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Best Swimsuits for Swimming Laps

Written by: Editorial Staff

April 21, 2015
Filed Under Fashion 


suits for lapsby Info Guru Aurora LaJambre

Swimming is an addictive, low-impact exercise that works wonders for your health.

Without putting stress on the body, it raises your heart rate, builds muscle, cardio fitness and endurance. It’s also one of the more fun, social workouts.

There’s nothing more relaxing than diving into a cool pool after a long day, especially when you know your suit will stay put. Comfortable, durable and supportive, these are the best swimsuits for swimming laps.

10. One piece cross back

One piece cross back

Cross back one piece swimsuits offer a snug fit so you can glide through water without excess material slowing you down. No need to adjust the shoulder or double check that you’re fully covered – polyester fabric stays where it’s supposed to and holds up well to frequent washing.

9. Competition suits

Competition suits

Competitive swimsuits are made for speed and offer maximum support. If you’re looking to improve your time and considering entering a local race or tri, choose a suit that won’t stretch out or fade. These provide full chest coverage and UPF protection for outdoor swimming.

8. Endurance bikinis

Endurance bikinis

In general, bikinis are best for playing and sun bathing, but there are a few sporty options. Look for a top cut like a sports bra and full coverage bottoms with a snug fit.

7. Back clasps

Back clasps

If you’re buying a suit online, read the description, reviews and consider every feature carefully. Some suits look slick in photos, but are impossible to get into. Athletic suits with intricate backs are especially difficult to navigate dry, let alone wet. Back clasps and adjustable straps sway the odds greatly in your favor that the suit will fit well.

6. Stretchy fabric

Stretchy fabric

Swimwear designs are different for competitive simmers. If your intention is to race or train for a tri, consider buying a size down as compression fabrics used for racing suits don’t stretch. But if you just want something to wear when swimming laps for fitness, stick with polyester. It’s ideal for plus sized swimwear and more durable than lycra.

5. Plus size one piece

Plus size one piece

Plus size one piece swimsuits with wide shoulder bands offer full support stroke after stroke. Combined with tummy control panels in the front and side mesh, you’ll feel sportier than ever from your first to final lap. Choose a low leg cut to avoid bottoms that ride up so you can focus on swimming, not readjusting.

4. Racerbacks


Racerback one-piece styles are among the best swimsuits for swimming laps. This cut fits like a favorite sports bra. It supports the back and chest and, with the right fit, there’s no need to worry about slippage.

3. Low back comfort

one piece swimsuit

Scoop back one-piece suits are comfortable for swimming casual laps and they’re easy to get into. Go with wide straps that are loose enough not to dig into your skin, but tight enough to stay up. A modest leg cut and square neck line is a classic look you can relax in after.

2. Superwide straps

Superwide straps

Swimmers generally choose thin straps for long, open water distances to avoid chafing. For pool laps, the thicker the straps the better. They offer maximum support if you’re big up top and coverage on the top and sides. If you have a lane to yourself, your can switch between swim styles without worry.

1. Streamlined one-piece

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Bikinis and tankinis look great and feel good to wear when you’re playing in the waves. But the best swimsuits for swimming laps are streamlined one-pieces. This means they don’t have ruffles, skirts or any unnecessary material. Many come with anti-bounce molded bras and a sleek color blocked design.

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