NSL Rules


Open to anyone who is a member of the NSL amateur or professional league.


  • Definition of Novice: An athlete who has not won an OVERALL tittle at a regional level competition.
  • Definition of Open: An athlete who is prepared to compete at a professional-qualifier in an effort to obtain NSL Professional League status.
  • Definition of Teen: Any athlete between sixteen (16) years of age and the last day of their respective 19th date of birth.
  • Definition of Master Competitor: Any athlete above the age of 35.
  • Adaptive: Any athletes who must utilize a prosthetic device, cane or other instrument to assist them in walking or standing.
  • Wheel Chair: Athletes required the use of a wheelchair to move about.

Who Qualifies for National Level Competitions: Any athlete who places top FIVE (5) in a regional show during the calendar year of the professional qualifying event the athlete desires to compete.

All regional NSL League events qualify an athlete whom places in the top for professional qualify event.

Who Qualifies to compete in the Utopia Physique Championships?

Only the winner of an NSL Professional event during the competition year December to November is qualified to compete in the Utopia competition for that given year. The Mr. Utopia winner will be qualified to compete in the event for life.


Judges assess the athlete based on:

  • Balance: front to back, & upper to lower
  • Muscularity: Size but NOT to expense of aesthetics. Overall shape is imperative both within the muscle and the frame. Muscle density however, is assessed.
  • Separation & clarity of tie-ins
  • Striations should be visible upon posing.
  • Symmetry: Shoulder to waist, waist to quad, bicep to calf, chest to shoulders, left to right, all are ratios considered
  • Conditioning: Skin wrapped tightly around muscle belly to allow visibility of striations, vascularity, & muscle insertions/ tie-ins.


Posing Trunks: must provide adequate coverage, must be worn for check-in.

Posing Music: for evening show. May be on cd or stick drive. Must be first track. No vulgar lyrics, expletives, or racial slurs.

Onstage: Number worn on Left side of suit, No laying on floor, No contact with any other competitor.

Weight Classes: (Amateur)

  • Bantam Weight – below 130 lbs.
  • Lightweight – Over130 up to 149 lbs.
  • Middleweight – Over 150 up to 179 lbs.
  • Light-Heavyweight – Over 180 up to 199 lbs.
  • Heavyweight – Over 199 up to 224 lbs.
  • Super Heavyweight – Over 225 lbs.

Weight Classes: (Professional)

  • Lightweight – up to 199 lbs.
  • Middleweight – Over 200 up to 229 lbs.
  • Heavyweight – Over 230 lbs.

Round 1: (Morning) Preliminary Round

Judges will score & place all competitors based on the above criteria

  • Athletes will come out in groups for the quarter turns (feet flat, heels together, hands by the side)
  • Athletes will come out individually for “free posing” (maximum 60 seconds) It is performed to “house music” in the background.
  • Comparisons/ Mandatory poses:
    • Front Double Bicep
    • Front Lat Spread
    • Side Chest
    • Side Tricep
    • Rear Double Bicep
    • Rear Lat Spread
    • Abdominals and thigh
    • Most Muscular

Round 2: (Evening) Free Posing Round/ Introductions

Posing Routine 60 seconds-Amateurs

All amateur athletes will be introduced on stage and may hit a pose of their choice.

Round 3: (immediately following round 2) Finals Round

The FIVE (5) with the lowest overall scores from round 1, will remain on stage to compete in Round 3. Scoring from Round 1 will be added to Round 3 for a final score.

Athletes will be required to complete both the assessment and mandatory posing presentation at the direction of the Head Judge. Judges may request competitors be moved around for better comparison to ensure each athlete is properly assessed for final scoring and placement.

Upon completion of the mandatory posing presentation, the Head Judge will request that the athletes participate in a pose down in which all athletes are FREE to pose anywhere on the stage and/or against the athlete(s) of their choice. During this time judges will enter their individual scores for tabulation and award presentation.