Thursday, May 26, 2011

When attire becomes tiring

From riding up to riding down, to creeping up, to creeping into places where they ought not creep, fitness clothes--despite the best efforts of their manufacturers--aren't always comfortable. 

There's nothing worse than a wardrobe malfunction in the middle of a great workout.  There's been plenty of times where I headed out for what should have been a fantastic run, only to spend most of it tugging at my shirt, shorts or sports bra.  My extremely sensitive skin has rubbed raw from the slightest seam or imperfection in a shirt.  Running pants have to be the perfect Goldilocks combination of not-too-tight and not-too loose.  They need to be juuuuuust right.  And don't even get me started on my long, hard-fought (and rather expensive) battle with sports bras.

Finding the perfect attire for running can be tiring, but it doesn't even compare to trying to find the right get-ups for all the jumping, twisting and shimmying that I do.  There's an entire section of the Zumba chat room that is dedicated to the critique of Zumbawear.   How the latest pieces fit on different bodies and how they hold up when they get sweaty is a hot topic of conversation amongst instructors.  It certainly doesn't help that their sizing is a little schizophrenic:  An extra large top in one style is comparable to a medium in another.   I rarely know what size to even try on first.  Furthermore, I am clearly not the body-type Zumba had in mind when designing most of their clothes.  (Think Brazilian supermodel.)  But, they are always coming out with new stuff, and some of it is quite flattering on curvier figures, so I give them an A for effort for trying to accommodate all the different shapes and sizes of their instructors.

Every once in a while, in the midst of this epic struggle, a light shines down from heaven and God bestows on the world what can only be described as true love in the form of microfiber.  I recently bought a tank at Target that I can honestly avow is the greatest piece of workout clothing I have ever purchased.  I quickly headed back and snapped up two more in two other colors (pictured at right).  It is a flowy baby-doll style tank top with a built in bra that is, wait for it, actually supportive!  I usually end up shying away from built-in bras because they tend to be rather--how shall we say?--flimsy.  I do not need to worry about a boob popping out while working out, (or well, ever, really).  But this tank with the built-in bra actually holds up to both running and Zumba.  The only thing that could make it better is a little padding, but, hey, I'm not complaining.  If you don't have one yet, you should probably drop what you're doing right now and go get one. 

What are some of your favorite workout clothes?


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip on the target shirts - I went out and bought one tonight!

Gabrielle @ Weightless said...

Great! I hope you like it! :-)