I had just started my new workout regimen and I was frustrated with the constant battle to keep my boobies in check while I did a jumping jack. My workouts sounded a lot like this:
"One, two, ow - my eye! Three, four, son of a bitch! Five, six - now the other one is free too?! Seven, eight - break! I need a break. I've got to put these suckers back where they belong."
Don't get me wrong, I'm always happy to find an excuse for a break during my workouts, but tit was getting ridiculous. (Did you see my Freudian slip typo there? I decided to leave it, because it's just so perfect.)
I wrote my post and hundreds - nay, a tad over a thousand once it made the front page of HuffingtonPost - came out to voice their lament as well and to offer support and suggestions for me.
I was overwhelmed by the response I got. You guys care! And you have great advice! I will always come to you with my problems. (In fact, I'm working on a jeans post right now, so start thinking which jeans fit curvy, super short girls the best - I don't want to hem my jeans or wear a shoe higher than my Crocs.)
In addition to the great advice I received, I also heard from bra manufacturers. A bunch of them.
They all offered to send me bras to try with no strings attached (which was generous and kick ass of them).
Even though no one asked me to, I decided I'd try them all out and then write a review of them because that might be helpful for someone else.
The first thing I realized about all of these bras is that it's no wonder I couldn't find a bra that worked well. If you notice, the brands I tried are fairly inexpensive. When you've got big guns to strap down, you need to spend big dollars. Big dollars makes a big difference.
Every single one of these bras cost considerably more than any other bra in my drawer, and they all worked soooooo much better.
Let's start with making sure you have the proper measurements.
I could have used the Jockey Fit Kit that was sent to me (along with a robe - those people know I like to lounge), but I'm not sure how well it works for sports bras. I like their kit, because you put your boob in a cup and it tells you what size you are. For the first time in my life, I'm a perfect 10. Also, my kids like to wear the cups on their heads. Bonus.
When I introduced myself in the post, I indicated I was a 38 DDD. I found out from a lady at Lynx, that with sports bras you need to measure your rib cage when you're breathing OUT, because you'll be doing a lot more of that when you're working out. Whoops. I'd been doing it wrong.
Sure enough, several companies sent me two sizes to try and the larger size always worked better for working out. Who knew??
I received sports bras from the following companies and I gave them a rating from 1 to 5 Boobies with 5 Boobies being the best. (Imagine the ones I tried previously like Just For Her, etc. are all 0 on this scale.):
Moving Comfort - 2 Boobies - I was very surprised by this bra. This company was probably THE MOST recommended company and I was excited to try their bra. I was so disappointed. In Moving Comfort's defense, I didn't go to a store and get properly fitted for a sports bra. They sent me one based on the measurements I gave and I'm an idiot (as Lynx taught me), so it could very well be operator error here. All I know is the cups were not near big enough to hold everything I had going on. I was spilling out the top before I even started jumping. I couldn't even complete a workout in this bra. From what I could tell, it's a very well constructed bra and it looks like it would hold up really well IF it fit you properly.
ShockAbsorber - 3 Boobies - They sent me something called the Run Bra. It was quite a contraption to get into (and out of). It was a two person job to get everything where it needed to go and get it over my head and latched up, etc. However, once I was buckled in, I stayed pretty much where I started. It was a bit too constrictive for my taste. It's designed for running and since I don't run, I probably didn't experience all of the benefits of this bra. Bottom line: I'm sure it's amazing, but it was more bra than I needed.
Lynx - 3.5 Boobies - This is the company that told me how to properly measure myself and boy, did it make a difference! This is a very nice bra and I think if you check the prices, it's the most affordable one on this list. It's a good investment. It's super lightweight and you can't believe it will perform the way it does, because the fabric is very deceptive. It's great for a lower impact work out or a fast walk, but it didn't give me the support I needed for jumping jacks or box hops. The feature I liked the best about this one was the hook at the back. When you put on the bra, it's a bit loose around your rib cage, but then you hook it in the back and everything cinches up tight and firm.
Intelliskin - 4.5 Boobies - I love this one too. This one has a bit more jiggle and juggle than the Enell, so no jump roping for very long without a break to stuff everything back inside in this one. Why I love this one though is the support it gives you. I like to wear it all day long. It's a little different than a bra in that it covers a lot more skin. It keeps everything in place and really holds you tight, but not uncomfortably. It's supposed to help your posture, but I didn't notice that it did much when I slumped over a computer. They sent me the one that zips up the front and the one that goes over your head. I know I said I hate wriggling out of a sweaty bra, but this one isn't hard to wriggle out of and the zipper front one didn't give me as much support as I'd like. The saddest thing about this one is that I've lost it somewhere. It will turn up and when it does I'll greet it like an old friend.
Enell - 5 Boobies - This bra is a beast! You get absolutely no breaks to readjust when you wear this bra. This one can jump rope, jump on boxes, run in place (probably run around the block, but I wasn't going to try that), and hold everything in place PAIN FREE. Did you hear me, big boobed ladies? PAIN FREE. As in no pain. Nothing flops and smacks around. It was a miracle. I wasn't sure I was going to like the fact that it hooked up the front. I'd joked about catching extra skin in a zipper and this seemed similar. However. The fact that it hooks up the front is awesome when you're hot and sweaty after a workout. You don't have to dislocate your shoulder getting the damn thing off of you.
So there you have it. My sports bra review. I hope that you've found this helpful!
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