THE WELLNESS DIVISION IS INTENDED FOR WOMEN WHO PREFER A PHYSIQUE WITHOUT MUSCLE SEPARATION AND WHO WISH TO BE ATHLETIC AND AESTHETICALLY PLEASING WITH A BIGGER BODY MASS THAN IN THE BIKINI.
Wellness sits somewhere between bikini and physique. This means a competitor in the wellness division will be assessed as to its overall body tone, achieved through athletic endeavours and diet. The body parts should have a nice and firm appearance with a decreased a decreased amount of body fat, similar to that displayed in the bikini category. The physique should neither be excessively muscular nor excessively lean and should be free from muscle separation and or striations. Physiques that are considered too muscular, too hard or too dry must be marked down.
Competitors are reminded that this is not a figure or physique category in that the competitor should have shape to their muscle but not the separation, definition, very low body fat level, dryness or hardness that may be seen in a figure category or muscularity and muscle quality seen at women's physique category.
The assessment of the physique, judging criteria and rounds are the same as women's bikini. Competitors will perform quarter turns in all rounds plus an individual 'I' walk presentation in the finals.
Vertical proportions - legs to upper body length- are one the key factors. Horizontal proportions of hips and waist to shoulder width may favour women with slightly bigger hips, thighs and buttocks.
There are four wellness height classes (subject to competitor numbers) at this stage: up to 158cm, up to 163cm, up to 168cm and over 168cm.