Muscle Sport Magazine

IFBB Eliminating Posing Routine Scoring

What almost seems like a formality at this point, the IFBB has officially removed the scoring in regards to the posing round in both men and women’s bodybuilding. What was once a major part of a competitor’s presentation, posing is even less than the afterthought that it had become since mass took over for symmetry.


“In Bodybuilding, the posing routine will no longer be scored. This will value the Prejudging and Finals Posedown at 50% each,” was listed as one of the rule changes included as part of the IFBB Advisory Notice 101409 prepared by Chairman Jim Manion. (


This may be viewed as a step backwards for a sport that has been finding the terrain difficult growing from its hardcore fan base. Back in its heyday, bodybuilding could promote many superstars who were classic posers. Men such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ed Corney, Frank Zane and Chris Dickerson made it an art form. But that has not been the case since the end of the 1980s.


With the new rule, competitors will no incentive to even prepare a posing routine and that will do the fans a disservice. As it was, there were only  few who even appeared as if they worked out a presentation. One of the reasons why Kai Greene made such a splash on the scene was because of his unique and incredible posing routine. Hopefully the 2009 Arnold Classic champion will not just go through the motions knowing that his score cannot be improved even though he is head and shoulders above the rest of the pack as a poser.



  1. Aleks Georgijev (Wales)

    October 27, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Well what can I say, as the bodybuilding heirachy pushes the sport further into the realms of the dark ages one can only guess at their reasoning for this utter lunacy. Bodybuilding is not & never shall be a sport in the purest sense of the word. It is a form of entertainment as much as anything else. It seems the powers that be, see fit, yet again, to drive it further away from public acceptance by trying to make it as mundane as possible. I’ve worked hard over the many years I’ve been a part of ‘the game’ to persuade ordinary, non-training people to attend shows & enjoy the spectacle of a full blown muscle display. An essential part of that enjoyment is the artistic input the competitors use in their individual routines. With no competitive advantage gained by spending time picking suitable music or choreographing an impactive display, there would seem no incentive to waste time on it. I fear this could mark the end of an era, sure, the posing round will be there, but the lacklustre performances that are sure to follow will make Physical Culture an even smaller minority pursuit.
    I note that no feedback was sort from the people who really count in all this, the competitors! No doubt this decision was made by a gaggle of suits behind closed doors. Why is it that ‘they’ seem to be working so hard to turn bodybuilding into a shunned sub-culture that appeals to less & less people as time progresses? There is something amiss deep in the heart of our beloved pastime. Another nail in the coffin……

  2. Joe Pietaro

    October 27, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Excellent take on this subject, Alex. I, too, would love to hear from the competitors and anticipate adding that to my ‘must ask’ list of questions during interviews. Thanks.

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