Womens Physique Division

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    Been reading a bit up on it…mainly the debates going on the RxMuscle forums. Honestly, I do think when this division gets moving, the FBB division, will be officially dead.


    I mean they may be saying its not in danger, but everyone saw this coming.


    Yeah, I’ve been keeping tabs on the subject, too, over there @ RX. :dry:

    Only question is, are they serious about it, or is it going be just a lot of noise that in the end is not going to be inforced (i.e. remember the 20% less mass rule that they tried to push a few yrs back?) cuz the women that are FBBrs won’t go to go along w/ it. :unsure:

    “I like a good story well told. That is the reason I am sometimes forced to tell them myself.”
    ~ Mark Twain / Samuel Clemens (1907)

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    I don’t know quite what to think about it. It feels quite stupid that the weight is limited with stupid height to weight ratio. Apart from that, I have nothing against the new class.

    But one of the reasons I don’t want to express any strong opinions is that I know hardly anything about bodybuilding. I’ve watched one show and I didn’t understand a bit of it.


    hell man, never thought FBB could be in danger… makes me sad I didn’t catch today’s competition 🙁


    Well, if you have any questions (or just want to lurk and read the thread for info) here’s the thread @ RX Muscle forums to be asking them of the IFBB representive.


    “I like a good story well told. That is the reason I am sometimes forced to tell them myself.”
    ~ Mark Twain / Samuel Clemens (1907)


    Here’s Betty Pariso’s response to the proposed WPD.

    Link: http://forums.rxmuscle.com/showthread.php?t=44659

    “I like a good story well told. That is the reason I am sometimes forced to tell them myself.”
    ~ Mark Twain / Samuel Clemens (1907)


    I mean I can see where shes coming from…but I feel a lot of the higher ups will drop down to the WPD, and the FBB division will cease to exist.


    AlexG wrote:

    Here’s Betty Pariso’s response to the proposed WPD.

    Link: http://forums.rxmuscle.com/showthread.php?t=44659

    Choice,…the problem here is choice.
    Weider brothers found out a long time ago that Rachel McLish&Cory Everson will never make them as much scratch as Arnold or Lou.
    Thus FBBers get shafted everytime IFBB has time on their hands
    Women’s bodybuilding lifestyle is the sum of unbalanced equality interfering with plans of the Mainstream.Yaz for example is an anomaly,which despite IFBB’s efforts has been unable to eliminate from what is harmony of muscle industry. While it remains a burden on her,it is not unexpected&thus not beyond a measure of control,which has led us here.
    The higher ups just wanna control women bodybuilders


    Actually, I’ve always thought the gap between Pro Figure and Pro Bodybuilding was too big, so I think the new division is a good idea. I think this gap is why a lot of fan favourites end up retiring from the sport once they turn Pro. It seems stupid that they are forced to choose between no longer working out with weights to make the transition to Figure or going to the extreme to achieve the mass and hardness currently required to compete in Pro Bodybuilding, especially since a lot of us think they pretty much look perfect the way they are!

    Don’t get me wrong, I love hard-core female bodybuilding (apart from the involvement of drugs), and I can’t see it ever going away, no matter how much the IFBB want it to. After all, it’s survived this long, and I just think there will always be an audience to watch women who are dedicated to realising the full potential of their physiques and compete without limitation. I know it will never have mainstream appeal and and a huge number of competitors, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Certainly for me, the fact that very few women are able to naturally add on a lot of muscle is part of the thrill of the sport.

    So I really hope this new division takes off and becomes the premier female division, while still allowing room for Figure/Fitness and Bodybuilding at either side. but I know it will never have mainstream appeal. Also, I know that it still takes a lot of effort to compete in Figure, but IMO the competitions are just so damn boring! It’ll be great to see these athletes have a chance to do an expressive routine instead of just smiling and doing endless quarter-turns! It would also help differentiate between the competitors, so it’s not just a “hotness” contest.

    Anyway, if you’re worried that this will be the end of female bodybuilding as it currently stands, I guess now’s the time to get out and see a show, so we can prove the powers that be that it has not “already phased itself out”!


    Info Update on the WPD

    Link: Official word on WPD – RX Muscle Forums


    Women’s physique division (herein referred to as “WP”) has been created to give a platform for women who enjoy weight training, competing and contest preparation. Competitors should display a toned, athletic physique showcasing femininity, muscle tone, beauty/ flow of physique.


    * Symmetry, Shape, Proportion, Muscle Tone, Poise and Beauty Flow
    * Physique assessment and comparison will take place during prejudging

    Physique should display all of the above criteria without compromising femininity, beauty/ flow of physique, etc.

    The following are examples of common terms used in the bodybuilding industry. These words can be helpful to assess what should not be descriptive to the physiques being judged in WP:

    ex.ripped, shredded, peeled, striated, dry, diced, hard, vascular, grainy, massive, thick, dense, etc.

    While all types of physiques will be considered when it comes to height, weight, structure, etc. excessive muscularity should be scored down accordingly.

    WP should be judged as a standard between women’s bodybuilding.


    – Individual one minute routine with 10 second warning
    – Quarter turns
    – mandatory posing comparisons/callouts

    Individual posing routine

    Who qualifies for professional status – at Junior USA and Junior Nationals the top two qualify for professional status, at all other National events including Team Universe, USA, North American and Nationals, the top three will qualify for pro status. We want to set the standard for 2010 at the Junior Events and therefore we are only qualifying the top two.

    *Suits worn by WP competitors for prejudging must be a two piece. Suits do not have to be solid in color. The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped. No thongs are permitted. Competitors can compete in an off the rack suit. All suits must be in good taste.

    *Mandatory poses will be performed with open hand style and include the following poses:
    – Front double biceps/ open hands (no flat footed full front pose – some sort of front twisting pose)
    – Back double biceps/ open hands
    – Side tricep with leg extended
    – Side chest with arms extended
    – Front ab/ thigh

    *Finals routine will be maximum 90 seconds in length, performed to music of athletes choice adhering to rules set forth by the NPC.
    *Music containing profanity or explicit language should not be used and may result in routine being cut short.
    *No props will be used.
    *No heels may be worn at any time during the competition/judging of WP

    “I like a good story well told. That is the reason I am sometimes forced to tell them myself.”
    ~ Mark Twain / Samuel Clemens (1907)

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