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DANI_28 Posts: 83
6/20/12 12:48 P

just got some new workout pants from target. They were all together in a little workout section near the bras and underware so m=not sure if they were womens or misses or what but. I found some XXL capri pants - the slick dry fast kind. Really like them. Im around 270 and I could have even gotten the XL. Plus- with them being slick- they dont rub against my thighs and dont cause irritation :)

JMCCURDY1010 SparkPoints: (272)
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6/20/12 12:44 P

This is great! I was just going to be going out to buy a few new bras (regular and sports) here this week. Great to have some suggestions. I hate finding bras as my size is so weird (38-G). I know lots of women sometimes complain that their boobs are the first to go... I would love to get out of the extended cup sizes and not have to buy at specialty shops...

AFARLEY22 Posts: 22
6/20/12 12:27 P

I purchase all of my active wear at Old Navy. They have an active wear section, under the womens plus size clothing, on their website and the sizes go up to 4x. I find that they are really affordable. Sports bra's are around $20 and Tanks start at $10. You can really save a bundle if you sign up for the email deals. Last week was a 30% off deal.

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6/20/12 10:31 A

I would like to recommend Junonia for plus size women's athletic clothing. They are not inexpensive but great quality clothes in my opinion @

CMSEWA Posts: 10
6/20/12 8:27 A

I also use some C9 gear that you can find at your local Target. However, I have purchased excellent sports bras and tank tops from Sierra Trading Post [], called "Moving Comfort". These bras work very well for me when I do interval training but offer overall excellent support which I need.

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6/20/12 8:21 A

I'm all over Target's new workout clothes, but the highest they have is 2XL. Wish I could be more help!

99IN09 Posts: 1
6/20/12 1:16 A

I have found some comfy yoga type pants at Target, Ross, and Burlington Coat Factory, Finding tops is another story. Being a 40 J, It has been almost impossible to find a Sports bra or tops that fit me properly. They can be a bit pricey, but so far, the only place I have found has been special orders of Elomi bras through Norstrom Dept. Store. If anyone has any other suggestions I would love to hear about them.

Edited by: 99IN09 at: 6/20/2012 (01:17)
6/19/12 10:58 P

I saw stuff at Marshalls and TJ Max. I like the idea of not blowing a lot of money on clothes I have no intention of wearing for a long time anyway (because of Sparkpeople, of course!)

KEEPITSIMPLE_ SparkPoints: (92,195)
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6/19/12 8:59 P

I love the Champion brand at Target and Danskin at Walmart. 2x is the largest size, and some with a lot of spandex can be snug, but there are plenty of options at both.

Women Within has some items too, and I believe they go larger, and don't have so much spandex involved. I get a catalog, but have never really checked it out. The prices seem reasonable.

6/19/12 8:51 P

WalMart for me..... tried and true, and now they have new Danskin stuff which is great quality and made in larger sizes!!

6/19/12 8:26 P

I got a lot of my active wear at Walmart and Meijer....Target has some pretty good stuff too!!! It is cheap and comfortable stuff :)!!!

PURPLE180 SparkPoints: (25,889)
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6/19/12 6:23 P

Wal-Mart, Lane Bryant, Ashley Stewarts, Kmart and Old Navy may be of some help.

6/19/12 4:23 P

I've found that some of the Old Navy active wear is great -- my favorite are the relaxed fit OR wide-leg capri pants, and I've just ordered the mesh top/attached to sports bra top to try for when it gets warmer (I'm in Seattle so I'm in a jacket until I get to the studio)

GWENDO51 Posts: 101
6/19/12 3:17 P

For the official Zumba wear, I go into Zumba .com, Also I ask my ZIN (Zumba Instructor) to buy it for me because they are licensed and get get stuff at a discount. Here in Michigan, when they have master classes or Zumba events they usually have sales booths for official Zumba Wear. But if you just want colorful tees and what not our group tye dyes, rip and use florescent paints to come up with some great stuff. emoticon

Edited by: GWENDO51 at: 6/19/2012 (15:18)
6/19/12 3:08 P

Do you know where you can find Zumba fitness wear in size 22/24?

MRSWRATH SparkPoints: (22,108)
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6/19/12 2:23 P

I love Target for workout tops and bras. Kmart for pants and old navy for a bit of both ( but they are the most $$)

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (228,416)
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6/19/12 12:46 P

I agree about Title 9 bras. Best, most comfortable bra I've ever found. And they have several you can wear as an everyday bra, not just for exercise.

before I bought bras from Title 9 I was wearing 2 jog bras. Major case of uniboob, and very sweaty and uncomfortable. Now I have bras that I can wear under my regular clothes, then change to my workout wear, and throw them in the wash when I get home (I line dry them though)

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6/19/12 11:28 A

Danskin at Walmart! :)

MRS.LAND Posts: 1,046
6/19/12 11:04 A

Thanks for posting the topic, DANINALISMAMA. I have also been trying to find athletic wear that fits. These are some great suggestions.

