The Under Armour Mid is our pick for the best sports bra, which is made for mid impact design and has a double layer for added fabric construction and comfort. It is very smooth and has 4-way stretch fabric.
Our step-up pick is the Champion Spot Comfort and it is fully supportive with many colors to choose from. The lining is cotton for comfort and the inner cup lining is made with polyester. It has moisture wicking properties as well.
The budget pick is the Fruit Loom Builtup and it is made with a scoop neckline and is made with both cotton and spandex for comfort and support. It is unlined for added smoothness and support.
A Little Background
The sports bra is known to be best for workouts, exercising, sports and other physical activities. It is known to be a very comfortable lingerie you can sleep on. If you exercise often then it can also put some toll onto your lingerie type as well as the shape and size of your boobs. This is why using the right support material for them is crucial to keep them healthy and strong.
The construction should be durable, but as with all lingerie, they all vary in usage and they should be convertible as much as possible so that you can go use it with any outfit. While it is true that most sporting lingerie are not padded and have thick straps, some can be the racerback types or halter types so you can use them for sporting purposes.
Do remember that your weight plays a big role when it comes down to breast development. This is why not every large breasted woman can go to the gym with great ease because it takes a lot of back strength to pull off lifting their boobs all the time. This is why support is important when you have large boobs and want to lose weight with exercise.
How we Picked
In choosing the best sports bra, you should make note of the following:
Durability: the durability aspect of the lingerie should be put into consideration so that it will be able to stand up to the test of time. Durability is highly important so that it will not be able to deteriorate too easily.
Size of the cup: The cup size can be AA, A, B, C, D and others, depending on where you live. The charts you can get may either be in inches or centimeters, depending on the system of measurement where you live.
Choice for the color: Colored ones can also be found, but only mostly for the small to medium sized cups out there. The color choice can also play a role to depending on what you are going to wear.
Size of the band: This can either be in cm or inches, but the final band size that is rounded is converted to inches. Band sizes can vary depending on your body type, your weight and your age as well.
Moisture wicking: you will sweat a lot in this kind of lingerie, so it is important to have moisture wicking properties for it.
Ease of wearing: Its design should be user-friendly overall, so that you would not have a lot of trouble with it. The ease of wearing refers to whether it is simple enough to put the straps and put your boobs into the cups.
Strap construction: Whichever you choose, you need to choose it specifically for your needs. It may be the best to get a comfortable one for nursing purposes.
Adjustability: it should be one that is very adjustable on its side straps and on its back straps. The straps should also be very gentle on your shoulders.
Material choice: the one thing that you should consider with something that should be worn with a party dress is that it should be hypoallergenic or safe for sensitive skin.
Ease of laundering: It should be made with materials that are not so sensitive with common detergents and that hold themselves together. If it has pads, they should be very easy to launder and also very soft but should have enough coverage for your breast so that they do not get easily hurt after a long period of wearing.
As our top pick, the Under Armour Mid is made to be dry and light due to the moisture transport system. The 4-way stretch fabric makes it flexible in any kind of movement whatsoever. It is made for mid impact support and it is super smooth with its fabrics.
Flaws but Not Dealbrakers
While not a deal breaker, the Under Armour Mid doesn’t have pads, which is only a con for those with big boobs (in which they should get an encapsulated one), but for small to mediums sized boobs, it is not a great issue at all.
The Champion Spot Comfort is our step-up pick, which has gel infused straps that keep it from digging into your shoulders. The cups are molded to keep your boobs from jumping. It is made with cotton, polyester and spandex.
The Fruit Loom Builtup is our budget pick, which can easily be thrown into the washing machine without getting damaged. Bearing a scoop neckline design, it has an unlined design for a smooth finish.
Best Sports Bra for Medium Impact Sports
For medium impact activity, the NIKE Women's Swoosh is great for your needs. It has a soft elastic chest band that adds both comfort and support. It can be used for some running and some gym exercises. It has a minimal design.
Best Sports Bra for High Impact Sports
The Glamorise Plus Size is made for high impact sports. It is made with seamless outer cups and is made with polyester, nylon and elastane for stretching ability. It has a 2-way stretch back and moisture wicking fabrics.
