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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Choosing the Right Sports Bra for You


We have all seen those cute little sports bras that look more like something you may want to sleep in vs. something you could actually break a sweat in. They look adorable and for a moment, you may consider them, but will they really give you the support you need to really kick your workout up a notch?

Cup Size REALLY does matter! (Okay, only in the world of buying bras people!) Take this guide along next time you go shopping for a sports bra.

A-B Cups
Smaller chested women can really wear any sports bra, however, the activity type will be one of the most important factors here. Compression-type sports bras are ideal for women with A or B cups - either scoop back or racer back. Bear in mind that you will have more support with a racer back and thicker straps. So if you are running, you may opt for a racer back with larger straps vs. a cute thin-strapped scoop back bra for Pilates or barre class.

 Compression Scoop Back Sports Bras
Compression Racer Back Sports Bras

C-D Cups
Ladies that are a little bustier than their A-B friends, will need to pay more attention to the coverage area that their sports bra provides. Women that are a little bustier may benefit from a combination compression and encapsulation sports bra. Again, function is everything when you are thinking about sports bras - wear your most movement minimizing bra for higher impact workouts like HIIT or step aerobics. Keep the lower-coverage bras for lifting weights or yoga.

Compression/Encapsulation Combination Sports Bras

 DD+ Cups
If you are bustier, you may have a hard time finding a bra that actually minimizes your movement no matter what activity you are participating in. For women with larger D or DD and larger cup sizes, the key to your sports bra is encapsulation! You need a sports bra in a high performance fabric that's actually made similarly to your everyday bras - with two molded cups and thick, dependable straps.

Encapsulation Sports Bras

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What's your favorite type of sports bra? 


  1. When I was a 40DD marathoner, my favorite bra was Moving Comfort, originally Maia, and now, (drumroll and angels singing, please) the JUNO! Adjustable straps in the FRONT (genius), racerback, encapsulation, and breathable. Now that I'm a 34B, but still need support, I still use the JUNO. It's a bit of a trick to get the "girls" in, but they are not going ANYWHERE! Love Moving Comfort. Great post!

  2. Enell bras are THE BEST for bigger busted girls. I've tried them all, and worn Enell's largest size, the smallest, and now somewhere in the middle. Expensive, but worth every single penny. Nothing adjusts so you have to get the proper size, but nothing else keeps everything from moving! :)

  3. Great article. Nice share.
    The pictures are very interesting and informative on the types of sports bra. It would be great if you can do the same review for the upcoming brand New Balance and enlighten the users.

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  5. Such nice post on how to choose right sports bra. It is very helpful for many women out there. I have just started working out and had purchased two pairs of Carbon38 sports bras. My sister helped me chose right size and they fit me perfectly.


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