Okay, after sitting and watching the recent New York Pro from the 5th row, as well as having been to many contests over the last decade or so, I've obviously developed my own thoughts on the judgings stage ready bodybuilders.
As a pro competitor myself, as well as being a judge, I can acknowledge that different people will have their own viewpoints when looking at the same line up of athletes. Now, lest this turn into the whole 'shredded vs puffy but big' dabate, I want to offer up the example from just a couple of weeks back. Victor Martinez vs big Ramy. Both were over 250 lbs (I'm guessing Vic's weight off hand), and both were well conditioned for such a high level contest.
At the end of the day though, Vic had better shape, 'lines', all the cool words that describe a 'pretty' physique. Ramy was undoubtedly the hugest thing on the entire stage. Now, BOTH guys were among the largest beasts up there, so you can't go with the simple size argument. Similarly, both guys were among the best conditioned athletes on that day (relatively speaking of course).
So,.. does the amount of 'prettiness' of a physique outweight the amount of sheer gargantuatude? I have my own personaly beliefs as a judge, but I figured that since this is the bodybuilding forum, let's get some thoughts here.
(This doesn't have to solely pertain to the New York Pro)