This category was introduced by IFBB in 2011 and is aimed at women who keep their body in shape and eat healthy. Overall bodylines, balance and proportions, body tone and healthy appearance are taken into consideration.
Hard, overly developed and lean muscles are not necessary. The emphasis is on a well-shaped fit, healthy and attractive appearance similar to that of fitness models.
Competitors wear two piece bikini, high heels and a limited amount of jewellery (earrings & bracelet).
The competitors are assessed in one round locally and two rounds at International events.
Procedure on stage
The Master of Ceremonies will introduce each competitor in numerical order, the athletes will be called one by one on stage to perform a T or I-walk. The athlete will then walk to the lineup at the back of the stage as instructed by the Stage Director. When all competitors have performed their walk, the Stage Director will instruct the athletes to line up at centre stage. Once lined up the athletes will be instructed to perform the quarter turns by the MC. The order of the athletes will be inverted and the quarter turns performed again. Should the judges require further comparisons the athletes will be instructed by the Stage Director to line up at the back of the stage until called out for further comparisons.
Competitors wear an opaque two-piece bikini and high heels. The colour, fabric, texture, ornamentation and style of the bikini as well as the colour and style of the high-heels will be left to the competitor’s discretion, except as indicated. The bikini bottom must cover a minimum of 1/3 of the gluteus maximus and all of the frontal area.
The bikini must be in good taste. G-strings are strictly prohibited. The attire will be inspected during the Official Athlete Registration.
The hair may be styled.
Only a wedding ring, bracelets and earrings are allowed on stage. Competitors will not wear glasses, watches, pendants, necklaces, wigs or artificial aids to the figure, except breast implants. Implants or fluid injections to change the natural shape of any other parts or muscles of the body are strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification of the competitor.
Shoes must have a sole thickness of up to 1 cm at the thickest point and stiletto height may be up to 12 cm. Platform shoes are not allowed.
The IFBB has banned all tans and bronzers that can be wiped off. If the tan comes off by simply wiping, the athlete will not be allowed to enter the stage.
Sparkles, glitter, shiny metallic pearls or gold colouring are prohibited whether applied as part of a tanning lotion and/or cream or applied separately.
The delegated representative, will have the right to determine if a competitor’s attire meets an acceptable standard of taste and decency and instruct the athlete to change the attire, if it does not meet the prescribed standards.
The judge will assess the whole physique, beginning with a general impression of the physique, he will take into consideration the hair and facial beauty, the overall body development and shape, the presentation of a balanced, proportional and symmetrically developed physique, the condition of the skin and the skin tone and the athlete’s ability to present herself with confidence, poise and grace.
The physique is assessed as to its level of overall body tone, achieved through athletic endeavours and diet. The body parts should have a nice and firm appearance with a decreased amount of body fat but must have a “softer” and “smoother” look than in bodyfitness. The physique should neither be excessively muscular nor excessively lean and should be free from muscle separation and/or striations. Physiques that are considered too muscular, too hard or too lean for the category will be marked down.
The assessment will also take into consideration the tightness and tone of the skin. The skin tone should be smooth and healthy in appearance and without cellulite. The hair and makeup should complement the “Total Package” presented by the athlete.
The judge’s assessment of the athlete’s physique includes the athlete’s entire presentation, from the moment she walks on stage until the moment she walks off the stage. At all times, the Bikini Fitness competitor must be viewed with the emphasis on a “healthy and fit” physique, in an attractively presented “Total Package”.
This is not a bodyfitness category, competitors must have shape to their muscle but not the separation, definition, very low bodyfat level, dryness or density that are seen at bodyfitness competitions. Any competitor who exhibits these features will be marked down.