Hey ladies! Since the NPC and IFBB federation is becoming the fastest growing federation in the world, if not so already, we thought we would do a breakdown of the bikini category criteria.

More information can be found at NPC News Online.

So what do the judges in the USA look for and is this category right for you? Let’s find out! The bikini judging for the female physique has four main criteria :

  1. Muscularity – A foundation of muscle which gives shape to the female body.
  2. Condition – A conditioned core and a small amount of roundness in the delts.
  3. Symmetry and Balance – In our opinion, the flow of your shape.
  4. Presentation – Overall look – hair, makeup, suit, tan and posing.

The judges do not want to see any striations or graininess in the bikini physique, squared glutes or a muscular density or separation which is associated to the figure category. The following photos below of 2021 Ms. Olympia Bikini champion, Jennifer Dorie. Her physique is what sets the ‘tone’ for the bikini look for this upcoming competitive season.

If you are looking to compete in the NPC, you will first be competing in an amateur height class. By turning professional, you will no longer be competing in a height class. The height class are as follows:

Class AUp to and including 5’1”
Class BOver 5’1” and up to and including 5’2”
Class COver 5’2” and up to and including 5’3”
Class D Over 5’3” and up to and including 5’4”
Class E Over 5’4” and up to and including 5’5”
Class F Over 5’5” and up to and including 5’6”
Class G Over 5’6” and up to and including 5’7”
Class H Over 5’7”

To register for an NPC show you must register as a member online first. This is very easy and can be done by clicking here for NPC ONLINE MEMBERSHIP.

You will see this page for signing up and will have a login username and password to keep safe! The US NPC membership fee is around $135.00 USD.

Different countries have different rules so please make sure you are checking the competitive guidelines before competing at an international show for a pro-qualifying event.

I have seen competitors be turned away when competing at an international show because they did not complete a pre-qualifier. Please make sure you have a valid NPC membership and hold a valid passport or have residency rights. Even so, doing a REGIONAL pre-qualifying contest is a MUST for certain countries such as the United Kingdom. Please see images from the UK 2 Bros Pro Events Team.

We hope you found this information helpful. If you need more help, be sure to pop a question below. If you need to get in touch with us about a federation or need some advice, just let us know and we do our best to redirect you or help answer some of your queries too.

Please make sure to like, share and post this to your bikini gal pals! Have an amazing stage year!