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).
For some, yoga conjures up an image of emaciated and scantily clad bendy people twisted up like Rold Gold pretzels. This can be a big turn off for those of ample form, but thankfully, several pioneers have paved the way for all sizes to feel comfortable joining a yoga class or practicing at home, so they too can gain the health benefits of yoga.
Megan Garcia, founder of MegaYoga is a plus-sized model based in New York City. She took her first yoga class as a college elective credit in 1991 and since then received her yoga teacher certification at the Kripalu center in Lenox, Massachusetts. In 2004, she teamed up with the plus-size clothing line Just My Size to create “Just My Size Yoga with Megan Garcia,” a best-selling yoga DVD for plus-sized beginners. In addition to the video, Megan wrote the book MegaYoga published by DK books in 2006.