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You Think YOUR Wrists Are Small?


#1

Okay, I'm bored and have been bitching (to myself) about how small my wrists are.

What's the deal with hearing about some bodybuilders prefering small wrists?

Is it only because it makes the rest of the arm look bigger?

For the record, I just measured and they are about 6 3/8" around.

My cheap Walmart watch is comfortable at the third to last notch, but can easily get to the last one (snuggly).

Could this be affecting my grip? I'm looking for any excuse I can get :wink:

Seriously though, I do realise that my grip can and should be greatly improved and I'm working on it.

I just always thought my wrists look tiny and make my forearms look small too.


#2

hey

ive got tiny asian 5 6/8 wrist

and im not complaning


#3

Sorry, I don't see how grip strength is a function of wrist size at all.


#4

I'm 6'2 and probably have around 6 inch wrists. It's pretty lame.


#5

I really don't think wrist size has a major issue except for deadlifting and other high-tension excercises. If you think about it, a larger cross sectional bone area will be able to support more load, but who's ever had a bone pull off? So I guess that a bigger wrist would allow larger tendons too, and that could be the deal breaker.


#6

I'm 5'11" and my wrists are 6 and 6/8"

Umm YEAH GO WRISTS?


#7

How's this for ya:

My wrist is 8" around
My ankles are only 9" around.

I'm 5'9".

Anyway, using sufficient load on your UB pressing moves should provide enough stimulus to increase bone density. That should make a significant impact. Beyond that, embrace your small/average wrists. :wink:

DH


#8

Those aren't ankles...they're "cankles!" :wink:


#9

So why would bodybuilders want small wrists? Mine are 5 and a 1/4 inch..pretty small, but so am I. I never really looked at my wrists until now..


#10

Body builders like small wrists because it makes their forearms look bigger


#11

I dont know the exact measurements but I have pretty small wrists (between 6-7") but I have huge ankles (always have). Back when I had absolutely no calve muscle, I truly had cankles (and I was skinny as hell)!


#12

I, too, have tiny little wrists. Your theory is right, though: small wrists (and joints in general) make the muscles look far, far bigger.

Most high-level bodybuilders had small joints. Check out pictures of Flex Wheeler. He has little-girl wrists. Even Arnold, at 6'2", said that a normal sized man could close his hand around his (Arnold's) wrist.

Plus...there ain't nothing you can do about it, so don't worry.


#13

It's all relative. My wrists (8.00)look small compared to my forearms (16.25) and upper arm (20.5). You "want" (take that with a pound of salt) relatively small joints, but you don't want then too small or you compromise strength. PL's have large joints/bones usually and it helps them with tendon attachments and strength to add muscle mass. Small bones may limit growth indirectly via lack of loading abiltiy, large bones may limit aesthetics unless you grow large amounts of mass. It's all relative. Middle of the road would seem best, but who really knows. Anybody have access to any anthropometric data on wrist and ankle sizes to see what is deemed small, avg., and large?

DH


#14

:slight_smile: Sorry, I was guestimating on the ankles. They're really 9 1/8". Barely larger than my wrists.

I went to a party a while back and was dancing and a woman happened to notice my ankles and was amazed at how small they were to support my size. Many comment on how small my joints are for my size, and the funny thing is my wrist is pretty decent is size. It's the relative look. I will say that I have noticed some ankle discomfort since I've been around 240+.

DH


#15

Small risks for girls is not a bad thing, bodybuilder or no.


#16

My wrists are 7"3/4, ankles 10"7/8, at a height of 6'3, and hovering around 8% bf if that means anything at all. According to others posts here it seems I'm most likely on the high end of average.

My shoulders on the other hand aren't particularily wide and are probably considered more average or below average, for a guy that's 230 lbs, despite doing a lot of shoulder work.

Brian


#17

Found this: Kinda fun/interesting info. It appears I'm slightly taller than average too! By about 3/8" ;-0.


Average Bodies
Well girls, I was doing some research concerning Human Engineering and PL 91-596 and stumbled onto some interesting data that I thought you might be interested in.
The source is MIL-STD-1472D
This relates/compares the typical sizes of American Men and Women for Human Engineering uses. You might be interested in using it to determine where you fall relative to the average person or GG.

