Fitness competition is a class of physique events for women with a close resemblance to female bodybuilding, but with less emphasis on muscle size. The competitions are often held as part of the same event as bodybuilding contests. Fitness and figure are two distinct forms of competition. The physique guidelines are similar, and many women cross over from one to the other.
The competition consists of a swimsuit round and a routine (choreographed) round. Two of the most prestigious fitness competitions are Fitness Olympia and Fitness International. Hundreds of hours of working out, stretching, practicing, and paying close attention to nutrition and rest are essential to success in competing.