Empire Classic Competitor Info


The event is open to all amateur competitors, regardless of residency. Those who are designated a "Pro" competitor are not eligible unless they have successfully petitioned the NPC to regain their amateur status.

All competitors must have a valid 2019 NPC Card in order to compete. The cost for the card is $125 and can be purchased online which will allow you to print your card instantly – NPC Card Online Here  We also recommend saving an image of your card on your mobile device as a back-up.

Please note that NPC cards run January 1st – December 31st. Any cards purchased in 2018 will not be valid for this event.

Juniors and Masters Competitors must qualify by age on the date of the show (proof of age must be provided at check-in).  All competitors will follow NPC rules, guidelines and mandatory poses.  Please visit the official NPC site at www.npcnewsonline.com for complete rules and details for your class.


If you are a novice competitor by the definitions listed below, you are not required to compete in a novice class and may choose to do Open/Masters instead or may enter both.  Novice classes are only open to those who qualify by these terms:

True Novice Classes – This class is for first time competitors only.  If you have ever competed in an NPC competition previously (regardless of division), you are not eligible for True Novice.

Novice Classes – Competitors must not have placed 1st at any contest previously in order to qualify as a Novice competitor with the NPC.

It is the competitor’s responsibility to notify us of a change of any change of eligibility due to prior placing.


The top 2 placings in all Open divisions will qualify to compete in any National/Junior National show. Eligibility starts at the date of qualification and is good through the end of the following calendar year (qualifying any time in 2019 is good through the end of 2020).


Entry fee is $110 per division (taxes and fees included). Entry deadline is March 31st at 6:00pm.  Late entries (4/1-4/7) are $220 NO EXCEPTIONS!  Absolute entry deadline is April 8th at 6:00pm.  Please note that NO entries will be accepted after this.

Crossover entry is permitted for all divisions. Bodybuilding competitors entering multiple divisions will perform their posing routine with one class only.  Entry confirmation notices will be e-mailed once entry is processed.   No late entries will be accepted at check-ins.  Entry fees are non-refundable.


Awards will be given for 1st-5th place each class.  Swords will be awarded to overall winners (Open classes only). Awards will be presented for best posing routine. Team Award will be presented at the conclusion of Session 2 Finals on Saturday.  Team points are awarded as follows: 1st (5), 2nd (4), 3rd (3), 4th (2), 5th (1). Teams will earn a half point for every team entry not placing Top 5.


Each athlete will be measured at check-in, with the exception of those who are only competing in Bodybuilding or Fitness.  True Novice and Novice classes will be divided after check-in to keep class sizes as even as possible.  Open classes will be divided according to the NPC's guidelines.

Our check-in process uses a certified medical device to measure all athletes.  Competitors will be placed into the classes they actually measure at, regardless of what is listed on the preliminary roster.

If you’re competing in Men’s Classic Physique, you must not exceed the maximum weight specified for your height.  If you come in heavier than the max weight you will have the option of moving to Bodybuilding or Men’s Physique but cannot compete in Classic Physique.  No refunds will be given for Classic Physique entries that do not make weight.


Note: Music is for Bodybuilding, Fitness & Women’s Physique and new Classic Men's Physique classes only.  All other competitors will walk the stage to house music.

Bodybuilders have a maximum time limit of 60 seconds, Mixed Pairs 90 seconds and Fitness competitors 2 minutes.  Absolutely no profanity is allowed and competitors with profanity-laced music will be subject to disqualification.

Music must be submitted by 4/9.  No music will be accepted at check-in.

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Session 1 – 8:30am, $40 Reserved Seating, $35 General Admission – Includes judging and finals for all Figure, Men’s Physique and new Classic Men’s Physique Classes.

Session 2 – 4:00pm, $40 Reserved Seating, $35 General Admission – Includes judging and finals for all Bikini, Bodybuilding, Fitness & Women’s Physique classes.

All tickets to the NPC event will also provide admission to the Empire Classic Strength Expo in the 100 hall.

Tickets available online at www.www.ticketswest.com and at all TicketsWest box offices.

