Frame Size Guide

Working out your frame size can be tricky and is often inaccurate – we are all different shapes and sizes, and the only way to know for sure is to get a full body scan! It’s also true that as you lose weight, your wrist circumference could change significantly, so this should be used as a rough indication only.

However, having a general idea of your frame size or build can be useful when using weight loss calculators, as you will be able to adjust the results.

Method 1

To get a rough idea of your body frame size, just circle the thinnest part of your wrist with your thumb and fingers. If your thumb and fingers don’t touch, you have a large frame. If they only just touch, you have an average frame. If they overlap, you have a small frame.

However, this isn’t a very accurate measure – you might just have longer or shorter than average fingers! A slightly more accurate impression can be gained from measuring your wrist circumference.

Method 2

Wrist circumference should be measured using a soft tape-measure. Measure at the wrist crease, the area between the bottom of your palm, and your wrist bone. Compare the measurement to the table below.

Women:

Height under 5’2″

Small frame = wrist size less than 5.5″
Medium frame = wrist size 5.5″ to 5.75″
Large frame = wrist size over 5.75″

Height 5’2″ to 5′ 5″

Small frame = wrist size less than 6″
Medium frame = wrist size 6″ to 6.25″
Large frame = wrist size over 6.25″

Height over 5′ 5″

Small frame = wrist size less than 6.25″
Medium frame = wrist size 6.25″ to 6.5″
Large frame = wrist size over 6.5″

Men:

All Heights

Small frame = wrist size 5.5″ to 6.5″
Medium frame = wrist size 6.5″ to 7.5″
Large frame = wrist size over 7.5″

Now you have a rough idea of your frame size, click here to go back to the Ultimate Weight Loss Calculator!

5 Comments

  1. Thank you for the post! I have been looking everywhere for something like this 😀

  2. Uh.. I’m a guy and I’m only 5’2″. It seems like I’ll have to go somewhere else for information

    • jmcooper@jmcooperart.com

      Thanks for your comment – I did some research to try and find reliable information on calculating frame size for men under 5’5″, but it turns out that I’d actually made a mistake when I first wrote the page! The information I was able to find indicates that the wrist measurements given are applicable to all men – I’d just typed the header incorrectly. Please accept my apologies for the mistake – I’ve now updated the page.

      Interestingly, I wasn’t able to find anything more detailed on frame size for guys, but I will check periodically and update here as soon as any reliable information on this is made available.

  3. what does frame size even mean?

    • jmcooper@jmcooperart.com

      Hi Ron, “frame size” is really to do with your body shape and bone structure – e.g. someone who is petite could be said to have a small frame. It’s relevant here because if you have a small frame your ideal weight may be lower than someone with an average frame, likewise if you have a large frame you may be happier at a higher weight than the “ideal” indicated by the BMI system. Hope this helps!

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