AND SIDE LINE-UP
This discipline begins with competitors facing the judges 'front-on', knees and ankles together. After an appropriate time lapse the judges chairman will instruct competitors to make a quarter turn to the right - the first of four such turns (through 360 degrees) which will allow judges to assess the competitors left side, back and right hand side before returning to the 'front-on' position facing the judges.
DISCIPLINE 2: INDIVIDUAL ROUTINES
This discipline will allow judges to assess each individual competitor.
Time allocation for each competitor will be 90 seconds (1 minute 30 seconds) maximum.
Judges are again reminded that, however graceful and exciting an individual presentation may be, the most important aspect is the agreed criteria applied to Figure Judging. Competitors should construct their routines to reflect this.
DISCIPLINE 3: COMPULSORY COMPARISONS
A vital discipline. Competitors should strive to achieve their best possible performance. The five comparison poses (Double Biceps Front, Side Chest, Side Triceps, Rear Double Biceps showing Calf, and Abdominals & Thighs) are the accepted guidelines for Domestic and International FIGURE contests.