When it comes to sports bras, it is not just about size--feeling comfortable and well-supported throughout your workout will make a difference. You don't want to your assets to be bouncing vigorously at the gym, or wearing a bra that is too tight for you to move properly during your yoga class!
This is where your activewear comes in. Your sportswear should be supporting your workout.
And we know, choosing a sports bra can be daunting, especially with the options available in the market today. Today, we want to talk about:
1) the benefits of wearing a sports bra, and
2) how to choose the best sports bra
In frame: Rianda Gracia is wearing Circuit Bra. Circuit Bra is designed with cross back and thick band to give extra support.
The benefits of wearing a sports bra
Did you know?
During a medium-high impact exercise (eg: running, spinning), our breasts can move up to 14 centimetres in multi directions. Overtime, this can lead to pain in our breasts, neck and even back and cause long-term damage in our body.
A good sports bra should make you feel supported when you work out, and still feel comfortable. You want a distraction-free workout and not be bothered by any uncomfortable bounce!
In frame: Clarissa is wearing Unrestrained Bra (Back Clasp). Unrestrained Bra is designed with cross back, back clasp and thick band to give extra support.
How to choose the right sports bra for your workout
It might sound obvious, but you'd want to choose the right bra design for your cup size. As a general rule of thumb, if you have bigger cup, look for higher coverage bra (ie: higher neckline) to prevent your breasts from spilling out during your workout.
Next, you'd want to pick the right type of bra support for your type of workout. Different bras would provide different levels of support, depending on how they are made.
There are 3 main support levels:
- Light support: Think low-impact, slower movements with little to no bounce. This type of bra would be suitable for activities like yoga, pilates, barre, and even walking (to name a few).
- Medium support: Think quicker movements with slightly more bounce. Some activities include dancing, spinning or using an elliptical trainer.
- High support: Fast movements with repeat bouncing: Think running, HIIT and circuit training.
When buying a sports bra, you'd need look at the description provided for the support level. However, there might be exceptions! Smaller cup sizes (AA, A) can often wear light or medium sports bras (even for high-impact activities)--and the converse is true: Large cup sizes (C, D and larger) might be most comfortable in high-support bras, even for low-impact activities.
The Fit Test: Trying out your sports bra
Here are some suggestions from us on how to test the fit on your bra:
1) The under-bust band should feel more snug than your everyday bra, but should stay in place when you move your arms! If you move and the band moves with you, it is too big. If it feels overly suffocating for you that you are unable to put 1-2 fingers into the band, it is too small.
2) Straps: The back design (be it racerback or straps) should not be digging into your flesh. If they do, you might need to go up a size.
3) Coverage: Generally, your breasts should not be "spilling out". This means that your breasts should fill the cup completely, and it is even more important for higher impact activities with more bounce! Make sure you have enough support for your breasts to avoid aforementioned pain and soreness.
At the end of the day, we all have different body types! Guidelines exist to guide us, but we'd need to listen to our body first. If you'd like to try on before buying your sports bra, head over to this link to find out more.