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UKBFF Body fitness and bikini- what's the difference?

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2012/04/06 07:02:45 (permalink)

UKBFF Body fitness and bikini- what's the difference?

Hello all
Please could someone help me with this. I have just been on the UKBFF site and under forms there are various PDF files about competing. Can I just ask, is 'bikini' what the americans (and possibly other organisations) call 'figure'? And is body fitness the same as 'fitness' where people come on stage and do a routine that is highly charged, gymnastic etc?
Many thanks if you can help!
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    Welshy
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    Re:UKBFF Body fitness and bikini- what's the difference? 2012/04/06 07:17:10 (permalink)
    Hey Honey
     
    Bikini is a very soft and not muscular look.. think beach body, then you have Bodyftness which is what most feds call figure and then fitness is meant to be a little more muscular/leaner than bodyfitness but with the jumping about

    And though she be but little, she is fierce..
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    Hazel
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    Re:UKBFF Body fitness and bikini- what's the difference? 2012/04/06 07:38:22 (permalink)
    The fitness category is where a routine is performed.  Body fitness is more shape, proportions like Welshy says, bikini is  softer.
    If you can get to a show to watch the categories that may help, if not try contacting Wanda or Helen from the UKBFF for advice on whch class would be best for you.
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    Re:UKBFF Body fitness and bikini- what's the difference? 2012/04/06 07:43:38 (permalink)
    Hi Welshy
    thanks so much for your reply- I just had a look at some photos of various winners from the different categories and I can see a clear difference. I also found this thread, which was very useful in terms of pictures:
    http://www.muscletalk.co.uk/UKBFF-Bodyfitness-Comparisons-m3652641.aspx
    I was particularly looking at the pictures of Louise Rogers- It just struck me that her legs looked very defined compared to the American competitors such as Nicole Wilkins (I hope this link works) and I wondered if in the UK they judge more on muscle definition and separation? :
    http://www.facebook.com/?sk=welcome#!/photo.php?fbid=829628161736&set=a.829625906256.2271208.38503153&type=3&theater
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    Re:UKBFF Body fitness and bikini- what's the difference? 2012/04/06 08:01:57 (permalink)
    Thankyou Hazel - I am going to go to the August show in Dorchester to watch. I might try and go the Portsmouth show at the end of this month. I have never been to bodybuilding show- do spectators usually watch the evening show or do they stay for the per judging etc? thanks again!
     
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    Re:UKBFF Body fitness and bikini- what's the difference? 2012/04/06 08:13:56 (permalink)
    Hi mm and welcome to MT. Stay for pre judging, stay for night show, do both. Up to you. You will find many do whatever fits in with their day.

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    Re:UKBFF Body fitness and bikini- what's the difference? 2012/04/06 21:44:22 (permalink)
    From what I understand bikini is a soft, all in the legs look with 'stances' rather than posing. Bodyfitness is more of a 'figure' look, hard more definition. Fitness class is like 'figure' but with more of a gymnastic routine containing moves to display strength, flexibility and fitness.

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    Re:UKBFF Body fitness and bikini- what's the difference? 2012/04/07 10:04:16 (permalink)
    The Portsmouth show is a big show to go to; I already know 3 Body Fitness girls and 2 Bodybuilding girls competing there  Definitely worth going to - I am! 
     
    The US girls do look different to the European girls for Figure. 
    I'd say, aim for the look of your country first - or another way to look at it is, build yourself to how you want to look, then see what class you fall into 
     
    The only unfortunate case of this is a girl at my gym is completely stuck between classes. She's American and in the US she'd be in the WP (Women's Physique) class. Here she's too big for Body Fitness; but a little too small to be competitive in Bodybuilding (and doesn't want to get that big either.  Really feel for her.
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    Re:UKBFF Body fitness and bikini- what's the difference? 2012/04/07 15:33:01 (permalink)
    I really agree with Flick when she suggests creating the look you like and you are happy with 365 days a year, then see where you fit. It's your body after all! The judges only get to look at it for a few minutes. You want to be happy with it and proud of it all the rest of the time :)

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    Re:UKBFF Body fitness and bikini- what's the difference? 2012/04/07 16:48:14 (permalink)
    Thankyou all for your posts- they are so helpful. I agree that it would be best to spend time getting to where I want to be in terms of fat loss, muscle development. This will take some time I have no doubt and there is no way I would rush myself into competing, that's for sure.
    I just thought recently that next year I ought to consider it- at this point I would like to visit some shows;  I know it can be motivating and I feel I need to move up a level and that could be to compete. I have felt for the last few months I have lacked focus at a personal level and just 'ticked along' so to speak. I am now going to think about the next stage and it is truly out of my comfort zone BUT I am not getting any younger, and sometimes I think it is a good idea to do something that is different- I have supportive people close to me, who are really on my side, but then I know I have those near me who  don't quite understand any of it, but perhaps they will as I go on my journey!
    thanks all again xxxx
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