You will get the most accurate measurement if someone else is holding the tape, since they'll be able to make sure it's lined up correctly across your back. However, women do have underlying pectoral muscles just like men, and working them may have a lifting effect, depending on your genetic predispositions.
The fitness website recommends doing one measurement just under the armpits and another at the widest portion of the chest. Undress and remove any bra or other undergarments you're wearing. If this is not possible, wear only the thinnest possible tank top without a bra or undergarment. Secure the measuring tape under the armpit, thread it forward and close the arm over the measuring tape.
Move the tape up so that it's as far up as possible in the armpit. Wrap the measuring tape around the front of the chest, under the opposite armpit and around to the starting point. Note the circumference of the upper chest by looking at the number on the measuring tape where the end meets the beginning of the tape. American measurements are done in inches, but you can mark the measurement in centimeters if you wish -- just make your measurements in the same units every time.
Write the number for your upper chest on your measurement sheet, making sure to mark the date of the measurement. Wrap the measuring tape over the other nipple, wrap it around your body and come back to meet the start of the tape. Note the circumference of the lower chest by looking at the number on the measuring tape where the end meets the beginning of the tape. Nicole Vulcan has been a journalist since , covering parenting and fitness for The Oregonian, careers for CareerAddict, and travel, gardening and fitness for Black Hills Woman and other publications.
She's also a lifelong athlete and is pursuing certification as a personal trainer. How to Measure Your Pectoral Muscles. Step 1 Undress and remove any bra or other undergarments you're wearing. If not, you'll just need to be extra careful to make sure the tape measure doesn't slip in the back. Remove your shirt, but leave your bra on. Any extra fabric will add a few centimeters to your measurement.
Since you'll be wearing a bra under the clothing you're getting measured for, the extra fabric of the bra should be included in your measurement. Wrap the tape measure around your chest. Position it so that the tape is horizontal to the ground, and falls just under your armpits.
Bring it around your back so that the ends come together in front, across the widest part of your breasts. Don't stick your chest out or exhale; just stand normally. Make sure the tape measure is not twisted.
Look in the mirror to find your measurement. The place where the end of the tape measure meets with the other side is where you'll find the number that indicates your chest size. Find a fabric tape measure. This type of tape measure is made of soft material that makes it easy to wrap around your body. If you don't have one, you can instead use a piece of string to wrap around your chest, and measure the string with a ruler to get your size.
Consider asking someone to help you measure. You will get the most accurate measurement if someone else is holding the tape, since they'll be able to make sure it's lined up correctly across your back. However, you can still get a very accurate measurement if you just want to do it yourself.
If you must take the measurement yourself, do it in front of a mirror, so that you can see if the tape is parallel to the ground all the way around. Take off your shirt. Clothing adds extra width to the measurement, so it's better not to be wearing anything on your torso. Wrap the tape around your torso. Slide it tape so that it surrounds your chest and falls just under your armpits. Rest it securely around the widest part of your chest, which is often above or at the nipple line. If you are performing the measuring yourself, make sure the numbers are turned out so that you can read it in the mirror.
Hold the ends of the tape with both hands in the front of your body, so you'll be able to see the measurement. Look in the mirror and make sure the measuring tape isn't twisted. Ensure the tape is at the same height all the way around. It should be parallel with the ground. Don't puff out your chest or flex your muscles.
This will add a few centimeters to the measurement and make it less accurate. Take note of your measurement. Look in the mirror at the place where the beginning end of the tape measure and the remaining portion meet in the front of your chest.
This number is your chest measurement. Don't look down at the tape to take your measurement, since this can cause it to slip out of place. Look in the mirror instead. Add 2 inches 5cm to the measurement for any garment that you want to be slightly loose, such as a dress shirt. Always round up the measurement when buying clothing. You don't measure around your arms, you lift up your arms and measure around your chest. Not Helpful 2 Helpful 5. Utilize a cloth-reinforced seamstress tape and measure the chest at nipple level.
Have them lower their arms and take your reading with a snug tape -- too loose or tight will give you incorrect measurements.
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While the goal for men is often to progress to larger measurements, women tend to want to get smaller in every area but the chest -- where the prevailing sentiment is that bigger is better. Whatever your goals and preferences, there are two measurements you can perform and monitor for your chest. Chest: Measure the circumference of your chest. Place one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your bust, wrap it around (under your armpits, around your shoulder blades, and back to the front) to get the measurement. Measure the circumference of your upper chest first -- that's the area right above your breasts. Wrap the measuring tape around your back, shimmying the tape up and under your armpits so it's across your breast bone and creates a straight, even line from armpit to armpit.