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Must Have Running Gear For Curvy Girls

by Nellie


I have learned a lot since I have started running about what works and what doesn’t. At first I thought I would pass out on the course without my own hydration in hand but later on I realized that I would be fine. I also realized that my running experience being a thick girl is completely different from someone who is uh, not so thick. I had to learn and adjust pretty quickly and there are three things that I am sure every curvy girl needs when running.

Must Have Running Gear For Curvy Girls

FlipBelt – When I first started running I was stuffing my phone, keys, fuel and MORE all in my sports bra and in my pants. I did so because there is so much um, real estate, but after a while it becomes really uncomfortable. Instead I purchased a FlipBelt which held all of the above items and more. Unlike a lot of running belts, the FlipBelt stays right on your waist (as long as you get the right size!)

Squat Proof Pants – This one is a biggie! I have tons of workout clothes–so much it really is the largest collection of clothes that I have. I have pants, capris and shorts from all kids of designers and I know which ones past the squat test and which ones don’t. There is nothing more uncomfortable than going out for a run and giving the neighborhood a show because your pants won’t stay secure on your waist. If you buy new pants and you try them on, be sure to do the squat test. Squat 4-5 times and if the top of the pants comes down AT ALL then you can’t use those pants to run in. Some days its hard enough getting out for a run who wants to constantly adjust as well?

A really good sports bra – Those of us with more on top have to work a little harder to keep the jiggle to a minimum. Personally I have been through a million sports bras, some with barely any support, some with too much support (uniboob anyone?) but it is super important to find a bra that works for you. My favorite sports bra is actually made by Mizuno and I randomly picked it up because it was on sale at my favorite running shop.

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 Did I leave anything off the list? What is the ONE thing you need to have on your run?

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Allie May 5, 2015 - 5:41 am

I absolutely love my Flipbelt and it’s the only thing I’ve ever found that stays in place on a run. Sports bras are definitely key, even for someone like me:-) Obviously having the correct running shoes for your gait are of supreme importance and I usually don’t leave without my GPS watch and, in the summer – sunscreen and glide!!

Janine Huldie May 5, 2015 - 5:46 am

As much as I am not a runner, this is a great list and sure helpful for those who are looking to see what gear they may need 😉

Kristina Walters May 5, 2015 - 5:48 am

I would love to get a Flipbelt! That’s one thing on my list that I don’t have. I am a thicker runner too and boy, I know all about a good bra and shorts that don’t leave stuff for the imagination.

Britt May 5, 2015 - 8:00 am

Also make sure when you squat the pants are not see through! I can’t live without my heart rate monitor!

Kita May 5, 2015 - 9:09 am

Since I have big tatas I need a good sports bra and it’s hard to find in my size. I have been using the cheap ones that don’t fit quite right and boobs hit me in the left eye. I can’t work out like that. I need someone to come up with a low cost bra for workouts for big girls.

Tamara May 5, 2015 - 10:08 pm

I’m not a runner and not very curvy (although my hips are) but I want a Flipbelt too! That sounds awesome. And just cozy pants seem key. Mine are always falling down or riding up.

Leslie May 6, 2015 - 2:45 pm

LOVE the squat test…gonna have to do that next time I go buy workout pants. I have one of those iPhone armbands, and while the Husband loves his, I hate it. H.A.T.E. Might have to put a fipbelt on my wishlist after my belly shrinks back down this fall. Thanks for the tips!

Lashawn May 7, 2015 - 8:50 pm

i really really need a flipbelt. I don’t have as much..um..real estate as some! Lol

Jennifer eppert September 1, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Could you recommend some running shorts or pants that you’ve found to hold up to the test?

Nellie September 1, 2015 - 4:31 pm

HI Jennifer!

Yes, the ones that work best for me are the Xersion brand from Jcpenney, the Old Navy Compression pants, the capris from ElevenbyVenus and pretty much any capri/legging with a shoestring type of tie in the front.

Hope this helps!! <3


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