By Kerri Burr
As a plus-size athlete, it’s really important to me that my workout gear be functional, comfortable, and versatile. Unfortunately, there isn’t much out there for ladies with curves, which means I am either wearing regular sizes that don’t fit quite right—and seem to have a mind of their own—or I’m wearing heavy, ill-fitting, plus-size options. When I was offered the opportunity to review some gear from Lola Getts, which specializes in fashionable fitness gear for women sizes 14-24, I jumped at the chance.
I was sent a complimentary outfit in exchange for my honest opinion and post about it. In a nod back to my rowing days at Wichita State University (Go Shockers!), I went with the black and yellow ‘Lola Tee ($68),’ and a pair of black capri pants ($72).
When the package arrived, I was immediately impressed with the quality of the items. Both pieces were clearly made of high-quality activewear material, and featured flat-lock seams to prevent chafing. The capri pants were cropped at just the right length and had a great hidden pocket for my keys. The top featured mesh sleeves and trim, which I haven’t found in many plus-size options. Though I wasn’t initially crazy about the top’s color-blocking and bright stitching, my opinion changed once I tried the outfit on. Those lines and blocks of color? They made me look FIT!
As soon as I started my first workout in my new Lola Getts gear, I was completely in love. I felt comfortable. Typically when I am trying new workout gear I hold back a little, but I felt confident enough to really push myself. Over the next few weeks I did yoga, attended a Zumba-thon for charity, and even lifted weights wearing my Lola Getts gear. Every experience was the same—I felt great, I looked great, and I wasn’t held back by uncomfortable workout clothes.
Lola Getts is a little more expensive than I am used to, but considering I was comfortable doing cardio, yoga, and weight training I think the gear is well-worth the cost. In fact, I’ve already ordered a second pair of pants to take me through the rest of my winter workouts.
January 10th, 2014