The Classic Physique division, a brand new class to the world of bodybuilding, was announced this week by National Physique Committee (NPC) and IFBB pro league president Jim Manion.
The new competitive division is a bridge between Physique and open bodybuilding classes. Classic Physique will be for athletes who want to present more muscular size than is currently acceptable for Men’s Physique but not as extreme as the Bodybuilding category. The new division will come in to effect in 2016 and will be judged by the following guidelines:
Muscularity and body condition – judges will look for athletes who display muscular size, symmetry, balance and proportion with an emphasis on definition and condition. The ideal physique will display an aesthetic appearance highlighted by a small waist.
“Classic Physique is for guys who want to take their muscularity and size beyond the limits of Men’s Physique, but not quite to the extremes of Bodybuilding,” Manion said in statement. “The sport is constantly evolving as the athletes find new ways to express their physiques and the NPC prides itself on offering a platform for these athletes to realize their competitive goals. Classic Physique will highlight proportion, symmetry, pleasing lines and a small waist. In short, the focus will be on aesthetic qualities in harmony with muscularity and condition.”
Classic Physique competitors will wear spandex trunks, not board shorts, so they can show off their muscular legs and they will be judged on the same compulsory poses as in a bodybuilding line-up except instead of a most muscular pose they may choose their favourite classic pose.
The new category will have height and weight restrictions and will allow for athletes to move either up from Men’s Physique or down from Bodybuilding. In addition, there will be pro qualifier shows starting next year and an intended Classic Physique Olympia.