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Are You Wearing the Right Sports Bra?

A Guide for Women of All Shapes and Sizes


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  • The Enell bras are expensive but well-made, sturdy, and the only sports bra I've ever owned that held everything in place. I am a top heavy size 16-18W. I bought mine at a local running shop and it was worth every penny. - 7/8/2012 3:09:56 PM
  • The only thing I would add is that you shouldn't use fabric softener when washing bras (or any clothing) with wicking ability. Fabric softener inhibits the wicking ability. - 7/8/2012 11:57:47 AM
  • When I started exercising 3 months post-partum while breastfeeding in my regular old comprsssion bras, i was hurting any time i jumped. I had to modify jumping jacks to just move my legs while i had my arms crossed across my milk-laden boobs for support! So i finally spent a little extra money on a Champion encapsulated bra at JC Penneys. Wow, what a difference! I could do normal jumping jacks without pain!

    Now that my son is almost 2 and I'm not producing as much milk as I did when he was an infant, I'm comfortable in my old compression bras again. Although some of ghem are probably 10 years old and definitely getting a little big! Might be time to reward myself with some new ones.

    I wish someone made one with a pocket for my smartphone since i tuck it into the side of my bra to listen to music while working out. - 7/8/2012 6:52:06 AM
  • Based on this measurement and chart I should be wearing a 44B. 44 is way to big, and B isn't quite right, even in that size. In most every brand that I have tried I am either a 40C or 40D. Occasionally, DD but that has been pretty rare. Back when I was wearing a 38, then definitively a DD. I don't think this chart is very accurate. Even when I was "professionally fitted" they used a similar method and it really came down to that measurement and calculation wasn't what really fits me. Could it be difference in body shape? - 5/5/2012 11:48:53 AM
  • I was exercising in my regular bras with a sport tank-top and that was so painful (I developed blisters from the underwire digging into my skin in several places). I bought the Enell sports bra and I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it is. The bra helps support my back and my side-boob/rolls (LOL). It dramatically flattens my chest but that's a good thing - keeps me from flopping around. It's expensive - but considering I work out 5 days a week, it was totally worth it! Sizing is very true to size so be sure to take the right measurements for the best fit! - 4/27/2012 10:08:16 PM
    If I am understanding this correctly, it makes no sense. My bust measurement is 47". I measured my ribcage underneath and got 44" After adding 3" as it says to, it equals 47'. I wear a 40 C, but according to your method, I wear under an A cup! Something is not right!
    - 3/26/2012 1:05:32 AM
  • At some point, years ago, I figured out that a regular minimizing bra does the trick for me. Other sports bras, even the ones prescribed for larger breasts, just never worked as hoped. The basic minimizing bra is not super attractive, but it does the job, and at much less cost than the fancy sports bras. No more doubling up for me! :) - 7/5/2011 1:44:35 PM
  • this is such an amazing article. i have a small frame but my breasts are large and i've been wearing two sports bras just to contain them...i can barely breathe! i'm going to order the enell bra right away...i'm so excited to find something designed for this. thank you so much!! - 6/23/2011 11:19:51 PM
  • I never have been able to find a sports bra off the rack at the department store that adequately rein in the upward bounce. Have a drawer full of sports bras that are as good as useless, but I wear them anyway just to wear something. So I went to the Moving Comfort site and entered my information in the Bra Fitter only to get a pop up that they don't make bras for people like me. I guess that explains it. Well, I have to go spend the rest of the day in my cave nursing my wounded ego. - 6/7/2011 10:15:02 AM
  • The Enell bras were the only way I could exercise before I finally broke down and had a reduction 5 years ago. They are ugly and crazy expensive but worked. I couldn't jog or do anything high impact, but at least I could do low impact aerobics or spin classes (I was a 34H pre-surgery.) Now that I can buy normal bras again, Moving Comfort makes great ones. Still good for fuller figured.

    The crazy size charts never did me any good. I've never measured anywhwere close to what those charts say - they try to stick me in a A cup and I wear a D! - 3/25/2011 9:18:45 PM
  • Hands down, the best sports bra I have ever worn is the Ta Ta Tamer at Lululemon. I know a lot of people are reluctant to spend the money - they are about $60 - but trust me they are worth it. I have a large chest, and whenever I was running or doing jumping jacks, I'd be holding my boobs haha. It would be embarassing to run or to do a high intensity aerobics class because of all the jiggle.

    BUT after getting the Ta Ta Tamer, there was NO jiggle. It feels like you don't even have boobs, that's how much they do not move. And because it has the two cups, instead of just compressing to your chest, you don't get that unattractive uni-boob. Seriously, try one, and consider investing. I promise you won't be disappointed. - 1/6/2011 8:13:38 AM
  • Great article! Great tips from the comments, too. I'll plan on making an enell bra a reward for myself! - 1/2/2011 10:54:35 PM
    I'm a 32 F, and finding a good sports bra is even more of a challenge than finding regular bras. Most sports bras don't fit me. Most bra makers don't make this size, or anything above a B cup for a 32 band.

    I can't recommend ENELL highly enough. Now that I have my Enell bra I can actually run, and there is no motion at all! It's like my breasts aren't even there. I haven't been able to really run since I was a kid, so finding this bra was really liberating for me. - 12/20/2010 11:14:55 PM
  • This interesting article talks about what types of bras are best for which sizes, and basically states that there is no type for anyone above a DD.
    I am a 34F and am able to fit into an UnderArmour XL. It was the only one in town that would fit right. I was concerned at first, but now that I have worn it for awhile I LOVE it. The front zip is a great idea, it fits snug but not so much I feel like I can't breathe. My boobs aren't sitting up by my chin, but they aren't saggin' either. I liked it so much I bought a second. It was a bit pricey, but not more than I expect to pay for bras in my size (REALLY, can they not lower the prices of those cute 34F bras...ahem...Nordstrom). - 12/16/2010 5:17:53 AM
    Hmm - the measurements seem to work fine for me! I didn't feel supported with my sports bra but after I took my measurements I found that I had gone down a cup size, to where I was for most of my life before I gained so much weight. Duh! I got the same model in the correct size and it feels great! - 10/19/2010 8:34:49 PM

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