You will be given a competitor competition wristband at check in.  It is to be worn all day on Saturday and you will wear it on stage as well.  It is your pass to get you into the venue and to get you back stage.  Each competitor will receive only one at check-in so don’t lose it or take it off.  If you misplace your wristband, you will be required to purchase another at $100 (same as trainer’s pass).

Anyone who is not competing MUST have a ticket or trainer’s pass to enter the pavilion. NO exceptions! 

Competitors who wish to attend the session they’re not competing in will be provided admission at no charge.


To ensure NPC insurance compliance, trainers who require back-stage access must have a valid NPC card to obtain a trainers pass.  Passes are available for purchase in advance at through our Shopping Cart or can be purchased with cash during check-in on 4/12.  The cost is $100 for the pass and will provide admission to both sessions.  No person will be permitted back stage without a trainer’s pass and no pass shall be issued to any person who does not present a valid NPC card.


Due to insurance requirements, weights will not be allowed in the venue (dumbbells or other).  Bands will be provided for pumping up.  Dream Tan will not be permitted in the venue nor will any SLR style cameras.


Video and photography is provided exclusively by Mark Mason Media.  No video cameras are allowed in the pavilion.

Pre-Order your photo package a here:  http://markmasonmedia.com/htm/19_empire.htm

For information contact Mark: mark@markmasonmedia.com     www.markmasonmedia.com


Center Stage Tan (Liquid Sun Rayz solution) is the official tanner for this event. Visit their website to schedule an appointment: Center Stage Tan
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.

Center Stage Tan will be backstage the day of the show and have an expert staff of licensed estheticians 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.

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.


We get a LOT of questions about the stage layout, setup, etc and would like to reassure everyone that this is not something to stress about.  We will cover the layout at the competitor meeting but the most important thing for Figure, Bikini and Fitness competitors is to be comfortable walking in your heels!  The stage will be clearly marked with lines and our head expeditor will explain where to go before you step onto the stage.  So long as you can walk comfortably, you’ll have no trouble following the arrows on stage. For the judging round:  All competitors will file out as a group in their division line-ups.  The head judge will call out turns and comparisons. For finals:  Figure, Men’s Physique and Bikini competitors will be introduced individually and present any two poses of your choice for the audience before returning to back line. Bodybuilders, Classic Men's Physique, Fitness and Women’s Physique competitors will perform individual routines to music before the awards presentation.  If time dictates, only the top 5 placings in each class will pose.


All competitors will follow NPC rules, guideline and mandatory poses.  For complete guidelines and rules, visit the official site of the NPC:  www.npcnewsonline.com  Exhibition of poor sportsmanship will be grounds for automatic disqualification.


Classic Men's Physique classes are divided by height.  You must not exceed the maximum weight specified below for your height category.  If you come in heavier than the max weight you will have the option of moving to Bodybuilding or Men's Physique but cannot compete in Classic Physique.  While we anticipate that most athletes will be accurate in their weight, we find that many over estimate their height and measure in shorter than what they list on the entry form.  Under no circumstances will entry fees be refunded for competitors who do not make weight.

Starting 2019, Classic Physique competitors MUST wear the new style Classic posing trunks as shown below.  The old style shorts will not be permitted.  Competition trunks must be black and no less than 4-1/2 Inches on the sides/hips.  They may be purchased here.

Classes will be divided based on entries received.

  • 5’ 4” & Under, Max weight 160 lbs
  • Over 5’ 4” - 5’ 5” Max weight 165 lbs
  • Over 5’ 5” - 5’ 6” Max weight 170 lbs
  • Over 5’ 6” - 5’ 7” Max weight 175 lbs
  • Over 5’ 7” - 5’ 8” Max weight 182 lbs
  • Over 5’ 8” - 5’ 9” Max weight 190 lbs
  • Over 5’ 9” - 5’ 10” Max weight 197 lbs
  • Over 5’ 10’ - 5” 11” Max weight 205 lbs
  • Over 5’ 11” - 6’ 0” Max weight 212 lbs
  • Over 6’ 0” - 6’ 1” Max weight 220 lbs
  • Over 6’ 1” - 6’ 2” Max weight 230 lbs
  • Over 6’ 2” - 6’ 3” Max weight 237 lbs
  • Over 6’ 3” - 6’ 4” Max weight 245 lbs
  • Over 6’ 4” - 6’ 5” Max weight 252 lbs
  • Over 6’ 5” - 6’ 6” Max weight 260 lbs
  • Over 6’ 6” - 6’ 7” Max weight 267 lbs
  • Over 6’ 7”, Max weight 275 lbs

