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How to Choose a Fitness Suit


Fitness suits come in a wide variety of cuts and styles. Some are designed purely for athletic activity, such as swimming, aqua jogging, or water aerobics. Others are intended to function as a workout suit or a leisure suit, with fashion-forward prints and cuts.

Fitness suits as a category tend to be quite modest, with thicker straps, conservative legs cuts, and more coverage in general. Many fitness suits also come with features not found in typical lap swimming suits, such as bra tops, tummy panel support, short skirts, and extended size ranges. This guide explains the different styles of fitness suits.

Conservative Fitness Suits

Conservative fitness suits make up the bulk of the fitness suit category. They blend fashion and athletic apparel and generally provide more chest, back, and leg coverage than traditional workout suits. Features like V-necks, shirring, prints, and skirts make them flattering and appropriate for leisurely activities, but these suits are also designed for workouts. Form-fitting silhouettes and water-friendly materials hold their shape during exercise.

Although these suits can worn for swimming, certain design details such as padded or supportive bra tops and gathered fabric make them less hydrodynamic than dedicated lap swimming suits. Conservative fitness suits are designed for short swim workouts, water aerobics, and aqua jogging.

Unitards & Aquatards

Unitard and aquatard styles provide the most coverage of all fitness suit styles. With a traditional top but long legs, these full-coverage suits are sleek enough for a water workout, but much more modest than traditional suits. People looking for extra coverage and support during water aerobics or aqua jogging should consider a unitard.

Because of their longer legs, unitards and aquatards also provide a bit more insulation in the water. Anyone who tends to get cold during water exercise can pair a unitard with a rashguard or swim shirt for extra protection against the cold.

Tankinis

Tankinis combine the fun of a bikini with the performance of a workout suit. Sleek but flattering, fitness tankinis feature a snug, full coverage bikini bottom with a comfortable top. Tops tend to be supportive yet flattering, with padded or supportive bra tops, thick straps, and coverage that extends to the hips. Tankinis are a great choice for water aerobics, aqua jogging, or simply having fun in the water. Tankinis also make it possible to transition from working out to hanging out in the blink of an eye.

Fitness Suits Should Look & Feel Good

Fitness suits are designed to balance form and function: Their modest cuts are at once flattering and comfortable, and they can used for a wide variety of water-based activities. Because they combine aspects of both fashion swimwear and exercise apparel, the right fitness suit will perform well during a workout but still look good enough for a day at the beach.

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Regina
6 months ago.
Do you have any suits for a "short torso"? I was directed to this site by an article noting you do but I can't find any. I am 4'10" and I am desperately trying to find a one-piece swimsuit to fit me. Thank you.
Swimoutlet.com
5 months ago.
Hi Regina,

We actually do not have any specific suits for short torsos. What is your bust and torso measurement? You may want to take your measurements and compare them with our size charts. Have you also tried maybe going with a tankini set or 2 piece suit? Below is a link to our one piece suits. I hope you find something that works.

http://new.swimoutlet.com/one-piece-swimsuits-c9328/
Judy
7 months ago.
I want 1 piece tank suit reversible and polyester.
Swimoutlet.com
7 months ago.
Hi Judy,

We dont have too many reversible polyester suits but the ones I found are in the link below. I also included another link to our polyester suits. I hope you find something that you like.

http://www.swimoutlet.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=reversible polyester suits&UserSearch=Yes&checkRealSearchInput=Y
Anna
7 months ago.
I am confused as to your sizes. I need a women's roughly 2x or 3 x - does the number's after XL mean 2x,3x, etc.?
Swimoutlet.com
7 months ago.
Hi Anna,

I apologize for any confusion. It depends on the manufacturer. Some brands have lettered sizing and some go by numbers. Below is a link to our plus size suits. We also have size charts that go by brand. You can find a link to our size charts at the bottom of our page. I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any further questions. Have a wonderful day!

http://www.swimoutlet.com/Plus_Size_Swimwear_s/350.htm
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