Best Sports Bra that is Wire-free
The Cabales Women's 3-Pack is made seamless so it is comfortable and smooth without the underwire. It is a very curvy and conforming lingerie to have for sporting and can even be used for sleeping.
Best Sports Bra with Underwire
The Panache Women's Underwire is a good choice if you want underwire while working out. It has a hook and eye closure that is easy to use and it has good coverage for your boobs with cool designs to choose from.
Best Sports Bra for Yoga
For yoga and light impact sports, the AKAMC Women's Removable is for you. It has a comfortable and soft feel and it can be used for sleeping or for casual use as well. It is made with elastane and nylon.
Best Sports Bra for Compression
For compression, the NIKE Women's Victory is a good choice, and is also great for medium impact workout. It has a racerback design to keep your straps intact and in place.
Best Sports Bra with a Racerback Strap
The Hanes Sport Women's has a racerback strap so you don’t have to adjust the straps too much. It has moisture wicking fabric and is easy to clean by machine washing.
Others were not in this list because they were not durable enough to become a sports wearing lingerie, which should stand up to the test of time. It should be comfortable and durable at the same time, and should offer a good fit.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the benefits of a sports bra?
A: The sports bra has many benefits for women, such as the following:
a. Support – The one thing that sets the difference between a regular lingerie and a sports lingerie is the support that it can give you. The fact that a sporting lingerie can support you all the way means more times to work out and run at your own pace. The support is just excellent compared to other lingerie types out there.
b. Premenstrual problems – Breast discomfort or swelling can be supported if you have a more comfortable bra. If you have mostly padded lingerie and the ones that have underwire on them, you can opt for something that does not have those padding and underwire, such as one that is meant for sporting, and you will be amazed at the relief for your sore boobs.
c. Casual – you can simply wear it while you ride on the exercise machines or jog for hours outdoors and greet friendly neighbors along the way. The fact that this kind of lingerie is super casual means that you can use it any time of the day without a lot of hassle. Heck, you can even sleep with it, given you really need support for big boobs at night.
d. Most are wire-free – Having no underwire means that your boobs can sweat less underneath, and it can also make your breasts feel more breathable in the long run. Because they are lacking an underwire, this gives you more opportunity for sleeping with them or just using them like a bralette for your casual home activities or simple grocery errands when you don’t have to dress up too formal.
e. Less discomfort – the fact that they can help you get over some exercise pains can really help with your exercising experience. While most of the regular lingerie offer support, this is the ones that offers the best support for working out and for sporting, and therefore you will experience less pain on your shoulder and back, save for when you actually totally work yourself out.
f. No bouncing and nipple accidents – perhaps the most uncomfortable thing to happen when you are jogging in daytime or when you are at the gym is people (e.g. men) peeking on your bouncing boobs and erect nipples. The solution is simple – get a full coverage sporting bra like this one and then your troubles will be over. You can really protect yourself from awkward staring if you use the right kind of underwear for your best needs.
g. Less sagging – while sagging is something that cannot be prevented, it can be delayed provided that you have the right lingerie for that use. For example, since your boobs bouncing all the time can contribute to sagging, you can wear a properly fitted lingerie for sporting purposes or for working out, so that the sagging process can get delayed by a few years or so.
h. They can be fashionable – the fact that they can be fashionable and may also look good when you go outside means that you can brag about them to your friends and the outside world. Today, sporting lingerie don’t always need to be simple – some of them are quite innovative today and are designed to meet the demands of the global market of lingerie and underwear as well.
i. An alternative for going bra-less – because some women are basically sick of underwire and padding, some just quite wearing lingerie altogether. But to support their big boobs, there should be an alternative, especially for going to the gym or sweating in any physical activity, which is to wear this kind of sporting lingerie to protect their boobs from excessive bouncing , and occasionally nip slips.
j. Great for surgeries and injuries – if you want to reduce the likelihood of injuries while working out, you should protect your boobs by wearing the right lingerie for it so that your chest muscles and other muscles that are around your boobs can be protected just fine.
k. They’re snugger with their straps – the fact that their straps do not fall easily as compared to regular straps of the lingerie that you may have at home, they will distract you less when you go for them with your cycling or any kind of physical activity which drives you into the zone. Nothing makes it more frustrating to a woman than adjusting and constantly re-adjusting the straps of their lingerie.
Q: What are the less common types of lingerie to choose and what sizes of boobs are they for?
