Choosing the Best Sports Bra

Posted on 07 July 2015

As a lady, one of the hardest parts of a workout isn’t necessarily the workout- it’s keeping all of our lady bits in place without losing focus on our workouts.  Picking a sports bra isn’t the easiest task, but knowing what to look for is the biggest part of the battle.  Since every woman is built differently, not every bra will fit identically, but here are some things to consider when shopping for your next workout bra!

First, let’s start with some facts about movement.  We talk a lot about “the bounce,” but the truth is that breasts don’t just move up and down.  In fact, they actually make more of a figure-eight pattern across the front of the body, resulting in strain across the front and back of the shoulders, as well as the whole back and neck.  The average A-cup will move about an inch and a half in each direction away from its neutral position throughout its movement, while a D-cup can move as much as two to three inches in each direction.  The goal, therefore, is to minimize this movement without chafing or compromising your ability to breathe and move.

The number one mistake made during bra shopping is picking a cup that is too small and a band that is too large.  The band provides 70% of the overall support.  Choosing a bra that has adjustable clasps and straps can assist in ensuring the best fit possible.  There are a couple ways to check whether a bra band fits- when trying it on, lift your arms overhead.  If the band moves at all upward, it is too large.  Also, keep in mind that, as you wear your new bra, the band is one of the first areas that will stretch out.  You’ll want to choose a band that’s not too tight that you can’t breathe, and not too loose that it will chafe under armpits or around the ribcage.

Strap fit is also crucial.  There are two main types of bra straps on athletic bras- racerback and wide shoulder straps.  Racerback style, bras will hold the bra and compress your breasts closer to your body, leaving your shoulders free.  These bras are not always adjustable, so check the fit of the straps closely and remember they will stretch over time.  Wide shoulder straps tend to be adjustable, and distribute the weight of breasts across spine and shoulders.  In either case, when trying on a bra, check the stretch of the straps.  The less the strap stretches, the more support provided.  If you find yourself cranking the straps tighter, try a smaller band size.

When it comes to choosing a bra type, you’ll also want to consider compression versus encapsulation, or cup-style bras.  Compression will press the breasts into your chest to halt movement, while cups are designed to hold each in a specific place.  Make sure everything stays in place with either choice- you’re wearing this bra for freedom of movement, and anything that pops out while you’re trying options will only be worse once you’re in full workout mode!

Once you’ve chosen your perfect fit, you should look forward to spending a good 6-12 months will your new favorite workout bra.  Be sure to follow care instructions to the letter to ensure the longest life possible for your investment. 

Here at Pronounce, we offer a wide variety of low, medium, and high impact bras for a variety of activities  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!  We’re happy to help you have the best workout you can!

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