Sports Bra Guide

A good sports bra is as an essential piece of kit as trainers. Here's how to find the right one for you.

Did you know that during a relatively short 1,000 metre run your bust can move up and down up to 90 metres. Ouch. And that you have no muscles in your breasts so allowing them to bounce around can lead to sag. Crikey. But there's a safe and comfy way to exercise and it's all about wearing the right sports bra. Here you'll find everything you need to know about choosing the right one for you.

FIT FOR LIFE

Did you know that during a relatively short 1,000 metre run your bust can move up and down up to 90 metres. Ouch. And that you have no muscles in your breasts so allowing them to bounce around can lead to sag. Crikey. But there's a safe and comfy way to exercise and it's all about wearing the right sports bra. Here you'll find everything you need to know about choosing the right one for you.

Why You Need

A SPORTS BRA

You wouldn’t do an exercise class or go for a run in your day shoes would you? A good sports bra is as essential piece of kit as trainers.

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What To Look For

IN A SPORTS BRA

The good news is the right sports bra can reduce bounce by up to 80 per cent - that's twice as much as a normal bra. While there are different bras for activities with different intensity levels, known as...

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The Impact Levels

The choice of sport generally sets the intensity level bra you will need, with horse riding and running requiring more support than, say, yoga or weight training. Intensity levels are grouped into ‘impact’ levels with low, medium and high impact. When choosing your sports bra check that it’s appropriate for your activity.

Anatomy of a Sports Bra

The Science Bit

When sizing up which bra to buy you are likely to come across the rather off-putting sounding terms ‘compression’ and ‘encapsulation’. Here’s what they mean. And also, is it ok to wear an underwire?

Compression

The early sports bras used compression. Most are crop top styles and are generally worn by smaller cup sizes and for medium impact activity...

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Encapsulation

A seperate cup encapsulates each breast, looking more like a normal bra but with more coverage, providing both shape and support...

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Underwires

It is safe to wear underwires for exercising as long as it’s a sports bra and not everyday bra and many sports styles now contain underwires...

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Teen Spirit

Many of us have daughters or nieces in their teens. It’s a time when girls undergo a series of pressures which all combine to turn them away from physical exercise. 

Women in Sport is doing great work to not only counter this but to empower women and girls through sport. You can support them here: www.womeninsport.org

We can all do our individual bit to encourage our younger relatives and ensure they are kitted out properly. Figleaves included. That's why we sponsor our local North London Fame UK Allstars.

Water Workout

If you are more an in the pool rather than by the pool sort of girl, you’ll need a swimsuit you can go to great lengths with. That means high performance fabrics that are chlorine resistant, support that’s not movement restricting and, of course, great style.

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WORKING IT OUT

Here's where to find the answers to all your most frequently asked sports bra questions.

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