(Closed) How IS a sports bra supposed to fit anyway?

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

@NJmeetsBX:It shoud have full coverage over the boobs and a snug fit. I am a 36 DD and it is not the most flattering look but it keeps you from looking too bouncy and delicious to the men in the gym. A nice body, sweaty and bouncy boobs in the gym will attract attention:0)

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper

I watched a Dr. Oz show about this.  It was really interesting.  They said to not get the kind that just smoosh you in – find one that has seaming around the cups, so it gives you structure and not just smoosh.  Also find brands that actually sell in cup size.  They also recommended finding one with adjustable straps (but I’ve never seen anything those!).

I think the bigger cup size, the more you have to be picky.  I know they make some hard-core ones for runners… I’d start there.

Sporting good stores might be a good place to start.  

I haven’t put in the necessary time to find good brands – I’ve been using the Nike “smoosh’ kind that I know aren’t good!

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Being large chested myself (36F here), I can definitely understand the need for a good, well fitted sports bra.  I have had really good success with the brand Moving Comfort.  They have a variety of styles so you can find on that is comfortable for you, they come in cup/bra sizes, they have seaming around the cups so you actually get support and they have adjustable straps!  Win, win and win!

Be prepared to drop a chunk of change (~$50-$60 probably) for a good supportive sports bra.  It is completely worth it and really a necessity when you’ve got extra in the chest area that needs support.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Snug? I have a Juno moving Comfort bra in a 36DD and I love it. It’s not overly squishy but it is supportive in many ways. Doesn’t dig into my shoulders, either. Each cup is fully structured with padding (so no nipping when it’s cold) and the straps are adjustable with velcro and it clasps together in the back. It is fantastic.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My rule of thumb is to be comfortable, to be quite honest.  I used to have a much larger chest then I do now (the downside of losing weight, lol) and when I would try on sports bras I would jump around to see if they were still comfortable when I was moving.  Now that I’m basically flat (32C – well technically a 30C but they don’t really sell those anywhere so I have to get 32 – so flat is an exageration, but compared to what I was before I’m flat) it’s a lot easier to find sportsbras that are comfortable for me.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@MandaMack: Haha!  I totally jump and bounce around in the dressing room when I’m buying sports bras to make sure they’re comfortable!  I always feel a little silly doing it but its something you have to check before you go try to work out in it.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Good question! I do not have that big of a chest at all. But sports bra allowed my boobs to bounce while I worked out. So I decided to use my old one which is pretty snug and uncomfortable but pressed them down enough… I thought. The next day, my boobs STILL bounced. I am not used to them bouncing EVER. So this is a big surprise to me. Maybe they grew or something?

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have 38 DD and I don’t want them to bounce when I run.  So look for tags that say Firm.  Or find some with underwire.  I don’t care if they mush me.  As long as the bounce is gone, then I’m good.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

@NJmeetsBX: We are close to the same size and having on tights with DD boobs in the gym will have a few guys trying to walk you to your car and exchange business cards…..hmmm no thanks. How many pounds are you trying to loose? I am going to go hard for the next 3 months to drop 10 pounds and get swim suit ready for the summer. What’s your goal?

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Hi there! I am exactly the same size as you, and I swear by the Enell bra. They are available in some sporting goods stores or online. They are not cheap (I think it ran about $60-$70), but they offer support like no other sports bra I have ever tried.

I hate all chest movement while I’m working out, and the Enell allows me to run and take aerobic classes comfortably for the first time in years. I will warn you that it is a very snug fit–the insert that comes with the bra tells you that the first time you put it on, you will think you ordered too small, but you didn’t! It’s a vest-type bra that has hooks in the front, so it’s not something attractive you would wear without a t-shirt. But I can’t recommend it enough if you want to banish the bounce.

 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Phantom: I like Enell too.

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Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Try to find one that has the same characteristics as a regular bra: underwire, adjustable straps, and hooks in the back.  And try to find sports bras that come in cup sizes.

I’m a 32D and if I really need something cheap and quick, I’ll just get a couple of those stretchy sports bras from Target in a sz small and layer them on top of eachother (as in, wear two sports bras at once).  Not flattering, but it keeps the bouncing to a minimum.

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