Workout Clothes Over 40; What Can I Wear to Work out?

For years I was a personal trainer and I would get questions like this a lot: “What are the best workout clothes over 40?” “What am *I* supposed to wear to workout?” It seems that there are LOADS of workout clothes for young girls with tight, toned arms and abs. Gals with no back fat and no extra boobage to worry about, have so many bright, cheery options to slide their lithe, perky little bodies into. My apologies- is my aged bitterness showing through here?

But seriously, what about the rest of us? What ARE the options for workout clothes over 40? Those of us for whom age has unceremoniously dolloped another inch or two around our middle? Those of us fighting to wriggle those “when-the-hell-did-these-get-so-big” breasts into an athletic bra… and then shake and jiggle them into place to avoid the dreaded uni-boob? Those of us who may not be overly jazzed at the sight of our arms flapping around the gym in all their untoned glory?

I’ll tell you this: It is a damned unfair world to ask someone to go sweat it out when their workout clothes make them feel SO UNFLATTERING already.  Am I right? 

Well, soul sistas, you’ve got questions and I’ve got answers.Finally! Work out clothes made for women over 40!; workout clothes over 40

Meet Tenaz Athletics . This innovative, made in the USA company, immediately grabbed my attention with this line:

“Our mission at Tenáz Athletics is to inspire in women a tenacity for staying fit and healthy regardless of age, fitness level, body type, or other perceived obstacles. ” 

Where has this been all of my Over 40 life? They were kind enough to send me one of their athletic tops to try out and ladies I. am. hooked.Finally! Workout clothes designed for women over 40!; workout clothes over 40

First of all, a million thank you’s to Jacqui Hook, Founder/Owner of Tenaz Athletics for seeing the need and answering the call for those of us whose bodies aren’t “Forever 21”. You are my hero. My glorious, athletic wear hero.

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This functional and innovative top is designed with US in mind. It has such a flattering fit by just skimming the body around the waist without being too tight. So- you know what I’m sayin’ here right? Let me blunt: It doesn’t accentuate all of your rolls. Um, seriously……. thank you. The side panels are positioned and shaped in such a way that they also give a much more slimming silhouette. It won’t flop around when you run or jump, and it will still stay put in yoga (no flashing the person behind you while in downward-facing-dog. – YAY!)

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The real show stopper of this top though, is the sleeves. These innovative sleeves are made of a silky mesh that is tight enough to give your arms a more toned appearance while still allowing for maximum movement. When I saw this feature online, I was afraid it would be restrictive on my arms, which would be a no-go for me. That is not the case at all. It has a silky stretch to it that is super comfortable. Weight work outs were awesome with this top, because my arms looked SO ,much better while I was working out. And that my friends, is a HUGE motivator.Finally! Workout clothes designed for women over 40!; workout clothes over 40

The sizing is straight forward and it is machine washable. The garment is extremely well made with finished seams, so no scratching next to your skin and the textile is made to keep you cool and dry. It gives the coolness of a sleeveless tank without worrying about all of your arm flab. (Jacqui- it’s like you’re in my head.)  In addition, it’s cute enough to be able to run errands before the gym without feeling the need to change.

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If you are looking for athletic wear that will MOTIVATE you to work out, instead of leaving you feeling super self conscious, check out Tenaz Athletics AND as a special offer, take 30% off of your purchase by using the code FRIEND30! They offer FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURNS, so there’s no catch.

I am all about anything that makes me feel more confident to reach my goals. So say goodbye to fretting over your lumps and jiggles and get out there and start moving forward!

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Until next time lovely ladies!



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  1. jodie filogomo
    July 10, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Aren’t they fabulous shirts, Melissa??
    I used to be one of those that didn’t really care about how I looked when working out. And how silly is that? It’s not any different than going to the store or running errands. If we look good, we feel better about ourselves!!

    • melissa
      July 10, 2017 / 1:21 pm

      Jodie- I know a lot of women who really don’t care what they wear when they workout- I can tell you that I definitely can tell a correlation between how great of a workout I get and if I like what I am wearing. I think its great if it doesn’t bother someone- but I am mot definitely not in that camp! And yes!!! I LOVE these shirts. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Wendylee
    July 10, 2017 / 10:46 am

    I love the look of the shirt, but sadly they have a very restrictive size selection. Would love to see something for larger busted women.

    • melissa
      July 10, 2017 / 1:25 pm

      Wendylee, thanks so much for reading! I’m sure Jacqui will be reading these comments and take that into consideration. To give you some context I am a 34DD and I am wearing a small, so….they are roomy. Thanks so much for your comment!

  3. July 10, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Okay, I’m still there where Jodie, above, used to be. I don’t look good when I’m working out. Stupid, because last Friday I published a post of how to be stylish on the couch!!!???

    • melissa
      July 10, 2017 / 1:29 pm

      Oh thats so funny Nancy! A lot of people don’t care and it totally doesn’t bother them. I am in the exact opposite camp- if I’m wearing a ratty tee and old, ugly shorts- I will literally not get as good or as long of a workout- just because I’m sick of looking at my drab self in the mirror, lol! Thanks so much for the comment and I’m going to have to check out that post on how to be stylish on the couch. I mean……….I have a couch. 😉

  4. July 10, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    This is an amazing review! You look so great in this top! I have this top and love it! It is all you say and more! The sleeves are the best part for me. I will wear this with jeans too! Peace!

    • melissa
      July 11, 2017 / 8:12 am

      Thanks so much Cheryl!! I am so surprised about the sleeves! I really thought I wouldn’t like them because I hate anything tight at the 3/4 length- but these are amazing! So silky and comfy and not all restrictive. Love it. 🙂

  5. July 11, 2017 / 6:14 am

    These are some good-looking workout clothes! As I sit her in my raggedy sports bra and baggy shorts : > Thanks for linking, xo


  6. October 10, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    Thanks for the great reveiw and sure I’ll try this Tenaz athletics.

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