For gym gals, sports bras probably are the most essential workout gears, and it’s incremental that the perfect sports bras are picked for different workout sessions.
Why do we need sports bra?
One simple fact: to prevent your boobs from shaking too much.
Your breasts are located in the ectopectoralis and is mainly composed of fat, thymus gland and connective tissue. There are no muscles but only ligaments and skin give the very limited support. Any movement of the chest during exercise will cause the chest to sway in a "∞" trajectory(like in the GIF), which in the long term leads to sag(sad!)
Many of us have experienced chest pain in different types of sports, especially women with large breasts. Therefore, it’s incremental to pick the right, perfect sports bras for different workout sessions, so that you breasts are properly contained and supported-especially for us with bigger boobs!
How to choose a perfect sports bra?
First Step: What level of support do I need?
Sports bras offer three different levels of support: low, medium, and high impact. The type you need depends on your cup size and the type of exercise you do.
Second Step: Choose the right construction
Compression or encapsulation?
* Compression: Shelf bra styles work for smaller cup sizes (A and B) or for low-to moderate-impact workouts.
* Encapsulation: Sports bras with individual cups are better for larger-breasted women than compression-style ones.
*Compression plus Encapsulation: Sports bras combine the above methods normally provide better support and natural shaping than compression or encapsulation alone, because each breast is supported individually in the cup and also compressed against the chest wall.
Racerback or wide straps?
* Racerback: Because they cinch in back, the straps anchor the bra closer to the body, providing more support.
* Wide straps: Shoulder straps help distribute weight better than T-backs (key for bigger cups) and are more likely to be adjustable and padded.
Pullover or back clasp or front closure?
* Pullover: Tank styles typically cover the back more than clasps, but those with allover stretch lack the rigid front straps, adjustability, and support to anchor large chests.
* Back clasp: Clasps let you tighten the band, from which 70 percent of the bra's support comes. This is especially vital for larger breasts, which place more demand on the band.
* Front closure: Easy on and off, definitely more user friendly than the over-your-head type and often times provide better support.
Step 3: Wear the right size properly
You don’t want to be popping out of your sports bra — this won’t give you great support at all. Check to see that your breasts fit inside each cup. If they don’t fit, you need a larger cup size. You can even try bending over while wearing the sports bra to make sure nothing spills out.
Slip your finger in-between the band and the front of your chest. Try to pull the band away from you using that same finger. If you can pull the band out more than an inch from your chest, this is a sign that the band is too loose and you need better support
Finally ,If you’re using your sports bras regularly, bear in mind they’re going to stretch out over time. For this reason, it’s important to buy new ones every 6 months so that you always have great support.