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The Best Fitness Apparel for Fuller Figures

by
author image Elise Sole
Elise Sole is a New Yorker living in Los Angeles. She's been an editor at Yahoo, Women's Health, Redbook, and Marie Claire, and has written for publications including Glamour, Cosmopolitan, AOL, and more.

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The Best Fitness Apparel for Fuller Figures
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How’s this for confusing? The average woman wears a size 14, but the largest size many fitness brands offer is 12. In other words, an estimated 65 percent of the population can’t find proper athletic apparel to exercise in — that’s not very motivating. Fortunately, a slew of body-positive companies are jumping to fill the market with activewear that’s not only functional and supportive, but also seriously stylish. Buh-bye, baggy undershirt!

1. Superfit Hero
Superfit Hero

1 SUPERFIT HERO

For competitive roller derby athlete Micki Krimmel, a player on the Angel City Derby Girls (ranked No. 7 in the world), struggled to find workout clothes in sizes beyond 12: “In other words, clothes that fit many of my athletic teammates,” she says. So after launching a successful Kickstarter campaign, she created Superfit Hero, size-inclusive activewear with a “hell yeah” attitude. The line includes comfy and colorful leggings and empowering-statement tops in sizes XS to 3XL (0 to 26). “Fitness helps you discover your superhero, no matter your body type,” says Krimmel. “All sizes deserve respect.” WHERE TO FIND: superfithero.com

Related: More info on Superfit Hero

Top Pick: Superfit Performance Legging
Superfit Hero

TOP PICK: SUPERFIT PERFORMANCE LEGGING

Ideal leggings have two powerful ingredients, says Krimmel: sweat-wicking fabric to pull and absorb perspiration from the skin and adjustable compression to cover “wiggle and jiggle.” This legging has both. We love the "Bolt Silver" color option, which bears an edgy metallic lightning streak detail on the ankle. PRICE: $98

Related: More info on Superfit Performance Legging - and where to find it

Top Pick: The Gym Is My Phone Booth Tank by Superfit Hero
Superfit Hero

TOP PICK: THE GYM IS MY PHONE BOOTH TANK BY SUPERFIT HERO

This bamboo-based racerback tank is long, stretchy and kryptonite to gym bullies. Other statement tops include the FEM-IN-IST muscle tee, the Girl POWer tank and the Superfit Hero headband. PRICE: $37

Related: More info on The Gym Is My Phone Booth Tank - and where to find it

2. fullbeauty SPORT
fullbeauty SPORT

2 FULLBEAUTY SPORT

Long a major player in plus-size fashion, fullbeauty expanded into athletic wear in July, debuting fullbeauty SPORT with a buzzy ad campaign called #BePowerfull — starring planking, leaping and cartwheeling models. The line offers four collections: Flex It, Feel It, Work It and Live It, a variety of sportswear designed for low-, medium- and high-impact activities. WHERE TO FIND: fullbeauty.com

Related: More info on fullbeauty SPORT

Top Pick: Leggings by fullbeauty SPORT
fullbeauty SPORT

TOP PICK: LEGGINGS BY FULLBEAUTY SPORT

Who says plus-size women should avoid patterns? The leggings by fullbeauty SPORT are available in prints ranging from geometric prints to ombre. The fabric boasts 14 percent high-density spandex, much higher than the typical 2 to 5 percent, points out Patricia Simigran, brand manager for Woman Within. And the waistband is made with two pieces, so it stays in place. PRICE: $19.99 to $44.99

Related: More info on Leggings by fullbeauty SPORT - and where to find it

Top Pick: Bra Tank by fullbeauty SPORT
fullbeauty SPORT

TOP PICK: BRA TANK BY FULLBEAUTY SPORT

This long and fitted tank top moonlights as a lightly padded racerback bra. The polyester-spandex combo means it’s breathable, and its 26-inch length makes for a smother silhouette. Plus, the straps are adjustable and removable, so you can wear it for a vigorous run or to a yoga class. PRICE: $24.99 to $29.99

