Sports bra issues suck
For women, the most essential piece of fitness equipment might just the sports bra. Sure you want something you think looks good. But if the fit isn’t right, it’s tough to focus on your game. Your bra can can make or break a workout. But how can you be sure that you are choosing something that is right for you? Fit Specialist Olivia Leroux of Anita Canada gives us the info on the most common sports bra issues women have, and how you can avoid these mistakes before you leave the fitting room. Plus, we have the best picks for sports bras on the market right now.
Mistake #1: Your band size is too loose
This might be the most common of all the sports bra issues we list. And this is the case when buying any bra – band too loose, cup too small. Nobody wants to deal with a sports bra that is so tight that it is chafing. Not fun. But if the band is riding up in the back, that’s a major clue that it’s too loose.
Get the right bra: Always check the fit of the band before you buy. According to Leroux, “you need tension but should still be able to insert a finger under the elastic band without feeling uncomfortable.” It will likely be easier to achieve this if you go for a sports bra that is bra-sized (example, 32, 34, 36 etc.) as opposed to just small, medium, large. If you go into the fitting room knowing that the support should come from the band, that will help.
Available in band sizes 30 to 46 and seamlessly shaped cups from A to H, this sports bra has the options you need to ensure the proper fit for any sport. Padded straps and moisture wicking fabric will help you go the extra distance.
Anita Momentum Sports Bra, $150 at Anita retailers.
Mistake #2: Cups that runneth over (or under, for that matter)
Uniboob, double-boob, and other such bra mishaps happen all the time. In this case, it’s all about having the right amount of room for your cup size.
Get the right bra: Lean forward and scoop your breasts into the cup to ensure they are sitting right when you are testing the fit. Leroux says to make sure that your breasts are completely encompassed, and that the cups aren’t too small and digging-in at the front for the dreaded double boob (or four boob) effect. Extra fabric below the cup? This means that the cup size is too big.
This sports bra is a great choice for C to E cup sizes, with molded wire-free cups that reduce bounce and a U-back design with hook and eye closure and adjustable straps. Available in back sizes 30 to 38.
Nike Pro Hero Bra, $95 at nike.com.