Since 1978

Mandatory Equipment for a Woman’s Workout

We know that one of the last things a woman buys herself is a bra. We also know an alarming number of women complain they don’t feel properly supported when they exercise, and even feel breast pain when they exercise. Sports bras have come a long way. The sporting goods industry has invested significant research and development into sports bra manufacturing and design.  Today’s sports bra will never be your sexiest undergarment, but it will be a valuable one that let’s you focus on your exercise of choice and keeps you comfortable while being active.

Why You Need a Good One

Large bust or small, you’re looking to hold  “the girls” in place to protect something called the Coopers ligaments which are thin bands of supportive tissue in the breast.   During activity these ligaments are stressed and once they become stretched they do not recover well. If your breasts are not supported then you are very likely to suffer from discomfort and pain in your breasts, neck and/or back.

Bra Fitting Tips 

1.  The right sports bra should hold you in place, and minimize movement vertically, horizontally, and in a circular motion. 2.  The foundation of the bra is the band (around the rib cage).  If possible, choose a sports bra that has band adjustability.  As the bra starts to age, the band can be adjusted to still keep a great fit. 3. To minimize chafing, avoid 100% cotton.  Cotton holds moisture (sweat).  Choose sports bras made of moisture wicking, fast drying fabrics. 4.  If you need more support, look for wide shoulder straps and a wider band. 5.  Pay attention to the seams and underwire. Exposed seams can cause chafing. Opt for covered seams.  Underwire should be completely sewn in. 6.  Try your sports bras at a running specialty store with staff trained in bra fittings! The right sports bra should be snug, but you should still be able to breathe! It shouldn’t cut into your skin. Jump around in the fitting room to test support.

Wear, Tear & Care

They say a sports bra should never celebrate a birthday.  Sports bras are workhorses.  Some manufacturers say once a sports bra has been washed 40 times, it’s time to move on, others recommend no more than 72 washes, however, it all depends on how much you use yours.   Sports bras lose their ability to support because of impact, perspiration and washing.   By the way, we suggest never putting a sports bra in the dryer. This helps protect the elastic and moisture-wicking capability of the fabric.  Don’t throw your old sports bra after one year, but use them for lower impact activities such as cycling or yoga.
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