Where you fit in
The core physical aspects for Beach Models are muscularity and proportion. Judges will look for full definition in the abs, chest, arms and back. The level of condition however should not be to the extreme level such as that required for bodybuilding. This means that vascularity and intra-muscular striations are not taken into account when judging the quality of the physique.
The Beach Model category has several classes, all of which are judged based on the same physical criteria.
All of the aspects of the physique are important when judging models. The overall size of the competitor becomes more of a contributing factor to the final placings when considered alongside the proportion of the physique. A competitor who is out of proportion, no matter what size, will struggle to find a top three placing against smaller competitors who are better proportioned.
NABBA/WFF Australia's Beach Model classes include:
- Junior - Under 24 years of age
- Over 30 - Over 30 years of age
- Novice - Never placed first in any competition in any federation
- First Timers - First contest ever entered in any federation
- Short - Up to 1.75m tall
- Tall - Over 1.75m tall
What your judges look for
Judges look for a range of aspects when judging a competitor's physique.
- Muscularity – the amount of visible muscle on a competitor.
- Condition – the definition or separation of individual muscles, and muscle groups.
- Size – the overall size of the physique, or parts of the physique, relative to the competitor’s height.
- Shape – the aesthetic quality and curvature of individual muscle groups.
- Proportion – the relative size of one individual part of the physique as compared to another.
- Symmetry – the relative proportion of the left and right sides of the physique.
- Balance – the relative proportion of the lower and upper halves of the physique.
In addition to the physical aspects of judging, competitors should also consider the importance of their Stage Presence. That is the confidence, and overall positive energy they project while on stage. This is especially important for Model categories.
Each one of these aspects plays a vital role, and depending on the category, may be weighted differently in terms of judging the physique.
Models are judged in two rounds – individual stage walk, and group stage walk. The individual stage walk usually consists of a T-Walk, V-Walk or catwalk depending on the size and configuration of the stage. The group stage walk consists first of moving in a line from the front of the stage to the back, and then returning to the front. The second part of the group stage walk consists of a circle parade of the stage in one line.