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Last Update: April 25, 2017
Size XL - 5X
Moisture Wicking Tee
XS - XXL
Size 14 - 28W
just getting off the couch or you're an active,
life-long sports enthusiasts, one of the ironies
of life is the difficulty in finding work-out and active
lifestyle clothing in plus-sizes.
Everyone says you should be doing it, but then
finding the clothes to do it in is a challenge.
Fortunately, plus-size fitness apparel is more
readily available on-line, even in larger, more
extreme super-sizes which fit our Biggest Loser
stereotypes of what "all" large bodies look
One of the fastest growing
segments of the plus apparel market, demand is
growing as people become more and
more health conscious.
yoga, Zumba, swimming, and classic gym work-outs are among
the most popular activities, many plus-size
women also participate in things like dance,
winter sports such as skiing, triathlons,
tennis, golf, hiking, biking and any number of
activities that have specialty clothing needs.
As more and more girls play team sports we also
are beginning to realize that fitness and active
lifestyles are less about losing weight and more
about staying healthy and enjoying life.
If you are new to exercise and have any health
conditions, it is advised to ease into routines
and consult your doctor and fitness professional
for the best plan for you and your body's
One of the key challenges for many plus-size
body types is
finding the proper sports
bra. More so than many of their
thinner counterparts, plus-size women are likely
to have D cup or larger busts which can be very
painful during exercise if left in regular bra
support. If this is a particular concern
for you in a large, hard-to-fit size we highly
Enell and Elomi sports bras
which are among the most popular with plus-size
women who need extra support and stability
during exercise routines. Frequently stocked by
both major department stores and lingerie
specialty retailers such as Her Room, these
brands receive rave reviews from loyal fans.
For those on a tighter
budget or with less specialty support needs,
Champion sports bras
are another good choice which can be purchased
Just My Size. This item, along with
the proper footwear, is the area in which the
most money should be invested in your fitness
wardrobe in order to get the best quality and
which has long been known for the quality and
fit of their full-figured bras and lingerie, has
also added a robust fitness and activewear
collection which includes trend conscious and
supportive sports bras.
Outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy activities such as
biking, hiking, and skiing will find a wealth of
Sierra Trading Post
which carries everything from ski boots and
parkas to hiking boots and convertible shorts /
pants. You can often find top of the line
gear including items such as sports performance leggings
and hooded jackets in sizes up to 3X.
Of the department
the best collection of moderately priced high
tech athletic wear and work out separates.
You'll find items such as full figured sports
bras, skirted leggings, and running fleeces
along with a good assortment of leggings and
yoga pants, hoodies, and parkas. Sizes run from
XS to 3X. Athletic swimwear for laps is
available all year.
Those looking for hi tech sports
leggings in colorful prints will often find a
good selection from brands such as Calvin Klein,
Nike, and Columbia from
Macy's in sizes up to 3X.
Plus specialty retailers have also begun to
regularly stock sporty, activewear styles.
is one of the best spots for great fitting
sports bras to fit fuller figures in size 14 to
28W. They have also added a new line, Livi,
which includes high performance styles for
working out, running, and athletics. Both
leggings and wider leg yoga pants are available
in higher tech moisture wicking fabrics.
In addition to one of the deepest inventories of
brands, sizes, and widths in sports shoes,
Zappos also carries good quality
high tech fabric athletic apparel including
leggings, yoga pants, sports bras, and running
tops in sizes as large as 3X. Well known
brands often include Columbia, Adidas, Nike, and
The upscale department stores are beginning to
add activewear collections that are selling out
quickly for size 1X to 3X. Some of the
more unusual labels are available from
styles that are more than basic black with
colorful patterns, and sports color blocking.
Brands can include Zella, Marika Curves, Jessica
Simpson, and City Chic for those who wear
activewear as trendy all day wear.
Just My Size
also offers extended plus sizes in work out
basics such as tees, yoga pants, and sports
bras, in addition to good, basic chlorine
resistant swimsuits appropriate for laps in the
pool for size 1X to 5X. Meanwhile
Ulla Popken is one of the best resources
for sporty and practical snow and ski parkas for
size 12 to 34W.
Those looking for foldover knit, wide leg yoga
pants will find an excellent selection of solid
colors available for size 1X to 6X at
With the rise of
sporty fashion trends has come an increase of
sportswear available in higher end design
collections. Consequently, those looking
for trendy leggings, warm up jackets, and tops
can often find a good selection at some of the
off-price designer retailers. Those that
carry plus-sizes include:
Expect to find brands such as Marc New York,
Calvin Klein, Columbia, DKNY, and other well