Yes, you read it right. In 2016, Classic Physique will no longer be a descriptor for the builds of bodybuilders from a bygone era; it will be a new competitive division of the National Physique Committee. The collective brainchild of NPC/IFBB Pro League president Jim Manion, J.M. Manion, Tyler Manion, and Tony Blinn, the aptly named Classic Physique is the middle ground between bodybuilding and men’s physique. 

“Classic Physique is for guys who want to take their muscularity and size beyond the limits of Men’s Physique, but not quite to the extremes of Bodybuilding,” Jim Manion said. “The sport is constantly evolving as the athletes find new ways to express their physiques and the NPC prides itself on offering a platform for these athletes to realize their competitive goals. Classic Physique will highlight proportion, symmetry, pleasing lines, and a small waist. In short, the focus will be on aesthetic qualities in harmony with muscularity and condition.”

For the full NPC rules and guidelines for Classic Physique, including posing trunks and future contest dates, go to