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What size is a 32 inch chest for men and women?

Learn everything there is to know about having a 32 inch chest.
Written By  James Jackson
Last Updated on 6th June 2022
A man getting his 32 inch chest measured

A 32 inch chest is definitely not an average chest size for men. But how does this affect your health?

From a physical health standpoint, having a 32” chest is only bad if it’s indicative of you being underweight.

On the other hand, having a 32 in chest could make some people feel overly self-conscious about their bodies. If this is you, then expanding your 32 inch chest could be beneficial for your self-esteem.

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What shirt size is a 32 inch chest for a man?

A man getting his 32 inch chest measured for a shirt

So, what shirt size is a 32 inch chest equal to for a man? In men’s clothing, a 32 inch chest works out at either a size extra small (XS) or extra-extra small (XXS).

What size is a 32 inch chest for a woman?

A woman measuring her 32 inch chest to determine her size

For a woman, a 32 inch chest or bust usually works out at a size extra small (XS). The specifics depend on the brand, but this often works out at a size 0-2.

Is a 32 inch chest too small?

A man looking at his 32 inch chest

As mentioned, a 32 inch chest is only too small if it negatively affects your physical health. So, if you’re underweight and have a 32” chest, then your 32 in chest is a sign that you should increase your body mass, which you can do by consuming more calories.

Conversely, if you’re actively worrying about your 32 inch chest being too small, then it could make sense to increase its size in order to improve your self-confidence.

Obviously, the reasons for having a 32” chest differ greatly. For example, some people naturally have a much smaller build and bone structure than others.

On the other hand, you might have a 32 in chest if you’re still growing. Many teenagers feel especially self-conscious about their body when it’s still developing, but these feelings will often subside once they enter adulthood.

How can you increase your 32 inch chest?

A man performing some compound movements

There are two ways to increase the size of your 32 inch chest; consuming more calories and increasing the size of your muscles.

Men with a 32” chest will likely want to utilize both chest expansion methods to speed up their results. More on that in a sec.

Women can also lift weights, but your actual body weight is more important than your exercise routine when it comes to your chest size. So make sure to eat enough calories and get the nutrients that your body needs. No matter what its size, a good diet is always the foundation of a healthy body.

In terms of increasing your circumference measurement, you can train your pectorals and back muscles to increase their size, which will help to stretch the tape measure further.

The verdict: Is it bad to have a 32" chest or not?

A man with a 32 in chest

Everyone has a body part that they’re at least somewhat self-conscious about. But the reality is that most people that you meet don’t know that!

So, a 32 inch chest, for example, is only objectively bad if it’s a sign that your body weight is too low. So without knowing your height and being able to assess your build (frame size), it’s not possible to definitively say that your 32” chest is too small.

Still, I hope that you now have the reassurance and knowledge that you need. You can always increase your measurement by consuming more healthy calories and performing some exercise.

James Jackson
James Jackson is a personal trainer who uses his expertise in strength and conditioning to create helpful workout tutorials that show fitness enthusiasts how to build muscle while staying safe in the gym. He draws on the latest sports science data as well as tried and tested training techniques to get the best results for his clients without them having to live in the gym.
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