A: If you’ve seen demi cups, full cups and balconettes, you think you’ve seen them all. Here are the less known types of lingerie. To get the right lingerie for your boob size, we may give you the following considerations:
1. Casual Types:
Most boob sizes
Polyester, satin and cotton
Also known as a wire-free type of lingerie, it has very little padding so it is a good choice for those who cannot choose between padded and no-padding lingerie.
Nearly all boob sizes and shapes
Polyester, cotton and satin
The built-in is usually a lingerie that has been sewn onto your tank top or anything else. It is a good option for going bra-free.
Small to medium sized boobs and are self-supporting or perkier
Cotton blend, polyester blend, nylon spandex
The molded cup is similar to the contouring type, but is mostly meant for adding cleavage and covering your nipples.
Cotton, nylon, cotton spandex
The sleep lingerie is meant for sleeping, although not technically a lingerie, and is more like the sports type. It can help big breasted women to sleep better at night due to the support it can give to them.
Small to medium boobs
Nylon and polyester blends
The high neck is meant for not showing your boob cleavages at all. They tend to be worn with tank tops.
Back pain bra
Cotton and other comfortable materials
The goal of this kind of lingerie is basically to help you sleep better much like a sleep bra (above), but is constructed to also help you with back pain in a general sense.
2. Formal Types:
Nearly all boob sizes and shapes
Polyester, satin and cotton
The corset is a built-in type of lingerie that is meant for most occasions where you also need to wear something to cover up your stomach and to shape your body. It has been worn for centuries, especially for ball gowns.
Medium to large boobs
The longline has a good coverage for your under bust line so that it will give comfort for dresses, especially on the back.
Small to large boobs
Polyamide blend, nylon spandex
The cage type has a unique strapping system. It is meant for show and is commonly found to be elegant in design.
Small to medium boobs
This one has straps on the side so they cannot be seen in your shoulders.
Most boob sizes
Polyester, satin and cotton
This one has more padding but has a middle string in which you can adjust the cleavage according to your needs.
3. Sensual Types:
Large boobs, medium sized ones (with the right fit)
Polyester, cotton and satin
This one is meant for belly dancing, but is also good for show girls or those who work in the entertainment industry, in which you are required to wear skimpy and show-off outfits Vegas style.
Shelf or cupless
All sizes of boobs and all shapes
Polyester, satin, cotton and a ton of lace
The shelf type is mainly meant for the bedroom, when you want to show off your boobs to your partner for some erotic action. It usually has some underwire underneath for support.
Most boob shapes and sizes
Georgette, polyester, cotton, satin and other novelty materials
The novelty type is not your usual boob cover, in which you can use for various kinds of activities that aren’t just for casual wear, such as for costumes, for the beach, etc.
Most boob sizes and shapes
Satin, nets, lace
The coverage of this lingerie is much like the bralette but is much more opaque than it. They are mostly used in the bedroom or at home.
Small to medium sized boobs
Polyester, cotton, satin, anything water resistant
This is the one you will most likely see on a two piece or a bikini set rather than on regular everyday wear. It is meant to have triangle shaped cups instead of the usual round types.
4. Workout or Sports Types
Most boob sizes
Satin, polyester and cotton, sometimes lace
The halter neck is tied to your nape and goes down your shoulders. It is similar to the crisscross or the racerback such that it is a unique way of strapping your lingerie to your boobs.
The cami or camisole is also similar to the sports type. It is meant for breathability while doing workouts.
All boob shapes except uneven boobs (may require adjustable padding)
Polyester, nylon, cotton spandex
This one basically has many straps. It can be a design for some who like to show their back side.
Binder and compression
All boob shapes and sizes
Polyester, cotton, polyester spandex, nylon blend
Both of these types are meant for compressing your chest and your boobs from extreme situations, where a sporting lingerie wouldn’t do the trick well.
Small to medium boobs
Polyester, cotton and anything comfortable but supportive
This one is similar to the regular sporting lingerie but has a front closure, which is a little weird, but convenient at some point.
Q: What are the different types to choose from for a sporting lingerie?
