It’s always been difficult to find workout clothes that fit; as a triathlete—I’ve got shoulders like Michael Phelps and cyclist’s thighs that put me in the running for “Honorary Kardashian.” If it fits my chest, it’s too short on my torso. If it fits my waist, it’s too short at the ankle.
You’ve probably experienced this, too—shorts that gap in the back when you squat down, a pair of yoga pants that give you camel toe or a tank top with built-in armpit chafing. Though we’re not looking for couture when trying on workout clothes, certainly it shouldn’t be this hard to find something that fits and keeps us comfortable while getting our sweat on. Right?
That very frustration is what led Susan Jentzsch to develop her own line of workout clothes. When she contacted me about her product, MODA by Sofia, I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical of the owner’s background: Jentzsch is a Jazzercise instructor. The title conjured up images of 80s leotards and legwarmers—surely her clothes would follow suit.
But while visiting MODA’s website to check out the line, I was pleasantly surprised—there were no sparkly Spandex tights to be found. Better yet, it was obvious Jentzsch knew a thing or two about creating clothes for real women.
“Typically fitness clothing manufacturers design for someone who is 5-foot-3-inches and weighs 100 pounds,” its says on MODA’s website. “Those same designers think if they make it wider, it will fit a bigger person. This is not always true.”
Finally, it seemed, someone understood what women have been saying all along!
The MODA brand has two sizing lines: MODA, designed for women with curves, and MODITA, which is tailored to a more slender frame. All sizes feature wide shoulder straps, tailoring for athletic women and longer lengths (the shirts, for example are two inches longer than standard workout tops!).
The fabric used in the clothing, called Supplex, inspired more than one Linda Richman moment (“it’s like buttah!”). It’s soft, supple and stretchy. It’s so luxurious, you almost feel guilty for sweating in it…almost.
After being tested by a variety of women sizes four to 14, here’s the verdict…