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NPC Introduces Men's Physique Division for 2011


It's true!
I'm assuming that this is more of a marketing tool to make their shows more 'mainstream'. Personally I don't hate the idea but I do have a couple of issues. A) BB'ing shows are already way too long and boring for another division to wait through B) Obviously this division won't be tested either, so basically it's for guys who don't want to go to the same extremes (dieting, dehydrating, anabolics etc.). To me natural competitions just makes more sense. C) They have to wear board shorts, so how can their legs be judged????



Their legs wont be judged. Its a model search. And a way to make more money. The same way the bikini division is a model search. This will bring more women to the shows --> more money.


I can full sympathize with folks thinking that the pro level is a freakshow.

But board shorts? What's the point in even lifting weights, then?


To look good 2/3 nekked?




Bonez is correct. Basically, they're looking for your traditional Men's Health cover model.

Judging Criteria:

  • Muscularity and Body Condition
    Judges will be looking for fit contestants who display proper shape and symmetry combined with muscularity and overall condition. This is not a bodybuilding contest so extreme muscularity should be marked down.

  • Stage Presence and Personality
    Contestants will be asked to walk in board shorts (shorts must be just above the knee in length and can be one inch below the belly button, no spandex and no logos are permitted on the board shorts however a manufacturerâ??s logo such as Nike symbol or Billabong are acceptable. Competitors will enter the stage without a shirt and barefoot. No lewd acts are allowed. Example: The moon pose. Judges are looking for the contestant with the best stage presence and poise who can successfully convey his personality to the audience.


^^^ So if they're supposed to be barefoot did the dude in green win? All those dudes are in damn good shape and have more muscle than what you see on Mens Health. Like Bonez said, it's to broaden the appeal, read: bring in more women. And gays, 'cause women don't spend money but gays go apeshit with the dough.


This just sounds dumb so the big tall black guy got destroyed im guessing.


^^It looks like that guy is wearing platforms or something...so maybe he's not as tall as he seems?


hes the only one wearing shoes. The nike shocks im guessing. I also didnt mean height i meant that he is so big(bodybuilder like)


I would like to see a show where they are 10-15 percent body fat i think that looks alot better than how the pros go on stage now


tbh my goals are more in line with this look than an ifbb pro...

board shorts look dumb to me tho...


Every person in the pic in this thread is in single digits bf%.

Id guess the guy in the green shorts won.

The guy in the sneakers isnt proportional for this. Arms are way too big, not lean enough in the abs. He'd probably do well in bodybuilding, probably has no legs though.


That's how most men want to look. And it still takes a lot of damn work to get into that sort of shape.


And those guys are not small.


Yea, I wasn't referring to the picture I want a new comp!


Very true and this is an important point. A lot of people on bodybuilding forums make fun of "Men's Health models" for being "small" whereas in reality they are more muscular than 99% of the board members. Except for the most hardcore gyms in the world, the "small MH models" would stand out and be among the biggest and most muscular guys in almost all gyms.

One of my friends competed in a "model search division" from another federation (FAME/WNSO) and won everything there was to win... then moved back to the CBBF (IFBB canadian division, equivalent of the NPC) and finished 2nd at the Canadian Bodybuilding nationals (light heavy weight) at roughly the same body weight.


Because [sarcasm] going on stage in a posing pouch is ghey. Board shorts are far more commercial and manly. These guys want to look confident, yet coy; they want their upper bodies to stand out, but their lower bodies to blend in. Then they won't look too obsessed with their bodies [/sarcasm]


The guy in black is carrying a lot of muscle mass...more than most on this site will ever carry. I wouldn't be surprised if he wasn't competing in both the "physique" and bodybuilding portions of the show.

I don't see too many people other than newbs referring to the actual Men's Health models as small. The crowd that mag attracts is a different story altogether.

Yes, most of the actual models are way bigger than some newbs give them credit for and they trained like "bodybuilders" to do it.


Is mooning the audience so common that they have to categorize it as a pose? LOL. I know you're just quoting that JN844, but it's all the funnier because there's an actual rule against it.