Are you active and find you're having a love hate relationship with your sports bras? Feel like you're wearing a medieval torture device? One of the most frequently asked question I get asked when it comes to bras is how to find the correct fitting sports bra.
I find that a lot of women who want to exercise more, be healthier, and lose weight, but are missing one crucial component in doing so. That's feeling comfortable while being active. If you don't feel comfortable you're not going to feel motivated to stay active. Especially when you feel like your boobs are hitting you in face, getting in the way, or falling out of your bra. Here are my three simple steps in finding the perfect fitting sports bra.
1. Determine what type of activity you'll be doing
If you are going to be doing a higher impact sport like: running, jogging, football, soccer, HIIT, tennis, basketball, or CrossFit; you're going to need a lot more support. I recommend an underwire or a higher impact sports bra. These two options are going to give you the lift, support, and will hold them in place so there's hardly going to be any bouncing of the boobies.
If you're going to do a lower impact sport like: walking, weight lifting, yoga, cycling, dancing, or pilates, you can get away with not wearing an underwire. Another factor is your cup size, I go more in depth below.
2. Determine your sports bra size
Your bra size and your sports bra size will be the same. Some brands might feel If you don't already know your size, go to my bra sizing post where I go over how to measure yourself to get a good starting point as to what size you are. If you live in Utah, you can make a bra fitting appointment with me here in my bra fitting shop.
3. Find the Perfect Fitting Sports Bra
The last step is probably the part most people loathe and that is trying them on to see which one(s) fit the best! Here are my tips for success once you've done step 1 and 2.
For my small and large busted gals, I highly recommend you wear an encapsulated sports bra instead of the compression types. Encapsulated sports bras are going to give you better support, prevent your bosoms from vertical and horizontal movement, and they will reduce the bounce significantly. Compression sports bras are more for low impact activities which is what most women wear when they do high impact sports.
Here's a picture of the difference between a compression and encapsulated sports bra.
Those are my three tips ladies! But here are six other tips that are also very important.
Get more than one sports bra. If you're active more than 2-3 times a week, I definitely recommend you to get more than one sports bra. When you wear the same bra every time you workout, it won't last you as long. Bras on average, last around 6-12 months because they do stretch out.
Do the six point check. The six point check is so important in deciding whether or not that sports bra you're trying on and thinking about buying is a good fit. You can check out my six points below. If you want to see some beautiful pictures of this being illustrated, go here.
Bring some of your workout clothes to try on over your bra. You want to make sure the sports bra you're going to get is going to look good under your workout clothes. I'd recommend you wear your workout clothes when going sports bra shopping.
Do the bounce test. Yes, you gotta bounce in your sports bra to make sure they're staying in place. Once you find a bra you think is a contender, bounce up and down, do some jumping jacks, burpees, or whatever you can physically do in a dressing room and see how your boobs are positioned after doing that. Are you having to adjust them a lot afterwards? Did they bounce and hit you in the face? I sure hope they didn't. If you said yes to both of these, this bra isn't the right one for you, sorry.
Is it comfortable? Make sure you move your arms front to back to make sure your armpits aren't being chaffed by the bra. The worst thing is having a sports bra that is way uncomfortable.
Lighter Colors=High Maintenance Dark Colors= Low Maintenance. This is a lot like having a beautiful white couch and having small children. Your white couch isn't going to stay white for very long with greasy, sticky, and dirty hands all over it. Sports bras go through the wringer, they collect sweat, dirt, and a lot of foul smelling body odor. If you want your bra to look nicer longer, I'd recommend you to get one that is a darker color rather than a white or a cream.
I hope these tips help you find the perfect fitting sports bra. If you have questions please don't hesitate to leave a comment below. I answer all questions and no question is stupid! Or if you feel more comfortable, you can always email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're interested in scheduling a bra fitting with me in my shop, go here.