A: Up to and including 5'3"
B: Over 5'3"

Height Classes are subject to change.

Competition Rounds

Rounds of Competition

  1. Physique Round
  2. Routine
  3. Physique Round (FINALS)
Physique: 2 piece bathing suit and heels

The Physique round will be judged on overall athleticism with regard to symmetry, firmness and proportion as well as overall physical appearance including hair and skin tone, poise and overall presentation. Remember, this is not a bodybuilding class, competitors exhibiting the vascularity, size and definition often seen in bodybuilding will be marked down. At all times, the judges will be viewing the competitors from the moment the competitor walks on stage, until the moment the competitor walks off stage, with an emphasis on a "healthy, fit, athletic" physique in an attractively presented "Total Package".

The physique will be assessed as to its level of overall muscle tone, achieved through athletic endeavors. The muscle groups should have a round firm appearance with a small amount of body fat. The physique should neither be excessively muscular nor excessively lean and should be free from deep muscle separation and or striations. Physiques that are considered either too muscular or too lean may 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 face, hair and makeup should complement the "total package" presented by the athlete.


Each athlete will present a fitness routine set to music of their choice of up to 90 seconds. You may use less than 90 seconds. Bring your music to the weigh-ins. The CD should contain only the music for the routine.

The athlete will be judged on the entire routine from the moment the athlete walks on stage until the moment the athlete walks off stage. The judges will be looking for a well-choreographed and creative routine performed at a high tempo/speed.

There are NO required moves for the routine round. However, the following moves are extremely common amongst competitors:
* Sideways splits
* Front splits
* One arm push-up
* V-split presshold
* Straight leg press hold
* High leg kick to the front with hold

Although compulsory movements are not a requirement, the routine should include elements of STRENGTH, FLEXIBILITY and SPEED.
  1. Elements of STRENGTH: for example: straddle holds, leg extensions and one-arm push ups. Please note that gymnastic movements such as front and back flips, handsprings and cartwheels are not considered strength elements).
  2. Elements of FLEXIBILITY: for example: high kicks, front splits, and/or side splits.
  3. The SPEED or tempo of the routine demonstrates a degree of cardiovascular fitness, stamina and endurance.
There is a "showmanship" which competitors bring to a fitness routine that is unique to them. This is their personality, charisma, stage presence and charm, as well as a natural rhythm. The judges will take these components into consideration when determining the final placing of the competitor.


In this round, the athletes will perform their fitness routine, as in the prejudging. This part of the round is not scored.

The athletes are brought back on stage, in numerical order and in a single line, wearing a bikini and high heels. This part of the round is scored. This round is judged using the same assessment as in prejudging.

Suit Selection
  • Competitors will compete in a two-piece suit and fitness routine suit of their choice. The bottom of the suit must be V-shaped. No thongs are permitted. Competitors can compete in an off the rack suit. All swimsuits must be in good taste.
  • Competitors must wear high heels, no restrictions.
  • Competitors may wear jewelry.
  • Choose velvet over any other material type. It's forgiving and hides competition tan well.
  • Get your suit padded, even if you have implants, it adds to the overall shape.
  • Ensure it has an underwire or something in the design that accentuates the bust
  • Choose a rhinestone pattern that is flattering. Remember to emphasis shape when thinking of your design pattern.
  • The "v" on the bottom should fall just above the butt checks.
  • The outside of the top under the arm, should end where the chest line falls.
  • Suits and costumes must cover breasts and buttocks.
  • G-strings are not allowed.
  • Competitors may dress as they deem appropriate in order to perform their routines. No props are allowed.
  • The color and style of the bikini shall be left to the competitor's discretion.
  • The bikini bottom must cover a minimum of one-half of the buttocks during the whole time of the lineup and comparisons.

  • Heels must be worn in the physique rounds and athletic/dance shoes must be worn during the routine. Bare feet are not allowed.
  • The color and style of the high-heels shall be left to the competitor's discretion.
  • There are no rules stating that shoes with ankle straps cannot be worn however, keep in mind this style of shoe flatters very few women as it makes the leg look cut off and short.


Front Quarter Turn Right Back
Quarter Turn Right    

Fitness Moves

One Arm Pushup Straddle (V) Sit Pike Hold
Front Splits Side Splits  
High Kick    

It is your responsibility to become aware of all the rules and regulations surrounding your conduct and requirements of you in your role at any ABBA sanctioned event.