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The pitfalls of shopping for the large

There I was in Sports Authority (a large discount sporting goods chain store, for the unfamiliar) going through their clearance racks, looking for swim trunks or workout clothes, so I could maybe swim or work out again. Eventually I branched out from the clearance racks, but it didn't help - there were a whole lot of S, M, or L, very few XL or more... and on at least one brand, size XXL only fit waist sizes 38-40. I passed size 40 waist a while ago. (To be fair to myself, I'm pretty tall, so being wider than 40 isn't quite as bad as it could be, but still....) It occurred to me that I was going to have to lose weight before I could buy clothes to work out and lose weight in. Anyone know any nude gyms?

I know of a nude museum, but it's in Austria. (Here's Yahoo's AP feed in case Earthlink's flakes out.)



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Jul. 31st, 2005 04:41 am (UTC)
didnt that go out in the '60s? eh, now ya gotta pay for everything haha!
Jul. 31st, 2005 11:03 am (UTC)
I'm in the 40-42 range myself for a lot of clothing. I haven't noticed it being that difficult, but I don't usually shop at Sports Authority either. Certainly I haven't had trouble finding jeans or sweats. Size XL sweats have a lot of room in them.

We have observed in the past that lots of merchants do not stock the full range of available sizes. Those that do will often sell out of some sizes and not restock. When they put things on sale, it may well be whatever is left, and the more common sizes are long gone.
Jul. 31st, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC)
I'm at 46 these days. Reason number 3 why I should lose weight is that 46 and up are hard to find in anything but basic blue jeans or black or white khakis. Not that I'm stylish, mind you, but I do like those pants with lots of pockets, and they're limited by statute to size 40, I think. So the selection is poorer, and when I go to a big and tall store the prices are all at least 20 percent higher than they ought to be.

Sporting goods stores are a pain. It's worth noting that the brand that had size XXL as being 38-40 waist was Speedo. Apparently in Speedo's world, there aren't a lot of fat people and they all want to stay on the couch instead of hit the pool. (Which, come to think of it, is probably true ;-)

I do have clothes I can work out in, shorts and sweats and t-shirts -- all except for swimming trunks. Well, I determined recently that my size 38 black Speedo briefs* still fit well enough (mostly because the fabric has aged a bit). So if Speedo wants me to inflict my body in one of their small products on an unsuspecting population, when I'd be happy to buy something more modest, so be it. ;-)

*Hey, I used to swim daily for fitness, before they tore down my YMCA to build a football stadium. I was allowed to wear a Speedo brief back then.

Jul. 31st, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC)
Hmm, dunno about Speedo. I never liked them anyway. You may be right that they don't make larger sizes.

One problem with looking for swimwear this time of year is that the retailers have already switched from summer to fall mode. I noticed all the "Back to School" sales in todays papers. And ya know, I loved school mostly but even I hated it when they started putting those posters in the windows when it was still July. That's as bad as putting up Christmas decorations in September (and yes, I know, some places do.)

Of course, when I was in school we never started until after Labor Day. Now even primary schools seem to start mid-August. It's one of those stupid meme thingies. The colleges kept backing up their starting dates so the football team could practice sooner. Then high schools did the same. And in order to keep everything in sync, pretty soon all the schools were doing it.
Aug. 1st, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, it seems like back-to-school season is going to last as long as Christmas season does. In fact, the way that the retail industry is going, they'll probably move on to Halloween season by around August 15. It's insane.

Speedo sizes always seemed to run small. I guess that's because racers need their suits to fit very tight. I went to Sports Authority because I thought if anyone had swimsuits now, it would be a sports store that might be supplying school athletes. I'd be happy with a K-mart or Meijer offering, if they hadn't taken their suits off the shelves the week after Fourth of July.

I'm sure I can find something online, somewhere. I don't have to rush into it because I'm sure I'll be working late every day this week so I won't be able to go to the city pool, anyway.
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