Related: More info on Bra Tank by fullbeauty SPORT - and where to find it

3. JunoActive
JunoActive

3 JUNOACTIVE

During an aerobics class at her local YMCA, Minnesota resident Anne Kelly was struck by something: None of the heavier women in the room were wearing proper workout clothing. Being curvy herself — and married to a fit marathoner — this frustrated Kelly, who often had trouble finding gym clothes in her size. So she created JunoActive, activewear in sizes XL (14/16) to 6X (38/40) — one of the largest size ranges on the market. No excuses not to shop! WHERE TO FIND: junonia.com

Related: More info on JunoActive

Top Pick: QuikWik Comfort Briefs by JunoActive
JunoActive

TOP PICK: QUIKWIK COMFORT BRIEFS BY JUNOACTIVE

Let’s be honest: Athletes sweat everywhere. QuikWik Comfort Briefs will keep you dry during a hard workout, thanks to its moisture-wicking fabric. “The underwear also adds compression and support, so when you’re bouncing around you have tummy control,” says Janine Trutna, director of sales and marketing at JunoActive. “It sort of feels like you’re wearing a bikini bottom.” PRICE: $29.95

Related: More info on QuikWik Comfort Briefs - and where to find it

Top Pick: AquaSport Swim Bra Top by JunoActive
JunoActive

TOP PICK: AQUASPORT SWIM BRA TOP BY JUNOACTIVE

There's no reason that curvy girls can't wear two-piece swimsuits. The AquaSport Swim Bra top is stretchy despite not containing spandex (which breaks down in chlorine) and can be paired with a variety of cute swim capris, briefs or skirts. Perfect for water aerobics or swimming laps. PRICE: $59.93

Related: More info on AquaSport Swim Bra Top - and where to find it

4. Torrid
Torrid

4 TORRID

No shiny stuff here — Torrid’s activewear line is moody, black and chic. “We wanted to challenge two preconceived notions about plus-size women: They’re older and wear loud, gaudy clothing,” says Liz Munoz, vice president of design at Torrid. “Women should feel badass and sexy when they work out.” Think crisscross stitching, mesh panels and lace, lip, leopard and skull prints. Available in sizes 10/12 to 28/30. WHERE TO FIND IT: torrid.com

Related: More info on Torrid

Top Pick: Goal Digger Tank Top by Torrid
Torrid

TOP PICK: GOAL DIGGER TANK TOP BY TORRID

No one will question your fitness motivation with this inspirational top. The lightweight cotton keeps you cool and comfy, while a hi-lo hem keeps your rear end covered as you move. PRICE: $34.90

Related: More info on Goal Digger Tank Top - and where to find it

Top Pick: Zip Front Hoodie by Torrid
Torrid

TOP PICK: ZIP FRONT HOODIE BY TORRID

A purple French terry hoodie is cute enough to take you from the gym to lunch and has zip pockets for your wallet and keys, a drawstring hood and a full zipper so you can toss it on or off quickly. Stylish thumbholes help keep your hands warm during chilly weather. PRICE: $58.50

Related: http://www.torrid.com/product/torrid-active---zip-front-hoodie/10537627.html

5. Glamorise
Glamorise

5 GLAMORISE

Glamorise has an impressive resume — nearly 100 years of making bras for full-figured women and self-proclaimed inventors of the sports bra. Seriously. Back in 1975, as a reflection of the tennis craze, the company created The Tennis Bra by Glamorise, the “world’s first sports-specific bra” with moisture-control cups for bigger-busted ladies. Fast forward to today and Glamorise offers ultra-supportive sports bras up to size F. WHERE TO FIND IT: glamorisesport.com

Related: More info on Glamorise

Top Pick: Firm Impact Motion Control Active Bra by Glamorise
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TOP PICK: FIRM IMPACT MOTION CONTROL ACTIVE BRA BY GLAMORISE

Whether you’re doing CrossFit or sprints, this bra will keep your breasts compressed. It has breathable mesh so you stay cool, a low-cut back to keep it discreet, adjustable straps and up to five hooks (depending on the size). Available up to size 46F. PRICE: $49.95

Related: More info on Firm Impact Motion Control Active Bra - and where to find it

What Do YOU Think?
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WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Have you had a hard time finding active apparel that fits you? Do you have a go-to brand? Tell us about your favorite fitness apparel in the comments.

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