Posing Shorts

   Competitors are required to wear posing shorts.
Please Note: Effective 2019, new Classic Physique posing trunks have been introduced. See below pictures for examples of acceptable trunks.

   You are “NOT” to wear board shorts or Bodybuilding posing trunks.

   Competitors are required to wear the same type of cut and all shorts that are worn in competition must be black.

   All Suits will be checked at registration/weigh-ins.

Posing Music

   Posing music will be used at the Finals.

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

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

On Stage

   No glasses, props or gum are permitted onstage.

   Any competitor doing the “Moon Pose” will be disqualified.

   Lying on the floor is prohibited.

   Bumping and shoving is prohibited. First and second persons involved will be disqualified.

   Competitors numbers will be worn on the left side of the suit bottom.

Height & Weight Classes

   Please Note: Effective August 2, 2023, new height and weight charts for Men's Classic Physique.

All other CPA national competitions and regional and state contests will have the option to offer 4 height classes or to stay with the 2 or 3 height classes they are currently using. The breakdown for the 4 height classes will be:

A Men's Classic Physique competition may be divided in the following 4 weight/height divisions.

Division "A" (up to and including 5'7")

Up to and including 5’ 4” Up to and including 167 lbs
Over 5’ 4”, up to and including 5’ 5” Up to and including 172 lbs
Over 5’ 5”, up to and including 5’ 6” Up to and including 177 lbs
Over 5’ 6”, up to and including 5’ 7” Up to and including 182 lbs

Division "B" (Over 5'7", up to and including 5'10")

Over 5’ 7”, up to and including 5’ 8” Up to and including 187 lbs
Over 5’ 8”, up to and including 5’ 9” Up to and including 194 lbs
Over 5’ 9”, up to and including 5’ 10” Up to and including 202 lbs

Division "C" (Over 5'10", up to and including 6'0")

Over 5’ 10”, up to and including 5” 11”” Up to and including 209 lbs
Over 5’ 11”, up to and including 6’ 0”” Up to and including 217 lbs

Division "D" (over 6'0")

Over 6’ 0”, up to and including 6’ 1” Up to and including 224 lbs
Over 6’ 1”, up to and including 6’ 2” Up to and including 232 lbs
Over 6’ 2”, up to and including 6’ 3” Up to and including 239 lbs
Over 6’3”, up to and including 6’ 4” Up to and including 246 lbs
Over 6’4”, up to and including 6’5”” Up to and including 253 lbs
Over 6’ 5”, up to and including 6’ 6” Up to and including 260 lbs
Over 6’ 6”, up to and including 6’ 7” Up to and including 267 lbs
Over 6’7”” Up to and including 274 lbs

Judging Finals

The Finals will consist of:

   Posing Routine (up to maximum of 60 seconds) (No Gymnastics Moves are Allowed)

   Confirmation round (if necessary)

   Posedown (overall title only)

Mandatory Poses

The Judging is scored 100% and will consist of comparisons of the quarter turns and the following “5” mandatory poses:

   Front Double Bicep

   Side Chest

   Back Double Bicep

   Abdominals with one thigh

   Favorite Classic Pose (Not Most Muscular)

Classic Physique Posing Video Tutorial

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.