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Fit Females Help You Find a Bra for Every Sport

For years I cursed sports bras. Often I would go to the gym in my regular bra because wrestling in and out of a sports bra seemed like more work than my actual training. Yeah, imagine rinsing those out every day. Gross!

To top it off, I would often get tension headaches due to the tight straps and boob constriction. Making matters all the merrier, it was not uncommon to find me wandering hunched over out of my bedroom, arms dangling over head with a bra trapped somewhere between my armpits and my chin. Someone get me out of this thing, for heaven’s sake!

Recently I’ve found a few bras that do the trick, but wanted to reach out to my fellow fitness friends to see what they recommend.

I gathered a group of incredibly fit and active ladies from all different backgrounds. Want to know what to wear to yoga? I have a yogi to tell you what she wears. Need to get support for tri-sports? No problem! And, of course, I have a host of gorgeous ladies who train in the gym and out in the field.

Ladies, I present the best of the best sharing their favorite sports bras.

 

Champion

It seems Champion may be the go-to bra for fit females. Here are some of the favorites and reasons why.

My favorite sports bra is the Champion Double Dry Shiny Seamless Sports Bra. Actually in my profile picture and cover photo doing the deadlift I am wearing it

I like it because it has is thick enough to support a large chest and add a bit more shape to a flat chest without having any padding. It is also made of a shiny wick-dry material that is strong and more durable than something like cotton or nylon and holds it’s shape after months of use. Basically I feel like it holds everything in secure without wiring or padding, creates a nicer streamline shape than other sports bras I have tried and adds a bit to a flat chest without being obvious.

 

Michelle Drielsma

Michelle Drielsma
Sydney Strength and Conditioning
Exercise physiologist and strength coach
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My favorite sports bar is made by Champion. I love it because the band under your boobs is thick and doesn’t stretch out. Good support, super soft and affordable too!

Julia Ladewski

Julia Ladewski
Parisi Speed School
Competitive Powerlifter, strength coach, writer, and Girls Gone Strong Co-Founder
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Champion c9 Cami sports bra

My favorite sports bra is the C9 Seamless Cami bra made by Champion USA. I stumbled upon this particular brand of bras one day while scooping out the Workout Apparel section at my neighborhood Target. The bright, neon colors of the display are what caught my eye and once I tried on the bra, I didn’t really want to take it off!

One might worry that because the bra is seamless and considered a cami, it might not fit well. This could not be further from the truth. The bra fits snugly without squeezing the very breathe out of you. I’m sure you all have worn a sports bra that squeezed you so tight you thought you were going to pass out! I also like that there are no weird cups or padding in this particular bra. There is a large assortment of colors and designs that you can choose and I may or may not have most of them. It’s nice to add a pop of color to your workout attire and the C9 allows you to do that.

Tenecia Phillips

Tenecia Phillips
Boobs, Barbells, and Broccoli
NPC figure competitor
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I use Champion sports bras. I don’t require much support, and just want something comfortable that won’t ride up. Champion’s been my go-to for years. It doesn’t hurt they have awesome colors.

 

Sara Grambusch

Sara Grambusch
Stories and Sweet Potatoes
Blogger and Fitfluential ambassador
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My favorite sports bra is the Champion Double Dry Seamless Sports Bra. It is secure and comfortable, so it doesn’t interrupt my training. The band at the bottom is flexible and helps the bra conform to my shape. I have yet to find as good a sports bra as this one!

 

Carrie McMahon

Carrie McMahon
This Fit Chick
Personal Trainer and Fitness Blogger
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Kellie’s Pick

I recently discovered the Champion Powerback Underwire Sports Bra. I was drawn to this bra because you can actually order them in cup sizes. The largest issue I find with standard sports bras is the band to cup ratio. I need a larger cup and smaller band. Lo and behold, here it is.

Things I love: great fit for the band and cups, comfortable when wearing, good support, boob separation with the underwires (no uniboob, Jen!)

Things I don’t love so much: holy  how do I get out of this thing? The first time I put it on I thought I would never get it off. A lot of wiggling was involved. Over the course of a few wears it loosened up and isn’t so bad. It also has a clasp in the back which requires quite a bit of shoulder flexibility or extra set of hands. And it’s not lined. You can also add liners to it from other bras.

Lululemon

I don’t need a tremendous amount of support — we’re dealing with B’s here — so I have the freedom to shop based on style and quality instead. You know what I don’t find to be stylish? Mashed-together uniboob or a high front. (After all, why wait till post-workout to decorate your décolletage? Unless, of course, you’re in need of a real bra for real reasons, as Kellie is.) My other stipulation is that the bra be lined — I don’t appreciate surprise nips popping up in pictures.

Lululemon is the brand I find does the best bra work based on the criteria above. I got the bra in my photo there, but it’s no longer available online (the Lulu giveth and the Lulu taketh away). There are a handful of other options on their site, but oftentimes the stores have a better selection.

 

Jen Sinkler

Jen Sinkler
Experience Life Magazine
Fitness editor and former rugby player
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This is a toss-up between Nike and Lululemon, but I’m going to have to ultimately go with the latter. First things first, something about even hearing the brand name makes my heart flutter. Could it be the shockingly high prices? Nay. But their yoga pants can make any butt – well, almost any butt – look good. And there’s no price tag on that. Working out is working out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look good doing it! There’s something gratifying about wearing the same brand of clothing from head to toe. So for sports bras, I’m going to have to go with the Free to Be because it’s great for high-impact activities while still looking cute.

