Finding The Perfect Sports Bra

ShockAbsorber Max Sports Bra
Top Level 4 -
£30 from Figleaves
I'm sure almost every woman taking part in some kind of athletic activity has either Googled these words or had a least one conversation in the gym about sports bras. It's a topic that comes up a lot in the gym changing rooms!


Finding a sports bra that minimises the..er.. 'impact' of your chosen sport or gym class is vitally important for keeping good form and alleviating back, shoulder, neck and chest pains. Unfortunately, for larger cup sizes, simply buying a sports bra from the local supermarket is unlikely to be effective. I've taken to buying bras online, where you can order them, try them on and send them back for free if they don't fit. I personally love and depend upon Figleaves for it's extensive collection of DD+ cup sizes and also made good use of Simply B when I was around a 42GG.

You'll know it's the perfect fit when the cups of the bra are filled out, but not 'overflowing', you can snugly fit two fingers into the band and the straps do not leave marks on your shoulders. Be sure that the band comes to down to the middle of your back and doesn't ride up. It should leave you with a smooth silhouette (i.e. it doesn't dig in leaving bulges below and above the band. When you try it on, do a bit of running on the spot to assess the 'bounce'. Does it fit correctly and minimise bounce? Then you're good to go! 

Here are some of my highly recommended brands:

ShockAbsorber - As pictured above, this appropriately named range of sports bras come in levels! Naturally, I pick level 4 for the highest level of bounce-proofing, who would want less than the best?


Freya Active Tankini Top
£46 from Figleaves
Freya Active - As well as making a brilliant range of sports bras, they also make swimwear for larger cup sizes. The added support of a built in bra really helps for Aqua Aerobics and Aqua Zumba! I was amazed to find a swim suit that catered for a size 10 and a 32G bra size, as many supermarkets make the mistake of assuming dress size is correlated to bra cup size, which is incredibly unrealistic 


Berlei Underwired Sports Bra
£32 from Figleaves
Berlei -The brand behind my one and only underwired sports bra. I have it in blue instead of pink (as pictured). I never thought an underwired bra would be comfortable for sports, but I was pleasantly surprised. I especially like it for weight training on a bench, as it keeps 'the girls' in the place and out the way of a heavy bar during chest presses.  I love the straps on this bra, as they're padded for added comfort when running or dancing.

Supportive Sports Tops
USA Pro Strap Tank Top
£11.99 from Sports Direct
In addition to an amazing sports bra, a sports top with a built in 'shelf' can add extra support. Sports Direct often ha a wide range of such tops for very reasonable prices, such as this one (left) by USA Pro.

By wearing a really good sports bra and/or a supportive sports top, you're sure to have good workout and save yourself the various aches and pains that come from wearing a poorly fitting bra.

Remember, If you're losing weight, be sure to re-assess the size of your bras with each drop of a dress size or when the bra feels noticeably less supportive, as the bra size may need reducing in back size and/or cup size!
   

5 comments

  1. Thanks for the wonderful advice - I was amazed to find my cup size as well as band size had changed...after buying 3 good sports bras this spring because I could actually fit one :) thanks for the reference to the 'figleaves' site, lots of nice stuff there.

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  2. Excellent blog post! It's always so difficult to find a perfect fitting sports bra, that does everything you want! A couple of other suggestions, that I've found (working in the lingerie business- unfortunately I wasn't blessed quite as much!) is the Enell bra. This bra has been described as the prison warden of bras! Although not the prettiest bra(also not suggesting that prison wardens are ugly!) but does the job perfectly!
    http://brayola.com/shop/Enell/Maximum-Control-Full-Figure-Wire-Free-Sports-Bra/786

    Another sports bra that has the larger chested women excited is the Panache Ultimate sports bra, it not only looks good but keeps the girls in check too!
    http://brayola.com/shop/Panache/Ultimate-Underwire-Sports-Bra/3389

    I've never heard that much about the Berlei one, so I'm definitely going to get my brayola girls to do some testing!!!
    Great post :)

    Fiona,
    discover your next favorite bra
    www.brayola.com

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  3. Excellent blog post! It's always so difficult to find a perfect fitting sports bra, that does everything you want! A couple of other suggestions, that I've found (working in the lingerie business- unfortunately I wasn't blessed quite as much!) is the Enell bra. This bra has been described as the prison warden of bras! Although not the prettiest bra(also not suggesting that prison wardens are ugly!) but does the job perfectly!
    http://brayola.com/shop/Enell/Maximum-Control-Full-Figure-Wire-Free-Sports-Bra/786

    Another sports bra that has the larger chested women excited is the Panache Ultimate sports bra, it not only looks good but keeps the girls in check too!
    http://brayola.com/shop/Panache/Ultimate-Underwire-Sports-Bra/3389

    I've never heard that much about the Berlei one, so I'm definitely going to get my brayola girls to do some testing!!!
    Great post :)

    Fiona,
    discover your next favorite bra
    www.brayola.com

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  4. What makes a sports bra better than conventional bras is that it reduces the bouncing around the chest area, which keeps your breast from sagging. This kind of bra is designed for women who love to do high-impact activities. You should be proud of yourself, just like Brandy Chastain. :)

    Regards,
    Ted

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  5. Berlei sports bras are equipped with all those features which a woman wants in her ideal bra. These bras prevent bouncing and an underwire is available at the bottom which offers superior fit and comfort throughout the day. Moreover is an excellent option for athlete women.

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