Sports Bra Fitting Guide

Sports Bra Fitting Guide

Feb 23, 2023

Ensuring you have the right sports bra is essential when working out.

Feb 2024

Ensuring you have the right sports bra is essential when working out. One of the most critical pieces of equipment is a good sports bra to help keep your breasts supported and prevent them from bouncing around as you work out. This article explains the importance of selecting the correct sports bra for you and the different sports bras available depending on your workout intensity to minimise pain and discomfort.

The Importance Of Wearing A Sports Bra While Working Out

Women have been breaking barriers in sports for years, but there is one area where they still lag: proper bust support. Women are more likely to experience pain because of improper support during their workouts, and wearing a correctly fitted sports bra can help to mitigate this problem.

As more women embrace fitness, we must promote the importance of wearing a correctly fitted sports bra. We can break down barriers and achieve our fitness goals with the proper support.

How To Choose The Right Sports Bra

Sports Bras have come a long way with modern technology and fabrication in the last ten years. Today there are so many types and styles of sports bras on the market, making it harder to know which one is right for you. DeBra's specialise in perfectly fitting tens of thousands of women of all shapes and sizes each year! You are in good hands.

The first step is to identify your needs. Here are some of DeBra's quick tips and tricks for finding the perfect sports bra.

The Different Sports Bras Available

Not all workouts are equal. Make sure you mix up your bras when you mix up your routine. Wearing the wrong type of bra can have severe implications on breast tissue health, comfort, and performance. There are four levels of impact that sports bras can support.

Low Impact Sports Bras

Low impact sports bras are perfect for activities with little to no bouncing. These sports bras are ideal for:

  • Walking
  • Chilling
  • Stretching
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Weight Training
  • Golf

Medium Impact Sports Bras

Medium Impact sports bras are designed for activities with moderate bounce and are best for:

  • Jogging
  • Riding
  • Power Walking
  • Dancing
  • Skiing
  • Hiking

High Impact Sports Bras

High Impact sports bras are for stability where there is a high level of bouncing in the activity. If this is you, we recommend you invest in a high-impact sports bra if you like to do the following:

  • Running
  • Mountain Biking
  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Horse Riding

Extreme Impact Sports Bras

Extreme Impact sports bras are the next level up and are recommended for women who take part in the following sports:

  • Martial Arts
  • Combat Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Gymnastics
  • Climbing

Choosing The Appropriate Shape

Choosing the correct shape for your sports bra can minimise movement for adequate support. If support is your number one priority, you will want to look for a sports bra with a J-hook. The J-hook function allows the wearer to convert the straps from over-the-shoulder to racerback. During medium to high-intensity workouts, the racerback style will decrease pressure on the shoulders, minimise bounce, and provide maximum lift.

Encapsulation is best suited for low-impact activities, and these bras:

  • Have individual cups
  • Have no compression
  • Provide a natural shape
  • Are better for larger busts

Compression/Encapsulation sports bras combine compression and encapsulation techniques to give high-impact athletes shape and support.

Our Fitters' Favourites

We all have favourite rights. Here are DeBra's Fitting Consultants 2022 top 5 sports bras.

Don't be afraid to have a little dance around when you receive your new sports bra. Your new bra fits best if you experience little to no movement of your breasts.

So next time you hit the gym, ensure you're appropriately supported by investing in a quality sports bra. You will thank us for it.

We Have Helped Thousands Of Women

Check out DeBra's Sports Bra Collection. If you're not confident about buying a sports bra online, DeBra's offers a Virtual (Zoom) Fitting service, phone consultations or support on live chat, so you can stay at home and still get the best bra for your breasts. Don't let sizing uncertainty stop your boobs from being supported during your next workout.

Book your complimentary In-Store Fitting Appointment or a Virtual Fitting Appointment, or if you have a question, you can contact our Live Chat customer service team during business hours. 

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