How To Pick The Perfect Sports Bra
Feeling your boobs jiggle and flap when you exercise is one of the most uncomfortable things ever. Wearing a bra that doesn’t give you proper support while you exercise, (especially if you have big boobs) can make you feel self conscious and distracted. You shouldn’t be worrying about your boobies being sore or constantly bouncing while you’re cleaning that barbell or running a 5k.
Having the right sports bra for your boobs will change the way you workout, make you comfortable and give you that extra boost of confidence you need during your workout. Sports bras generally fall into two broad categories- Compression and Encapsulation, and they each offer different kinds of support.
What are Compression Bras?
Compression bras work by holding the breasts close to the chest without the use of separate cups. These bras are great for women with small boobs, think, A cups and B cups. They’re best for low impact workouts because they offer a lower level of support.
What are Encapsulation Bras?
Encapsulation bras work like normal bras, but with extra support and higher coverage. They are perfect for high impact workouts and best suited to women with large boobs, specifically C cups and above. The straps are usually adjustable for maximum support and they’re designed to support each boob separately.
Best of both worlds!
Some sports bras are designed by merging the best features of the compression and encapsulation bras. This type of bras usually provide the most support. It features adjustable straps, separate cups, and band closure and provides firm support by holding the boobs close to the chest. These bras are recommended for women with very large busts or anyone doing intense, high impact workouts. Now that you know the two major types of bras, and the activities and body types they’re each suited for- you’ll want to follow these additional tips.
Getting the perfect sports bra doesn’t involve guess work. You need to measure yourself, to ensure you’re getting the right size, so your sports bra can fit perfectly. Measuring yourself is easy! All you need to do is use a tape to measure your ribcage, right underneath your boobs. Ensure that the tape is lying flat. Write down your measurement and use the table below to figure out your band measurement.
25-27 inches- band size 30
27-29 inches- band size 32
29-31 inches- band size 34
31-33 inches - band size 36
33-35 inches - band size 38
35-37 inches - band size 40
37-39 inches - band size 42
39-41 inches - band size 44
After this, wear a sports bra and measure across the fullest part of your boobs. Subtract your band size measurement from this measurement, and the difference in inches will determine your cup size. For example, if your band measurement is 27 inches, and your cup measurement is 30 inches, the difference is 3 inches and you’re an AA cup. You can use the chart below as a size guide.
3 inches - AA cup
4 inches - A cup
5 inches - B cup
6 inches - C cup
7 inches - D cup
8 inches - DD cup
9 inches- E cup
10 inches- F cup
Test the fit!
When you try on your new bra, there are a couple of things to take note of, in order to ensure it’s the perfect fit:
Cups - If you’re spilling out of the bra, either at the top or under the armpits, you need to go up a cup size. Your boobs shouldn’t be crushed. If there is visible space between your boobs and the bra, you need to go down a cup size. Loose cups provide poor support.
Straps - If you buy a bra with adjustable straps, adjust the straps such that you can fit in two fingers between your shoulder and the strap. If your straps are too tight, they will painfully dig into your shoulders while you work out and cause discomfort. If they’re loose, they can fall off or provide little support. If the back straps are pulling up and riding higher than the front of the bra, the band might be too large or the straps too short.
Band - If it’s a compression bra, the rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t be able to pull the band more than an inch away from your rib cage. If you can, you need to go down a band size. With an encapsulation bra, the bra should fit snugly on the loosest clasp setting. If you have to go down all the way to the smallest clasp setting, go down one band size. The band should always fit snugly around your ribcage.
The Jumping Jack Test - Take your new bra for a spin by doing ten jumping jacks while looking in the mirror. Make sure your new bra is doing its job by keeping the girls from jumping while you jump.
Having a good sports bra will definitely make your workouts more productive, and help you reach your body goals in a comfortable way. Always remember that quality of fit should be your ultimate criteria for choosing a sports bra. Definitely, getting a cute bra should be second on your list. What’s your favourite sports bra brand?