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Who has a 52 inch chest?

Learn what it takes to build a 52 inch chest (and find out who actually has one).
Written By  James Jackson
Last Updated on 6th June 2022
Side view of a bodybuilder's big 52 inch chest

A 52 inch chest definitely isn’t a normal chest circumference for a man. But is that necessarily a bad thing? If it’s indicative of you being overweight or obese, then yes.

On the other hand, there are some bodybuilders who have a 52” chest. And while these guys obviously aren’t overfat, they’re likely not enjoying optimal health if they’re walking around at 250 lbs.

This guide explains how big a 52 in chest really is and then discusses whether or not you can actually build a 52 inch chest naturally.

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How big is a 52 inch chest?

So, how big is a 52 inch chest exactly? A 52 inch chest is absolutely massive because it’s around 10-12 inches bigger than average for an adult male. So you could definitely say that a 52” chest is actually too big for a man to live in optimal health.

While there are undoubtedly plenty of overweight and obese people with a 52 inch chest, you just don’t see many lean individuals (even bodybuilders) with a 52” chest.

After all, if your shoulders measure 52 inches, then that’s pretty impressive. So in order to have a chest that measures 52 inches, you’d need a very large frame indeed.

Keep reading to see who actually has a 52 inch chest in real life. Can you guess who it is? It’s not a professional bodybuilder (though he could probably be one).

What size is a 52 inch chest?

A man with a 52 inch chest size

A 52 inch chest works out at a 3 XL shirt size in most men’s clothing brands. In some brands, a 52 in chest might also be a 2 XL. Obviously, you also need to take into account the size of your neck when you’re buying shirts.

How can you get a 52 inch chest naturally?

Close up of a bodybuilding man's big 52 inch chest

Let me be honest: Most people simply don’t have the genetics to build a 52 inch chest naturally. This is true even if you’re a prolific bench presser with a wide back. But this isn’t to say that sculpting a chiseled 52” chest is impossible for everyone.

Actor Dwayne Johnson says that he has a 52 inch chest, so if you want an accurate representation of what a 52 in chest looks like, he’s your guy.

At 6′5″, Johnson has a massive frame that’s capable of holding plenty of muscle mass. This goes to show that building an abnormally big chest requires a solid frame and a large ribcage. You just don’t see guys under 6 feet with a 52” chest unless they’re a pro bodybuilder.

Now, if you have bulging pecs, a ridiculously wide back, a very large frame, and the willingness to hang around at a higher body fat level, then it’s conceivable that you could build a 52 inch chest naturally.

The verdict: Can anyone build a 52" chest?

A muscular man showing his 52 inch chest

As you can see, there’s much more to building a 52 inch chest than just having massive pecs. Sure, chest mass is important, but if you want a 52” measurement, then you need a very wide back and a big ribcage as well.

On top of that, you’d likely need to be around 20% body fat—you just don’t see anyone outside of pro bodybuilders and genetic freaks who have a lean 52 in chest.

Of course, you can still have a great chest and upper body without having a 52” chest. Tracking your measurement is useful for evaluating your progress, but you shouldn’t focus on attaining a specific chest circumference since you might not have the frame size to achieve it.

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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