Men and Women's Bodybuilding Info & Rules
General Information
  • ENTRY FEE/DEADLINE: $75.00 for first category, $120 for 2 categories, $180 for 3 categories, $240 for 4 categories, $300 for 5 categories. Crossover between divisions are permitted. When registering for 2 or more categories online, please use coupon code 2018WINNER to receive the pricing above. Due by March 3, 2018. Late entries will have a $40.00 handling fee. Visit the registration page to enter
  • ELIGIBILITY: Open to all NPC registered athletes. Please pre-register at NPC cards will, also, be available at the contest. Bodybuilding, Classic Physique, Physique, Figure and Bikini competitions are a national qualifier and therefore open to all NPC registered individuals.
  • DATE, TIME & LOCATION: March 10, 2018 at 6pm | Niagara Falls Conference & Events Center | 101 Old Falls St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303
  • CHECK-IN: Friday, March 9, 2018 at 6:30pm at Niagara Falls Conference and Event Center. (All contestants MUST report for height and/or weight verification and NPC membership)
    • Athlete and Backstage Trainer Credentialing Meeting: Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 9:00AM 
    • Judging: Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 10:00AM 
  • EVENING SHOW: Contestants are to report at 5:30 PM. Finals at 6:00 PM. All contestants will be presented to the audience at the finals. 
  • MUSIC: CD or portable electronic device with an audio jack  (Ex cell phone) set at beginning with 60 sec. limit. If music is deemed to have profanity, the contestant will be disqualified. 
  • AWARDS: Top five in each class and overall winners will receive awards
  • MISC: All contestants must display good sportsmanship at all times and follow rules. Signing the registration form is consent of acceptance to financial responsibility for replacement cost of Convention Center property caused by misuse.
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Weight and Age Classes
Men's Open Classes
  • Bantam: Under 143 ¼lbs.  
  • Light: Over 143 ¼ lbs. up to and including 154 ¼lbs.  
  • Middle: Over 154 ¼lbs. up to and including 176 ¼lbs.  
  • Light Heavy: Over 176 ¼lbs. up to and including 198 ¼lbs.
  • Heavy: Over 198 ¼lbs. up to and including 225 ¼ lbs  
  • Super Heavy: Over 225 ¼ lbs
Men's Novice Classes:
  • Under 165 ¼lbs.  
  • Over 165 ¼lbs. up to and including 187 ¼lbs. 
  • Over 187 ¼ lbs. 
Men's Masters: 
  • Over 40 
  • Over 50 
  • Over 60  
  • Over 70  
Men's Teen Classes: 
  • Light: Under 176 ¼lbs.
  • Heavy: Over 176 ¼ lbs.
Women's Open: 1 class

Photo credit: Kenny Krug
Posing Attire
  • 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.
  • Posing Suits worn by female competitors must be two-piece but may include a printed design with fringes, lace, sparkle or fluorescents that are in good taste.
  • 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.
  • During the Prejudging, male and female competitors are not permitted to wear any jewelry onstage other than a wedding band. Decorative pieces in the hair are not permitted.
  • During the Finals, female competitors are permitted to wear earrings.
  • 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.
Mr Buffalo Bodybuilding
Photo credit: Kenny Krug
Who Qualifies for a National Level Competitions?
  • Competitors that place in the top five (5) in each open class at national qualifying contests qualify for the Junior USA, Junior Nationals, NPC Universe and IFBB North American Championship competitions.
  • Competitors that place in the top three (3) in each open class at national qualifying contests qualify for the USA and National Championships. 
  • One-year qualification for the top five (5) places in each class at national-level contests previously listed.
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