NOMIE322 SparkPoints: (22,354)
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6/19/12 9:45 A

I like the Danskin brand at Wal-Mart for bottoms. It's affordable and comfortable. As for tops, I find that it's cheaper to buy men's dri-wick shirts than it is women's. That I can find on any rack at TJ Maxx or Marshalls (sometimes even in the clearance section). Plus, the shirts tend to be a bit roomier for me albeit a bit long. I've just started wearing dri-wick shirts and boy, do I feel a difference. 1) I don't look like I've been caught in the rain which helps as I have to take the train home from the gym. 2) The fabric doesn't stick to my skin and 3) It's lightweight.

HOPELOSE100 Posts: 509
6/19/12 8:39 A

I love the danskin dri-fit from Walmart. They go up to size 2x in our store, but I have found that the bottoms run a little big and the tops a little small (I don't like skin tight). I just bought capri's for $12 and tops for $10 and they are very comfy and wash nicely:)

6/19/12 6:35 A

Catherines/ Lanebryant has an active wear section. They have the sports bras too.

Edited by: MRSWORLDLYACCT at: 6/19/2012 (06:35)
6/19/12 3:45 A

At 320+ pounds, finding workout clothing is near impossible, but there are work-arounds with men's big and tall clothing on sale of course. I also live in Interior Alaska, so my shopping choices are very limited due to outrageous shipping charges if ordered online. I've found that Danskin pants from Walmart are pretty comfortable and they won't shrink if you don't toss them in the dryer. They also go on sale often. As for sports bras, again at Walmart I've found some that keeps things contained enough that I don't hurt myself when I walk or even woggle...walk/jog with a little Thank The Stars, I'm not that big on top (a C if I've had too much salt the night I also wear men's tank tops as a cover up when weight training. I've found women's t-shirts and even sweatshirts to be oddly cut for me, too short!! Good luck on your search!!

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6/19/12 12:38 A

Old Navy's yoga pants in the store go up to a 2X and they fit well and stand up to the wash. My walmart has Danskin workout pants and they are nice as well as walmart brand t-shirts that go up to 4X for $6. I also got some workout shorts there for $10 for the longer ones and they have pockets

LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (35,272)
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6/19/12 12:16 A

Lands' End makes great swimwear. Their sports clothing is nice, but expensive.

6/19/12 12:01 A, Catherines, and frankly Casual Male XL. I love Casual male's t-shirts. They are made thicker than most women's shirts and come in some pretty colors. Junonia is expensive but I have had excellent luck with them. They even have a chlorine resistant swimsuit that is the bomb. When most suits fell apart after 3 months I have had this one from them for a year. A year of almost day to day use. Pay attention to the label though they make some that are not chlorine resistant. I have never cared much for Romans and WalMart. Their stuff seems very cheaply made and thin.

Edited by: DAWGSMYCOPILOT at: 6/19/2012 (00:02)
6/18/12 9:20 P

Wow! Thank you all so much for all of the wonderful suggestions. I now have renewed hope!

TWELVE1229GIRL Posts: 17
6/18/12 9:13 P

In Canada - our Walmart's have Women's clothing that goes to 4x .. and, it's made by a brand named, GEORGE. And, the pants that go up to 4x are good enough to exercise in (like jogging pants).. they even have shorts in 4x too! I just thought I would add my two cents into the discussion. :)

Edited by: TWELVE1229GIRL at: 6/18/2012 (21:14)
6/18/12 8:06 P

Title IX sports has ever form of bra you can think of... including one they call the "last resort" bra (for when no other sports bra has ever worked before).

HEALTHYJEN11 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/18/12 8:04 P

I love athletic works shorts (currently in a 4x) which I have only found on ebay.

BABSAWRITER SparkPoints: (15,338)
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6/18/12 6:37 P

I like this site for plus size sports wear:

6/18/12 6:21 P

I second the champion suggestion, if you want to try on go to the hanes brands outlet store, then shop online for deals in your size. Moving comfort has some great stuff in bigger sizes also but you gotta bargain shop for them, their Fiona sports bra is GREAT, I loved the DD and now I am down a cup size and rebuying all my favorite bras so they fit again. Champion does carry some stuff thru target but only some of it is in plus size and they list those separate from the regular size (like regular goes thru XL or XXL, then the plus is 1x 2x....)

