Posing Suits

   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.

   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.

   Take a look at our recent OPA Flickr photo galleries for examples of approved CPA Posing Suits.

Posing Music

   Posing music will be used at the Finals.

   Posing music must be on a CD, flashdrive or thumbdrive and must be the only music on the CD, flashdrive or thumbdrive.

   Posing music must 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.

On Stage

   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.

Weight Classes

A bodybuilding competition may be divided in the following weight classes.

2 Classes

Lightweight up to and including 176 ¼ lbs
Heavyweight over 176 ¼ lbs

3 Classes

Lightweight up to and including 165 ¼ lbs
Middleweight over 165 ¼ lbs up to and including 187 ¼ lbs
Heavyweight over 187 ¼ lbs

4 Classes

Bantamweight up to and including 154 ¼ lbs
Lightweight over 154 ¼ lbs up to and including 176 ¼ lbs
Light-Heavyweight over 176 ¼ lbs up to and including 198 ¼ lbs
Heavyweight over 198 ¼ lbs

5 Classes

Bantamweight up to and including 143 ¼ lbs
Lightweight over 143 ¼ lbs up to and including 154 ¼ lbs
Middleweight over 154 ¼ lbs up to and including 176 ¼ lbs
Light-Heavyweight over 176 ¼ lbs up to and including 198 ¼ lbs
Heavyweight over 198 ¼ lbs

6 Classes

Bantamweight up to and including 143 ¼ lbs
Lightweight over 143 ¼ lbs up to and including 154 ¼ lbs
Middleweight over 154 ¼ lbs up to and including 176 ¼ lbs
Light-Heavyweight over 176 ¼ lbs up to and including 198 ¼ lbs
Heavyweight over 198 ¼ lbs up to and including 225 ¼ lbs
Super Heavyweight over 225 ¼ lbs

The Prejudging Posing Rounds

Judges will score competitors according to the CPA “total package” which is a balance of size, symmetry and muscularity.

   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.

   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.

   Front Double Bicep

   Front Lat Spread

   Side Chest

   Side Tricep

   Rear Double Bicep

   Rear Lat Spread

   Abdominals with one thigh

   NO Gymnastic Moves are Allowed

Mandatory Poses

Join the CPA

To compete or participate in a CPA event, athletes must be registered with the CPA.

Competitor 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.

Junior and Masters

   Junior Atheltes - must be under 21 years of age as of the day of the show.

   Junior Natural Athletes – must be 23 and under as of the day of the show.

   Masters Men - must be 40 years of age or over as of the day of the show.

   Grand Masters Men– must be 50 years of age or over as of the day of the show.

   Masters Women - must be 35 years of age or over as of the day of the show.

   Grand Masters Women – must be 45 years of age or over as of the day of the show.

Qualifications received as a junior, master or grand master are valid for the respective division only and may not be carried over to the open divisions.

Athlete Registration/Weigh-Ins

   CPA registrations take place the day prior to the contest at a location provided by the contest promoter. The promoter will publish the Official Athlete Registration start time. All competitors, regardless of category, must be present for the Official Athlete Registration.

   During the Official Athlete registration, the head judge will determine the order in which the competitors are called up for official weigh in’s/height. After being officially weighed in/heighted, the competitor will receive competitor number and verification of information prior to data entry,

   All competitors will present themselves in the same attire that they will be wearing throughout the Prejudging and Finals so that the head judge may ascertain that the competitors posing attire meets the accepted standards.

   Please note: Any competitor who does not make weight will be given a maximum of 30 minutes in which to do so. If, for whatever reason, the competitor does not return within thirty minutes, he or she will be eliminated from the competition. The onus is on the competitor to return within the deadline; the CPA is under no obligation to issue time warnings or to track down the competitor.

    Junior and Masters competitors At the time of the Official Athlete Registration, a junior or master competitor must produce documentary evidence of his date of birth (i.e. passport, birth certificate, etc.)

Backstage

   The only people permitted in the backstage area are competitors, expediters, CPA officials & CPA Media.