Of all the many things that keep you from working out — a bra should not be one. As many of us know however, fewer things are more annoying than inadequate support when you’re trying to exercise. Splurge on a reliable sports bra that keeps the girls in place and hit the trails this summer with your mind on the prize, not on discomfort. Here are 5 bras built for real bodies and real workouts.
Victoria’s Secret Incredible Front-Close Sport Bra ($36)
Victoria’s Secret may not be known as the leader in sportswear, but their sports bras are actually designed to reduce bounce by up to 74%. This is one of their maximum-support options, designed with cushioned underwire, structured cups and a front zip that locks into place. Body-wicking nylon pulls sweat from the body — so it’s perfect for high-impact workouts. Available in sizes 32-40, A to DDD.
Adidas CMMTTD X Bra ($70)
For larger busts, this cross-back bra with front strap stabilizers keeps everything in place, even during intense workouts, while moulded cups provide a flattering shape. Adjustable straps keep you in control of the fit no matter what. Meanwhile, Climacool ventilation and mesh sections keep you dry and prevent overheating.
Lululemon Fast & Free Bra ($74)
This Lululemon pick isn’t just for yogis. Designed to keep you secure whether you’re doing cross fit, running, or climbing, the Fast & Free bra keeps you nimble with lightweight support and little extra hardware. Its four-way stretch Nulux fabric, high neckline and slim racerback cut allow for maximum range of motion, while removable cups provide optional support when you want it. It’s best suited for B to C cups.
Patagonia Active Compression Bra ($55)
The most adventurous of exercisers can rely on Patagonia’s Active Compression bra to rise to the challenge. It’s tightly knit fabric (with built-in odour control!) provides compression where you need it, while mesh straps and a racerback style offer breathability. It’s great for hot summer days when you just can’t do the gym.
Champion Shape-U Plus Sports Bra ($35)
Comfort is this bra’s top priority. With gel-infused straps to eliminate dig-in, a U-back design with adjustable hook and eye closure for easy on and off, removable pads and adjustable straps, you’re in total control of the fit here. It provides high support as you like it. This bra’s sure to be a favourite. A plus: it’s on sale now for almost half off the original price. Get it, girl.