Face it, when you’re naturally well-endowed, you’ve had three kids and you’re in your late 40’s, the sisters need some real support when you work out. I don’t want anymore sagging than I’ve already got, so when I go for a jog or do any other type of high impact workout, I want those babies strapped in tight. After years of looking for the perfect sports bra, I’ve narrowed it down to my three favorites. The criteria I used for judging these bras are:
1) Low to no bounce during a jog…no bounce is pretty much impossible, but these bras keep them pretty secure.
2) No uniboob…I want to be strapped in, but I still want to look attractive and shapely in my workout tops. I hate the uniboob look. The sisters need to maintain their shape, not look all smashed up into a uniboob.
3) No headlights…all sports bras should be made to keep the headlights off, but sadly not all are.
4) Versatility…easy to transition the bra to fit different styles of tops.
5) Durability…they need to hold up to frequent washings without falling apart or getting dingy.
My #1 Favorite: The Freya Underwire Sports Bra
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this bra. If there was ever a perfect sports bra for the well-endowed, this is it. The bounce factor is low. You do get some bounce, but very little. Probably my favorite thing about this bra is it’s shaping. In fact, I like the shape I get in this bra better than my regular everyday bras. There are no headlights with this one and the bra is ultra versatile. This bra can we worn like a regular bra or you can convert it to a racerback with a handy slide hook. This bra holds up to multiple washings while still looking brand new. It took me forever to find this bra, and now I own it in every color. It’s a little pricey, but well worth it.
My #2 Favorite: Moving Comfort ‘Maia’ Underwire Bra
This was my favorite bra until I found the Freya above. It’s a great bra with a few draw backs. This bra gives good support and nice shaping and it’s super comfortable. Headlights, however, are an issue. I remedied the headlights by inserting some removable pads from one of my bikinis. This works fine if I’m just running. One day I was bent forward doing mountain climbers and one of the handy dandy little pads worked it’s way out and fell on the gym floor. That was a little embarrassing… The other thing is the straps don’t convert. To me that’s not a deal breaker because I don’t care much if my straps show outside my racerback tops, but the Freya has this covered. The support, comfort and shaping of this bra make it a keeper though.
My 3rd Favorite:Moving Comfort ‘Juno’ Bra
This is a great bra too. This bra features the ultimate in support. When you put this bra on, nothing moves. You can jump up and down and barely get a wiggle.There are no headlights (and no messing with removable pads) which is nice. Where the bra is lacking, however, is in shape and the struggle you have to go through to get it on and off.
The shape this bra gives is ok. You still get separation, but not as much of a rounded/shapely look as the two above. The bra only comes in a racerback style which is nice because it doesn’t show under most tops, but if you’re traps are sensitive and easily aggravated like mine, this isn’t always the best. And while this bra holds up wonderfully, it is VERY DIFFICULT to get on and off. To pull this thing over your head and into place is a workout in and of it’s self. Then once you get the thing positioned, you have to manage to grab behind your back and fasten the hooks. It’s not fun. To top it off, you have to do this maneuvering all over again to get it off. I left it on the list because it’s the bomb in the support department without giving uniboob. That’s hard to find.
How’s your summer training going? I’ve finally gotten over that terrible bout with plantar fasciitis and I’m back to running regularly. By the way, the cure was wearing my Dansko Clogs! Who knew? After trying everything from physical therapy to buying custom made orthotics, someone told me to wear Danskos whenever I could from the moment I got up in the morning, and within a couple weeks I was cured. CRAZY! Anyhow, I’m back in full swing working out and couldn’t be happier. I might even sign up for a race…you?