My beef with bras

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Ok, I may be new here, but I have to get something off my chest. Or rather, on it. Or not. Well, I'd like to get a sport bra on my chest, but it's hard to do!

I have noticed the advertising for a "fitting" her on SparkPeople for sport bras, and I have to chuckle. Most of us are here because we are either trying to lose weight or maintain a weight loss, it seems to be from my jogging around the site, which is thankfully far less painful than the real version. Because the sport bras I manage to find - which are really not sport bras at all but stretchy material sewn in a bra shape - allow so much bounce to the ounce I'd not dare to wear them for actual jogging.

How is it that those of us who so sorely need sport bras can't buy them unless we spend $75 or more and go online for them or to a fancy "salon" in the city? The largest size the advertiser here on SparkPeople posting for this proper fit advice is a 38. Even when I was at my fittest, when I was a very fit Army officer, I wore a 36 to fit my muscled upper body. Now that I have reached an age to interest AARP, I am far beyond wearing any band size in the 30s - depending on the brand, I might wear a size in the upper 40s at my current weight (or even larger in lesser brands). So why do manufacturers not make proper sport bras available to anyone but the marathon runners, teens, and emaciated model thinny minnies? Are we that so desperately need to exercise not worthy?
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    OMG, yes! I am tired of having to wear my regular bras to exercise in. Yet, I can't find a decent sports bra that I can afford! And I am just vain enough that I will not wear a smaller bra and run the "uniboob" look
    2451 days ago
    @Gingermacc: I wear a 48 or larger now, and the biggest "sport" bra I can find on the local racks is a 44 (supposedly). It barely covers the, umm, puppies, much less holds the girls for any kind of fitness activities. I wear it as a leisure bra at home.

    I have the problem of needing to work out for weight loss AND fitness, so I need a larger band size, plus the girls are DDs, so I just need a big bra. Sport bra manufacturers don't seem to be interested in helping us pudgies out at all, and we need the help. It's very discouraging.
    2451 days ago
    You didn't mention what your current bra size is. Is it larger than a 38 band size? Did you check Moving Comfort's web site? They might have a sports bra that fits. I wear a 34DDD and they had one (The Maia bra). I bought it at a local running store in winter 2011 and it's great. Just a suggestion.
    2452 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/4/2012 1:58:30 PM
    I hear ya and I agreed manufacturers dont even looked at us...may be they should
    I normally stopped by Marshall, TJ Maxx and looked around. Once in a blue moon I will find a really good bargain like $12 to $20 brandname like Nike and they are great to support my girls. unfortunately, with these stores, when you find them you have to buy as many as you can....otherwise, when you go back after few days or so, they are gone. Another thing you dont ahve luxury of colors that you want.....
    2452 days ago
    I had to order my size 20 bra for my 40 G girls from Lane Bryant. It is the most support I have EVER had in a sports bra. emoticon
    2452 days ago
    2452 days ago
    I hear ya. I just went looking for sports bras last week and not only is there not a good selection for anyone with a body bigger than a 12 year old, but they have made some of them ridiculous anymore. I actually found some very gaudy push up sports bras, who is in the market for a push up sports bra???
    2452 days ago
    I still don't own a proper sports bra. I can't bring myself to spend so much money on one when I'm living paycheck to paycheck as it is! So I double up when I run or work out ... a Target sports bra on the tighter side, on top of my regular bra. It's a pain in the but but it's the only thing that keeps my DDD girls in check, LOL!
    2452 days ago
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