Figure competitors and the 20% percent rule
Nina Luchka, IFBB Figure Professional, writes about the differences in national physiques being awarded pro cards, vs. the physiques that are doing well on the professional circuit:
“2006 Canadian Nationals has come and gone. Canada, again, has awarded Pro cards (figure) to a more Muscular, Hard and BIGGER look. A look that will NOT fair well on the Pro level. With the new 20% less muscle rule, Canada definitely did not inforce that rule.
For the competitors that brought in the ideal figure package, it was sad to see them overlooked against the more “bodybuilder” type body on stage. Quite a few of these overlooked competitors will be heading down to North Americans in September, where they will not be overlooked.”
Garry Bartlett of SeriousAboutMuscle.com also comments on the judging at Canadian Nationals:
“Something went wrong – what should have been a fun, rewarding and fulfilling experience, turned into a disappointing exercise in frustration for many. So what happened?
In my opinion, it was the standard that the winners displayed in terms of condition and muscle development, which was unattainable for the majority of the other competitors.”
In a memo dated December 6, 2004, IFBB Chairman Jim Manion introduced the so-called ‘20% percent rule’, addressing all IFBB Professional Female Athletes in requesting “that female athletes in Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure decrease the amount of muscularity by a factor of 20%”. The memo stated that the request “applies to those female athletes whose physiques require the decrease”, and that “all professional judges have been advised of the proper criteria for assessing female physiques”.
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