Tier 3 (novice)
        Women’s athletic physique - Short                           < 163 cm (5’4”)
        Women’s athletic physique - Tall                              ≥ 163 cm (5’4”)

Tier 2
        Women’s athletic physique - Short                           < 163 cm (5’4”)
        Women’s athletic physique - Tall                              ≥ 163 cm (5’4”)

Tier 1 Elite
        Women’s athletic physique                                      Open

Masters division (40+ yrs) is outside the tier structure and will not have a height classification.

Classes may change based on pre-registration numbers. Classes may be combined on stage at the discretion of the head judge.

Cross Overs
The Tier 3 and Tier 2 Athletic Physique competitor may also compete in Masters Athletic Physique if she is 40+ years. Tier 3 Athletic Physique competitor may also compete in the Tier 3 Muscular Physique division. Cross overs to Muscular Physique are not permitted at the Tier 2 and Tier 1 Elite levels.


The sole of the shoes should not exceed half an inch in height and the heels should be less than 5 inches. Shoes must be brought to the registration for approval.


Jewellery is accepted, but must be non-distracting and in good taste. Jewellery should be shown during the registration for approval.

Please note that competitors can compete in both women’s athletic physique – Masters and women’s athletic physique - Short or Tall. Competitors can also compete in both women’s muscular physique and women’s athletic physique, but only in Tier 3. Crossovers are not accepted in Tier 2 or Tier 1.

Posing Suit

Women's athletic physique competitors must wear a two-piece posing suit. Posing suits must cover a minimum of half the gluteal area while completely covering the genital area. Thongs and G-strings are strictly forbidden. Posing suits must be brought to the registration for approval. Competitor numbers will be provided during the registration and must be worn on the left side of the posing suit.

Judging Criteria

Women’s athletic physique is assessed on the following criteria:

  • Muscular development
  • Muscle definition
  • Symmetry
  • Stage presence

Women’s athletic physique competitors are assessed by comparing competitors to each other through a series of quarter turns:

  1. Facing the judges
  2. Quarter turn to the right
  3. Quarter turn to the back of the stage
  4. Quarter turn to the right
  5. Quarter turn facing the judges

Refer to the Judging Women's Athletic Physique article for explanations of the judging criteria for women’s athletic physique and clarification on how the judges might make some of their decisions.

Physique assessment

  • All competitors line up facing the judges in their relaxed pose.
  • Each competitor is introduced one at a time and given 30 seconds to display their physique through a few poses while their personal message is announced to the audience.
  • The Head Judge runs the competitors through a series of comparisons.
  • Competitors are dismissed from the stage.

Awards presentation [after intermission]

  • The competitors of each class line up in front of the judges.
  • It is important to note that the contest is not over until winners are announced. In order to get the placings right or to break a tie, the head judge may request a few comparisons to take a last look at competitors.
  • The entire line-up exits the stage.
  • The top 3 competitors are announced and presented with awards. 


  • Every reasonable attempt will be made to gather all athletes for their respective classes. However, failure to show up when a competitor’s class lines up before the judges [pre-judging and after intermission] will incur in disqualification of the competitor and may result in a ban from competing at future Physique Canada events.
  • Physique Canada promotes healthy competition. Should a competitor faint while on stage or back stage, or leave the stage for medical reasons, that competitor may be disqualified.
  • Skin creams and oils may be used in moderation. Oils and creams must be applied in designated areas only. Failure to comply may result in disqualification.
  • Physique Canada will make every effort to judge competitors fairly and expects competitors to behave with sportsmanlike conduct at all times. Unsportsmanlike conduct towards Physique Canada officials, volunteers, and other competitors may result in immediate disqualification and removal from the venue.
  • Competitors who do not place in the top 6 will receive a final score of DNP [Did Not Place].
  • The use of props or costumes on stage is forbidden.
  • Masters competitors must provide photo id during the registration (e.g. Driver’s License, Passport, etc.) Height or weight will be measured during the registration.

Men's and Women's Competition Levels

  • Prize $$
  • Tier 1
  • Pro
  • Competitors must qualify by placing top three in a Tier 2 event and must maintain a valid membership for year-round in- and out-of-competition drug testing.

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  • Tier 2
  • Open
  • Competitors must have placed top three in Tier 3 or have strong competitive experience and/or have placed in another organization. All Tier 2 competitions subject to drug testing.
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  • Tier 3
  • Novice
  • For brand-new competitors or those who have not placed in Physique Canada Tier 3 or in another organization. All Tier 3 competitions subject to drug testing.

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  • Masters
  • Over Age 40
  • Resides outside the tier system. Competitors can compete in Masters even if they are competing in Tier 1, 2, or 3 classes. All Masters competitions subject to drug testing.
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Physique Canada is the only men's and women's physique organization in the nation to conduct in-competition and out-of-competition drug testing, with the express purpose of creating a fair and level playing field for all competitors.