A: For sporting lingerie, you can actually choose from three different categories that will be the basis for your choice, such as the following:
Mode of coverage – this refers to whether your boobs will be compressed or encapsulated. Here’s a definition of the two:
Compression refers to the kind of lingerie for sports that looks more like a trainer’s lingerie than a regular one. They are the ones that do not form cups at all and are instead meant to press your boobs together to keep them from standing out.
Encapsulation refers to the kind of lingerie for sports that resembles more of the regular lingerie than the compression type. These are lesser known to be for sporting but are great for those with bigger boobs.
Strap type – this refers to how the strap is designed. A different kind of strap can mean something for your exercise routine. Here are the two usual types:
The racerback is a favorite among many kinds of sporting lingerie because of its ability to help your boobs stay in place with the straps. If you are a person who is more prone to losing the straps in the case of letting them get off your shoulder all the time, this is the one to pick.
For when you do not want to have the racerback, this is the obvious choice for you. Wider straps are a lot more comfortable but they can be hard to keep up with, especially if you are going for a higher intensity training, in which the racerback would do a better job for.
Way of putting on and off – this refers to how you put the lingerie on and off. The most common are the back hook and the pullover, which is like the way you take a tank top off. Here are their definitions:
Also known as the tank top style or type, this one is meant for those who want easy and stretchable fabric for their daily workouts while wearing their lingerie. This one is a lot easier to wear but lack in adjustability.
Also called the back clasp, the hook and eye of this kind of lingerie sits at the back, much like your regular and good old fashioned lingerie. It is meant for those with bigger boobs in which the pullover style cannot hope to contain that much.
Q: How do I mix and match the sporting lingerie that I should wear depending on my workout type?
A: We all know that workouts can vary from low intensity to medium intensity up to high intensity workouts. All of them may require a different kind of lingerie for your boobs to get support from, such as the following:
Impact of sport or activity
Recommended construction of sports bra
Low impact or low intensity
Medium impact or medium intensity
High impact or high intensity
Encapsulation and compression combination types
Q: What are the signs that you need to change your cup or band size for your sporting lingerie?
A: To find out if your sporting lingerie has the right size of cup or band, here are some pointers:
Sporting Lingerie Faux Pas
How to Fix It
Not sitting properly
This is when your boobs do not fully meet your encapsulation type lingerie.
To solve this, go for a bigger cup size
Under boob accidents
These things are the worst for when you’re raising your arms.
To solve this, go for a smaller band size
This is what happens if your boobs spill out of your lingerie and look weird.
Go for a bigger cup size for this one
Wrinkles can happen if your cup is too big for your boobs.
Consider going down a cup size
This is what happens if your band is not too tight and rides up your back.
Consider a smaller band size for this one
Q: What are the unique things that make this sporting lingerie different from others?
A: Any lingerie can be different from each other, but the sporting type is usually associated with the following features:
This is a must-have for any kind of sporting wear. This is because you tend to sweat a lot if you use this kind of lingerie often at the gym or when you work out. Unlike conventional bras, the lingerie that is meant for sporting needs to be able to tackle sweat much differently so that you will not get sick from dried sweat.
Some sporting lingerie are also equipped with underwire. The goal of the underwire is to keep your boobs fixed and keep them from bouncing too much. They provide extra support to your breasts so that they do not get a lot of strain with a lot of your physical movements.
The padding is usually the ones that are meant for some big busted women who cannot get enough support from ones that do not have a lot of padding. Simply put, it not just covers your nips but also provides a good amount of coverage and support overall.
The straps need to be adjustable as much as possible so that you will not resort to having to fix it all the time. You can also customize your lingerie with this kind of feature, even if it almost no longer fits you, so you can adapt to when you next buy a properly fitting lingerie.
Ventilation is important for anything that is sports related, so that the sweat will not be kept in just one part of your body, and rather released into the air so that you can easily cool down. It is usually meant for giving your body natural air flow with a mesh panel or perforation.
Flat lock seams
This part of the sporting lingerie is mostly meant for keeping your skin free from irritation, which can be caused by excessive movements and the like. Flat lock seams are seen in most types of this sporting lingerie.
Q: How do I know that I am no longer wearing the right sporting lingerie for me?
A: Aside from the cup and band size (mentioned above), there are many other signs to tell you that you should change the sporting lingerie that you have to a new one:
1. You find it uncomfortable. The fact that it is not comfortable means that you should go for another set so that you will not compromise your breast health overall.
