The Best Sports Bras for Every Workout
Last Updated: Jun 26, 2015
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Image: lululemon, Design: Niki Gruttadauria
Sports bras -- they can either make or break your workout. Pick the wrong one and you’re either tugging at it the entire duration of spin class or bouncing around so much your chest is sore afterwards (and not for the right reasons). So our staffers decided to test out some of the best and report back on the ones they liked.
NIKE PRO INDY
“Visually this bra is a winner. The pop of the geometric design under my workout top made me feel like I came straight out of Skylar Diggins’ Instagram feed -- a dream come true. But as every woman knows, a fun design does not a good sports bra make. The bra in one word: radical. In three words: comfortable, sporty and stylish. The low-profile mesh racerback is super breathable and unobtrusive during a core routine. If padded cups aren’t your thing, don’t sweat it -- they’re removable. As a true medium, the medium fit perfectly.” Niki Gruttadauria, Livestrong.com Social Media Manager PRICE: $45
Related: More info on Nike Pro Indy and where to find it.
LULULEMON ENERGY BRA
“Love, love, love this bra. It provides lots of support and coverage while being comfortable at the same time. I wore this to an intense Pilates class, and the fabric did a great job of managing the abundance of sweat.” Kelly Plowe, Livestrong.com Nutrition Editor PRICE: $48
Related: More info on lululemon Energy Bra and where to find it.
UNDER ARMOUR HEATGEAR ALPHA BRA
“I was concerned this bra wouldn’t provide enough support, but it fit very nicely and provided a good amount of support. The material is comfortable and stylish. I would recommend this bra for shorter runs (one hour or less).” Rebecca Reifman, Demand Media PRICE: $25
Related: More info on Under Armour Heatgear Alpha Bra and where to find it.
ENELL SPORTS BRA
"This is the cadillac of sports bras for high-impact activities (think running) and big boobs (fits up to a G cup). NOTHING moves, yet it isn't uncomfortable. The front eye-hook closure can be a pain (so many hooks -- 10-ish), but it really, really works well. They have their own sizing system (be sure to follow the steps on their website for a perfect fit). It's very accurate, so if you size down thinking you might want it tighter, it's likely not to fit. They are extremely well-made and worth the price. I have one that is close to 10 years old that still works like a charm and shows no signs of wearing out anytime soon." Ann Rusnak, Livestrong.com Community Manager PRICE: $64-66
Related: More info on Enell's Sports Bra and where to find it.
NIKE PRO RIVAL HIGH COMPRESSION BRA
“It is super-comfortable, and it does provide some support, but if you are into any high-impact workouts, I would definitely recommend getting one size smaller than your usual for added compression.” Luz Plaza, Livestrong.com Managing Editor PRICE: $65
Related: More info on Nike Pro Rival High Compression Bra and where to find it.
FALKE VERSATILITY SPORTS TOP
“This FALKE sports-bra top is a cute, functional addition to your workout wardrobe. The front closure and lockable zipper makes it east to put on and take off, and the two layers of straps provide added support and hold during high-intensity workouts. The sporty design and vibrant colors can be worn with or without a layer on top. The only downside: The dual straps can get a little tangled when taking it out of the wash, so some reassembly may be required.” Dena Karsenty, Livestrong.com Senior Product Manager PRICE: $105
Related: More info on FALKE Versatility Sports Top and where to find it.
KIRA GRACE WARRIOR T-BACK BRA
“I have to admit: When it comes to sports bras, the first thing I look at is the back, and the one on the Warrior T-Back bra is really cute and unique. But the bra is also really supportive (though likely ideal for smaller or medium busts like me) and moves with me through yoga class. I’ve also worn it through other low-impact workouts like the elliptical and strength training and while hiking. And even after class, it’s great to throw on a loose top and show off the back.” Rachel Grice, Livestrong.com Fitness Editor PRICE: $58
Related: More info on Kira Grace Warrior T-Back Bra and where to find it.
