9 Swimsuits That Double As Workout Gear

Swimsuits that double as work out gear – so crazy it just might work. Whether you’re on a budget or just trying to add more versatile options to your wardrobe, check out these pieces that can pull double duty.

New swimsuits offer more support and functional styles that are perfect for the pool or the gym. Even better, you can pack your gym and beach bag at the same time.


Roxy Women’s Keep It ROXY Sand To Sea Bikini Top

roxy swimsuits

I love the print on this bikini top. Wear it for a chill beach day, or to play beach volleyball. It’s got removable padding and can easily double as a low-impact sports bra.

CALIA Women’s Plus Size Peak-A-Boo Swim Top

calia women's plus size peek-a-boo swim top

Here’s another swim top that works as a sports bra. The adjustable straps on the back can give you as much support as you want. It comes in 4 colors and a variety of sizes.

Outdoor Voices Splash Zip Tankini

outdoor voices splash zip tankini

As OV says, this top is “the definition of watersporty.” Unleash your inner surfer and wear it at the beach, to class, or around town. As a bonus, it’s chlorine resistant and UPF 50. Layer a sports bra or bikini top underneath for extra coverage, or wear as-is.

Speedo Strappy Blouson Layered Tankini Top

Speedo Strappy Blouson Womens Top

With a built-in bra, this two-in-one tankini top does it all. The cups are sewn in, so you can easily rock it to the pool, the gym, or in class.

MOTT 50 Marissa Swim Legging

mott50 marisa swim legging

MOTT 50 is making waves with their fashion-forward, SPF swimsuits. (It’s not an oxymoron, promise.) These high-rise, UPF 50 leggings can take you everywhere this summer. There’s even a matching bra you can pair them with.

Nike Sport Mesh Layered Midkini and Board Shorts

niki midkini black

The higher neckline and removable cups give you enough coverage to swim laps or wear to the gym. It’s designed to dry quickly, so it can stand up to even your sweatiest workouts. Pair with the matching Board Shorts, or rock with leggings.

Athleta Cloudbreak Rib Paddle Tight

athleta rib paddle tight

You’re (literally) covered for all water sports with these Athleta tights. They’re high-waisted and lightweight and would also be perfect for yoga or pilates.

Athleta Rib Stripe Crop Rashguard

athleta rib crop rashguard

This rashguard is one of my favorites – wear it for a little extra sun protection on the water, or around town. It’s lightweight and dries quickly. It’s also sustainably made – the fabric is made from recycled fishing nets and nylon. Look for the matching bottoms, or mix and match.

VS Pink Gym to Swim Shortie

victoria's secret gym to swim shortie

Swimwear is back at Victoria’s Secret! It’s there in the name – these shorts can go from the gym to swim, and back again. There are 15(!) different prints and colors to choose from, and at 2/$35, why not choose two?

WUAMBO Men’s Sports Running Swim Board Shorts

Wuambo Running Swim Board Shorts

These shorts come in a ton of fun prints and colors. Yes, they’re *for men,* but these would be perfect for any summer activities. (Especially if you’re looking for a longer short with pockets.) Snag one for a friend, or wear them yourself and look good doing it.


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About Rachel LaBud

Rachel graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in English Literature. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, she’s an Air Force wife which means “home” is now wherever the military sends her. She was lucky enough to spend three years in Italy where she fell in love with hiking, the outdoors, and Italian coffee. Stress and frequent deployments led her to strength training and group fitness classes, which she credits with keeping her healthy, fit, and sane. She played soccer and swam competitively growing up and thanks sports for giving her a competitive streak, lifelong best friends, and chlorine-damaged hair.