A friend asked me the other day for suggestions on workout gear, and it really made me start thinking about my favorites.
There are still other brands I’d like to try, but right now, I definitely feel like these are an upgrade from what I started with. I’m only including products I actually use. I have a long wishlist of stuff I want to try, but these mentioned are my tried and true.
I actually have 2 from Lane Bryant that I love. The first was given to me by a girl I used to work with that bought it and didn’t end up using it because she’d lost weight. That was my first foray into the world of high-high-impact sports bras. I was in love. My previous one had been a white fabric one that was too small and I had to wear another bra underneath. The second one is another high-impact bra that I bought myself. The straps are wide and padded, and I feel like it holds everything in and up without being too constricting or suffocating. I have recently figured out that I don’t need such a high-impact bra for workouts that don’t involve running or jumping (which I can’t do a whole lot of right now anyway – fuck you, shin splints), and that’s really opened up my world to cuter, less structured bras that are now on my wishlist.
I found a cute Activewear tank a few years ago from Old Navy’s in-store straight-sizes that I like (similar here), but otherwise, I generally just wear t-shirts. I’ve noticed that most Activewear tops are either tanks or long-sleeved and I’m not really looking for either. And I can’t really justify spending $30 on a t-shirt for working out when I have plenty at home that work just fine.
I bought 3 pairs of bottoms from Rainbeau Active during their Cyber Monday sale on clearance, but didn’t use them until a few weeks ago (because I didn’t feel like/have time to go to the gym). Coming from wearing too small active leggings from Old Navy that I had ripped almost all the seams in, to these has been nothing short of magical. They’re genuinely comfortable, they actually stay up, and I don’t feel like I’m going to bust out of them every time I bend over to put my shoes on. It’s seriously amazing how just changing pants can make all the difference in a workout.
I have a super high arch and, per doctors orders, have to wear a shoe with arch support and a slightly elevated heel, so it’s always been a pain (literally and figuratively) to find athletic shoes that fit, look good, and don’t cost me an arm and a leg. I started doing some research and have been able to find quite a few potentials, but last Valentine’s Day, Shane and I went and bought new shoes from a brand neither of us had tried before. I LOVE my Asics, but unfortunately it’s about time to buy some new ones. Running shoes don’t really last longer than a year, despite how often you wear them. Good news is that I can still wear them for less intense workouts, I just need new ones for running. Again, fuck you, shin splints.
That’s it, y’all! That’s my current list of favorite active wear. As I mentioned before, the wish list is long, and that doesn’t even include the things that I want from the brands I haven’t even tried yet. What are your favorite plus size active wear brands? What are your tried-and-true products? Leave me a comment, or find me on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat (mrsdillion), Instagram, or all of the above!
P.S. Though it’s not clothing-related, if you like to run or would like to run but need some inspiration, I would suggest finding a copy of Women’s Running magazine. Ever since this issue, I have been sold (subscribed a few months later when they had Nadia Aboulhosn on the cover), and get excited about their new issues. Plus, they’re really good about including non-running workouts, recipes, inspiring stories, and products in their magazine. Seriously, check it out. I highly recommend this all-inclusive, body-positive fitness magazine.