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Plus-Size Sports Bras and Activewear

When you shop in the plus-size section like I do, it can be frustrating to find workout clothes.

It’s ironic, isn’t it?  With all of the fat-shaming and “eat less, move more” crap that we hear in society you would think that there would be a larger selection of gym appropriate plus-size clothing from which to choose.  Alas, that’s not the case at all so I find myself searching online for sports bras that will support and flatter while I jump around like a maniac at the gym.  (What? I can’t be the only person who wants to feel at least mildly cute and secure when I’m working out!)

Recently, I purchased my first Reebok dri-fit set from Lane Bryant’s new exercise line, and I’ve loved it so far.  Wearing this outfit makes me feel like working out which is a cool feeling, but I workout several times a week so I need to have a little variety when I hit the gym.

Love my Reebok activewear....

I’m picky about my clothes, and most often I find myself wearing my long-sleeve Saints shirt with cotton pants that I bought for 3 bucks at Old Navy to workout.  And some days I’m fine with that, but I have been in desperate need of new sports bras so I tried a new brand this week.

Marika Sports Bra

I found these Marika sports bras on Lane Bryant’s website after spotting a similar one on a girl at the gym last week.  I ordered one in white and one with pink while they were Buy One, Get One 1/2 Off, and I also used a Lane bryant coupon code so they came to under $20 per bra.

Oops! I was making a ridiculous face, but the bra is what's important today.

After wearing my white sports bra today (with proper attire over it, of course) I have to say that I love it, and I wish I had several.  It did its job by offering support without being cumbersome like sports bras I’ve tried in the past.

I know that I need to continue to build my workout attire, but I’m happy to have found such a great foundation in these sports bras.  They are so much better than the ones I was wearing before!

What’s your favorite brand for plus-size athletic wear?  Can anyone fill me in on what I might be missing in the world of plus-size fitness apparel?

 

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29 Comments

  • Reply
    Deb
    May 17, 2012 at 12:18 am

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BB9UIG/ These yoga pants (which I wear for everything) are the only actual fitness clothes I own and I love them! I plan on ordering a third pair when I get a few dollars to spare again.

    As for bras, I just wear my regular Gilligan & O’Malley ones, but I crisscross the straps in back for better support and the girls stay secure through anything. You can find the line at Target, but the larger sizes (here anyway) are only available online. Very comfortable bras at a good price.

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      Kenlie
      May 17, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      I *have to* wear under-wires, or I just just don’t feel right…lol There’s no way I could wear those while I workout though…

      Really happy with the new ones again today. I need to check Target online. Good call!

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        Deb
        May 21, 2012 at 1:30 am

        Haha I can’t not have underwire either.

        When I was younger, thinner, and smaller-chested, I used to love sports bras for the sole reason that I could go shirtless pretty much whenever I wanted. Now… they feel weird to me. I think its because I feel like I just squirmed into a really tight tank top; I can’t believe it might actually support me.

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    Alyssa
    May 17, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Ooh ,I must check out those bras – love the pink one! I have a few Old Navy sports bras but they make me feel like my boobs are being squeezed by a Boa Constrictor, not a nice feeling! Apparently Adora Om has some nice things!

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      May 17, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      I wish I knew what the quality was like at Adora Om. They’re not cheap, but they look awesome.

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    paralaxvu
    May 17, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Just what I’ve been looking for! Now if I could get up the courage to wear it outside the house…

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      Kenlie
      May 17, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      I wear it with clothes on top when I leave the house…Ha

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    Tammy
    May 17, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Emily (http://skinnyemmie.com/) is a brand ambassador for Enell sports bras. She writes posts for their blog (http://enellsportsbras.blogspot.com/). She speaks highly of them. My sports bras are Champion that I ordered online. I need new ones desperately, and Target now carries their own Champion C9 line. I might check them out.

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      kim
      May 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      I wear the enell sports bras as will to work out and weight lifting. It is a great compression bras and keeps the “girls” from getting in the way with out a lot of bounce. Highly recommend them

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      Kenlie
      May 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Emmie and Enell were gracious enough to gift me with a bra last year. Some people love them, but they’re too cumbersome for me…Plus I want to feel cute. 😉

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    Khelle
    May 17, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Thank you , thank you!!! I have been trying to find some nice good bra’s for my girls!!!!

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    Brooke
    May 17, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I like Danskin. Walmart sells them for about $14 for pants/capris and the shirts are around $7-10. They have the dri thing too and I find that they don’t ride up between my thighs so bad when I’m working out. My local walmart is really bad about carrying them or at least putting them somewhere easy to find……they have them online too. I haven’t tried LB workout gear……I just can’t bring myself to spend that much for work out clothes. In fact, I actually go to the men’s department in Walmart and just pick up the men’s under Ts for a 3-4 pack for $15. I can wear a 2x (tight fit, which is what I like) and the cotton is good for sweating. I also buy the Fruit of the Loom cotton sports bras from Walmart. I guess I ought to say that the closes mall where I can find plus sizes in anything is 45 mins. away………..so walmart is easy for me to get to.

