Sports Bra – What You Need To Know
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Thomas Dao 1 years ago

Sports Bra – What You Need To Know


Find the proper Level of Bra

To find the proper level of bra support, first consider the type of activity you’ll be doing. Sports bras are designed to provide three levels of support—low, medium and high—depending on the impact level of the sport. The higher the impact (more bouncing, jumping or intense movement), the more support you’ll likely need. Many brands categorize their sports bras by impact level, making it easier to sort out.

SupportActivityTypical Features
LOW SUPPORTLow-impact activities:walkingyogastrength trainingIdeal for A/B cupsIdeal for A/B cups Narrower straps and bands, lighter weightPullover style sold in S-L sizes without band adjustmentOften compression bras that hold your breasts to the chest wall
MEDIUM SUPPORTMedium-impact activities:moderate hikingskiingroad cyclingRestricts breast movement more than low-support brasWider bands and strapsFound as pullover in S-L sizes or hook closures in cup/band sizingCan be compression (holding breasts to chest wall) or encapsulation styles with separate cups (defining breast shape)
HIGH SUPPORTHigh-impact activities:runningmountain bikinghigh-intensity workoutsIdeal for D cup or larger
for most activities
Widest bands and adjustable shoulder strapsMost likely encapsulation and compression styles with separate cups for highest supportCup/band sizingHook-loop closures

Find Your Sports Bra Size

1. Measure your rib cage

2. Figure out your band size

Rib Cage MeasurementBand Size
25″ – 27″30
27″ – 29″32
29″ – 31″34
31″ – 33″36
33″ – 35″38
35″ – 37″40
37″ – 39″42
39″ – 41″44

3. Figure out your cup size.

This is a two-step process:

First, measure around the fullest part of your bust. Keep the tape straight across your back. Round up to the nearest whole number. This is your bust measurement.
Now, subtract your rib cage measurement (step 1) from your bust measurement (step 3). The difference in inches is your suggested cup size. If you’re between sizes, round up.

Bust Size Minus Rib Cage SizeYour Cup Size

Measurement guidelines provided by Brooks.

How long is too long to wear a sports bra?

The answer is that it depends on the type of bra and whether you’ve been keeping on the same sweaty gear all day. But for the most part, you should be safe to wear it for extended periods of time — as long as it fits properly.

Some signs that indicate you should take it off promptly after your workout include:

● If you feel any discomfort.

● If the bands are leaving deep, red marks on your skin (and affecting circulation).

● If your straps are pinching your skin.

● If your chest feels tight and it’s difficult to breathe comfortably.

Bras that are generally safe for long wear are ones that are soft and wire-free. And in case you’re wondering if it’s OK to wear them to bed, the same rules apply. There has yet to be any research showing that sleeping with a bra or sports bra on causes breast cancer. Keeping them on won’t make your breasts perkier, either (you can’t cheat gravity and age). As long as your sports bra is dry and it doesn’t dig into your skin, wearing it for a long period of time shouldn’t cause you harm.

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