I have the same issue & what I have found that works for me (and my sister too) is the Glamorise No Bounce sports bra. It's not attractive but effective & I usually can find them on sale (regular price is $30, I think). I've bought them at JC Penney and one time we bought them through Lane Bryant when they were having a buy 2 get 2 free sale (my sis & I got 2 each & split the cost). I found it on amazon for $14 to $40 depending on size. www.amazon.com/Glamorise-Womens-Bounce-Sup port-Sport/dp/B0035WTMF4
Old Navy has some inexpensive workout clothing including sports bras. I feel that the ON sports bra doesn't stop bounce but it is very confortable & much nicer than the sports bras at walmart. What I did was pair the sports bra with a compression tank that also had a built in bra (also from ON). Redundant, but it worked.
You could try some exercises with less impact. That may help a bit.
I'm completely shooting out weird ideas here, so bear with me on this suggestion. I've only got a small B cup myself, so I don't have the challenges you do... but I wonder if purchasing some ACE bandage wrap and wrapping yourself up tight that way might suffice for a while until you can afford an actual good sports bra? Don't know... maybe that's not a great idea at all, but hope you can find a way to keep the girls snug so you don't experience pain.
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I know how you feel. When I first started losing weight, I thought I might actually lose some of the weight in my boobs. My bra size changed but only because my band size decreased. I haven't lost any inches in my bust. I'm short (5 foot even) and busty. I can find the correct band size but it seems that stores don't go up high enough in cup size.
I understand the pain too. I am at a point where I could start to run but because I lack a truly supportive bra, it is just too painful.
What does your exercise routine look like? I assume that you are doing both cardio and strength training. The cardio is the problem. I use the cardio equipment at the gym. If I am away from the gym, I will go for a walk (and vary the speed and distance walked) or a hike. I will also incorporate some workout dvd's (Billy Blanks Taebo dvd's - not all Taebo but are awesome workouts).
If you're at a gym try using the elliptical, treadmill, rowing machine, and stationary bike. If the stationary bike is too difficult or too uncomfortable at first, start with the recumbent bike. I actually avoided the bike for awhile because I didn't like having my knees hitting my abdominal fat. I had been using the gym for about 9 months before I went to the stationary bike. Now, I'm using the spinning bike. With the treadmill, you can do a search on Google for various workout routines that will definitely get your heart pumping. The elliptical is nice too easy on the joints and you can go a little faster. It's the machine I used the most when I first started working out. The rowing machine is great. I absolutely love it and it is a great full body workout. You can definitely feel it in your abs and lower back. You'd probably want someone to show you how to use it (proper form). I mention all of these things because you can do something different each time you do cardio and it's not too hard on the boobs. I use or have used the equipment that I mentioned.
The best thing that I can suggest is to look for a regular bra that offers support (the band) and can hold the girls in place (full coverage - or whatever it's called - where it covers all of your boobs). That's what I have been doing. I'd get a sports bra but I can't find any in my cup size (DDD). I can find the correct band size but not cup size. I swear, it's like companies think that if you are top heavy that my band size can't be as small as it is.
I don't know what else to tell you right now but I hope I've helped some. I hope that helps.
I'm sorry you're struggling so much. That doesn't sound like any fun.
I've seen many suggestions of layering multiple sports bras. Maybe you could find some others at a discount store like Ross, TJ Maxx, Burlington Coat Factory or Marshalls...you might find better quality bras for less. You could also add a compression top...you might not feel comfortable with something so form-fitting, but you could also layer that.
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I am a fairly well endowed 220 pound woman. I have cheap sports bras but they really don't help much...I have gone as far as wearing my regular bra, with 2 sports bras over it, but I still have major problems doing things like jumping jacks, and attempting to run. It can be very painful. I know a good sports bra is important, and would be a good investment and I am saving up for one, but right now money for extras is pretty tight so it will probably be 4 or 5 months until I have enough. My question is, is there anything else that I can do to help with the "bouncing"? I honestly don't care what it looks like, I would be using it at the gym or anything.
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