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How to choose the perfect sports bra

A well-fitting sports bra is an absolutely essential bit of kit for any woman taking part in physical activity. Whether it’s running, yoga, or weightlifting, you need the right support.

Not only does a good sports bra provide comfort and support, it also protects the delicate breast tissue from the strain of movement. However, with the bewildering array of options available, choosing the right sports bra can be daunting.

Sports bra fitting in store

If your sports bra is looking well-washed and a little shabby, come in for a fitting and get the all support you need! Our female staff are trained up and ready to help you choose the right style for your activity.

9 factors to consider when choosing a sports bra

For optimal comfort and performance, here’s our guide on how to select the perfect sports bra.

1. Determine your activity level

The first step in choosing a sports bra is to assess your activity level. Are you engaging in low-impact activities like yoga or high-impact activities such as running or aerobics?

Low-impact activities typically require less support, while high-impact activities demand more stability and control. Running is an activity that demands a sports bra with really good control and support.

2. Know your size

Many women wear the wrong size bra, which can lead to discomfort and inadequate support.

To determine your correct size, measure your band size (around your ribcage, just below your bust) and your bust size (fullest part of your breasts). Use these measurements to find your size according to the brand’s sizing chart. Just like clothing, brand sizing for sports bras can vary.

Our female staff can help you out with a sports bra fitting. If you want to find out when they’re available, and when might be a quiet time in the shop, give us a call and have a chat.

3. Consider the impact level

Different sports bras are designed to provide varying levels of support based on the intensity of the activity.

  • Low-impact bras offer light support and are suitable for activities like walking or weightlifting.
  • Medium-impact bras provide moderate support and are ideal for activities like cycling or hiking.
  • High-impact bras offer maximum support and are essential for activities like running or intense cardio workouts.

4. Choose the right style

Sports bras come in various styles, including compression bras, encapsulation bras, and combination bras.

  • Compression bras compress the breasts against the chest wall, providing support through pressure.
  • Encapsulation bras have individual cups that encapsulate each breast, offering more natural shaping and support.
  • Combination bras incorporate both compression and encapsulation techniques for maximum support and comfort.

5. Factor in the fabric

The fabric of the sports bra plays a crucial role in its performance and comfort. Look for bras made from moisture-wicking materials like nylon or polyester, which help to keep you dry and comfortable during workouts.

Additionally, consider bras with breathable mesh panels to enhance ventilation and prevent overheating.

6. Evaluate the straps and band

The straps and band of the sports bra should be wide and supportive to distribute weight evenly and reduce pressure on the shoulders.

Adjustable straps allow you to customize the fit for optimal comfort and support. The band should fit snugly around your ribcage without digging in or riding up.

7. Try it on and test for comfort

Once you’ve narrowed down your options, it’s essential to try on the sports bra and test for comfort and fit. Jump, stretch, and move around to ensure that the bra stays in place and provides adequate support without causing discomfort or chafing.

8. Check for proper coverage

The sports bra should provide adequate coverage to prevent spillage or bulging. Ensure that the cups fully encapsulate each breast and that there is no gap between the bra and your skin.

9. Consider your personal preferences

Finally, consider your personal preferences in terms of style, colour, and brand. Choose a sports bra that not only meets your functional needs but also aligns with your aesthetic preferences and budget.

Get all the support you need

We hope that these guidelines will help you feel confident to choose the perfect sports bra that provides the support, comfort, and performance you need to excel in whatever sport you love the most.

Investing in a high-quality sports bra is essential for the health and well-being of your breasts, so choose wisely. Our female staff are on hand to help you with a fitting in our Leicester store in Clarendon Park.

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