men's Sculpting

men's Sculpting

The Men’s Sculpting division is for the male athlete with a small waist, sprawling thighs, a wide back, and above average muscle size. The look is that of a classic physique which is a balanced, highly conditioned, and aesthetic pleasing, muscular without being overly striated. This not a bodybuilding division.

Judging Criteria

Stage Presentation

Stage Presentation is a measurement of how well the competitor presents himself and displays his physique on stage, as well as adherence to TaMaarta posing guidelines. Judging Officials are looking for athletes to showcase command of the stage, presence and poise, and the ability to convey personality to the audience. Athletes should be able to quickly and smoothly transition between poses.


Symmetry is a measurement of evenness of development between all muscle groups and proportion when viewed from all sides. It includes the balance and proportion of the competitor from side to side, top to bottom and front to back. No body part or muscle group should stand out from the rest.


An appropriate to impressive shoulder, waist, and hip ratio shows precise and intentional muscle development in targeted areas.


Conditioning refers to the level of differentiation between adjacent muscles, delineating sections or fibers within the same muscle group and the degree of firmness (hardness) of muscle tone. Leanness is important but an overly dieted appearance is neither advantageous nor desirable. Men’s Sculpting Athletes should not display deeply drawn-in faces or stringy-looking muscularity (an emaciated look).
Muscularity refers to muscle size and development relative to the competitor’s frame, including shape and size. The shape and contour of the developed muscle and muscle groups are also to be considered. Men’s Sculpting Athletes should display: A slightly more muscular look than Men’s Athletic but less than bodybuilding, especially in the lower body; a physique that has good structure but is not overwhelming in any areas and flows from muscle group to muscle group; shoulders and lats that create an X-frame look and create a balance with the waist and lower body; biceps and triceps should be comparable in size in relation to the rest of the physique; and, a V-taper created by the lats visible from front and back to create an X-frame that flows into the abdominals and oblique area from the front and the lower back from the rear.

Physique Indicators

Men’s Sculpting Athletes should demonstrate visible muscle separation and conditioning without striations, including: visible abdominal separation; visible separation between delts, biceps and triceps; visible quad/hamstring separation; and, round, firm glutes with visible tie-in to hamstrings. Men’s Sculpting Athletes should not be described as ripped, shredded, striated, dry, diced, hard, grainy, massive, thick, dense.


Mastery and presentation of mandatory poses, stage presense, connection with judges and audience.



Available to all competitors in the division.


Open to athletes from 18-39 years of age.

40 Plus

Open to athletes 40 years of age or older.


Open to division athletes up to and including 5’6″ tall.


Open to division athletes over 5’6″, up to and including 5’9″ tall.


Open to division athletes over 5’9″ tall.

Mandatory Poses

  • Front/Rear Relaxed – Head and eyes should face the same direction as the body with heels and toes together. Knees can be soft, but should not be overly bent. Arms should be no more than 2 inches from the athlete’s hip (front or side). Lats should be spread wide as to accentuate the v-taper. Shoulders and chest should be held high, but not hunched toward the ears.
  • Front Double Biceps – Closed hands displaying flexed biceps with one leg posted to the side and flexed to accentuate the quad.
  • Side Relaxed – Head and eyes should face the same direction as the body, heels together or front foot may be shifted slightly forward of the rear foot (no visible space between the feet). Both legs should be straight, or competitor can have a slightly soft knee. Athletes may twist slightly, keeping in mind that the twist cannot be overly done. Twist only enough so that that the rear shoulder (facing away from the judges) can be displayed. The front arm (facing the judges) must not be moved any further than the middle of the hip.
  • Rear Double Biceps – Closed hands displaying flexed biceps. Right calf should be spiked to show definition. Tighten hamstrings to show definition. Be sure to open up nice and wide with the lats to not cause pinching. Glutes will be covered with the required posing shorts.
  • Rear Double Biceps – Open hands displaying flexed biceps with one leg posted to the rear, out to the side and flexed to display the hamstring.
  • Side Chest – Foot closest to the judges should have a spiked calf about the midline of a planted rear foot. The back leg should press against the front leg to present the hamstring. Back arm should be pressing against the chest to present fullness with hand placement near the wrist on your lead arm. A slight turn of the back shoulder can create a fuller appearance, but not over dramatized.
  • Abdominals and Thigh – Hands reached behind the competitor’s head and abs flexed (air blown out) with one leg extended forward and flexed to display the quad.
  • NOTE: Athletes who are overly twisted or not following other TaMaarta posing standards may, at the discretion of the head judge, be corrected. If the athlete fails to adjust when corrected, the judges are instructed to address this in their scoring. Failure to comply with TaMaarta posing standards will result in a lower scoring in the stage presentation criteria. Athletes are permitted to utilize other posing during their individual presentation.


Men’s Sculpting Athletes will walk onto stage in euro styled boxed posing shorts; logos are permitted and shorts must be in good taste. Athletes will enter the stage barefoot, without a shirt. TaMaarta Officials reserve the right to disqualify an athlete from competing in a specific competition if their suit is inappropriate. No props will be used at any time during competition/judging of Men’s Sculpting. Athletes’ numbers will be worn on front left and rear middle of their suit. If an Athlete has a concern about their posing shorts they are advised to have their suits pre-approved by sending images of themselves in the shorts to the TaMaarta Head Judge.


Men’s Sculpting athletes may crossover into the Male Fitness Model and/or Classic Physique divisions but NOT into the Men’s Athletic or Physique divisions.

Competition Tans

All tanning must be performed by the approved Tanning Provider. Self-tanning or tans by unapproved third party tanning providers are NOT allowed. Competitors will NOT be allowed on stage with unapproved tans.

Phase 2 Stage Presentation and Scoring

Comparison Rounds By Classes:
0.0 – 10 points Symmetry & Proportion
0.0 – 10 points Conditioning & Leanness
0.0 – 10 points Overall Appearance (Hair, Make-Up, Suit, Skin Tone)
0.0 – 10 points Presentation (Poise, Posing, Posture, Stage Presence)

Individual Presentation – 60 second routine:
0.0 – 20 points Overall Appearance (Hair, Make-Up, Suit, Skin Tone)
0.0 – 20 points Presentation (Poise, Posing, Posture, Stage Presence, Creativity)

Results & Placing, Pro Status, and Prize Money

*Results and Placings for this division are based on both Phase 1 (10 Exercise Circuit) and Phase 2 (Stage Presentation) combined scores by class.
*TaMaarta Elite Status is awarded, pending successful urinalysis, to the First Place athlete in an Open class that has a minimum of five (5) athletes.
*TaMaarta Masters Elite Status is awarded, pending successful urinalysis to the First Place athlete in a Masters class that has a minimum of ten (10) athletes.
*This division becomes a Prize Money Incentivized division when there are ten (10) or more athletes competing in the Open class. The First Place athlete will receive, pending successful urinalysis, a $1000 prize.