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Are 45 inch shoulders broad or not?

Are 45 inch shoulders wide? (Hint: it depends on your body type).
Written By  James Jackson
Last Updated on 15th June 2022
A young man showing his 45 inch shoulders

If you’re a man with 45 inch shoulders, then you have a fairly average shoulder circumference, but you’re likely still a little on the narrow side.

Knowing this, a woman who has 45″ shoulders is very broad indeed. So with all this in mind, I’ll be discussing all the ins and outs of having 45 in shoulders and how this affects your body.

See How Your Shoulders Compare:

How broad are 45 inch shoulders for a man?

A male with 45 inch shoulders

Are 45 inch shoulders broad for a man? No, 45 inch shoulders aren’t broad for a man because they’re around 1 inch smaller than average, according to anthropometric data.

As for how broad 45″ shoulders actually look, this depends on your height and waist size. Let me explain.

If you have 45 in shoulders (slightly on the narrow side, remember) but you have a tiny waist (30 inches or less), then your 45 inch shoulders will actually look significantly broader than they are because you have such a good v-taper.

On the other hand, if you’re short or fairly average in terms of height, then it’s likely that your 45″ shoulders will look perfectly normal because they’ll be in proportion with the rest of your body.

And, if you’re really short, then having 45 inch shoulders might actually make you look really broad because, in this case, your clavicles would be much longer than your other bones, relatively speaking.

Do any women have 45 inch shoulders?

A female with 45 inch shoulders

While there are undoubtedly some tall women with 45 inch shoulders, most women don’t have shoulders this wide. Indeed, if you’re a woman with 45 in shoulders, then you’re around 6 inches broader than the average female.

As I alluded to above, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing if your 45″ shoulders are in proportion with the rest of your body. After all, if you’re a tall woman, then it’s expected that your shoulders will be considerably wider than usual because you have longer bones in general.

Still, I understand that some women worry about their shoulders looking too broad and masculine. But since you can’t change your bone structure, there’s very little that you can do about your 45 in shoulders besides losing soft tissue (muscle and fat) from your upper back and deltoids.

How can you widen your 45 inch shoulders?

A man doing a shoulder press

If you’re a man who wants to widen his 45 inch shoulders, then I have some good news for you. It’s completely possible for just about every guy to get wider naturally, and there are 3 ways to go about it.

The first is to simply exercise your patience. If you’re a teenager or even a young adult, then there’s a fairly high chance that your clavicles are still growing, which will result in your 45 inch shoulders broadening out naturally.

On the other hand, if you want to experience quicker circumference gains, then your best bet is to do exercises like overhead presses, lateral raises, rows, and pull-ups in order to develop your shoulders and upper back muscles.

In conjunction with your resistance training routine, it’s also recommended to eat in a  small to moderate calorie surplus and consume enough protein so that you can fuel your workouts and accumulate new muscle tissue.

Conclusion: Is it bad to have 45″ shoulders?

A man with big 45 inch shoulders

No, it’s definitely not bad to have 45 inch shoulders because it’s a pretty normal measurement for a man. After all, just because your shoulders are an inch smaller than average doesn’t mean that you’re narrow!

Admittedly, 45″ shoulders are pretty broad for a woman. But if your shoulders are in proportion with the rest of your body, then I wouldn’t worry about them dominating your physique or sticking out too much.

Most of the time, our insecurities about our various body parts are simply a product of our creative imagination.

So it’s not like the people you meet are going to instantly and consciously notice your shoulders unless they’re super wide or super narrow, which at 45 inches, they’re most definitely not.

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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