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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 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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1 year ago.
I have an old Adidas polyester swimsuit, size 38, with back straps that stitch together about half way down the back. It's secure on my shoulders but also easy to get on and off. Any suggestions for a comparable suit?
1 year ago.
Hi Peggy,

Based on your description, it could be the micro back style. You can check our selection of one piece micro back swimsuits on this link:
Tamara Crow
3 years ago.
I have a huge belly and same size chest but my hips are only slightly bigger. On the size chart my hips are size 14 my belly is size 24 and my chest is 22? I have no idea what size to buy. I have a 1x sleevess unitard that chaff in the are holes. I want a conservative suit for water aerobics that fits all of me and doesn't chaff.
3 years ago.
Hello Tamara,
We are happy to give you a couple of suggestions, can you please provide your chest, waist and hip measurement in inches?
Jamie nielson
5 years ago.
I swim laps and play with my kids in the water I have a long torso but I am DDD up top will the long torso swim suits fit my needs for the chest area as well?
5 years ago.
Hi Jamie,
The long torso suits should help some. Please see the below link for our suits with larger cup sizes. Let us know if you have any questions. Have a great day!,dd-cup&viewall=no
6 years ago.
How can I find swimsuits with a high nylon content, and I mean high like 99% or 100%. Nothing with any Spandex or Lycra wears well in the pools I swim in. I don't want to be seen in a swimsuit that becomes sheer or hangs down to my toes after 10 swims. Why can't I sort off fabric content?
6 years ago.
Hi JK,

It sounds like you may be looking for a polyester suit and not a Nylon one. Polyester is the best when it comes to holding up and is a thicker material. Below is a link to all the polyester suits we have. You can use the filter bar on the left to narrow your search down to the kind of suit and size you need. I hope you find something that you like. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Have a wonderful day!
7 years 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.
7 years 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.
7 years ago.
I want 1 piece tank suit reversible and polyester.
7 years 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. polyester suits&UserSearch=Yes&checkRealSearchInput=Y
7 years 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.?
7 years 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!
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