NPC and OWU/NBA Wellness Rules

What is the Wellness Division?
This division is for females with athletic physique’s that showcase more body mass in
the hips, glutes and thigh areas. The upper body is developed but not to the same
degree as the lower body.

Height Classes

Two classes:
Class A – Up to 5’4”
Class B – Over 5’4”
Three Classes:
Class A – Up to 5’4”
Class B – Over 5’4” up to including 5’6”
Class C – Over 5’6”
Four Classes:
Class A – Up to and including 5’2”
Class B – Over 5’2” up to including 5’4”
Class C – Over 5’4” up to and including 5’6”
Class D – Over 5’6”

What Judges are Looking For
Posing and Presentation

Front:
Competitors will face front with one hand on hip, one arm straight down and one leg
slightly extended. We do not want to see the arm off to side with the elbow bent and
the wrist bent upwards.
Quarter turn Right:
Competitors will turn slightly facing the judges with right hand on hip and left arm
straight down and right leg bent at knee. More like a twisting side pose that Bikini
competitors perform. We do not want to see the arm off to side with the elbow bent
and the wrist bent upwards.
Quarter turn Rear:
Competitors will face the rear with lower back arched with glutes pushed back. We do
not want to see the arm off to side with the elbow bent and the wrist bent upwards.
Quarter turn Right:
Competitors will turn slightly facing the judges with the left hand on the hip, right arm relaxed
and left leg bent at knee. We do not want to see the arm off to side with the elbow bent and
the wrist bent upwards.

*As with All Other Divisions, No Lewd Acts Are Permitted and will result in automatic
disqualification*
* We do not want to see the arm off to side with the elbow bent and the wrist bent upwards as
seen below*

WELLNESS CHECK-INS

Wellness division competitors will be checked in and measured the same as Fitness,
Figure, Bikini and Women’s Physique competitors.
All suits will be inspected at the check-ins. Every competitor must wear their
competition suit under their clothing to check-ins for inspection. If your suit is not
inspected you will not be permitted to compete. No Exceptions. If you change your
competition suit from prejudging to finals and the judges deem it not to conform to the
rules you will be directed to leave the stage. No Exceptions.
Frequently Asked Questions
-Level of conditioning?
We are looking for conditioning almost on par with Bikini athletes, but the athletes will
have slightly more muscle. We want to see a little body fat with slight separation but no
striations.
-Abs defined like Figure or less defined like Bikini?
As it currently is in Bikini.
-Shoulders? Rounded & Capped like Figure and Women’s Physique or less pronounced
like Bikini? Slightly more developed than Bikini and a little less than Figure, but not as
lean and with no striations. Not like Women’s Physique.
-How much definition for quads?
The quads should display an athletic appearance with slight separation but no
striations. Not as lean and defined as Figure and Women’s Physique.
-Glute Development?
Full round glutes with a slight separation between the hamstring and glute area but no
striations, as is in place for the Bikini Division. Glutes will be bigger than current Bikini
competitors. They will not be as lean and defined as Figure and Women’s Physique.
-Rules & Restrictions on suits?
NPC, NPC Worldwide & IFBB Professional League Wellness Competition Suits have the
same rules that are currently in place for all of our other divisions. Suits can be
customized with “bling”. Competitors will compete in a two-piece suit. Unlike a Figure,
Fitness or Women’s Physique competition suit, the top is not connected to the suit
bottom.

The suit top is the same standard that is currently in place for the Bikini division.
The suit bottom must be V-shaped in the front and is traditionally all material with no
connectors and sits high up on the hips. The cut of the suit back is the same standard
that is currently in place for the Bikini division. No Thongs and No T-back suits allowed.
*You also have the Option to wear a Competition Bikini style bottom that has
connectors. You will not be scored any differently if you choose to compete in this suit
bottom.
All swimsuits must be in good taste. Athletes will be warned about improper suits and
are advised to bring two (2) suits to check in. Athletes will be scored down if the suit is
not up to standard.
*Note: The NPC, NPC Worldwide and IFBB Professional League Have Not Authorized or
Granted the license, authority or exclusivity to any competition suit company or
designer to be their Official Suit Maker and to advertise their suits as an Official Cut or
Approved Cut. There has never been an Official or Approved “Pro Cut Bikini” for Any
Division! That term was erroneously created by suit makers.
-Rules & Restrictions on shoes and heels?
Shoes and heels same rules that are currently in place for the Bikini division.
-Rules & Restrictions on jewelry?
Jewelry same rules that are currently in place for the Bikini and Figure divisions.
-Rules & Restrictions on posing oil or not?
No Posing Oil but can be “glazed” as is currently done for the Bikini and Figure divisions.