SEPARATION ( DEFINITION)
This factor must be considered in conjunction with muscle mass. Separation is the delineation between the muscle groups of the physique. Excess fatty tissue under the skin blurs this muscular division resulting in a smooth appearance.
Definition is the display of the individual muscles & muscle fibers (often referred to as 'ripped' or 'shredded').
WHAT MAKES A WINNING PHYSIQUE?
The Answer Is = SYMMETRY, SIZE and SEPARATION
What Does That Mean?
SYMMETRY ( PROPORTION)
Symmetry is a key ingredient in a winning physique & one that owes its qualities in large part to the genetics of the competitor. Wide shoulders, narrow hips, trim waist & a deep rib-cage are genetically endowed qualities on which a championship physique can be built.
A proportionate physique is one that has no overall development in which each individual body part complements the others in both size & shape. The upper body should not be developed to the extent that it overpowers the lower body & vice-versa.
All body parts should flow in harmony with no body part being over developed to the detriment of the others. Right & left sides should be equally developed, so as to not exhibit any readily observable differences in size.
SIZE (MUSCLE MASS)
First and foremost, a physique contest is “a bodybuilding contest.” Contestants must exhibit a degree of muscular development which will vary according to the class being judged. In the “WFF categories the height and weight restrictions” mean that a slimmer style of physique will be on display. Criteria such as symmetry (above) and separation (below) apply equally in judging the WFF classes.