VHALKYRIE Posts: 2,214
6/18/12 6:00 P

I found this website for plus sized athletic wear:

Edited by: VHALKYRIE at: 6/18/2012 (18:00)
KRSTIN14 SparkPoints: (4,008)
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6/18/12 5:49 P

I like the clothes at Dots (not sure if there are any near you) and I shop the Layne Bryant online clearance tab a lot. I have not ever (even when I was 100 pounds lighter) found a sports bra that is helpful --- so I am open to any suggestions on that realm -- my greatest work around is a normal bra, covered by a sports bra. --- or a tight spaghetti strap tank with a built in bra over the underwire bra.

GWENDO51 Posts: 101
6/18/12 5:10 P

Burlington Coat Factory has great deals. I am now an off the rack size 14, but what ever size I am they have great bargains. They also have a 3 pack Genie Bra set for 19.99. I also like the Delta Burk Bras, (better than Genie Bras, to me) 2 for 8.99. emoticon

KARA623 Posts: 727
6/18/12 4:44 P

MRSKATEDUVALL, try Moving Comfort bras. I got one on sale at If you go to the Moving Comfort site itself, you can take a quiz and find out the best bra for you.

BLTBRAZIL SparkPoints: (0)
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6/18/12 4:40 P

Check out Just My Size online.

KARA623 Posts: 727
6/18/12 4:17 P

Re: Nordstrom. They are currently running their semi-annual sale, and they have free shipping. So it may be worth it to look online where you'll likely have better selection. If you end up needing to return it, you can return it to the store.

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6/18/12 3:33 P

Thanks for posting this thread. I've been having the same problems, especially with sports bras! Ugh. I'll definitely be checking out some of these places. Thanks again!

LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (35,272)
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6/18/12 2:30 P

I was at the outlet mall this weekend and Champion had stuff up to 4x. I got 2x mesh shorts in aqua and black, 2 sports bras that actually fit (42ddd) and a couple of tee shirts. The really cute sports bras only went up to a 40dd, but that is a goal to work towards I guess.

Edited by: LULUBELLE65 at: 6/18/2012 (15:54)
TEDDYBEARGIRL SparkPoints: (78,540)
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6/18/12 2:28 P the catalogue and website online sells workout clothing

6/18/12 2:27 P

I am looking for a plus size sports bra that will contain the girls so I dont bounce when I try to run. My new dream is to become a runner. Any ideas or reccomendations?

AKEENA1 Posts: 168
6/18/12 2:00 P

Old Navy does sell plus sizes online. That's where I purchase my basics - t-shirts and tanks.

6/18/12 1:48 P

Fashion Bug does have great coupons (you can get them online too)
Old Navy - but most of their items only go up to XXL and they tend to run a little snug (and the shirts aren't always very long)
WalMart sometimes has clothes in their plus department - they carry the Hanes Just My Size collection. (I've had good luck there when I need shorts and tops)

6/18/12 12:59 P

I have not tried Macy's, as the one we had here near me closed over 2 years ago. I have tried Goodwill and other resale/consignment shops, but not much luck.

I'll try online as well. I just hate the idea of not being able to try on before I buy.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

AKEENA1 Posts: 168
6/18/12 12:50 P

Check out Old Navy's website. I have purchased several things from them and they are relatively inexpensive.

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6/18/12 12:49 P

Have you tried Macy's ? Macy's has a satisfactory selection of plus sized athletic wear. It might not be NIKE (it will probably be their house brand), but it should be fairly comfortable. Check out the sales racks. they are always discounting their sales racks.

Worse case, have you tried your local Goodwill or Salvation Army ? I've found all sorts of decent clothes for cheap. If you're not going to be wearing them for long, why pay a lot ?

The other place to try is website.

6/18/12 12:42 P

No, I have not tried there. I may try to get out this weekend. Thanks for the tip!

SPOORK Posts: 1,193
6/18/12 12:38 P


Have you tried Nordstrom? The one by me always has a ton of plus sized athletic wear on clearance.

Edited by: SPOORK at: 6/18/2012 (12:40)
6/18/12 12:32 P

I am nowhere near my goal weight at the moment and I know how important physical activity is to get there. I have had the hardest time finding plus size athletic clothing for women... Does this stuff even exist in any realm of affordable? I have shopped Kohl's, Dick's, Target, Kmart, Walmart, TJMaxx, the list goes on... Everything goes up to (maybe) a Misses XXL. I'm currently a plus size 2X. Ladies, you know a Plus Size 2X is not a Misses XXL! The one place I did find anything at all was Fashion Bug, but I don't want to spend a fortune either.

I had to resort to buying Men's athletic shorts and shirts to get by for now. Sure, once I lose another 40 pounds, I can buy anything off the rack, but I am not having any luck right now!

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