I have to admit that I'm a big fan of the Freya Active line and my Freya Active sports bra in 30GG gets a ridiculous amount of use to the point that the hooks are falling off.
When it comes to a workout wardrobe the staples that I need are: swimwear, workout clothes, and shoes.
I have to admit that I don't have my mind made up here. The Freya Active swimwear would be my absolute first choice if they carried a bikini top and briefs (as I complained about here it intimate detail). But long story short both one-pieces and tankini's do really poorly on my body type.
The way I see it I have two options (and I still haven't decided yet what I'll choose... maybe if money allows it I'll end up doing both!). Either I'll end up buying the Freya Active tankini plus briefs and then try to get the tankini altered into a bikini top, similarly to what I did with my Fantasie Zante, although I worry about getting the same support when looking at the way the back is built in the tankini
or I'll end up buying the beautiful Curvy Kate swimwear, probably the Caribbean Curve,
I have to admit that beyond that the bikini selection in 28Js (and even in the 28HH range) sucks! Seriously, I can't tell you how upset I was when browsing Bravissimo's website and they carry 6 Panache suits in 28Js and ALL OF THEM ARE BLACK (since originally making this post it looks like there are only 3 left now!). Seriously, WTF? Why is that that if you have a small back and a larger cup size that you must be doomed to wear black? Is black the nude of swimwear? Come on people, I've lost over 80lbs so I could stop wearing black all the time and now black is the only option you're going to give me?
Whew, ok rant over but I'm at a complete loss on why blacks is the only color available for 28J's or even 28HH's (although, apparently 28H's are allowed some color?)...
So long story short it's either the Freya Active suit (because the bands run tight 30's work well for me in it) or the Caribbean Curve. Basically it's a trade off between fit (Caribbean Curve would be the more flattering of the two and probably wouldn't require alterations) and performance (Freya Active would certainly reduce the bounce during swimming/water aerobics BUT I'd also have to pay for alterations). Maybe I'll win the lottery and can buy both, I wish!
When it comes to workout clothes, I've had my mind made up for awhile now. Basically, I'm trying to get my current Freya Active sports bra to limp along until July when this beauty comes out:
|Coming out in July 2012. Size Range|
I can't believe that there will finally be a workout top with a built-in bra! This has been a dream of mine since I was in high-school and all my other runner friends (with small chests) had tops like this in their size.
I'm not sure about the pants, I might go cheap there, but I definitely want the top! Plus, it would save me having to buy both a top and sports bra. Oh, and it has the added benefit of cutting down on layers in my non-air conditioned gym here in Brazil.
I have flat feet and definitely need supportive shoes while working out. My favorite tennis shoes are New Balance (seriously, I've been wearing these as running shoes as far back as I can remember!) and they have the added benefit of having a wide range of widths to them.
Because of my flat feet I normally wear my shoes with an added arch support insert between the well-made shoes and insert I no longer have foot pain while working out (and it avoids exasperating my already existing knee problems).
|New Balance Cross Trainer|
In terms of the type of shoes, I used to always buy running shoes but now, thanks to my knee injury, running is out of the question. So I plan on getting a pair of cross-trainers being that they'll provide me the best stability during the light aerobic activity I do to warm-up before lifting. I also use my shoes for walking (something we do often here) so it's good to have a more multi-purpose shoe.