Fitness Competitor Rules

    Fitness competitors will be judged on the two-piece swimsuit round and on their fitness routine.


Beginning in 2022, for CPA, NPC and NPC Worldwide Fitness division, the two-piece swimsuit round will return just as it is in the IFBB Professional League Fitness and will count for 1/3 of the score..

    The bottom of the suit must be v-shaped. No thongs are permitted. All swimsuits must be in good taste.

    Competitors must wear high heels.

    Competitors may wear jewelry.


    Competitors will walk to the center of the stage alone and perform quarter (1/4) turns, face the judges, then proceed to the side of the stage.

    Length of time allowed is 15 seconds

Comparison Round, Two-Piece Posing Suit

   Competitors will be judged wearing a two-piece posing suit and heels.

   The competitors will be brought back out in a group and directed to do quarter turns.

   Judges will have the opportunity to compare competitors against each other in quarter turns.



Must include the following manadatory moves and be a maximum of two minutes to music of the competitor's choice:

   Push Up (of any kind)

   High Kick

   Straddle Hold

   Side Split.

   The Fitness Routine will count for 2/3's of the score.

    Competitors should have shape to their muscles but not size, definition or vascularity as in bodybuilding physique. If these are present the contestant will be scored down.

Posing Music

    The two minute posing routine music will be used at the Finals.

    Upload your music for your posing routine from the confirmation email you received from If you are unable to download music, please bring it to check-ins on a USB. It must be the only music on the USB.

   Posing music must should be cued to the start of the music.

   Posing music must not contain profane, vulgar or offensive language. Competitors using music containing such language will be disqualified.


Competitors will be checked in and heighted.


   The only people permitted in the backstage area are competitors, expediters, CPA officials, CPA Media & those who have purchased a Backstage Pass.

Height Classes

For National level contests that are Pro Qualifiers - 3 Classes

Class A Up to and including 5’2”
Class B Over 5’2” and up to and including 5’4-1/2”
Class C Over 5’4-1/2”

A promoter can choose to have fewer height classes for non national level contests as follows

1 Class may be used at regional competitions

For all contestes with two classes:

Class A Up to and including 5’3”
Class B Over 5’3”

Fitness Competition Judging

Fitness - Routine

   Each athlete will perform a maximum two minute routine.

Fitness - Scoring

Judges will use four (4) aspects to score this round using the following criteria:

Strength The amount and types of strength moves. The degree of difficulty of these moves. The ease and correctness of the moves.
Flexibility The number and types of flexibility moves. The degree of difficulty of these moves. The ease and correctness of the moves.
Cardiovascular The tempo of the routine.
Overall Package Full general assessment including but not limited to creativity, stage presence, outfits, hair and make-up

The mandatory movements within the routine, in no specific order, in Women’s Fitness are as follows:

   Push Up (of any kind)

   High Kicks

   Side Split

   Straddle Hold

The two minute fitness routine will count for 2/3's of the score and the two-piece swimsuit round will count for 1/3 of the score.


All athletes will be introduced. The finalists will perform their routines. After all classes are completed the trophies will be awarded. At competitions where there is more than one class the class winners will be brought back. The judges will then decide on the overall winner based on their routine.

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.

Junior & Masters

Junior Athletes - must be at least 18 years old and no older than 23 as of the day of the show.

Masters Men and Women’s Classes begin at 35 years of age or over as of the day of the show. Promoters may add masters classes as follows 40/45/50/55/60 years of age.

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

Placing Top 3 in a Regional competition in the Masters 35+ qualifies you to all Masters Pro Qualifier classes in your division. Placing Top 3 in a Regional competition in the Masters 40+ qualifies you to all Masters Classes above 40+ in your division provided you meet the age requirements.

True Novice & Novice

True Novice – All first-time competitors are eligible to compete in the True Novice category (never competed with the CPA in any category at a bodybuilding or physique competition). The True Novice category provides no qualifications, just awards and bragging rights.

Novice – All competitors who did not place in the Top 3 in any category in a CPA competition may compete in the Novice category. The novice category provides no qualifications, just awards and bragging rights.

Athlete Check-Ins/Weigh-Ins

Competition check-ins/weigh-ins take place the day prior to the contest at a location provided by the contest promoter. The promoter will publish the official check-in/weigh-in start time. All competitors, regardless of category, must be present for the official check-in/weigh-in.

During the official check-in/weigh-in competitors will be officially heighted and/or weighed, receive their competitor number and information verified. All competitors must show their CPA membership card. Junior and Masters competitors must provide government issued ID showing date of birth (i.e. passport, birth certificate, etc.)

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.


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