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Plus Size Workout Clothes: What Do You Wear to the Gym?

October 10 2012 | CeCe Olisa

Going to the gym in sweats and a big T-shirt is against my religion.

When a Plus Size Princess hits the gym we should look cute if we want to! Of course, most of the popular activewear lines don’t go into plus sizes so it takes a little work, but I’ve found some great options for workout gear that is fun, functional and affordable. So for those of you who have been asking, here are the brands that help me workout in style.

I usually go to the gym looking like this:

Shoes:

A few summers ago I made the brilliant decision to walk the entire length of central park wearing flip flops (that’s like walking 51 blocks barefoot). The next day I could barely walk! My podiatrist suggested I get a pair of New Balance sneakers to give my feet some stability after the trauma I’d put my feet through. I got my first pair and have never looked back, I wear an 11W shoe and was able to score a pair of New Balance 860’s with pink accents. I’ve worn them walking, hiking and in class at the gym and they feel great while giving me extra support in my arch and a nice bouncy feeling in the heel.

Jacket:

I also found out that New Balance has jackets up to a size 2X. This Gazelle jacket that I’m wearing here is great for when I’m working out in the park. It has a little zip up pocket for your iPhone so that you can listen to music without an armband or worrying that it will fall out of your side pocket (that’s happened to me before, augh). It also has reflectors if you happen to exercise at night, as you can see my camera flash was bouncing off of it.

Leggings:

I workout in leggings from Just My Size, you can order them online or pick them up at walmart. They fit high on my waist so I dont have to worry about them slipping down and they last long (even through the extra “chub rub” that comes from working out).

Tshirt:

I get soft Vneck shirts from Old Navy in lots of fun colors, again I buy them in a XXL and they fit me fine.

Sports Bra:

I keep it simple these days with Champion Sports Bras. I’m a DDD and I find that their 2XL sizes support me well. I picked mine up at a Mom and Pop store here in Harlem, but you can grab yours from Amazon.


I also got the BEST water bottle from amazon. Camelbak lets you sip water without tipping the bottle, you just bite on the valve and the water comes out easily, which I love when I’m on the elliptical. It helps me not have to stop in order to hydrate. Of course, I got mine in pink but there are lots of colors to choose from.

So, that’s the breakdown of what I wear to the gym. I’m comfortable in it and I feel good wearing it which makes me want to go to the gym even more… sometimes its the little things that motivate you. To be honest, finding out that I could rock New Balance gear was the most exciting thing for me… because it’s a mainstream brand, I totally assumed I wouldn’t be able to wear their workout clothes but I was wrong!

What do YOU wear to the gym?

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54 responses on “Plus Size Workout Clothes: What Do You Wear to the Gym?

  1. Tilly

    OMG!!! I love, love workout clothes! lol please pardon my enthusiasm… 🙂 ….going to the gym as a tall, big, and busty (HH) woman is enough on its own…I am willing to spend extra $$ on WO gear if it frees up my mind to concentrate on my WO instead of pulling my pants up, tugging at my bra, etc…. I haven’t tried them yet-but I will check them out– I am always on the hunt for high performance gear. Your blog is on point as usual 🙂 thanks for sharing!!

  2. oowatson@yahoo.com

    OMG!!! I love, love workout clothes! lol please pardon my enthusiasm… 🙂 ….going to the gym as a tall, big, and busty (HH) woman is enough on its own…I am willing to spend extra $$ on WO gear if it frees up my mind to concentrate on my WO instead of pulling my pants up, tugging at my bra, etc…. I haven’t tried them yet-but I will check them out– I am always on the hunt for high performance gear. Your blog is on point as usual 🙂 thanks for sharing!!

  3. Jeniese

    I love this look. I am constantly trying to remind myself to keep my look together when I am working out. Its a struggle. I had to finally settle down and buy a great sports bra.

  4. jeniesehosey@gmail.com

    I love this look. I am constantly trying to remind myself to keep my look together when I am working out. Its a struggle. I had to finally settle down and buy a great sports bra.

  5. lchinkson@gmail.com

    i usually wear a sports bra (obviously)… a regular sized t-shirt and leggings. keep it simple lol. big t-shirts are a no-go

  6. Crystal

    according to what class I’m taking i wear different types, for yoga I wear the good old yoga pants and a form fitting t-shirt, for intense work outs I wear shorts and a top (I get so hot and sweaty I can’t stand having long pants)

  7. angelfaceisloved@hotmail.com

    according to what class I’m taking i wear different types, for yoga I wear the good old yoga pants and a form fitting t-shirt, for intense work outs I wear shorts and a top (I get so hot and sweaty I can’t stand having long pants)

  8. Debra

    I generally wear Danskin workout gear. They go up to 3x and I actually picked my set up at Walmart and it was very reasonable. I rock a pair of yoga pant, sports tank with bra insert and jacket. CeCe, I too, love New Balance and had my pair for a year. I just relocated to Washington state and notice that this is an actual day look for most, very casual attire.

  9. dawalton@comcast.net

    I generally wear Danskin workout gear. They go up to 3x and I actually picked my set up at Walmart and it was very reasonable. I rock a pair of yoga pant, sports tank with bra insert and jacket. CeCe, I too, love New Balance and had my pair for a year. I just relocated to Washington state and notice that this is an actual day look for most, very casual attire.

  10. Anonymous

    I have a cpl pair of Just My Size Capri workout pants I got from Wal-Mart and some over-sized T-shirts. Or just some old raggedy somethings I’ve been hoarding for years and a pair of Nikes I bought this year.

  11. HP

    I finally found a good workout bra from Lane Bryant. It’s really cute and holds the twins in well. I’m into the jumping jacks, running, pushups type of workouts and I’m not sore afterwards or spilling out anywhere. I usually will pair this with a tank and shorts/capri sweats from a variety of places. I also got these awesome Sketchers GoTrain shoes for both work and working out. They are light as a feather and very comfy and stabilizing. I definitely recommend them!

  12. jlv1117@yahoo.com

    I finally found a good workout bra from Lane Bryant. It’s really cute and holds the twins in well. I’m into the jumping jacks, running, pushups type of workouts and I’m not sore afterwards or spilling out anywhere. I usually will pair this with a tank and shorts/capri sweats from a variety of places. I also got these awesome Sketchers GoTrain shoes for both work and working out. They are light as a feather and very comfy and stabilizing. I definitely recommend them!

  13. K_honesty

    Can you please give me the name and/or address of where you get your sports bras, I live in The Bx so I’m a hop, skip, and a jump away from harlem. I don’t like buying my bras online especially if I can get it in a store and save on the shipping cost. Thanks in advance

  14. catherinejiyoung@gmail.com

    Can you please give me the name and/or address of where you get your sports bras, I live in The Bx so I’m a hop, skip, and a jump away from harlem. I don’t like buying my bras online especially if I can get it in a store and save on the shipping cost. Thanks in advance

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