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39 inch hips: Are they big?

Learn why—statistically speaking—39 inch hips are a relatively normal size.
Written By  Brianna Martin
Last Updated on 2nd July 2022
A woman with 39 inch hips

If you’re wondering whether your 39 inch hips are big, small, or just plain average, then this data-driven article is for you. We determined the average hip size for women and men by using anthropometric data that examined thousands of participants.

Then, we examined further research to learn how having 39″ hips affects your physical health and appearance. So let’s find out if you have an average glute size or not.

How Do Your Hips Compare?

Are 39 inch hips big for a woman?

A woman who has 39 inch hips

Are 39 inch hips big for a woman? Statistically, 39 inch hips are actually an inch smaller than average for an adult female. However, many people would consider 39″ hips to be quite large for a woman who has a relatively narrow waist.

Based on my own research and reading of various discussions, 39 inch hips are typically considered larger than usual for a woman. But in order to quantify just how big your 39 in hips are, it’s important to factor in the size of your waist.

The larger the size difference between your waist and hips, the bigger your 39″ hips will look. In other words, you’ll have a low waist-to-hip ratio which—in addition to increasing your physical attractiveness—is also a marker of good physical health.

Indeed, research shows that your waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) is actually a better predictor than BMI for assessing your risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality, particularly if you have diabetes. [1]

However, it’s not just the size of your waist that affects the appearance of your 39 inch hips. The fat and muscle content of your glutes also plays a significant role in how your 39 in hips actually look.

For example, if you have well-developed glutes, then your hips will look bigger from the side and from the back because the glutes are the biggest muscle in the human body.

Are 39 inch hips big for a man?

The 39 inch hips of a man

Are 39 inch hips big for a man or not? According to anthropometric research, 39 inch hips are a normal size for an adult male. This is based on data that measured the hips of over 7,000 American men.

Now, since the average guy is overweight, it’s fine if your hips are smaller than 39 inches. Indeed, since the glutes are such a large muscle, they have a lot of capacity to accumulate fat, which can really bump up your hip measurement without actually increasing the muscularity of your glutes.

On the other hand, it’s completely possible for healthy men and women to have hips that are larger than 39 inches because muscular glutes can really increase your hip size. Obviously, having strong glutes is far from bad.

So, in summary, 39 inches is a fairly typical measurement for a man. However, if you’re relatively lean and you have 39″ hips, then that’s an indication that you have quite a lot of lean body mass around your hips.

What size are 39 inch hips?

A chart showing what size 39 inch hips are in women's clothing

What size are 39 inch hips? Your clothing size will differ by brand and garment type. Additionally, you also need to factor in the size of your waist when buying jeans, etc. Nonetheless, 39 inch hips are often equal to a women’s size medium, which works out at a US size 8-10.

Do many people have a 39 inch butt?

The 39 inch butt of a woman

There are plenty of people who have a 39 inch butt. For example, some people who work out have built a muscular 39 inch booty by doing plenty of squats and hip thrusts, the latter exercise being especially effective for targeting the glutes. [2]

Additionally, some individuals tend to store a lot of body fat on their hips, especially in comparison to their waist. This can often result in a pear-shaped body and a big difference between your waist and hip size.

It’s also possible to both reduce and increase the size of your 39 inch butt. However, since 39 inch hips are very likely an indication that your body is in good health, you shouldn’t feel like you have to reduce or increase the size of your 39 in hips just to achieve a certain appearance.

Still, if you want to expand your 39 inch butt, then the best way to go about it is to train your glutes directly 2-4 times per week with at least one hip thrust variation, one squat variation, and some kind of hip abduction exercise. This will ensure that you’re working your glutes from every angle and maximizing your results.

On the other hand, if you feel that your 39 inch hips are too big for your body, then you can still train your glutes with weights, but you should perhaps stick to bodyweight exercises and also do cardiovascular exercises so that you can burn calories and drop body fat.

Conclusion: Is it good to have 39″ hips or not?

A woman showing her 39 inch hip

It’s definitely good to have 39 inch hips in the vast majority of cases. Indeed, everyone’s built differently, and providing that your 39″ hips are not the sign of a health problem (which they most likely aren’t), you should just embrace your body.

After all, I’m sure that there are plenty of people out there—slim and overweight—who would actually love to have 39 inch hips. So whether you have wide hips or well-developed glutes, you should be happy with your 39 inch hip size.

References

  1. Czernichow, S., Kengne, A. P., Huxley, R. R., Batty, G. D., de Galan, B., Grobbee, D., Pillai, A., Zoungas, S., Marre, M., Woodward, M., Neal, B., Chalmers, J., & ADVANCE Collaborative Group (2011). Comparison of waist-to-hip ratio and other obesity indices as predictors of cardiovascular disease risk in people with type-2 diabetes: a prospective cohort study from ADVANCE. European journal of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation : official journal of the European Society of Cardiology, Working Groups on Epidemiology & Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology18(2), 312–319. https://doi.org/10.1097/HJR.0b013e32833c1aa3
  2. Williams, M. J., Gibson, N. V., Sorbie, G. G., Ugbolue, U. C., Brouner, J., & Easton, C. (2021). Activation of the Gluteus Maximus During Performance of the Back Squat, Split Squat, and Barbell Hip Thrust and the Relationship With Maximal Sprinting. Journal of strength and conditioning research35(1), 16–24. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000002651
Brianna Martin
Brianna Martin has worked in health and wellness media for more than 8 years. She uses her organisational skills and passion for fitness to organise our team of content creators. As a former track and field athlete, Bri still hits the gym hard 5 times a week to maintain her flexibility and athleticism.
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