Your sports bra can make or break your workout. Get the right one with our trusty checklist.
Boob bounce is so not sexy when it comes to the gym. The up-and-down and side-to-side movement as you’re working out can leave your breasts, isntead of your muscles, sore. Too much movement or bouncing, in fact, can cause “the girls” to become droopy over time.
But finding the right size for a sports bra is not always as straightforward. Different activities require different fits, depending on whether the sport is low-impact (pilates, yoga), or high-impact (running, boxing). In fact, when a mistake many women make when buying a sports bra is that they buy what feels comfortable – which usually translates to the bra being too loose. And this doesn’t offer sufficient support, according to a source who worked at Lululemon.
Remember these tips before making your next sports bra purchase.
Your sports bra should be workout-specific
Figure out if you’ll be using the bra most for low, medium or high-impact activities. This will determine which type of support you need. If your answer is “high impact”, then you need higher compression and greater coverage. It’s not as comfy, but it’s necessary for activities like running where your breasts will move around more.
The band size matters
Question: How tight should the band be? Answer: You should be able to fit two fingers (no more, no less) between your body and the band. Bras with narrow bands – like the one featured here — are often seen on yogis are offer less support than those with wide bands. The latter is okay for weight training and activities like stand up paddle boarding and swimming.
Try before you buy
The last thing you want is to flash someone mid-burpee, which is what could happen if your bra is too loose. To test this, lift up your arms. If your bra rises with you and your boobs pop out from under the band, then try sizing down or elongating the straps if they’re adjustable.
At the same time, a sports bra is not supposed to be a push-up bra. If your boobs spill over the top or are struggling to stay in the cups, then move up a size. The same goes for when your armpit flesh is being squeezed out at the side. Tip: try going for a seamless bra to prevent armpit spillage.
Watch the length of your straps
Straps play a big part in how comfortable your sports bra will be. Straps that are too short can cause shoulder tension and neck aches which will negatively impact performance. When you first try on the bra, make sure you don’t feel a pulling sensation on the shoulders. The straps shouldn’t be too loose or long, either. The less stretchy the front straps are, the less gravity will be able to impact breasts.
(Also read: 6 Gorgeous Sports Bras Every Busy Woman Needs)