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What’s the most used piece of fitness gear you own? Your sports bra! Chances are that while you’ve changed your sneakers or your workout attire , your sports bra is something that stays in the rotation frequently. Research (which you can find here ) reveals that your breasts, no matter the size, can move as much as eight inches - up and down, side to side, and forward and backward - through the duration of your workout. That’s A LOT of stress on your tatas, ladies.
All that movement can make workouts uncomfortable and even for some, downright painful. That’s why the right support is crucial, not only for your daily fitness goals but, for your overall breast health. Luckily, a ton of fitness brands have been paying attention to the science behind our fun bags. With various advances in technology, fit, style and support, there’s a bra that can be ideal for every cup size and activity. In order to ban the bounce and enhance the comfort you feel during a great sweat session, we decided to break down a few of our favorite options by size AND by workout preference. Let’s get into it!
B and C Cup
As you get into larger cup sizes, it’s important to find the sweet spot between support and complete mobility. Nobody wants to work out in a corset, basically. Look for something that doesn’t squeeze your ribs (hint: can you or can you not breathe normally?) and keeps your cleavage inside the bra. Sorry, no side boob here.
Perfect for:Medium impact exercises such as: cross-training, cycling, light running, and HIIT or boot camps.
We're both huge fans of the snug support we both get from some of Nike's latest bra offerings. Designed specifically for medium-impact workouts, this bra gives you the support you need to move freely. The racerback adds a full range of motion with comfortable coverage while flat seams and Nike's Dri-FIT technology give the bra a lightweight feel.
When you’re heavier up top, it’s imperative to find a bra that will help protect you against extreme bouncing, sweating, and chafing. Sticking to molded or underwire cups (if you don’t like wires, don’t worry - neither does Brit and she’s found plenty of options), wide straps, and breathable fabrics like nylon and polyester will help keep your D’s in place.
Perfect For: High impact exercises such as running, high intensity CrossFit, and contact sports
Brit swears by her Nike Victory Compression Bra (see previous section, y'all) especially since it offers support for larger breast sizes without the underwire. However, we know some of you would prefer the added coverage that comes with an underwire option or an encapsulation bra, i.e. one that has separate cups. Even more, some of you may want a bra specifically created for larger breast sizes. Our picks up top are a win/win, respectively.
Do you fall in the A cup category? Keep reading! There’s more for you too!
How satisfied are you with your current sports bra? Do you have any brand recommendations? Let us know in the comments below!
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