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>> Plus-Size Work Out, Fitness, Yoga, Running, Skiing, and Active Wear

 
Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus. Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page. All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link. All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.
 


Last Update: April 25, 2017

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Whether you're 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.
 

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Size 1X - 3X

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Bra Size 38 - 48 B - DDD

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Size 1X - 5X

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Size 14 - 32W

 

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 like.  One of the fastest growing segments of the plus apparel market, demand is growing as people become more and more health conscious.

While 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 safety.

 

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Sports Bras

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 recommend 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 from 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 safety benefits.

Lane Bryant, 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.

 

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Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Fitness and Activewear

Outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy activities such as biking, hiking, and skiing will find a wealth of resources at 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 stores, Kohl's has 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 Bon Ton and Macy's in sizes up to 3X. 

 

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Size S - 3X
 

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Size 1X - 3X

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Running Shoes
Size 9 - 14.5

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Size 12 - 30W

 

Plus specialty retailers have also begun to regularly stock sporty, activewear styles.  Lane Bryant 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 Moving Comfort.

 

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Size 1X - 3X
 

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Golf Skort
Size S - 3X

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Size 16 - 24W
 

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Power Running Tights
Size 1X - 3X

 

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 Nordstrom and Macy's with 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 SWAK Designs

Bargain Shopping

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:  Last Call,
Saks Off 5TH and 6 PM.  Expect to find brands such as Marc New York, Calvin Klein, Columbia, DKNY, and other well known labels.

 

 

 

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