Fitness Competitor Rules

    Fitness competitors will be judged on the two-piece swimsuit round and on their fitness routine.


Beginning in 2022, for CPA, NPC and NPC Worldwide Fitness division, the two-piece swimsuit round will return just as it is in the IFBB Professional League Fitness and will count for 1/3 of the score..

    The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped. No thongs are permitted. All swimsuits must be in good taste.

    Competitors must wear high heels.

    Competitors may wear jewelry.


Must include the following manadatory moves and be a maximum of two minutes to music of the competitor's choice:

   Push Up (of any kind)

   High Kick

   Straddle Hold

   Side Split.

   The Fitness Routine will count for 2/3's of the score.

    Competitors 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.

Posing Music

    The two minute posing routine music will be used at the Finals.

    Upload your music for your posing routine from the confirmation email you received from If you are unable to download music, please bring it to check-ins on a USB. It must be the only music on the USB.

   Posing music must should be cued to the start of the music.

   Posing music must not contain profane, vulgar or offensive language. Competitors using music containing such language will be disqualified.


Competitors will be checked in and heighted.


   The only people permitted in the backstage area are competitors, expediters, CPA officials, CPA Media & those who have purchased a Backstage Pass.

Height Classes

For National level contests that are Pro Qualifiers - 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”

A promoter can choose to have fewer height classes for non national level contests as follows

1 Class may be used at regional competitions

For all contestes with two classes:

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

Fitness Competition Judging

Fitness - Routine

   Each athlete will perform a maximum two minute routine.

Fitness - Scoring

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

The two minute fitness routine will count for 2/3's of the score and the two-piece swimsuit round will count for 1/3 of the score.


All athletes will be introduced. 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. The judges will then decide on the overall winner based on their routine.

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 at least 18 years old and no older than 23 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.