2. You wear it to work. Wearing the same kind of sporting lingerie to work means that it is not as comfortable as it is. Casual wear and sportswear are different, such that sporting items should be more supportive than casual ones.
3. You haven’t changed it within the past 6 months. Most sports lingerie can easily wear out and get loose later on because they are mostly meant for that purpose since you always use them. If you don’t always use them, then this can be an excuse.
4. You’re using the tightest hook. This shows that no matter what kind of lingerie you have, it no longer fits your band size, so you can go for a different band size for a proper fit.
5. It’s a strap digger. There is nothing more painful than getting your shoulders painful with strap digging problems from your sports lingerie. Consider a better sized lingerie for that.
6. It gives the impression of a uniboob. If you pick the compression type, in which the two boobs are usually given the impression of a uniboob because of the lack of encapsulation, you can try to switch to the encapsulation type instead.
7. It shows your nips. If it is clearly not very covering compared to a regular lingerie, consider a thicker option with a better padding to cover your nips when you jog or workout.
8. Your yoga and running lingerie are the same. Remember that different sporting lingerie exist for different intensities of training. Low impact ones require compression types, such as those for yoga. For running, consider a mix of encapsulation and compression to keep your boobs supported all the time. You shouldn’t just use one type of sport lingerie if you go for different kinds of intensities.
9. Some people tend to wear two at once. Those are the girls who have boobs that are too big and cannot be supported by just one simple sports lingerie. For this scenario, consider investing in a much more supportive sports lingerie rather than wearing two, which can make you sweat and uncomfortable.
10. It’s inexpensive but lacks quality. Remember that lingerie are supposed to be expensive because they are supposed to make your boobs comfortable and they should support you all the way.
11. It’s hard to remove. If your lingerie is so hard to remove after a good workout, that could mean that it can be too tight for you – consider going for a better size, as it should be just as comfortable to remove as it is to put it on your boobs.
12. It hurts your boobs after working out. The post-workout boob pain can be excruciating, especially if you have large boobs. To relieve yourself of this kind of pain or to lessen it, consider a properly supportive lingerie for your breasts.
13. Your boobs come flying out of your lingerie when jumping. If your boobs are too big, this is most likely a problem that can surface. Consider getting a more supportive lingerie that is not going to make your boobs jump like that.
14. Cotton makes up most of your lingerie – it’s not really moisture wicking. A good lingerie for sporting purposes should be one that can easily wick away moisture. Not being able to do this can make you feel haggard and smell bad and it can also make you get sick more because of boob sweat not dispensing properly out of your skin, and it can also cause acne.
15. Boob spillage happens. In addition to that, the spillage worsens when you bend over. Spillage can be prevented just as you would prevent jumping boob – by getting a more supportive lingerie for sports that doesn’t have a lot of opening on the neck area but is still comfortable and breathable.
Q: How do I keep my boobs from interfering with my workout?
A: Your boobs can be interfering with your workout, which can be kind of an off-putting thing. Here are some of the best way to deal with your boobs when working out:
1. Get a properly fitting lingerie.
2. Consider separate cups or encapsulating types.
3. Eat healthier foods.
4. Strengthen your chests to improve support.
5. Stand to a better posture to keep them perkier.
Q: How do I run with big boobs more comfortably?
A: Here are ways for you to run effectively while carrying big boobs on the way:
a. Get some back exercises so you can have a strong back to carry your boobs while running.
b. Opt for a high support lingerie that will keep your boobs from bouncing too much.
c. Go for a moisture wicking material that will not make you filled with too much boob sweat.
d. Consider a wider band for you to feel much more supported for your boobs.
e. Look for cups that give full coverage for your boobs to keep them from jiggling too much.
f. Consider straps that are wide enough and have padding for extra added comfort.
g. The underwire should not hurt your boobs yet still support them.
h. The front band should be flat on your rib cage and between your boobs.
Q: How do I remedy post-workout boob pain?
A: There are specific ways for you to get rid of or reduce post-workout boob pain:
1. Get a better sports lingerie to make you feel more supported.
2. Consider more back exercises to avoid too much boob pain.
3. Lessen the pain by reducing on your movement.
4. Look for exercises that do not make too much breast movement.
5. Add ice to your boobs if they feel very painful after the workout.
6. Consider taking pain relievers like ibuprofen.
7. Limit the intake of caffeine when you workout.
Q: What are the benefits of encapsulation type lingerie?