Figure Classes will have one round of judging, consisting of quarter turns and comparisons in a two-piece swimsuit. Competitors must wear high heels. Swimsuits must be in good taste and thongs and T-back suits are not allowed.


Men’s Physique (original class, not the new “Classic Physique” Class) is similar to a male model search division with the men wearing board shorts. Judges will be looking for fit contestants who display proper shape and symmetry combined with muscularity and overall condition. This is not a bodybuilding contest so extreme muscularity, vascularity and dryness will be marked down.  Contestants will be asked to walk in board shorts (no spandex and no team or sponsor logos are permitted). Competitors will enter the stage without a shirt and barefoot.  Judges are looking for the contestant with the best stage presence and poise who can successfully convey his personality to the audience. Competitors will walk to the center of the stage alone and perform half (1/2) turns with optional pose of hand on hip or hand in pocket, face the judges as directed then proceed to the side of the stage.


Suit bottoms must be in good taste. No thongs are allowed.  Bikini competitors should bring two suits if unsure about your suit because suits cut too low in the front or not providing enough coverage in the rear will be disqualified.  Bikini competitors may pose with legs shoulder width apart – NO BENDING FORWARD.  Side hip and cross leg poses will still be permitted.  We will also go over this at the competitor meeting.


Competitors are judged on symmetry, shape, proportion, muscle tone, poise, and beauty.  Excessive muscularity will be scored down accordingly.  It is the standard between Women’s Figure and Women’s Bodybuilding.  Posing consists of ¼ turns and mandatory poses:  front double biceps (no flat footed full front pose) – some sort of front twisting pose, side chest with arms extended, back double arm biceps, side triceps with leg extended and front ab/thigh – all poses must be executed with open hands *no fists (closed hands). Barefoot – no heels.  Finals routines are 60 seconds in length.


Each athlete will perform a routine to music, with a maximum time limit of 2 minutes. Judges will be looking for style, personality, athletic ability, strength, flexibility and overall performance. Routines must include the following mandatory moves in no particular order: a push up of any kind, high kicks, a straddle hold and a side split.


Competitors will be brought out in line and perform quarter turns and then mandatories:  Front double biceps, front lat spread, side chest (your favorite side), rear double biceps, rear lat spread, side tricep and abdominal/thigh (hands behind your head with one leg extended forward).  Prejudging will consist of quarter turns and mandatories only, posing routines will be performed at.  Posing routines are 60 seconds in length.  Costumes and Props are permitted as long as the props can be carried by the competitor on and off stage.  Moon poses are not allowed.

Tickets & Passes

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Host Hotel

The Centennial Hotel

(509) 326-8000
303 West North River Drive,
Spokane, WA 99201

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Offering Empire Classic competitors and spectators a special rate of $139.00 per night.  All rooms include microwave and refrigerator.  If booking by phone, call the Centennial at 636-736-4071 and mention the group code "EMPI0411"

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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.

Event Venue

Spokane Convention Center
(Hall 111, next to the INB Performing Arts Center)
334 West Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201
Website: www.spokanecenter.com

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Schedule of Events

Friday, April 12th
6:00-7:00 pm: Check-in for all competitors at Spokane Convention Center
7:00 pm:  Competitor meeting at Spokane Convention Center

Saturday, April 13th
SESSION 1 – Figure, Men’s Physique, Classic Men’s Physique
8:30 am: Judging round
11:30 am (approx): Finals for Session 1 classes

SESSION 2 – Bikini, Bodybuilding, Fitness, Women’s Physique
4:00 pm: Judging round
7:00 pm: (approx) Finals for Session 2 classes

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