Division Criteria

Mens Muscle Model

In larger groups the classes may be split into Tall & Short Classes.
Short Class: Up to & including 173 cm’s (5 feet 8 inches)
Tall Class: Over 173.1 cm’s
(South Africa we could have up to three heights up175cm, up to 178cm & 0ver 178cm)

Judging Criteria

The Muscle Model Class will be judged on the Athlete having a Muscular appearance & displaying a fuller deep chested presentation than that of the smaller Men's Physique Class. The Athlete should be marked on Muscularity, Symmetry, Balance & Proportions, Conditioning & Presentation.
Stage presence, etiquette & tanning will form the foundations of all judging decisions.
Every aspect of the Athlete's performance will be judged including skin tone & condition, hair & facial features.

Attire will be Fashion Shorts (Hot Pants) with a lace up waist ensuring there are no logos, motifs or advertisements visible on the shorts. The shorts can be any length.
Athletes should be free of body hair. No body jewellery is allowed.


The Muscle Model Class will be executed in exactly the same way as The Men's Physique Classes with the following differences:

Compulsory Quarter Turns

  • Head must face the same direction as the feet
  • Hands must be held slightly away from the trunk with no clenching of fists
  • No twisting of the torso
  • Feet must be flat on the floor

The compulsory poses are as follows:

  1. Front-Facing, Arms Overhead, Open Handed
  2. *Left Side Showing abdominals & obliques with left hand behind head
  3. Rear-Facing, Arms Overhead, Open Handed
  4. *Right Side Showing abdominals & obliques with right hand
  5. Abdominals & Thigh
  6. Most Muscular Pose (One or Both hands on thighs- no Trap Over Pose) behind head.

*In side poses the remaining hand can be on or off hips.

The "I" Walk will be performed as follows:

  • Athletes will be selected in numerical order
  • The Athlete will commence from rear of the stage with a front pose of choice.
  • The Athlete will move to the front of stage & again show a front pose of choice.
  • The Athlete will then perform four quarter turns presenting their own interpretation. In all cases hands can be high or low but must be open handed.
  • The Athlete will the return to the line in numerical order & await direction.
  • The complete "I" Walk should take a maximum of 60 seconds.

For clarity, Muscle Model is a larger more muscular version of Men's Athletic Class & hence the only difference in performance is the showing of the two extra compulsory poses.