A: For sporting, you might want to opt for encapsulation type lingerie, such as the following:
Protects your tissues
Your breast tissues become more durable against wear and tear if you exercise with the proper type of lingerie with the right support for your needs.
Keeps boob movement
Your boobs won’t easily bounce because of the encapsulation properties of this kind of lingerie.
For big boobs
If your boobs are too big to be contained into a compression type of lingerie then you might want to consider one that is encapsulated.
If you want better support for your boobs, you can definitely consider encapsulation types better for that job.
Q: What are the pros of getting a convertible type of lingerie?
A: The convertible type has many benefits for your boobs and for your money, such as the following:
1. It allows you to convert your bra into anything, such as racerback, halter, one strap or regular strap. It can also be used to make a strapless lingerie.
2. Because you can use it for different outfits, you can save money in the long run. You don’t have to worry about purchasing another kind of lingerie for this and that.
Q: Is it possible to convert a regular strap into a racerback strap?
A: Yes, there is a simple hack for you to convert any regular strap into a racerback, by using a paperclip to clip both of the sides of the strap to form an x-shaped racerback. If you feel uncomfortable with a paperclip, you can also try using a custom clip that you can buy from most stores, and can also be part of a convertible lingerie package.
Q: When should I replace my sports lingerie?
A: The sports lingerie can vary in usage and other factors, but the best time to replace it is at least less than a year. Some factors that you should consider include:
- how much you sweat
- what detergent you use
- if you put your lingerie in the dryer
- how often you work out
- the intensity of your workout
Q: What are the different kinds of fabrics used for this kind of lingerie?
A: There are different fabrics that you can use for this sporting lingerie, such as the following:
1. Polyester – this is great for durability but may feel hot when you work out for a long time.
2. Spandex – this makes it more durable so that your lingerie can easily stretch with your moves.
3. Cotton – it should be only in minimal parts because it is not moisture wicking.
4. Lycra – this one makes it durable and yet comfortable at the same time.
5. Mesh – mesh is ideal for added breathability to your lingerie.
Q: What are the cup sizes that are common out there, depending on their size classification?
A: There are different cup sizes that you should consider for your needs, such as the following:
XS (extra small)
XL (extra large)
A to B
30AB to 32A
32AB to 34A
34AB to 36A
36AB to 38A
38AB to 40A
B to C
30BC to 32B
32BC to 34B
34BC to 36B
36BC to 38B
C to D
32CD to 34C
34CD to 36C
36CD to 38C
38CD to 40C
Q: Why does transparency matter with sports lingerie?
A: Transparency refers to the fact that your sports lingerie is either transparent, translucent or opaque. It means that if you wear something over it, it will be much more visible or less visible. It also means that it can cover up your cleavage and / or your nipples much better.
For this, consider wearing your lingerie with your favorite sports shirt, so in case it becomes too much of a standout, then you can adjust accordingly depending on the color that matches best. Consider nudes if you want to go with something that is sleeker and lesser seen and obvious.
Q: Why should I explore different brands of lingerie?
A: All different brands out there in the world may have a difference or two when it comes down to sizing. This is why it is extremely important that you choose between two brands or more if you cannot find the size that you are looking for in one brand.
For instance, if you cannot find the size you are looking for in Victoria’s Secret, try for other brands like Triumph. You can also patronize your local brands if you feel like the international brands are very expensive for your budget, but make sure that your local brands have the same quality for a better price that will not break the bank.
Q: Do women have different breasts than each other?
A: It has been said that boobs are like snowflakes or fingerprints of people – they can differ from each other much like fraternal twins. This is because our genetics and our DNA all differ from each other, and that’s what makes us unique.
This is why girls shouldn’t be afraid to let them loose for a while. You shouldn’t be ashamed whether you have pyramid-shaped ones or whether you have pancake-shaped ones. It’s just a matter of loving yourself without regret, and choosing the lingerie that is more appropriate for your needs and not because of social and fashion pressure.
Wrapping It Up
Overall, the Under Armour Mid is our pick for the best sports bra due to its great design for most mid impact sports and fabric that is easily stretchable and comfortable.