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How broad are 49 inch shoulders for a man?

Is it good to have 49 inch shoulders?
Written By  James Jackson
Last Updated on 15th June 2022
A man with 49 inch shoulders

As you've probably guessed, if you have 49 inch shoulders, then you have a very above average shoulder circumference for females and males of all ages. But what does this mean for your physique?

Keep reading to learn how broad your 49″ shoulders really are and how the rest of your body affects the perceived width and circumference of your 49 in shoulders.

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How broad are 49 inch shoulders?

A muscular man showing his broad 49 inch shoulders

How broad are 49 inch shoulders for a man? Based on the data, 49 inch shoulders are significantly broader than average for a man and are therefore a sign that you have wide clavicles and/or have a lot of deltoid and upper back muscle on your frame.

Obviously, the smaller your waist is, the broader your shoulders will naturally look. This is simply because wide shoulders and a narrow waist give you a better v-taper, which is one of the hallmarks of a masculine physique.

Most men don't have 49 in shoulders, so you can definitely consider yourself broad if you have genuine, tape-measure-verified 49″ shoulders—especially if you also have the aforementioned small waist.

Now, having a fairly thick waist and 49″ shoulders isn't necessarily a bad thing because you can always shed some stomach fat to improve your v-taper. However, if you have a lot of body fat, then losing weight might actually decrease your shoulder measurement, seeing as you'll be losing fat from your upper back and deltoids.

Is it good to have 49 inch shoulders?

A male showing his 49 inch shoulders

It depends. Are you happy with your 49 inch shoulders? If so, that's all that really matters.

Of course, many men these days want to become as broad as possible, but you can still look very wide indeed while having shoulders that measure 49 inches or even less.

Indeed, when it comes to aesthetics, how you actually look is far more important than the numbers on the tape measure.

Still, you're undeniably broad if you have 49 inch shoulders, so there's definitely no harm in just maintaining your physique if you're happy with it.

How can you expand your 49″ shoulders?

A man doing a shoulder press at the gym

If you want to grow your 49″ shoulders even more, then there are a few different ways that you can go about it.

The first and most obvious way to develop your 49 in shoulders is to simply add muscle to your deltoids and upper back, which you can do via exercises like lateral raises, reverse flys, shoulder presses, lat pulldowns, and rows.

Similarly, you can do a slow bulk (by eating in a small to moderate calorie surplus) in order to increase your body mass. This extra body mass will help to increase all of your circumference measurements, and that most definitely includes your shoulders.

Finally, you might just need to exercise your patience. If you're in your early 20s or are still a teenager, then there's a good chance that you can eke out some more clavicle growth by simply going about your daily business.

This is key because the wider your clavicles are, the greater the muscular potential you have for the upper back and shoulders.

The verdict on having 49 in shoulders

A muscular man with a 49 inch shoulder circumference

While some people have 49 inch shoulders purely because of their bone structure, most men with 49 in shoulders have them because of a combination of muscle mass and frame size.

Alternatively, it's possible to have a narrow frame and—because of the sheer amount of muscle on your body—still have 49″ shoulders.

So, as you can see, there's more than one way to get broad shoulders, but your body composition definitely affects how impressive your 49 inch shoulders look.

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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