Sometimes, going to the gym is just an excuse to wear all your cute workout outfits… right?

Sohee Lee

Sohee Lee
Cressey Performance
Strength and conditioning intern
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My fave sports bra is LuLu Lemon – the Ta Ta Tamer! Its soft, washes well, keeps the puppies in place and also gives them a nice shape.

 

Rachel Guy

Rachel Guy
Athletic Fox
Strength and conditioning coach, physical therapy, IFBB Bikini Pro
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I’m big on high-impact activities, so support is key. The Lululemon Engage Bra works for running, circuit training, soccer (just about everything I love to do) — without creating the dreaded “uniboob” effect.

And for yoga and lighter activities, my new favorite is the Crissy Bra Top by Prana. As a fitness editor I’m wearing workout gear more days than not, so it’s fun to bring a little fashion into the mix sometimes.

Jordan Shakeshaft

Jordan Shakeshaft
Greatist.com
Fitness Editor
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Reebok

I’m a triathlete and built in a way that requires minimal support. I typically train twice a day, or in succession running right off the bike, and I sweat a lot. I need a light-weight, wicking, non-chafing, durable (lots of laundering), no-frills racer-back sports bra. I avoid clasps or Velcro but I do want lots of colors to choose from for days I prefer to run in just a sports bra and shorts. My favorite is the Reebok Women’s Core Seamless Sports Bra.

 

Cortney Martin

Cortney Martin
CortTheSport
Triathlete and bench press competitor
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Athleta

I love the Athleta’s Mayarasana Bra – soft, lightweight, seamless, anti-odor, anti-bacterial, moisture wicking, and breathable. The adjustable straps that convert from straight to racer back. Best of all, removable cups! Thank you, Athleta, for putting cups in a sports bra that is comfortable enough to wear all day, every day, and supportive enough to wear for work outs. The cups are key here – many low impact sports bras have no liners to hide the headlights! This bra looks great under clothing or all alone in the gym. I love it. I want everyone to know about it. If you are an A or B cup, it will change your life.

Ann Wendel

Ann Wendel
Prana Physical Therapy, PLLC
Certified athletic trainer, licensed physical therapist, certified myofacial trigger point therapist
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Marika

I love my Marika Athletic Bra. I wear and love the Marika medium impact, removable cups sports bra. It is a sturdy, but oh-so-soft cotton with light mesh racer back. I love that it gives me support and shape without feeling over stuffed, or strapped down.

I teach 16 Yoga classes every week, and it has held up wonderfully after countless wears and washes!

 

Molly Dindia

Molly Dindia
Harmony Yoga
Certified yoga practitioner
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Moving Comfort

Being extremely active and having a ‘D’ cup has made finding a good sports bra very challenging! I have tried countless brands and styles (even doubling some up for a few years!), and nothing has worked until… I discovered the “Juno” by Moving Comfort. It is my favorite and stands far above the rest. With wide adjustable shoulder straps so they don’t dig in, it’s a racer back cut, extremely supportive for high impact things like jump rope and sprints, and has an adjustable back closure. The best part is that it comes in a ton of really cute colors and is just around $50! It is the only sports bra I will ever wear!

Jen Comas Keck

Jen Comas Keck
Beauty Lies in Strength
Fitness and nutrition consultant, Co-founder of Girls Gone Strong
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Mark and Spencer/ H&M

My trusty medium impact black & pink sports bra from Marks & Spencers (M&S)…where *everyone* buys their underwear in the UK. I bought 3 of these as I loved them so much, unfortunately they’re no longer available, sob sob! It holds everything in place while still being stylish, I love the double thinner straps instead of industrial strength straps that feel like they’re cutting my shoulders in half!

I’ve also bought this one recently (from M&S also) and it’s great for high impact cardio work, good support and looks good too. Not normally a fan of underwired sports bras but it’s kinda padded so you don’t notice the underwire as much.

For low impact and weight training I’ve got 2 from H&M (black and lime green) and loving them. Cheap, cheerful, wash well and looks great!

I don’t normally buy the really expensive sports bras as I work out 6 days a week. I’ve got a set budget so I’ve opted to buy more of the inexpensive ones and have spares while some are in the laundry! There are some great inexpensive sports bras out there.

Bridgit (Wag Doll)

Bridgit (Wag Doll)
Fitness blogger
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These are some really great tips from some amazing women. I hope this post helps you find the perfect bra for your workouts and training. I know I am ready to test out a few on the list that I haven’t tried.

 

Did we miss your favorite? If so, share it in the answers below! 

 

 

 

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6 Comments
  • Thanks for the suggestion. Maybe I will do a part two. I reached out to as many females as possible and it seems I got a decent mix of needs and sizes. But a focus on larger sizes would be a great post too!

  • It’s craziness, I know! The things ladies go through. :)

  • Yes, they do have a great selection at Target!

  • Would’ve loved to see a few more for large-busted (D+) girls. Personally I’m a huge fan of the ShockAbsorber bras.

  • PS I think more than one women has gotten whiplash or thrown their back out trying to get out of sports bras, especially post workout, we’ve all been there and it aint pretty!

  • I LOOOOOVVVEEEE – high pitch sing song voice – Champion Bras and could be a poster child for these things – plus Target carries them, so that is a plus all around. And they are affordable – where as some companies would require me selling a liver or an unattended child in order to afford it.

    This is the smartest post Kellie, I’ll definitely share it.

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