What is Bikini?
When you think 'Bikini' think  'Female Fitness Model'. The look for the  this category is that of a swimsuit model or a physique you might see at a beach. We are looking for a toned, conditioned physique with no visible cellulite or fat (as with all types of our competitions). Judging is based on body shape, facial beauty, stage presence, poise and elegance. There are no Fitness routines and this is not a Bodybuilding or Figure competition, therefore there are no actual poses and neither extra leanness nor muscularity is rewarded. The competitors are judged in quarter turns and the model walk or t-walk.

 2016 INBF Bikini Division


The Bikini Division is a women’s physique division designed to find athletes with a fit and shapely body that is not heavily muscled or over defined.

A traditional two-piece bikini posing suit is worn and may be multi-colored or solid, and embellishments are permitted; thongs or t-backs are not allowed.  High heals are required and jewelry is permitted.

Competitors are judged in three (3) rounds:

  • Overall fitness and balance in the Bikini division is achieved through a lightly muscled and not overly lean physique as to Figure, Fit Body, or Bodybuilding.
  • Presentation takes into account grooming, tan, hair & make-up, and suit selection
  • The stage walk allows competitors to show grace, poise, and confidence as well as executing mandatory poses (quarter turns)

Judging Rounds (3):

Round 1: Beauty Presence (facial beauty, tan, hair, makeup, nails etc.)
Hair & Make-up - should complement your body.Bathing Suit & Shoes – again, judge’s assessment of how these components complement your body.Skin Tone – Tan products / foundation color should complement hair and enhance overall body.

Round 2: Overall Fitness Balance
Competitors must show good muscle tone. Leanness and muscle development is expected; however, competitors should NOT exhibit as much conditioning and muscle Mass/Size or present an over-conditioned physique as is presented in bodybuilding.Round 3: Presentation/Model Walk (presentation, poise) 
Overall stage presence – judges will assess competitor’s ability to seamlessly execute quarter turns, present confidence and poise, change places with other competitors, etc.

Round 3: Overall State Presence
Judges will assess competitor’s ability to seamlessly execute quarter turns, present confidence and poise, change places with other competitors, etc.

Quarter Turns
The face front pose is a little different than Figure. Competitors may lift their heel off the floor, may lift their leg up and may also place a hand on their hip, but they must face their hips and shoulders forward. You want to “stand comfortable” – don’t hold any poses or flex any muscles.Side pose
In the  side pose, you may look at the judges (Note: in the Figure or Bodybuilding competitions, this is not permitted), twist at the hip, lift your heel off the floor or place your hand on your hip.

Back Pose
For this pose, you want to move your hair so it does not obstruct your shoulders or back from the judge’s view. We suggest you ‘T’ your feet instead of standing heel to heel, but you may stand either way. Stand tall, don’t flex your back or open your lats. Don’t flex or tilt your glutes upward – you want to avoid a “shelf” between the glutes and hams.

The T-Walk
This pose will be exactly the same as in the Figure category, except that you do not want to hit any actual poses onstage. Visualize that you are on the cat walk more than on a competition stage, and you will find yourself walking, turning and displaying yourself much shorter and fluently. However, stand tall to display your physique to the best of your ability.

4 Stops Total

  • Center Stage Front or Side Stance
  • Stage Right Side Stance
  • Center Stage Front-Front-Side Stance, turn around rear stance
  • Stage Left-Side Stance
  • Then exit stage