Sorry guys, this one is for the ladies.
Fit is the new sexy. With swimsuit season just around the corner, we all seem to be finding our way to the gym to tone up our “beach bod”. I know I have been stocking up on the latest (and cutest) work out gear. What is the most essential item in my workout wardrobe? A well-fitting sports bra.
Sports bras are essential for two reasons: to provide needed support, and to flatter our figure. It doesn’t matter what shape you are, going without a proper fitting sports bra can be painful and quite embarrassing. A Live Science article shares some scary facts about what happens when you workout without the proper support…just one tidbit; women’s breasts move about EIGHT inches during exercise…ouch!
Contrary to popular belief, women of every size need a sports bra. Women with smaller cup sizes still need support. When shopping for bras, pay attention to key terms such as low, medium, and high impact. This will let you know the types activities the bra is most appropriate for.
Finding the right bra for your body can be challenging so we’ve done the hard work for you. Check out these recommended bras in your size. Don’t let the lack of a proper bra keep you from a great workout!
For smaller cup sizes, compression bras tend to work best. These bras compress the chest to reduce up and down movement. Just because the best bras for this size compress, it doesn’t mean they will make you feel flat as a board. Some of our favorites for this size include the Handful Adjustable Bra which allows you to “flatter and not flatten” during your workout. You may also like the Versatile Bra by Brooks. It provides support and compression from one of the best running brands on the market. A-B Cup ladies can choose to find a bra that fits based on cup size or using the traditional small, medium, large sizing scales.
Ladies, if you wear this size you need support and not just compression. This is referred to as encapsulation which describes a bra that has full coverage. Look for cup sizing and not just small-large sizing. I love the Moving Comfort Divine Mesh because of its molded cups and underwire for increased support. It fits a variety of cups sizes, but works especially well for the C Cup.
These larger sizes are the ones that ladies tend to have trouble with. It can be hard to find a bra that provides substantial support without creating the “uni-boob” shape. The Moving Comfort Luna is an excellent choice for this cup size and was named the “Best Bra for Medium to High Impact for C-D cups” by Prevention Magazine. It has wide straps and and underwire support system to get you through your workout.
There can be an overwhelming number of sports bras to choose from. Just live by these guidelines:
- Opt for a bra that will fit your exact cup size.
- Ultimately you want a sports bra that reduces movement. Try one on and move around a bit to get a feel for its shape and support.
- Have a bra fitting every 6-12 months. If you are working hard at the gym, you may experience a change in bra size.
- Take care of your body. Proper support is so important during a workout.
Don’t be afraid OR ashamed. Love your body and take care of it. With the right sports bra you can be on your way to getting that beach body in no time! Find all your workout needs right here at www.doddsshoe.com.