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National Physique Committee

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The National Physique Committee (NPC) is the largest amateur bodybuilding organization in the United States. Amateur bodybuilders compete in competitions from local to national competitions sanctioned by the NPC. One amateur organization per country is recognized by the International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB), which claims to be bodybuilding's international organization and the IFBB recognizes the NPC as its amateur extension for the United States. Advanced athletes can progress as professionals and join the IFBB Professional League.


In order to become an IFBB professional bodybuilder in the United States a class must first be won at the NPC Nationals Championship or be the overall winner at the NPC USA Championship. However, there are other organizations and federations in the US that also promote amateur athletics and have a professional extension. While the NPC and the IFBB are the largest and most well known, there are other amateur and professional bodybuilding organizations and federations. The NPC also sanctions bodybuilding fitness and figure competitions across the United States.


  • You must possess a valid NPC card to compete in an NPC show. NPC cards are valid for a calendar year.
  • Events

  • Men's Body Building
  • Classic Physique
  • Men's Physique
  • Fitness
  • Women's Body Building
  • Women's Physique* Bikini
  • Classes

  • Open - Competitors of any age or experience.
  • Novice - Athlete's who have never placed first in any class/age group in an NPC contest
  • Teen - The athlete must be in the age range of 16-20.
  • Junior - The athlete must be under, or 23 years old the day of the event.
  • Master - The athlete needs to be the minimum age of the division the day of the event.
  • Posing Suits

    (Dependent on event)

  • All suit bottoms must be V-shaped, no thongs are permitted.
  • Suits worn by male competitors at the prejudging and finals must be plain in color with no fringe, wording, sparkle or fluorescents.
  • Suits worn by female competitors at the Prejudging must be two-piece and plain in color with no fringe, wording, sparkle or fluorescents.
  • Suits worn by female competitors at the Finals must be two-piece but may include a printed design with fringes, lace, sparkle or fluorescents that are in good taste.
  • All Prejudging suits will be checked at the morning check-in.
  • Competitors are not permitted to alter the fit of the posing suit by hiking it up in the back or by pulling up the sides during Front and Rear Lat Spreads.
  • Posing Music

  • Posing music will be used at the Finals only with the exception of Mixed Pairs competitors who will use music at both the Prejudging and the Finals.
  • Posing music must be on a cassette tape or CD and must be the only music on the tape or CD.
  • Posing music must be on Side A and should be cued to the start of the music.
  • Posing music must not contain vulgar lyrics. Competitors using music containing vulgar lyrics will be disqualified.
  • During the Prejudging male and female competitors are not permitted to wear any jewelry onstage other than a wedding band. Decorative pieces in the hair are not permitted.
  • During the Finals female competitors are permitted to wear earrings.
  • No glasses, props or gum are permitted onstage.
  • Any competitor doing the “Moon Pose” will be disqualified.
  • Lying on the floor is prohibited.
  • Bumping and shoving is prohibited. First and second persons involved will be disqualified.
  • Competitors numbers will be worn on the left side of the suit bottom.
  • Backstage

  • The only people permitted in the backstage area are competitors, expediters and NPC officials.
  • Coaches or others may be permitted after paying for a backstage pass, along with tickets to the show.
  • Competitors Health

  • Any competitor who appears to be disoriented, light-headed or experiences undue cramping will not be permitted to compete.
  • Any competitor disqualified for health reasons must be checked by the attending EMT and, if it is advised by the EMT, must go to the nearest hospital for evaluation.
  • Competitors who refuse to be evaluated by the EMT or at the hospital will be suspended from competition for a period of one year from the date of the occurrence.
  • Weight Classes

    (Only relevant to specific events) 2 Classes:

  • Lightweight – up to and including 125 lbs
  • Heavyweight – over 125 lbs
  • 3 Classes:

  • Lightweight – up to and including 125 lbs
  • Middleweight – over 125 lbs up to and including 140 lbs
  • Heavyweight – over 140 lbs
  • 4 Classes:

  • Lightweight – up to and including 115 lbs
  • Middleweight – over 115 lbs up to and including 125 lbs
  • Light-Heavyweight – over 125 lbs up to and including 140 lbs
  • Heavyweight – over 140 lbs
  • Note: class winners of the drug-free NPC Team Universe Championships go on to represent the United States in the IFBB World Championships that follow the IFBB weight limits below and for all polygraph tested events.

  • Lightweight - up to and including 114-1/2 lbs
  • Middleweight – over 114-12 lbs up to and including 125-1/2 lbs
  • Heavyweight – over 125-1/2 lbs
  • Prejudging Poses

    Relaxed Round:

  • Keep your feet flat
  • Keep your heels together
  • Hold your arms at your sides
  • No twisting
  • Your head must be facing the same direction as your feet.
  • Individual Round:

  • Begin when ready – no signal is necessary from the Head Judge.
  • Maximum of 60 seconds with a warning when 10 seconds remain.
  • You are not obligated to use all 60 seconds.
  • Lying on the floor is not permitted.
  • Mandatory Round:

  • Front Double Bicep
  • Front Lat Spread
  • Side Chest
  • Side Triceps
  • Rear Double Bicep
  • Rear Lat Spread
  • Abdominals and Thigh
  • Eligibility

    An athlete must be a citizen to compete in the following national competitions:

  • Masters National Championships
  • USA Championships
  • Team Universe Championships
  • Nationals Championships
  • You must possess a valid NPC card to compete in an NPC event.
  • Proof of citizenship must be one of the following:

  • A birth certificate
  • A voter’s registration card
  • Military discharge papers
  • Naturalization Papers – Form N560
  • Consular Service Form FS24 for those born outside of the United States to US parents
  • Residency is four (4) months prior to a contest or must be a full-time student in the area.


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