        NOTE:
                Sizes are in inches
                Nominal +/- sigma represents approx 68.3% of the
                            given population
                Nominal +/- 3*sigma represents approx 99.7% of the
                            given population


        SOME of the data provided includes the following:


        IN HEIGHT FROM THE GROUND:
                                                      normalized
                     nominal       nominal             to height
  ITEM               MALE  sigma   FEMALE  sigma     MALE   FEMALE
  ----------------   -----|-----    ------|-----      -----|------
  Top of Head       68.60 | 2.74    64.25 | 2.58     1.000 | 1.000
  Shoulder          56.65   2.46    52.50   2.49      .826    .817
  Nipple            50.05   2.22    46.65   2.22      .730    .726
  Elbow             43.10   2.01    40.50   1.88      .628    .630
 * Waist            41.65   2.22    40.00   2.07      .607    .623
 * Crotch           33.05   1.85    29.90   1.89      .482    .465
  Knee (top)        20.90   1.34    18.95   1.06      .305    .295


        DIFFERENCE MEASUREMENTS:
  Shoulder-Crotch/Torso Length
                    23.60 | 2.16    22.60 | 2.19      .344    .352
  Shoulder-Knee/Slip Length
                    35.75 | 1.90    33.55 | 1.78      .521    .522




        HEAD / HAND / FOOT SIZES:
  Head Circumference / Hat Size
                    22.05    .68    21.65    .66      .321    .337
  Head Breadth       6.00    .25     5.73    .24      .087    .089
  Ear Length(Height)  2.45   .17     2.06    .17      .036    .032
  Neck Circ/Size    14.80    .79    13.10    .79      .216    .204
  Palm Length        4.19    .26     3.90    .21      .061    .061
  Hand Length        7.49    .39     7.10    .48      .109    .111
  Finger Length      3.30    .32     3.20    .35      .048    .050
  Hand Breadth       3.52    .19     3.03    .19      .051    .047
  Hand Circumference/Glove Size
                    8.48(XL) .49    7.22(M)  .36      .124    .112
  Heel\Ankle Circumference/Sandal Strap size
                    13.45    .68    12.16    .58      .196    .189
  Foot Circumference @ ball/Vamp "length"
                     9.83    .59     8.91    .45      .143    .139
  Foot Breadth/Shoe Width
                     3.91    .23     3.50    .21      .057    .054
  Foot Length/Shoe Size [Size 10.5]    [Size 8]
                    10.53    .53     9.58    .51      .153    .149


        MISCELLANEOUS:
  Bust Size         37.35   2.64    35.15   2.64      .544    .547
                                      [Size 10]
  Waist Size        32.35   3.31    28.15   2.89      .472    .438
                      [Size 16W]      [Size 14/12W]
  Hip Size          37.80   2.61    37.75   2.46      .551    .588
                      [Size 12W]      [Size 12]
  Trunk Circumference/Bathing Suit girth/Full Torso
                    64.80   3.34    60.75   2.89      .945    .946
                      [Size 17]       [Size 11]
  Bicep Circ(flexd) 12.60   1.22    10.60    .91      .184    .165
  Forearm Circ(flx) 11.65    .82     9.75    .64      .170    .152
  Wrist Circum.      6.75    .33     5.90    .30      .098    .092
  Upr Thigh Circ.   22.00   1.88    22.30   1.88      .321    .347
  mid Calf Circ.    14.30   1.16    13.70   1.03      .208    .213
  Ankle Circumf.     8.75    .70     8.30    .55      .128    .129


  ==================================================================
        NOTES:


  It appears that WOMEN have longer TORSOs (35.2% vs 34.4%)
  MEN are more LEGGY - if looked at from the crotch (48.3% vs 46.5%)
  but WOMEN edge out men if looked at from the WAIST (62.3% vs 60.7%)
  MEN have longer THIGHs (17.7% vs 17.0%)
  and longer CALVES (30.5% vs 29.5%)
  GGs are big headed  {relative to height}
  Glove size (6.5-7 = S  7-7.5 = M  7.5-8 = L  8-8.5 = XL  8.5-9 = XXL)
        Women's shoe sizes [RE: Sears]
                    Foot LENGTH of 10"  defined as SIZE  9
                    Change 1/2 size for each .1875" of length
                (eg Size 10 = 10+.1875+.1875 = 10.375" length foot)

#18

Why's this?


#19

Maybe it's just my forearm strength that is lacking, but I can't stand not being able to bench heavy (for me) without straps.

The most I can go up to is about 275 without straps. I get sick of taking them on and off when doing a 10X3.

I actually dropped a load for the first time when going for a 3RM then working to a 1RM. I had 365 in my hands and forgot to wrap my wrists. The bar came down faster than I could have immagined and scared the crap out of me.

If I wasn't in a power rack I'd probably still be in a hospital. I had the pins set up to where I can still touch when I bring the bar down, but the pins will catch if I'm not arching.

My wrists also ache a little bit almost all the time, especially after doing deads or cleans.


#20

Just take some extra Grow!
Just look what it did for me inside of 20 minutes. Your wrists will be twice their size! Guaranteed.

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