How to choose a swimsuit

How to choose a swimsuit

How to choose a swimsuit


Ladies, bikinis or baggy boardies are perfect for lazing on the beach or a quick dip, but if you are serious about swimming for fitness, you need a serious swimsuit.

Choosing a swimsuit is hard, particularly if you’ve had an entire season of eating comfort food and binge-watching Netflix. Remember you are your own worst critic, so take a close friend swimsuit shopping who can offer you an unbiased, honest opinion.

One-piece racerback or leaderback designed swimsuits are often the preferred choice for competitive swimmers. Constructed from Lycra, the seamless designs provide unmatched comfort and complete coverage allowing you to concentrate on your stroke and speed, rather than if your swimmers are riding up. The back design offers unrestricted shoulder movement. High cut legs provide added mobility

If you train regularly in a pool, chlorine can deteriorate the swimwear fabric resulting in loss of shape and fading, so it would be well worth your while to look out for swimsuits made from quick-dry, endurance fabric that are 100 per cent chlorine resistant. You may also want to invest in several swimsuits you use for training, saving your favourite suit for race day events.

A swimsuit with 4-way stretch fabric will provide more movement and not impede your speed.

Sometimes fuller figure women try to disguise what they perceive to be problem areas with sarongs and baggy board shorts, these are not conducive to training. A body-shaping swimsuit is extremely flattering no matter what size. Ruching at the waist and tummy area is a great way to camouflage problem areas, while removable cups and underwire give better bust support.

Sizing is everything. Too big and the swimsuit will be baggy or wrinkled, too small and it feels like it will cut you in half.

Ultimately the final decision is up to you and it depends on what you feel comfortable in, whether it’s an Olympic replica swimsuit or a Tankini.