Frame Size by Wrist Measurement

posted 1 year ago in Fitness
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Honey Beekeeper

I’ve always heard that if you use your index finger and thumb to encircle your opposite wrist, and the tip of your index finger and thumb touch, you have a medium frame.

If they don’t touch, you have a large frame, and if they overlap, you have a small frame.

Not sure how accurate that is overall but it’s accurate for me.

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Sugar Beekeeper

That doesn’t seem like a useful measure, given that the average woman in the US is 5’5″….so they left off 50% of the population by saying “over 5’5″.

I’m 6ft 1in tall and my wrist is 6.2 inches. I’m definitely NOT “medium” sized compared to someone who is 8+ inches shorter than me, haha.

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Sugar Beekeeper

Also, why does it matter? Haha. Now that i’ve spent 5 minutes summaging around for a tape measure in my desk….lol.

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Bumble bee

Yes, I have tiny wrists and I believe I have a small frame. 5’6″, size 5 ring finger, size 7 feet. I’ve heard about the thumb and pinky thing and I can overlap mine.

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Bumble bee

@Paiger8:  i’m middle height range but i’d have a small frame for even the shorter height range because my wrist are tiny. idk. I think your rib cage is a better indicator…though i guess unless you are thin you can’t measure that…

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Honey bee

I have 6″ wrists at a little over 5’5″ but I don’t think I have a small frame. I’ve got wide hips, broad shoulders and average sized fingers. 

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Buzzing bee

  • wrists- 6″
  • height- 5′ 1″
  • weight- 105 lbs

I have a large frame according to my wrist measurement but I am petite. My measurements are 34/24/36.

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Honey Beekeeper

Yeah, your “frame” isn’t about your weight. And being short doesn’t automatically = small frame and being tall doesn’t automatically = large frame. It’s about your frame as built by your skeleton. Then as @Paiger8:  said, your “ideal” body weight is based off your height and frame size.

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Blushing bee

@Gemstone:  I have really tiny wrists, and apparently even tinier fingers! I can just barely make my finger and thumb touch. I might be a big-framed, small person? This is such a funny concept!

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Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m 5’4.5 and my wrist is 5.5 inch.  But I think I have big hands/long fingers too.  My thumb overlaps down to my knucle on my pinky.  I’ve always considered myself to have a small frame.

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Honey Beekeeper

@everridiculous:  Haha, I know what you mean! Kinda silly. And I’m sure the method isn’t exact, but it makes sense in general, I guess?

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Busy bee

I was taught this method when becoming a registered dietitian so I do think its an accurate method. 

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