Fact: your boobs can bounce up to 14cm during a workout, according to research by the university of Portsmouth. That sounds like a good enough reason to bin those 10-year-old sports bras you’ve been working out in and opt for something more supportive.
Yes, we workout to help our bodies and minds get stronger. But let’s be honest, sometimes all you’re looking for from a workout is an hour of peace and quiet. When you’re plugged in and ready to go the last thing you need is a distraction, especially in the painful form of your boobs bouncing around.
Having a good sports bra is important no matter what exercise you’re doing. But now that many people have began implementing more cardio, such as HIIT and running, into their workout regime, finding a bra that stops the bounce is more important than ever.
While we agree that finding a good one shouldn’t be as much of a challenge as it is, we are asking for quite a lot from our sports bra. It needs to keep you supported while you run, jump and squat, as well as wick sweat, keep you cool and stay comfy.
It’s not impossible though. The Strong Women team have taken bras through their paces to find ones worth shouting about. Here’s the one’s they rate:
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Shock Absorber Active Bra, £39
Ayesha Sandhu, events assistant, says:
“The mesh back makes this bra so breathable, but the main thing I love is just how supportive it is. I often struggle with finding a bra that fits both my waist and my boobs, but this perfect. I honestly think this is the best sports bra I have ever worn.”
ILU Motivate Me Crop, £40
Fitness writer Chloe Gray says:
“This is a really gorgeous bra that’s unbelievably soft. There’s not loads of support but the double layer fabric meant that I felt comfortable enough in my weight training session. I also like that you could layer up with a thin bra underneath if you wanted more support. Mainly I love it because it’s just unbelievably comfy.”
Royce Impact Free Bra, £32
Rebecca Denne, Strong Women contributor, says:
“This is really comfy and really structured. I did a circuit training session in this, with lots of burpees and star jumps, and I still felt so supported which is rare. I like the fact that it’s designed like a normal bra with a clasp, too. It’s a big thumbs up from me.”
Sweaty Betty All Train Sports Bra, £60
Meriam Ahari, Strong Women editor, says:
“This bra did the job even through a trampoline class, it’s that supportive! It’s a really smooth fabric that lays really nicely against my body. To be honest, it’s one of the most comfortable bras I have ever worn!”
Tala Iris Bra, £26
Strong Women contributor Eva Pineda says:
“The straps on this bra are thick and the cross over makes a nice little keyhole that’s good for breathability. The material is thick so I keep it for the low impact weight sessions rather than the ones that I get sweaty in, but it means that I felt really secure and held in. I like that Tala is a sustainable brand, and think this is a great, versatile piece for working out in.”
TCA Relentless Bra, £28
Megan Glynn, designer, says:
“This bra gave really great support. It’s longer than normal, coming down towards the belly button, so it also felt supportive around the stomach which was nice. The mesh back meant no chaffing or rubbing on the shoulders when I was lying down to workout, and the removable cups are a great to modify the amount of support you want. I think it’s such good value for £28.”
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