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Is it good to have 44 inch shoulders?

Are 44 inch shoulders broad or not?
Written By  James Jackson
Last Updated on 15th June 2022
A man with 44 inch shoulders

If you have 44 inch shoulders as a man, then you have a slightly below average shoulder circumference. This could be because you have a small frame (narrow clavicles) or because you don't have much muscle mass.

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Are 44 inch shoulders broad for a man?

A male who has 44 inch shoulders

Are 44 inch shoulders broad for a man or not? No, based on all of the anthropometric data that I've examined, 44 inch shoulders are not broad for a man and are, in fact, around 2 inches narrower than average.

However, having 44″ shoulders isn't necessarily a bad thing if they're in proportion with the rest of your body. For example, if you also have a small waist, then your shoulders might actually look a fair bit bigger than 44 inches.

On the other hand, some men just have genetically narrow shoulders, and there's not a lot that you can do about that if your clavicles have stopped growing (which they very likely have if you're over 25).

Of course, it's not like 44 in shoulders are really small, either. This is especially true if you're a teenager or young adult, in which case you're probably going to get wider naturally as a result of bone growth.

How about for a woman?

A female showing her 44 inch shoulders

For a woman, 44 inch shoulders are very broad. Indeed, research points to them being around 5 inches wider than usual for an adult female.

Again, this isn't necessarily a bad thing because if you're a woman with 44″ shoulders, then you're probably quite tall, in which case your shoulders are likely in proportion with the rest of your bones and body parts.

If you're really concerned about your 44 in shoulders being too broad and potentially not that feminine, I recommend minimizing upper body training (especially for the deltoids and upper back muscles) so that you don't get any broader.

On the other hand, many women embrace their 44″ shoulders, and that's fine too. Most men will still be wider than you are, so you don't need to worry about looking out of place.

How can you make your 44 inch shoulders wider?

A man performing a lateral raise

There are 3 ways to make your 44 inch shoulders wider, 2 of which are available to everyone.

First off, you can develop your deltoids and upper back muscles to create a physically bigger circumference measurement and a more imposing v-taper. Exercises like pull-ups, rows, overhead presses, and lateral raises are your best bet here.

Additionally, you can eat in a calorie surplus to increase your body weight. When you get heavier, all of your circumference measurements tend to increase, and that most certainly includes your shoulders.

Finally, your clavicles might naturally get broader because they're one of the final bones to stop developing. So if you're in your early 20s—and certainly if you're a teenager—then exercising your patience might help you to broaden your 44 in shoulders naturally.

The verdict: Is it good to have 44″ shoulders?

A man with a 44 inch shoulder circumference

Having 44 inch shoulders is perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. Sure, they're quite a bit wider than average for a woman, but they're definitely not what I'd call super wide.

And for a man, having 44″ shoulders is okay as well. At 44 inches, there are still a fair few people who are more narrow than you, and you can significantly broaden your shoulders by increasing the development of your back muscles and deltoids.

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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