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Fitness Competitor Rules

   Competitors will compete in a two-piece suit.

   The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped.

   No thongs are permitted.

   Competitors can compete in an off the rack suit.

   All swimsuits must be in good taste.

   It is recommended that the athlete bring two (2) suits to check in (in the event that suite is improper)

   Athletes will be scored down if the suit is not up to standard

   Competitors must wear high heels.

   Competitors may wear jewelry.

   Round two (2) is maximum two minute routine.

   The contestants should have shape to their muscles but not size, definition or vascularity as in bodybuilding physique. If these are present the contestant will be scored down.

   National level contests do not permit competitors to crossover into Bodybuilding, Fitness or Figure at the same event.

Height Classes

A Fitness competition may be divided in the following height classes.

1 Class

1 Class may be used at regional competitions

2 Classes

Class A Up to and including 5’3”
Class B Over 5’3”

3 Classes

Class A Up to and including 5’2”
Class B Over 5’2” and up to and including 5’4-1/2”
Class C Over 5’4-1/2”

Figure Competition Judging


    The contestants will be brought out on stage in one or more lines for quarter turns.

Comparison Round, Two-Piece Swimsuit - Round 1

   Competitors will be judged wearing a two-piece swimsuit and heels.

   Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other.

Scoring - Round 1

Judges will score the degree of athleticism using the following criteria:




   Overall Physical apperance including - Complexion, Poise, Overall Presentation

Fitness - Round 2

   Each athlete will perform a maximum two minute routine.

Scoring - Round 2

Judges will use four (4) aspects to score this round using the following criteria:

Strength The amount and types of strength moves. The degree of difficulty of these moves. The ease and correctness of the moves.
Flexibility The number and types of flexibility moves. The degree of difficulty of these moves. The ease and correctness of the moves.
Cardiovascular The tempo of the routine.
Overall Package Full general assessment including but not limited to creativity, stage presence, outfits, hair and make-up

The mandatory movements within the routine, in no specific order, in Women’s Fitness are as follows:

   Push Up (of any kind)

   High Kicks

   Side Split

   Straddle Hold

Beginning in 2011, the emphasis in Women’s Fitness will be the fitness routine and will be scored as 1/3 on Physique/2-Piece Swimsuit and 2/3 on the 2 Minute Fitness Routine.  The 2 Minute Fitness Routine scores will be doubled. 


All athletes will be introduced in their two-piece swimsuits. The finalists will perform their routines. After all classes are completed the trophies will be awarded. At competitions where there is more than one class the class winners will be brought back in their two-piece swimsuits. Quarter turns will be done. The judges will then decide on the overall winner based on their physique and routine.

In regards to ties, after highs and lows are removed if there is still a tie, then the athlete who has won the routine round is the winner.

Join the CPA

To compete or participate in a CPA event, athletes must be registered with the CPA.

Competitor Health

   Any competitor who appears to be disoriented, light-headed or experiences undue cramping will not be permitted to compete.

   Any competitor disqualified for health reasons must be checked by the attending EMT and, if it is advised by the EMT, must go to the nearest hospital for evaluation.

   Competitors who refuse to be evaluated by the EMT or at the hospital will be suspended from competition for a period of one year from the date of the occurrence.

Junior and Masters

   Junior Athletes - must be 23 and under as of the day of the show.

   Masters Men - must be 40 years of age or over as of the day of the show.

   Grand Masters Men– must be 50 years of age or over as of the day of the show.

   Masters Women - must be 35 years of age or over as of the day of the show.

   Grand Masters Women – must be 45 years of age or over as of the day of the show.

Qualifications received as a junior, master or grand master are valid for the respective division only and may not be carried over to the open divisions.

Athlete Registration/Weigh-Ins

   CPA registrations take place the day prior to the contest at a location provided by the contest promoter. The promoter will publish the Official Athlete Registration start time. All competitors, regardless of category, must be present for the Official Athlete Registration.

   During the Official Athlete registration, the head judge will determine the order in which the competitors are called up for official weigh in’s/height. After being officially weighed in/heighted, the competitor will receive competitor number and verification of information prior to data entry,

   All competitors will present themselves in the same attire that they will be wearing throughout the Prejudging and Finals so that the head judge may ascertain that the competitors posing attire meets the accepted standards.

   Please note: Any competitor who does not make weight will be given a maximum of 30 minutes in which to do so. If, for whatever reason, the competitor does not return within thirty minutes, he or she will be eliminated from the competition. The onus is on the competitor to return within the deadline; the CPA is under no obligation to issue time warnings or to track down the competitor.

    Junior and Masters competitors At the time of the Official Athlete Registration, a junior or master competitor must produce documentary evidence of his date of birth (i.e. passport, birth certificate, etc.)


   The only people permitted in the backstage area are competitors, approved backstage pass purchasers, expediters, CPA officials & CPA Media.