Something not really mentioned under "Fit" that can be important - clothing that we can judge our basic form in, particular doing any sort of strength training, but also in something as basic as walking briskly. If we have baggy sleeves, it's hard to see the right angle at the elbow which is good form.
Very interesting information otherwise. (And let's all be thankful the leotard mindset of the 80's and 90's has given way to more "normal" clothes for group classes.)
I wear performance fabric capri pants and a performance fabric sports bra when working out, whether it when I go jogging outside or am doing my normal zumba workout on my kinect indoors. I find I am more comfortable in these type of clothes when I do more intense cardio, but I have also worked out plenty of times in regular yoga/lounge pants and a regular sports bra. I use buying workout gear/clothes as rewards for my progress, which only feeds forward in encouraging me to work out more frequently.
I like the wicking materials for when I do stuff like zumba, but it is very hard to find reasonably priced plus sized exercise clothing. Walmart and Target usually only go up to a XXL and fit extremely tight, making me even more self-conscious at the gym than usual. I'll stick to my old tshirts and shorts because I am not able to spend a ton of money on that other stuff. A good sports bra for a D cup is expensive enough, thank you.
I appreciate the tips in the article and the comments. I've found great workout clothes a couple of times at the local Costco warehouse. I don't need many pair, but I feel like investing a bit more in durable, comfortable workout wear DOES make me more likely to work out, and more at ease doing it. Another tactic I use is to put my workout clothes on, a sort of cue to my mind that I WILL WORK OUT. Then I feel pretty silly if I miss my workout! I'm fine too with folks who don't care what they wear to work out, that's just not my own preference. For those who are hard to fit or who find it hard to simply FIND workout wear that fits, don't give up! In some respects workout clothes and shoes can be important for safety and protection -- just like the person who wrote about chafing showed. Companies that are making plus-size workout designs need our support so that they will continue to provide that encouragement to get out and move!
12/1/2011 10:04:03 PM
Crap. Maybe if you're outdoors and slowing off, but if you're indoors and going to get changed right after it doesn't matter. Even if you are outdoors, but heading right back to the warmth after, you're not going to out their long enough after your workout to get cold and icky.
There's already enough excuses to prevent exercise, Can't Afford the Special Clothes shouldn't be one of them and articles like this perpetuate the nonsense.
I work out in a good sports bra and my pyjama bottoms half the time and shower right after.I don't waste cash I don't need to
Great advice to someone who isn't plus sized. The only work out clothes that I can find are either mens or they look old and frumpy. All the cute, fashionably work out clothes that I see would require me to lose a good 80lbs so I could fit into them.
3/1/2011 4:17:57 AM
T shirt Sweat Shirt Sweat pants Shorts
Now what else would a human need? You can buy all the fancy clothes you want and Goodwill will enjoy them when you dump them. What you wear HAS NOTHING to do with what you do in the gym. Some of the best workouts I have seen are from those wearing ratty gym clothes who are busting their butts to get healthy. The worst? From someone wearing a brand new, pretty workout outfit in performance material. She used her mouth more than she used any other muscle.
You buy what fits. You buy what is comfortable and then you work out.
what a waste of space. You aren't what you look. You are what you do.
Great article! I agree that Walmart's Danskin line is affordable and really stylish, and when things go on clearance I've found tops for $3 and pants/capris for $7! I also hit the thrift and resale shops for yoga and cycling items. I once found a new pair of cycling shorts for $2. They retail at $40 or more!
On another note, I am a year-round lifeguard at a heated outdoor pool and wear under armour in the winter. My staff has swim-tested it and although it is not advertised as swim wear, it holds its shape and keeps us warm during cold weather trainings.
Target's Champion C9 stuff is nice, fun colors & fairly inexpensive. I found clearance t's for $5.00. Campmor has good prices & some extended sizes. I've been known to buy guy's wicking t-shirts just because they're often cheaper. Nice PolarTec fleece shows up at thift stores & works better than some of the copy-cat brands. I'm in the rainy NW, so layering is practically a must for at least 3 seasons. And like a previous poster, New Balance is the only one with shoes in my size. Love New Balance!
I really liked and appreciated this article. I have taken to wearing bike shorts (the style, without the chamois) for my workouts and runs. When I finally lost enough to feel comfortable in "regular" shorts, I discovered that my inner thighs rub together and chafe. So I will stick with my form fitting, sweat wicking, booty enhancing bike shorts and avoid losing layers of skin! Remember - sweat can be considered fat melting away, so AIM TO SWEAT EVERY DAY!
I noticed that your major sports chains only carry small sizes. I asked a sales person about buying a sports bra in a 44DD.. She looked at me like I was crazy! Then looked it up on the computer. She said I could order one, but it was almost twice as much for one.. I thought that was so unfair! So I made it a mission to find workout clothes that would fit. I did find them at walmart! Even after loosing 50 pounds I still buy my workout clothes at walmart simply for the fact that they had lager sizes to begin with, and they noticed a market for larger ladies and guys!! Pat on the back for Walmart!!!!!
Plus size work out clothes are hard but not imposible to buy. Junonia.com has active wear in wicking fabrics and outdoor gear in plus sizes. I am super or extened sized and I used to love that they had 5X and 6X, due to the ecomomy all the retailers have cut back on their selections. Danskin and Champion have had some great stuff in the past. Most important to me are supportive shoes that fit well. I go to a New Balance store to get fitted, and they order what I need.
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