This category refers to bikini competition, one of the newer divisions of physique competition held in conjunction with bodybuilding competitions. Though it sounds silly, these shows are seriously competitive and the expectation is that the competitor has low bodyfat and a shapely physique. It should be evident that she does weight training and display some light definition, while not being “thick” or overly muscular in relation to the other contestants. Her bodyfat should be low and there should be no shaking while walking or cellulite visible. One way to pick the winner at these shows is to wait until the line all of the girls up and has them all turn around. The one with the firmest behind usually wins. They all will look great from the front and sides, but the backside is where the work and contest prep really shows.
In bikini competition, unlike bodybuilding, hair, face and makeup are also judged, even the bikini itself to a degree. That doesn’t mean the prettiest girl there wins every time, but it is a factor in placing.
If she adds more muscle over time and gets a little more “thick”, it is expected that the competitor will move into the figure division.
There are many sanctioning bodies for bikini competition that are normally seen: NPC, IFBB, Musclemania, INBA, IFPA, UNBA, OCB, NANBF, and the Muscle Beach shows.
When I personally coach first time competitors, I usually start them off with the Muscle Beach shows. Most of my coaching clients have won (or gotten second) in their first bikini contest!