6-inch Wrists: A Good Wrist Size? (Explained)


Whether you want to know if 6″ wrists are good for your particular height or if you wish to build bigger wrists, I got you covered. Today I will explain if 6 inch wrists are big, small, or just plain average.

On average, the 6 inch wrist circumference for men is considered small, and 6 inch wrist circumference for women is considered average, according to experts. The size of your wrists is determined by your bone structure, physical activity during a younger age, and genetics.

However, before you start searching the web on how to get bigger wrists, please keep in mind that having a 6 inch wrists has some advantages.

What Does 6 Inch Wrists Mean?

In general, depending on your age and whether you’re male or female, 6 inch wrist can give you some useful information. Normally, wrists and other bony materials in the body grow during childhood and adolescence until you’re 17 to 25 years old.

  • For adolescents, having 6-inch wrists is perfectly normal because, at that time, your body still hasn’t fully developed.
  • For adults, guys who have a 6-inch wrist are usually skinny and tall with a tiny bone structure.

After you’re 25 or older, the only way to increase wrist size is by weight-bearing exercises and diet.

Unline BMI or waist-to-hip ratio, wrist size does not have a universal range. Wrist sizes vary from person to person and are mainly influenced by bone mass and bone mineral density.

Bone structure is dictated by the genes that come from your partners and grandparents.

How Can You Tell If You Have A 6 Inch Wrists?

The easiest way to know if you have a 6 inch wrist is by measuring your wrist with a measuring tape.

  • Take a measuring tape and wrap it around your hand in the place where you normally wear a watch (try to keep the tape as close to the palm as possible).
  • Keep the measuring tape close to the skin and ideally in a straight line (going sideways will add unnecessary distance between the tape and give you higher results than normal).
  • Wrap the measuring tape until the shorter tip meets the rest of the line and matches with the number.

Below you can see the picture of my wife’s wrist. She has an 8.5-inch wrist. For the context, my wife is 5′ 5″ which means she has a large frame and large wrist size.

Are 6 Inch Wrists Small, Average, or Large?

The only way to know if a 6-inch wrist size is considered large, average, or small is to measure the body frame size. Body frame index is similar to body composition, and is used to interpret body mass and evaluate nutritional status.

The body frame size is also a useful metric to establish a person’s bone structure. This is similar to three somatotypes:

  • ectomorph
  • mesomorph
  • endomorph

Are 6 Inch Wrists Small?

The wrist size is objective, just like the bodyweight. It is hard to determine whether 6 inch wrist size is small or big, without knowing your height.

In general, men who have 6 inch wrist circumference and a height over 5′ 7″ are considered as having a small wrist and small body frame.

Women who are 5′ 3″ or taller and have a wrist size of 6 inches are considered to have a small wrist and small body frame.

People who are tall and have small wrists are typically lean and thin (you won’t see many tall bodybuilders with 6-inch wrists).

You can think of these guys and gals as ectomorphs. Ectomorphs are typically lean and tall and have a little body fat percentage (these are the guys who can eat anything they want and still keep their weight on.

Are 6 Inch Wrists Normal?

Men who are between 5′ 1″ and 5′ 6″ and have 6-inch wrists are considered to have an average wrist size and a medium body frame.

Women who have 6 inch wrist circumference and a height between 4′ 2″ and 5′ 2″ are considered as having an average size of wrist and a medium body frame.

People who have an average height, medium body frame, and average wrists are similar to mesomorphs. They tend to have more muscle than fat on their body, even without lifting weights.

Are 6 Inch Wrists Big?

Overall, men who have 6 inch wrist circumference and are short (under 5′ 0″ height) between 4′ 2″ are considered as having a large wrist and a large body frame.

For women, ladies who have 6 inch wrists and are under 4′ 9″ tall are considered as having large frames and large wrists.

You can think of these people as endomorphs. Endomorphs have large frames and heavy bones (they usually have higher body weight and fat percentage).

6 Inch Wrists For Females

Below you can see the table with the body frame index for females.

