Body frame size issues

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

How to Determine Body Frame Size
Wrap your thumb and longest finger on one hand around your other wrist. Be sure to wrap around the smallest part of the wrist.
If your thumb and finger overlap, then you are small-framed. If they touch, then you are medium framed. If they have a gap, then you are large framed.

measure the smallest part of your wrist, using a tape measure.
-height under 5 feet 2 inches, a small body size will have a wrist measurement of less than 5.5 inches; medium- 5.5 and 5.75 inches; large- over 5.75 inches.
-height- 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 5 inches-small -less than 6 inches; medium-6 to 6.25 inches; large - over 6.25 inches.
-height- over 5 feet 5 inches-small- less than 6.25 inches; medium- 6.25 and 6.5 inches; large-over 6.5 inches.

-Measuring the breadth of your elbow. This is a little more complex but provides a greater results range for the purposes of accuracy.
In order to do this:-
Stand up. Extend your arm forward so that it is horizontal and parallel to the ground. Turn your hand so your palm is uppermost. Bend your elbow so your forearm is at 90ยบ to the ground. Use the forefinger and thumb of your other hand to locate the narrow part of your elbow joint. Use your same forefinger and thumb as a guage to determine your elbow breadth by measuring the gap between them with with a ruler or tape measure. Compare the value with the tables below.

Female Elbow Measurements
Medium Frame
(If your elbow breadth is less than those in the table for a specific height, you are small framed. Similarly, if your elbow breadth is bigger than those in the table, you are large framed)
Height Ft and Elbow Breadth Inches Elbow Breadth mm
4' 10" - 4' 11"- 2 1/4" - 2 1/2" or 57 - 64 mm
5' 0" - 5' 3" - 2 1/4" - 2 1/2" or 57 - 64 mm
5' 4" - 5' 7"- 2 3/8" - 2 5/8" or 60 - 67mm
5' 8" - 5' 11"- 2 3/8" - 2 5/8" or 60 - 67 mm
6' 0" - 6' 4"- 2 1/2" - 2 3/4" or 63 - 70mm

Once, a long time ago, I had my body frame determined at the doctors office. They told me to wrap my fingers around my wrist. Then was told that I have a small body frame since my fingers overlaped. I explained that couldn't be right because I have long fingers. She said that didn't matter, but I can't imagine how it wouldn't. So I continued to consider myself having a large frame since I am 5'9''. I have thought more about this lately. When thinking of my goal weight, and comparing myself to others thinking...hum, this person is the same height as me and I was no where near that thin when I weighed less than they do. That got me thinking more about the body frame size thing. I looked up these different ways to figure it out. My issues with the first one is what if you have big hands, like me. The issue with the 2nd test is how can you accuately measure your wrist when you are overweight. My wrists are much thicker than before I gained weight. I'm sure the measurements are of someone with a normal weigh. The third test, it is kind of weird trying to measure your elbow bone.
My results
test 1- my fingers overlap.
test 2- my wrist is a bit less than 6.25''
test 3- elbow breadth is 58mm
so, all 3 test say that I am small framed. I still find this hard to believe even after repeated measurements. At my height, the ideal weight range for a small frame would be 129-142. Not sure what to think about that. Guess we shall see when I get closer to that weight.

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    I looked it up and found large frame numbers. I am actually large framed...which I can tell by the fact that when I was just below the HIGH END of my weight range I was very very the point of looking sick. I have a huge rib cage. I'm also broad in the shoulders. My wrist size definitely hasn't changed through loss and gain (my wrists are always on the bony side, I gain all in my belly really). From personal experience too I look my best in the 120s (vs the 110s and 100s that are usually recommended for me by calculators) and maintain in them without starving.
    2155 days ago
    hmmmmmmmmmmm interesting...... my results were large larger and med ha ha ...... but i know my wrist are reallllly fat compared to when i was smaller!!!!!!!!
    3943 days ago
    Hmmm...I always thought I was a large frame, but I guess I am a medium. But doesn't it change as you lose? I'm confused (but, that doesn't take much these days!!)
    3947 days ago
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