As a plus sized athlete, I know how difficult it is to find quality clothes that fit and look nice. I also know how much harder it is to find workout clothes that fit and look nice as well. In most cases, if you are above a size 15/16, you're doomed to wear mens' gym clothes to workout in. We're beautiful women dang it, and we deserve to look like it.
Many of us may feel judged or feel the stares of others as we walk through the clothing section at sporting good stores. I always think, "Everyone knows I'm not going to fit into anything they have. What's the point of even looking? Man these racks are close together. Or am I too big? I should just look in the mens' section. Ugh!"
I've been thinking lately, if we feel judged or stared at, or embarrassed while shopping for gym clothes, we should change that. Shouldn't we be proud we're working out and trying to be happy, healthy people? Shouldn't we be proud to be strong, athletic women who aspire to be great?! I think there should be more plus sized workout clothes so women can feel more comfortable, and want to work out. I also wish plus sized clothes weren't always shoved into corners or all the way at the back of the store where no one goes.
I've also noticed that it is hard to get plus sized girls, or even guys for that matter, motivated to workout or participate in sports. The female athletes you see in the media have earrings, makeup, mini skirts, and low cut tops. Male athletes are seen as ripped, tough, tall, dark and handsome. When we see ourselves in the mirror, that's not what looks back. We can be the average person, or an elite athlete and we still don't feel like we are accepted.
Here is a list of some sports that plus size women can participate in:
Martial Arts: Taekwondo and Judo
Track and Field: throwing events
Curling (if you consider it a sport)
Here are some places you can get plus size workout clothes:
http://www.nike.com/ Sizes 1x-3x they don't have a lot but, it's better than nothing
http://www.adidas.com/ Sizes 1x-3x they don't have a lot but, it's better than nothing
Dick's Sporting Goods has Adidas but there isn't much and it's expensive
Target has great bras up to size 2x
Walmart has up to size 19/20 in the skinny people section and offers Just My Size and Danskin brand workout clothes in sizes 20,22,24,26,28 and maybe higher
Old Navy has workout clothes that are XL or XXL They fit roughly those that are sizes 18-22.
*If you still decide to shop in the men's section I recommend getting soccer shorts since they are shorter and look more like girl clothes than other bottoms. There are also running tights (expensive) but, no one will know the difference.