NANBF classic Physique criteria GUIDELINES

This year there are new posing guidelines for the classic physique category.  As you can see in the pictures below, these poses go back to the “old school” era of bodybuilding.  The goal here is to display symmetry along with proper presentation with the classic poses.  Competitors should still be prepared to do the traditional bodybuilding poses, as they are still optional in Classic Physique.

Men’s Classic Physique is based on lean muscle, symmetry, and presentation.

Overall Physique Objective:

In this class the emphasis is symmetry and this will take priority in judging this class rather than size or extreme condition.


For this class, it is not a priority to be striated. The competitor needs to show symmetrical leanness top to bottom with muscle separation without an overly dieted appearance.

Symmetry: Structural Harmony

The Ideal physique will display an aesthetically proportioned muscular “X” frame silhouette, highlighted by a small waist.


Includes posture, effectiveness to display the competitor’s assets, smooth transitions, and stage presence.

Also considered, evenness of skin tone & color, grooming, suit fit, and choice.

Round 1: Quarter Turns

Round 2: Mandatory Poses. (Listed below)


  • Front single arm bicep, opposite arm extended, elbow aligns at the level of eyes

  • Front Abdominal Vacuum Pose

  • Left Mantis Pose (Left side chest, arms extended, left leg extended back)

  • Back Archer Pose (arm and leg of the same side extended)

  • Rear double arm bicep twisted, (front leg extended slightly back)

  • Right Mantis Pose (Right side chest, arms extended, right leg extended back)

  • Front Victory Pose

  • Favorite Classic Pose (Exception Most Muscular)

  • Props are prohibited during prejudging

Posing Routine:

  • 60 Seconds.

Posing Shorts:

Competitors are required to wear posing shorts that cover your glutes.  Color of choice

*Note: No board shorts or Bodybuilding posing trunks.

*Note: Crossover from Men’s Bodybuilding and Men’s Physique is allowed.

Required Poses:

7 Victory Pose

1 Front Arm Single Bicep

3 Mantis pose

4 Rear Anchor Pose

6 Mantis Pose

5 rear twisting bicep

2 hands over head vacuum