    I work at a college, so I get the gym for free and when I went to said college (almuni) I used to just workout in an old tshirt and sweat pants or pj pants. When I started working professionally I went on a business trip to Boston once and stayed in a very nice hotel in the heart of the city and went to they gym at the hotel………….in my old t shirt and pj pants…………..wow………..I got stares. No b/c I was big……….but apparently I needed name brand matching workout clothes. So after that, I went and bought some real workout clothes. They may be from Walmart, but they match and are practical.

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      Kenlie
      May 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      I wear Danskin sometimes, and I think they’re great.

      Screw what people at the gym think…=)

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    Alesha
    May 17, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I will defnitely be checking out these LB sports bras!! I dislike wearing them because the girls are all smooshed together and spill out of the sides…YUCK!! I typically wear a regular bra and then one of those pain in the booty sports bras over it. Looks like with these, I might be able to just wear a sports bra alone! Thanks for sharing!

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      Kenlie
      May 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      When it fits properly, we don’t spill out..=)

      Two bras?!?!?!?! OMG

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    Nicole
    May 17, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I really love Junonia (www.junonia.com) for plus size active wear. They are a little expensive but it is well worth it because the clothes are well made and last forever. Their selection changes a lot but I have gotten bike shorts, convertible (zip-off leg) hiking pants, light wetsuits (for kayaking), snow pants (lined & waterproof), long underwear, and of course wicking and quick dry workout gear. And I got a great rain jacket from them as well. They also have yoga stuff but I am a more outdoorsy type myself.

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      Kenlie
      May 17, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      That’s tough while I’m changing sizes, but I figure I can buy a size down (as long as it doesn’t look too awful) so I have it longer…

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    Gail @ Shrinking Sisters
    May 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    The Champion Powersleek is my favorite sports bra because it’s secure without being suffocating. I tried Enell but could not breathe in it. Lululemon’s Ta-Ta Tamer is good and nice looking, but I’m at the absolute end of their size spectrum and it’s a little too snug. Those Marikas look good — I may have to try them out.

    My big problem is that I often procrastinate all day on working out and end up wearing them all day, which can be really uncomfortable.

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      Kenlie
      May 17, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Lululemon totally wouldn’t fit me right now..true. But it would be awesome. =)

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    Jennifer
    May 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I have a couple of sports bras by Moving Comfort (can’t remember which style) and I love them. They are both comfortable and supportive.

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      Kenlie
      May 17, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      I’ve never heard of the brand, but now I’ll have to google.

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    Rochelle
    May 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks for posting this. We boobalicious gals gotta stick together!
    I was just lamenting over the sports bra situation today (see my post on my blog about the nipple)….now I know where to go!
    I’ll have to check out the Lane Bryant website stat. I go in the store all of the time but have not seen any sports bras so I guess they are relegated to catalog and online shopping.
    Thanks again for the post – it’s the best public service announcement for plus size women I’ve seen in along time! LOL

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    Lynette
    May 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I don’t have a favorite brand, but I shop BareNecessities.com (now BarePlus.com for plus-sized bras) for my bras. I’m also considering wearing light shapewear to work out in, but for vanity reasons, but because of physics; when I get “the girls” and company swinging in one direction and suddenly change directions, I’m afraid I’m going to hurt myself because they don’t come willingly. My favorite Jazzercise instructor clued me in to this article, which has different options: http://www.self.com/fitness/blogs/freshfitnesstips/2011/08/should-you-wear-shapewear-to-gym.html I haven’t tried any of them yet, though.

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    Lisa L.
    May 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Great tip! I am going to check them out! I agree, it is hard to find things. I went to Scheels and they advertise two-million sports items for sale, but there were about 5 individual pairs of workout pants in there for anyone over XL and while I did fit into an XXL patagonia fleece or two, I could not find stylish outerwear in a place with 18 racks of outerwear choices in a climate that requires cold-weather gear! I was relegated to a few black parkas and another jacket that made me look like a man. Thankful for LB, where I can always find something trendy – like a sequin tank top – in my size with flatterign seaming and adequate support.

    Lisa

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    Jenn
    May 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    That pink sports bra is really cute! I like the black detail on it.

    I’m borderline plus size but I hate the material that a lot of workout stuff is made of. I have bigger thighs & calves and it seems like all of the stretchy material out there just clings to everything and it’s not a pretty site! I’m always on the hunt for good workout clothes too.

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    Plus Style
    May 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Have you ever tried any of AlwaysForMe.com’s plus size activewear?

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    PG
    May 18, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I’ve also had good luck with Moving Comfort– they’re on Zappos, so you can order/return with free shipping. I would recommend the styles without underwires though, as I got some pretty nasty friction burns on my breasts after running when there are wires for each cup.

    My favorite sports bra is from Freya Active. I found this one at Intimacy, which is a pretty expensive bra shop, but they are the absolute BEST for finding supportive bras for bigger chests, and their sports bras are serious business.

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    heidi
    May 25, 2012 at 12:57 am

    i really like the compression pants from old navy. they are nice and thin and not hot at all. they somehow also make my size 28 ass look good *LOL*

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    May 30, 2012 at 12:25 am

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