Courtesy of Cake Maternity
CAKE MATERNITY ORANGE ZEST SPORTS NURSING BRA
“Cake Lingerie’s sports nursing bra is a comfortable option for expectant and new mothers alike. The smooth, moisture-wicking fabric keeps you cool and dry during workouts, and the underwire provides comfortable support and structure for your body’s ever-changing needs. The six adjustable back hooks make it easy for the bra to conform to your body as it continuously changes during and after pregnancy. The quick-access drop-down cups make for easy feeding. This bra fits like a glove for a wide range of activities, from prenatal yoga to running (and feeding) after baby arrives.” Dena Karsenty, Livestrong.com Senior Product Manager PRICE: $80
Related: More info on Cake Maternity Sports Bra and where to find it.
LULULEMON FREE TO BE BRA
“I wore the Free To Be bra to a yoga class and found it extremely comfortable. It moves with you while providing support, but it isn’t too constraining. I found it offered up a little more cleavage than I expected. So, as the company states, it’s probably better for smaller-busted ladies.” Kelly Plowe, Livestrong.com Nutrition Editor PRICE: $42
Related: More info on lululemon Free To Be Bra and where to find it.
WACOAL SPORT UNDERWIRE BRA
"This bra is good for medium- to high-impact activities and goes up to an H cup. This is more my daily go-to bra, mainly because it's so much easier/faster to put on/off versus a normal bra-hook system." Ann Rusnak, Livestrong.com Community Manager PRICE: $65
Related: More info on Wacoal Sport Underwire Bra and where to find it.
ROXY SPIRIT BRA
“My first thought on this bra was, ‘Roxy makes sports bras? Middle-school me will be so happy!’ But current-day me was also happy with the fit and support of this bra. I’ve worn it running and during spin class and strength-training sessions, and it remained comfortable, breathable and supportive. Plus, it comes in fun colors, and who doesn’t love that?” Rachel Grice, Livestrong.com Fitness Editor PRICE: $39.50
Related: More info on Roxy Spirit Bra and where to find it.
LULULEMON SEAMLESSLY PLUNGE BRA
“As the name appropriately denotes, the plunge neck promotes and displays some serious cleavage -- even for those who are less endowed. Although the bra does have a very snug fit, the nip-slip potential is high, so you might want to avoid high-intensity workouts when you’re rocking it. The limited coverage and stylish back make it a great bra for yoga or running errands. As a true medium, the medium fit a bit snug.” Niki Gruttadauria, Livestrong.com Social Media Manager PRICE: $34
Related: More info on lululemon Seamlessly Plunge Bra and where to find it.
FITFIT SURYA SPORTS BRA
“This is the perfect bra for yoga! It’s lighter on support, but one of the most comfortable bras I’ve ever worn and moves with me throughout the entire yoga class. It’s also stylish under looser tops and tanks after class. Sizes also run a bit big, so I recommend ordering a size smaller than you usually wear.” Rachel Grice, Livestrong.com Fitness Editor PRICE: $39
Related: More info on FitFit Surya Sports Bra and where to find it.
Courtesy of Moving Comfort
MOVING COMFORT LUNA SPORTS BRA
"This one doesn't go quite as large in the cup size [as other larger-busted bras], but it still goes up to a DD. It's comfortable enough to wear all day. The straps are more closely inset and the front scoop is a bit lower on this one, so it works better with more 'fashionable' workout tops. It offers enough support for running (though not as much as some others), but for comfort, it might be worth the trade-off for some." Ann Rusnak, Livestrong.com Community Manager PRICE: $32-54
Related: More info on Moving Comfort Luna Sports Bra and where to find it.
SUGOI VERVE BRA
This bra is designed with a mesh top to be more breathable than typical sports-bra materials. And while Demand Media staffer Rebecca Reifman found the mesh a little rough, it’s best to wash and line dry before wearing out on a run. “While running, this bra provided adequate support,” she says. And because of the thicker material, it’s “probably better for cooler-weather running.” She also mentioned the bra is a better fit for smaller-framed individuals. PRICE: $45
Related: More info on SUGOI Verve Bra and where to find it.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK?
What are some of your favorite sports bras? Which ones have you tried and loved? Which ones didn’t work so well? Do you switch up your sports bras based on your workout, or do you have one go-to bra? Share your sports-bra wisdom, stories and recommendations in the comments below!
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