A NEW APPROACH TO JUDGING: Removing subjectivity, making results clear and easy to understand, providing useful feedback to athletes and bringing Natural Bodybuilding into the future - as a legitimate sport.
Round 1 is the "Physique Assessment" round. Current competitors will be familiar with this as the "Quarter Turns". Here the judges assess all physiques on stage and allocate a score out of 10 (with 10 being "perfect") for all 4 criteria: Muscularity, Condition, Proportion and Presentation. Excessive Muscularity & Condition for Bodyshaping & Bodysculpting athletes will result in significantly lower scores out of 10. All categories are expected to have high levels of Proportion & Presentation. Check the NatBod Showdown: South East web page for full details on criteria.
Round 2 is the "Posing Assessment" round. Current competitors will be familiar with this as the "Mandatory Poses". Here the judges assess all physiques on stage and allocate a score out of 10 (with 10 being "perfect") for each mandatory pose. Bodyshaping athletes will have 3 poses, Bodysculpting 5 and Bodybuilding 7. Check the NatBod website for full details. Bodyshaping & female Bodysculpting athletes rest assured that we don't want you to strike these poses in a "bodybuilding style" but to bring your own unique, model like approach.
Our Final Round is our new and unique "Posedown Challenge" making the traditional posedown an important part of judging. Here the Top 5 athletes will come out together in a callout and strike one front pose, one side pose, one rear pose and then one more front pose of their choice. This can be any pose. The judges will allocate a score out of 10 for each of these poses (with 10 being "perfect"). The final Placings will be determined by adding the scores from all 3 rounds together, with the highest score receiving 1st Place and so on.
The independent NatBod Showdown: South East will be held on the 7th of September in the beautiful NSW South Coast town of Ulladulla, 3hrs from Sydney & 2hrs from Canberra. Competitor entry starts at only $99 with no membership fee required. Entries will be open in the coming weeks.