The 10 Best Sports Bras for Women With Big Busts
Unfortunately, the bounce factor for bustier women can be an exercise deterrent. Who wants to go for a run or knock out burpees when every hop, skip and jump leads to pure pain? In fact, we’re pretty sure we all have that friend who’s had to double up on support. What’s more, putting a larger-breasted woman in the wrong bra can have serious health implications.
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“If a sports bra has not been specifically designed and built to carry the weight of larger, heavier breasts, the bra straps may be too narrow and exert extra pressure on your shoulders,” explains LaJean Lawson, PhD, a sports bra researcher at Oregon State University and consultant to the sports bra industry.
“If the amount and location of the pressure crosses over an area in the shoulders where nerves and blood vessels exit into the upper arms, a medical condition known as thoracic outlet syndrome can result.” Symptoms of TOS include numbness or tingling in the arms or hands, pain in the neck, shoulder or hands, and even a weaker grip.
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So what do the well-endowed need to look for when shopping for a sports bra? Lawson says there are three key things:
#1. Look for minimal (controlled) stretch throughout the bra in areas like the cups, straps and band.
#2. Forgo the traditional sports bra, which has a single flat panel across the front, and opt for one with two separate cups that will control each breast instead.
#3. Choose athletic supporters with more coverage, such as a higher neckline, wider straps and a substantial bottom band.
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Armed with Lawson’s tips, we did the leg work and found these 10 amazing sports bras that are easy to get on, offer stellar support, and, most importantly, are still cute!
Under Amour Amour Bra 2.0
The center mesh panel puts the kibosh on in-between breast sweat (yay!), and the hook-and-eye closure allows for a more customized fit. Sizes: 32-38, C-DD.
Panache Underwire Sports Bra
With the click of a hook, this bra takes you from regular to racerback. Bonus: The pretty multi-colored pattern just begs for you to go shirtless to your next sweat session. Sizes 28-40, B-GG.
Freya Active Underwire Molded Sports Bra
This supporter’s molded cups play up your curves (and provide each breast with individualized support!) instead of smashing your girls into one unflattering lump. Sizes: 28-40, B-G.
Enell High Impact Sports Bra
A high neckline not only ensures that your breasts won’t play peekaboo, but also reins the girls in from unwanted surge. Sizes: 00-8.
Nike Pro Rival Sports Bra
Sick of the chafing caused by stitched straps? The bonded seams on this bra help put an end to skin irritation. Sizes: 30-38, B-E.
$65, Dick's Sporting Goods.
Adidas Energy D/DD Cup Sports Bra
Underwire paired with a racerback design really helps anchor breasts so you can go the distance. Sizes: 32-40, D-DD.
$55, Dick's Sporting Goods.
CW-X StabilityX Running Bra
This running-specific bra offers a five-way support system that cuts down breast movement in all directions. Sizes: 34-40, D-DD.
Lucy The Girls Best Friend Bra
Sore shoulders? This racerback helps take the strain away. Bonus: A keyhole back adds extra breathability. Sizes: 34-38, B-DD.
Moving Comfort Jubralee Bra
The Velcro straps are surprisingly secure and make it super easy to adjust this supporter on the fly. Sizes: 34-44, B-E.
New Balance The Shockingly Unshocking
There are few things more embarrassing than showing off your nipples when you sweat — built-in modesty cups ensure your “headlights” stay hidden. Sizes 32-42, C-DD.