Best High-Support Sports Bras For Running and HIIT

by Estelle Low and Carissa Wong
FITNESS  |  February 26, 2020
  • Struggling to find a supportive sports bra for high-impact workouts? We’ve got you covered.
    1 / 12 Struggling to find a supportive sports bra for high-impact workouts? We’ve got you covered.

    If you’ve been wearing your strappy, low-cut yoga bra for HIIT workouts, it’s time to stop. Chances are, your boobs aren’t getting the support they need during your high knees, jumping jacks, jump lunges, and other bouncy movements that your instructor is calling out for. The same goes for running. Whether you’re cruising on the treadmill, sprinting on the track or traversing rocky terrain, your twins need the support.

    Studies have shown that breasts move by up to 21cm in a figure-of-eight pattern during exercise, causing pain for about three-quarters of women. When you run or jump, those mounds of fatty tissue don’t just bounce up and down, but they also jiggle from side to side, and move in and out. Over time, such repeated movements can – no surprise – cause boobs to sag. So whether you’re an A-cup or D-cup, it’s worth investing in high-support sports bras that minimise your breasts’ movement during high-impact activities.

    High-support sports bras usually sport these characteristics: wide shoulder straps, wide underbust band and a high neckline. They would also offer a high degree of compression or encapsulation to hold your girls in place – so just a normal cropped top wouldn’t do. Here are some great ones to consider.

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  • Under Armour Women's UA Infinity High Sports Bra ($89)
    2 / 12 Under Armour Women's UA Infinity High Sports Bra ($89)

    Where to buy: Online or in-store

    Instead of the usual foam padding, this surprisingly lightweight piece uses liquid-injected foam in a figure-eight pattern that’s meant to move with your breasts. And it’s been pressure-tested with breast health expert Dr Joanna Scurr and the University of Portsmouth in the UK. The icing on the cake? It comes with mesh panels in the cleavage area where sweat builds up, plus adjustable cross-back straps and triple hook-and-eye closure.

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  • Marks & Spencer Extra High Impact Serious Sports Bra ($74.90)
    3 / 12 Marks & Spencer Extra High Impact Serious Sports Bra ($74.90)

    Where to buy: Online and in selected stores

    Developed in collaboration with scientists at the Asahi Research Center in Japan, this wired sports bra provides full-cup coverage, and comes in sizes from 32C to 42F. The front fastening straps mean you can slip in and out of it easily. Straps are interchangeable and adjustable, plus there’s a quadruple hook-and-eye fastening for extra support.

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  • Vivre Activewear Rumble Active Zipper Bra ($59)
    4 / 12 Vivre Activewear Rumble Active Zipper Bra ($59)

    Where to buy: Online or in-store

    The front zipper gives you easy access into and out of the sports bra – something you’d really appreciate after a sweaty sesh.

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  • Outfyt Mera Sports Bra ($70)
    5 / 12 Outfyt Mera Sports Bra ($70)

    Where to buy: Online or in-store

    Available in three pretty shades of blue and classic black, olive, sand and wine, this no-frills piece is all for the clean, minimalist look. It’s smooth, stretchy and supportive, and comes with removable padding.

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  • Do You Even Excel Crop (USD48) ($61.49)
    6 / 12 Do You Even Excel Crop (USD48) ($61.49)

    Where to buy: Online

    Its thick straps, racerback design and firm under-bust band will give maximum support during skipping, box jumps and other gravity-defying pursuits.

    (Also read: Consider These Tips Before Buying Your Next Sports Bra)

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  • Kydra Flow Bra ($52)
    7 / 12 Kydra Flow Bra ($52)

    Where to buy: Online

    Online reviewers rave about the good fit and softness of the fabric. The double cross-back straps give sufficient support for A- to B-cups.

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  • Puma Get Fast Women's Training Bra ($79)
    8 / 12 Puma Get Fast Women's Training Bra ($79)

    Where to buy: Online or in-store

    Made for high-intensity workouts, this bra’s moulded padding will hold everything in place as you move. The adjustable back closure lets you customise the fit, while mesh panels at the front and back help to promote air flow.

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  • Nike Ultrabreathe Sports Bra ($99)
    9 / 12 Nike Ultrabreathe Sports Bra ($99)

    Where to buy: Online or in-store

    This lightweight, moisture-repelling sports bra is set to keep you cool and dry. It’s made from mesh fabric (even the band!), with strategic cut-outs in areas where you perspire the most.

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  • Glyder Uplift Bra Granite stripe ($85)
    10 / 12 Glyder Uplift Bra Granite stripe ($85)

    Where to buy: Online

    Designed to look like a cropped top, this bra looks modest enough to be worn on its own. The stretchy racerback promises to lift and shape you in all the right places.

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  • Adidas Don’t Rest Branded Bra ($50)
    11 / 12 Adidas Don’t Rest Branded Bra ($50)

    Where to buy: Online or in-store

    Made for all gym workouts, this bra has wide, flat and stretchy straps to accommodate your twisting, bending and stretching. The four criss-cross back straps plus body-hugging fit will ensure that your sisters stay right where they are.

    (Also read: These adidas Activewear Pieces Will Help You Crush Any Workout from HIIT to Hiking)

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  • Pomelo Balance Cross Back Sports Bra ($39)
    12 / 12 Pomelo Balance Cross Back Sports Bra ($39)

    Where to buy: Online

    The lightweight fabric lets you go all out in whatever you do, with minimum distraction. Adjustable cross-back straps allow you to perfect the fit.

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