Sports brasare essential for every woman's workout wardrobe. Your bra should be functional, providing the support you need for your activity, while still looking good.
Why use a sports bra?
When you exercise, your breasts can move a lot, which can be both uncomfortable and distracting. The last thing you want to worry about when you're focusing on your workout is pain and discomfort, but wearing the wrong type of bra can lead to just that.
Is it better to wear a sports bra or a regular bra?
For sports, it's always recommended that you wear a sports bra for ultimate comfort. Sports bras are designed differently from everyday bras, generally with a wider band, thicker straps, and technical sweat-wicking fabric to keep you cool, dry and supported throughout your workout.
Are you supposed to wear a sports bra by itself?
It's entirely up to you whether you wear a T-shirt or vest over your bra, or work out in just your bra. It's acceptable to work out in a sports bra - the most important thing is that you feel confident and supported whether you're running, lifting weights or playing tennis.
Which sports bra is best?
The type of sports bra you need depends on a few factors: impact level, coverage, style, and the activity you'll be doing. Let's take a look at some of the different elements you'll want to consider when searching for your perfect fit.
Level of support
For activities like running, cycling, HIIT and netball, you'll want high-impact support that reduces the amount of bounce. Low-impact bras are perfect for more gentle movement, like yoga and Pilates. You can also wear low-impact bras for weightlifting and other sports where there's no jumping involved. Medium-support bras work well for hiking and cross-training.
For the best performance, you'll want a sports bra that suits your style. Here are some options to consider:
Zip-front bras: Unlike traditional bras that clasp at the back, this style has a zip at the front, making it easier to get off after a sweaty workout.
Compression bras: This style flattens the breasts against your chest to limit movement and bounce.
Crop tops: Supportive and comfortable, these bras look great if you want to work out without a top.
Encapsulation bras: Perfect for bigger busts, these bras look more like everyday bras and support each breast separately.
Underwired sports bras: These typically provide additional support for bigger busts.
Non-wired: Wire-free provides all-day comfort and everyday wear.
How should a sports bra fit?
Your sports bra should feel tighter than your normal bra, but you should still be able to fit two fingers between the bra straps and your shoulders. So it should be snug, but not so tight that you can't breathe easily. The straps shouldn't dig in either, and it shouldn't be difficult to fasten the clasp. Many bras have adjustable straps so you can get a better fit.
The cups of the bra should be smooth with no wrinkles and if you choose an underwired bra, the underwire should sit flat against your chest. When you try on your sports bra, move your arms around and jump up and down to check it has the level of support you're looking for.
Best sports bras for your workout
With high-tech features and attention to detail, these sports bras will give you the support you need and look good at the same time.
Whether you're running two miles or 26 miles, you need high-impact support. The Running Moulded Brafeatures a built-in bra mould to reduce bounce and keep you focused on your run, with ventilation details to keep you cool. The long-line style provides more coverage, making it the ideal match for your favourite pair of leggings.
The stretch fabric of the Flex Seamless Brais as flexible as you are, moving with your body in every pose. A low-impact bra, it comes with removable pads and an elasticated hem.
The Training Seamless Power Braoffers high support for dynamic movements in a HIIT workout. It features a high neckline and extra coverage to give you added confidence when powering through burpees and push-ups.
The Training Strappy Brais one you'll want to show off, thanks to the attention to detail in its design. The strappy back design, mesh panelling and chest padding are stand-out stylish features.
Hit the trails in style with the Training Asymmetric Bra. The low-medium support will keep movement in check as you power up hills and the high-tech breathable material will help you stay dry and cool all day.
Whatever activity you're doing, the Superdry Sport Performance collection has the right sports brafor you. Comfortable and flexible for dynamic movement while also providing the right level of support, these bras are both hard-working and stylish.