Last updated: 2021-11-16 | 112 Views |
The level of support of your sports bra depends on the activity it’s meant for. So, step no. 1 is to consider the type of activity you’ll be doing. Most sports bras are designed in three levels of support – low, medium and high. The higher the impact, the more support you’ll need. Examples of high impact could be running, jumping or dancing. While low impact activities include yoga and strength training. At the end of the day though, it all comes down to what fits your body and makes you feel comfortable! If you want to yoga in your high support sports bra – then go for it! There’s no right or wrong here.
Low support sports bras are typically more light weight and made out of a softer material. These sports bras will slightly compress the breasts against the chest wall for a lighter support. Straps are usually a little narrower and not always adjustable. The low support sports bras are typically made for your rest days, long walks, yoga session or strength training. Our low support bras include Queen Mesh, Define Seamless.
The medium support bra is made for workouts that involve moderate impact such as spin classes, dancing or functional training. Bands and straps are usually wider, and the material is a little thicker and sits a little tighter to your body. The medium support sports bras can be both compression or encapsulations style. For medium support bras, check out Dynamic Seamless, Inhale or Nimble for example.
This is the heavy-duty stuff. High support sports bras are typically used for running, mountain biking or high intensity workouts that involve jumping or bouncing. With wider straps and often times a cross back design, the high support bra makes sure your babies stay in place.
The second most important thing when looking for a new sports bra is the size. Unfortunately, a lot of women end up buying sports bras in the wrong size, causing discomfort. Using the wrong size can also prevent the bra from doing the job it’s meant to do. So, to make sure you’re really wearing the right size bra, we suggest you go look through your drawers for some measuring tape and measure yourself before your purchase. Our bodies change over time, and so does our size.
A great rule of thumb is to raise your arms when wearing the sports bra. This movement should be comfortable, and the bra should stay in place and not follow the movement. If you can check those two off, your bra is most likely a good fit.
Last but not least is the material. The material of the bra is vital for your comfort. It’s important that the sports bra is made out of a breathing material that efficiently transports any moisture from your body, to prevent discomfort. Even bras in a thicker material should be breathable. Our ICIW Sports Bra is the perfect example of a high support sports bra with SWEATTECHTM material that will both keep you girls in place and keep you dry and comfortable.
As always, make sure to wash your sports bra in the recommended temperature and do not tumble dry to prolong its life!