Mark your calendars!  The 40th anniversary MuscleEgg Emerald Cup Expo is back in Bellevue, WA – April 29-30, 2022

Many are asking about vaccines or other restrictions so they can plan ahead.  Washington State’s current guidelines for large events requires anyone 12 years and older to EITHER show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination OR show a negative COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours of the event.  While we are hopeful that the state will remove this emergency order by next April, we want to assure you that a negative COVID-19 test will be a sufficient alternative to attend for those who are not vaccinated.

More details coming soon!

The Show

Friday, April 29th are Prejudging and Finals for:

  • Fitness
  • Figure
  • Women’s Physique
  • Wellness
  • Classic Physique

Saturday, April 30th are Prejudging and Finals for:

  • Bodybuilding
  • Men’s Physique
  • Bikini


The Emerald Cup will feature over 75 Expo Booths from top fitness industry vendors and is held in conjunction with each show session.  All bodybuilding events and Expo booths are in the main hall at the Meydenbauer Center and ticket prices include the expo.

Event Venue

The Emerald Cup Bodybuilding & Fitness Expo is hosted in beautiful Bellevue, WA at the Meydenbauer Center. Located just 9 miles east of Seattle and with easy access from I-405, I-90 and Highway 520 getting to Bellevue is an easy trip whether you drive or fly.

Meydenbauer Center
11100 NE 6th Street
Bellevue, WA  98004

View Map and Directions

Host Hotel

The Courtyard Marriott is the official host hotel of the Emerald Cup Bodybuilding & Fitness Expo.  Located just 1 block from the Meydenbauer Center, the Courtyard offers exceptional convenience for athletes and spectators alike.

The group rate is $159 per night for a King or $169 for a double Queen room.  Athletes and attendees may receive this rate from Wednesday, April 27 - Monday, May 1 and must book by March 31st to receive the discount.


(425) 454-5888
11010 NE 8th Street Bellevue, Washington 98004

Important Note:  Competitors should bring their own linens and blankets if staying at ANY hotel for this event.  Please be respectful of hotel linens and furniture.  You will be billed for any damages caused by tanning agents.  We recommend purchasing the “Cocoon Cotton Travel Sheet” which you can sleep in to prevent damage to bedding.

Start times will be finalized by January 2022.


5:00-7:00pm – CHECK IN
7:30pm – Competitor meeting


Morning (Time TBD) – Prejudging
Classic Men’s Physique
Women’s Physique

Evening (Time TBD) – Finals – Same order as Prejudging


Morning (Time TBD) – Prejudging
Women’s Bodybuilding
Men’s Bodybuilding
Men’s Physique

Evening (Time TBD)  – Finals - Same order as Prejudging

Center Stage Tan is the exclusive on-site competition spray tanner for this event.  Click the link to book your tanning appointment today and let their staff of licensed estheticians take all the worry out of getting the perfect stage color!  Center Stage Tan will be backstage the day of the show and have an expert staff to help you with all of your tanning needs. They use tanning products that are specially formulated for the stage and our lighting. We suggest you make your tanning appointment as soon as possible.

Center Stage Tan will also take appointments for hair and make-up services.  Your entry fee does not cover spray tanning so be sure to contact directly and schedule with them.

Trainers may not bring in any airbrush tanning equipment or do any airbrush tanning on the premises!  Any trainer tanning their competitor back-stage or in the pavilion will be asked to leave and the competitor disqualified.  We are adamant about this as the tanning creams/sprays can damage the venue.


Below is a list of qualified hair and makeup specialists who will be set up on-site during the Emerald Cup.  Hair and makeup services will be on the 4th floor, directly next to the women's prep area.  Book with an on-site specialist so you don't risk missing your class!

Bellamia Artistry - Hair and Makeup Services

Marisa Carew - Hair & Makeup Services

Center Stage Tan - Hair & Makeup

If you are interested in renting space to provide on-site hair and/or makeup services Click Here

Famed Physique Photographer Mark Mason will be the Official on-stage Contest Photographer and Videographer.

Visit to pre-purchase your stage photos or video.  Contact Mark Via Email

Photo backdrop shots are available on the 4th floor of the Meydenbauer Center all day Friday and Saturday.  The photography room is located near the changing areas for those who want to shoot with suit changes, etc. and is next door to the hair and makeup services as well.

Our on-site photographers are experienced, offering you an opportunity for studio quality portfolio pictures in a safe, professional environment.


2022 marks 40 years for the Emerald Cup, the Northwest’s largest NPC National Qualifier!  We are excited to offer Bodybuilding, Classic Physique, Men’s Physique, Figure, Women’s Physique, Bikini and Fitness as well as the NPC’s newest women’s category – Wellness!

Photography & Media

  • No video equipment will be allowed in the auditorium
  • No professional photography is allowed.
  • No soliciting of photo or video services is allowed on the premises.
  • No camera bags, tripods and other equipment is allowed in the auditorium. No cameras with detachable lenses
  • Spectators who have purchased a ticket are allowed access to the event with one (1) camera only. Camera must be a “Point and Shoot” camera (no detachable lens)
Mark Mason

Mark Mason


Famed Physique Photographer Mark Mason will be the Official on-stage Contest Photographer and Videographer. Contact Mark directly for further information or to schedule a gym or studio shoot with the following links:

Carl Richardson

Carl Richardson


Carl Richardson will be shooting back stage and paparazzi photos as well as scheduled gym photo shoots.  All of the back-drop Facebook photos for our events are courtesy of Carl.

To arrange a shoot, contact him by email.