Judging Criteria

Muscularity and Body Condition

    Judges will be looking for fit contestants who display proper shape and symmetry combined with muscularity and overall condition. This is not a bodybuilding contest so extreme muscularity should be marked down.

On Stage Presence and Personality

   Competitors will enter the stage without a shirt and barefoot.

   No lewd acts allowed for example the moon pose.

   No Gymnastics Moves are Allowed.

    Judges are looking for the contestant with the best stage presence and poise who can successfully convey his personality to the audience.

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

Posing Shorts

   Contestants will be asked to walk in board shorts

   Shorts must be just above the knee in length and can be one inch below the belly button,

   no spandex and no logos are permitted on the board shorts however a manufacturer’s logo such as Nike symbol or Billabongs are acceptable.

Height Classes

A Men's Physique competition may be divided in the following height classes.

2 Classes

Class A Up to and including 5’8”
Class B Over 5’8”

3 Classes

Class A Up to and including 5’7”
Class B Over 5’7” and up to and including 5’10”
Class C Over 5’10”

4 Classes

Class A Up to and including 5’6”
Class B Over 5’6” and up to and including 5’8”
Class C Over 5’8” and up to and including 5’10”
Class D Over 5’10”

6 Classes

Class A Up to and including 5’7”
Class B Over 5’7” and up to and including 58”
Class C Over 5’8” and up to and including 5’9”
Class D Over 5’9” and up to and including 5’11”
Class E Over 5’11” and up to and including 6’0”
Class F Over 6'0”

Competition Judging


   Competitors will walk to the center of the stage alone

   Perform front and back turns with optional pose of hand on hip or hand in pocket or just hands relaxed

   finishing facing the judges

   then proceed to the side or back of the stage.

Comparison Round

   The competitors will be brought back out in a group and directed to do front and back poses.

   Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other in front and back poses.

Men's 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.