Taylor Ryan is a women’s-only personal trainer and blogger at LiftingRevolution.com. She currently lives in Charleston, SC with her husband, where the two of them run a women’s-only boot camp. Aside from working out, Taylor loves wine nights, vegan cooking, and a great pair of stockings.
Fashion-Forward Sports Bras That Actually Support
As a personal trainer, I’ve seen many mistakes made by newbies coming to work out. The deer-in-the-headlights look when not knowing what to do, poor form when trying to do what they think they should, and perhaps the worst mistake: bad sports bra support. A sports bra can make or break a workout. In fact, one study revealed that women don’t give their workouts 100% due to their breasts bouncing and causing discomfort.
Often times, women are willing to pay good money for a great day-to-day bra, but look for the best deal when it comes to a bra to help them work out. Perhaps it’s me, but I think it’s all backwards. The bra for working out has quite the job, helping you jump, run, lift, or dance all while keeping your breasts comfortable and in place.
Okay, so every day bras are “prettier” and with that it’s easier to justify the extra cost, but luckily, sports bra companies are beginning to realize a woman’s desire to look and feel feminine even while sweating in the gym.
4 Fashion-Forward Sports Bras That Actually Support Exercise:
Moving Comfort is perhaps the best name for this company. They understand what a woman needs and wants in her sports bra. Because of that, they’re able to design functional bras that are also flattering.
Their Luna Bra (and several others) contain “cookies” or slip in pads that allow for proper compression without compressing the chest to resemble that of a pre-pubescent girl’s.
This bra also has a back clasp to allow for easy removal. Let’s face it, the last thing you want to do after a hard workout is to fight with your bra to try and slip it off overhead.
The price? Around $50 at most MC Retailers.
I personally have this bra, and can’t find a single flaw about it. I’ve run half marathons in it and lifted heavy weights… it’s great for any type of training.
This is perhaps the cutest sports bra I’ve laid my eyes on. Combining both functionality and design to make a woman feel confident during her workouts. The dainty wrap-around ribbon allows you to customize the tightness of the lower band, and the compression of the bra isn’t lost with the addition of the bow.
This bra was designed with Zumba lovers in mind, but it would work for just about any form of training, though I would likely not choose it for long runs.
The price? Just $40.
Lululemon’s Ta Ta Tamer bra quickly became popular due to the support it provides women of all cup sizes along with the fun shape, setting it apart from other brands. What makes this bra so great is its ability to be customized for you, your breasts and your tastes.
Don’t like straps that are straight (I don’t)? That’s fine — you can actually cross them over. The cups (cookies) are removable, allowing for extra breathability and comfort. And like the Moving Comfort, the Ta Ta Tamer also has the hook and eye closure to allow easy removal as well as proper fitting.
What’s not so great? This bra is wide, meaning it covers a lot of space — which, for a sports bra, is what you’re after. Some women, however, find this to be bulky and desire something that provides support while covering as little area as possible.
Also at $58, the price is a bit more than the others listed.
Not all women are looking for a bra to run miles in. Sometimes we just need something that is comfortable for light exercise like walking or yoga. For that, there is this bra. I love the daintiness to it, the double straps and the seamless design. The halter top and shoulder straps work together to allow this minimally shaped bra to offer the support needed for light to moderate exercise.
I’ve been a fan of Nike gear for a while now, but not of their sports bras. Why? Because I don’t like workout gear with logos all over it. This was the first sports bra from Nike I found that doesn’t have the classic “swoosh” or “Nike” across the front. Instead, the fun color helps set this bra apart from the others.
I wouldn’t recommend this particular bra for larger chested women, even if it’s only for light exercise. You would be better off with one of those listed above.
Of these four, it comes down to what’s best for you. Whichever sports bra you decide to go with, keep these tips in mind:
Sports Bra Tips
- The shelf life of a sports bra is 6-12 months. Over time the elasticity gets stretched and support is lost.
- Never dry your sports bra — this can damage the material and decrease its life faster.
- You shouldn’t have to double up on bras; if you do, it’s a sign of an improper fit/design.
- Women should do a proper bra fitting annually as breasts can change from year to year. Remember, 80% of women are in the wrong bra.
- The general recommendation for a woman who works out two to five times a week is that she owns three good sports bras to allow proper cycling. Not wearing the same one every workout will help increase its life.
Just remember, you can look amazing and feel amazing even when sweat is trickling down your forehead!