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    Is there such thing as "small boned" or "big boned"?

    This is potentially a stupid ass question but whatever. When people say small or big boned, are these just euphemisms for being skinny and fat? Are peoples bones all the same size (width, not length), and the reason one person is bigger than the other is because they have more weight / mass? Or is the bigger person's bones bigger than the smaller person?
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    Bone sizes differ in width between people, yes.
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    Yes of course. Some people are 5'3 with 40" shoulders while others are 6'7 with 70" shoulders
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    Bones are different sizes in different people. A quick (though not super accurate) way to see what size structure you have is to measure the circumference of your wrist (as this doesn't really change that much with a persons weight). There's lots of info on this online.
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    Wow .. that sucks then for people like me that are small boned who want to work out and get bigger.
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    I know you obviously can't increase the length of your bones after your down growing, but can you increase the width? or at least the hardness by taking in calcium?
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    Originally Posted by Wife Beater View Post
    I know you obviously can't increase the length of your bones after your down growing, but can you increase the width? or at least the hardness by taking in calcium?
    Lifting weights increases bone density, and it is partly hereditary. You can't increase the actual width, but you can increase the density, which makes it stronger and less likely to fracture. You can also increase your ligament and tendon strength, and lots of tiny guys who start to lift end up with much bigger ribcages (I think) but there is no way of actually making your bones wider.
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    You can still get bigger. Your bone mass doesn't impede your ability to grow muscle.

    There are 5'2" bodybuilders, and there are 6'5" bodybuilders.

    You're stuck with the frame your body is designed to have, what you put on it is up to you.
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    Originally Posted by tedsheckler View Post
    You can still get bigger. Your bone mass doesn't impede your ability to grow muscle.

    There are 5'2" bodybuilders, and there are 6'5" bodybuilders.

    You're stuck with the frame your body is designed to have, what you put on it is up to you.
    Up until a point.. then it does impede your ability to grow muscle. I would be extremely surprised if someone who was 5'2 got to 220lb naturally, but it would be fairly average for a 6'5 bodybuilder to be 220lb.
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    Wrist size brah. People with bigger bones have the potential to put on more muscle mass
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    Originally Posted by Wife Beater View Post
    Wow .. that sucks then for people like me that are small boned who want to work out and get bigger.
    Kinda, but then small bones make all your muscles look bigger relative.
    It's easier to look big.
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    I Have small wrists and ankles but my shoulders are quite a bit wider (as in bones not muscle) than some of my friends with larger wrists. Just genetics isn't it
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    ^^ yea same here bro...i was wondering whats up with that?

    I'm 6 feet tall and my shoulders are HUGEEE (not bragging btw) and everyone compliments me on them...but my wrists are ****in smallll - what does that mean? am i big boned or small?
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    Originally Posted by bcx View Post
    Kinda, but then small bones make all your muscles look bigger relative.
    It's easier to look big.
    Exactly..Imo its better to have small bones because your muscles can cover up your bones better..A person with a big frame can look chunky and they need alot more muscle on there frame to look good. Theres pros and cons to each. Look at Jim Cordova for example..Example of an Animal with smaller bones but a large amount of muscle packed onto his frame
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    I hate when people bring up wrist size. My wrist is 6.5 inches but the rest of my body is big and all of my bones have a large frame. But yeah you can't change bone size, sorry dude.
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    Smaller people will have smaller bones and bigger people will have bigger bones.

    However, that's not an excuse for being overweight or underweight.
    Just trying to gain weight
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    yea being small boned sucks... but the thing I like about a small frame is you are usually wayyyyy stronger than you look. My goal is to be like 180-190 (I'll prob look like 170) and lift like a guy that looks 210 plus.

    plus if you have a smaller frame, you might look relatively "normal or smaller" with a shirt on, but when you take ur shirt off its nothing but compact solid muscle. which I think is kinda cool
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