Sports Bra Facts and Fitting

After footwear, a woman’s most important piece of gear is a well-fitting, high-quality sports bra. Why? Most women runners “bounce” when they run. Women who bounce and are not wearing a supportive bra put significant strain on their two Cooper’s ligaments, which is the connective tissue that supports the breasts. A sports bra can significantly reduce the stress loads placed on the Cooper’s ligaments.

Proper fit will provide you with the freedom to move and exercise with comfort and confidence

Did you know?

  • 80% of women wear the wrong bra size
  • Women should be fit for a bra at least once a year
  • The average life span of a sports bra is 6-12 months
  • Not all bras are created equal
  • A woman should be re-measured for a sports bra after major weight gain/loss or pregnancy

Sports Bra Fit

Proper fit will provide you with the freedom to move and exercise with comfort and confidence. We start our bra FIT process with questions about your activities and style preferences. Next, our female staff will take careful measurements and translate them into the correct size sports bra. Based on size and activity, we will select a few sports bras for you to try. Throughout the process we will offer tips and advice to help you reach your goals. Here are few things for you consider during the sports bra FIT process:

Comfort: A good sports bra should feel comfortable, should stay in place, and should not chafe. The straps should not dig into the shoulders. The band should be comfortably snug to offer support, but it should not feel restrictive. Do jumping jacks, run in place, and swing your arms from side to side to make sure that it feels comfortable and supportive when you're in motion.

Support: If you're either a small- or a medium-breasted woman (A to C cup), a compression bra will offer support and comfort. If you prefer, then you can choose a bra that offers encapsulation for shaping as well as support. If you're a large-breasted woman (C to FF cup), then encapsulating styles that separate and support your breasts are more comfortable and more supportive than compression bras. For maximum support, choose a sport bra that both compresses and encapsulates.

Moisture Control and Breathability: A good sports bra will wick sweat away from the skin, quickly dry, be breathable, and allow perspiration and excess heat to pass through it. It should keep you cool and dry when it's hot and keep you dry and warm when it's cold.

Watch this video, which has been provided by Moving Comfort, to learn additional information about caring for your sports bras.


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