Body frame indexWrist size
11 or moreSmall
10.1 – 11Average
10 or lessLarge
Body frame size index for women

You can calculate your body frame index by dividing your height and wrist size. Based on the number you will know if your wrist and body frame are small, average, or large.

For example, a woman who is 4′ 10″ and has a 6 inch wrist will have a body frame index of 9.7. This is the equivalent of an average body frame and medium wrist size.

Fortunately for you, I already put some numbers together from the National Library of Medicine and put them into the table below.

HeightBody Frame IndexWrist size
4′ 6″9Large
4′ 7″9.2Large
4′ 8″9.3Large
4′ 9″9.5Large
4′ 10″9.7Average
4′ 11″9.8Average
5′ 0″10Average
5′ 1″10.2Average
5′ 2″10.3Average
5′ 3″10.5Small
5′ 4″10.7Small
5′ 5″10.8Small
5′ 6″11Small
5′ 7″11.2Small
5′ 8″11.3Small
5′ 9″11.5Small
6 inch wrist size based on the height of females

6 Inch Wrists For Males

Below you can see the table with the body frame index for males.

Body frame indexWrist size
10.4 or moreSmall
9.6 – 10.4Average
9.6 or lessLarge
Body frame size index for men

As you can see, the body frame index for males is different than for females. Men who have the same 6-inch wrist and the same height will have completely different body frames and wrist sizes.

For example, a male who is 5′ 3″ tall and has a 6-inch wrist will be classified as a person with an average frame and an average wrist size.

On the other hand, a woman who is 5′ 3″ and has a 6-inch wrist will have a body frame index of 10.5, which is the equivalent of a small body frame and small wrist size.

See the table below.

HeightBody Frame IndexWrist size
5′ 0″10Large
5′ 1″10.2Average
5′ 2″10.3Average
5′ 3″10.5Average
5′ 4″10.7Average
5′ 5″10.8Average
5′ 6″11Average
5′ 7″11.2Small
5′ 8″11.3Small
5′ 9″11.5Small
5′ 10″11.7Small
5′ 11″11.8Small
6′ 0″12Small
6′ 1″12.2Small
6′ 2″12.3Small
6 inch wrist size based on the height of males

Are 6-Inch Wrists Good For Bodybuilding?

Overall, people who have 6 inch wrists shouldn’t worry about their wrist size. Many bodybuilders do not care about their wrists circumference. Some people prefer having smaller wrists and large forearms because it provides a good contrast.

It makes their masculine arms pop out.

However, people with 6 inches wrists may not be genetically blessed with a lot of strength. Smaller frames and smaller wrists are due to genetic makeup which can is already determined before we were born.

A smaller frame can also be a sign of low testosterone levels like testosterone and other anabolic hormones do play a role in bone modeling.

Testosterone declines with age and many studies have shown that older people are more prone to decreased bone mineral density.

On the other hand, people with high testosterone levels have noticeably higher bone mass, bigger frames, larger arms, and bigger wrists.

Is It Bad To Have 6 Inch Wrists?

In general, it is not bad to have a 6-inch wrist because it does not affect people’s quality of life. However, in the modern world, some people may feel uncomfortable with having a smaller wrist circumference.

It is not a secret that women prefer men who are strong and masculine. Guys who have 6-inch wrists may feel slightly uncomfortable, even insecure about their hands.

Unfortunately, there is not much we can do about our wrist size. The main factors that affect how big or small will be your wrists are your genes, bone mass, and physical activity during your childhood and adolescence.

I won’t cover here all the details of how attractive are small wrists. I’ve already covered that in my article “are small wrists attractive“, which I recommend you read.

Conclusion

In general, knowing if 6-inch wrist is small, average, or big will depend on the body frame size. However, I would not worry about that.

It is not bad to have 6 inch wrists because a small wrist circumference is an indicator of lower body fat percentage. Usually, this is seen as a good thing.

Michal Sieroslawski

Michal is an exercise physiologist (MSc), nutrition coach, Ashtanga teacher, and fitness blogger. He shares his successes and failures to help busy men and women squash down 20, 50, or even 100 pounds of fat without leaving their home.

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