How to choose your sports bra

Every woman knows, having a good sports bra is just as important as having good shoes! You want the right amount of comfort and support, so you can give it your all for every workout. Here's how to choose the right sports bra for you.

three women in sports bras

Support system

The amount of support you need depends on the intensity of your activity. A high-intensity workout with repetitive impacts (think skipping rope!) requires maximum support. A low-intensity activity (like yoga) requires less. There are 3 levels of support to choose from, so consider which activity you'll be doing before you pick the sports bra that'll work best. 

woman wearing a sports bra

Low support

This type of sports bra is best for activities with little to no impact.
If you're not doing cardio or high-impact exercises, you'll likely feel comfortable with minimal support.

Great for activities like:

- indoor cycling
- yoga/Pilates
- walking on a treadmill

Medium support

This one is good for activities with non-repetitive impacts that cause some breast movement. The intensity may have kicked up a notch, but you can still be fine with medium support.

Great for activities like:

- step aerobics
- cardio boxing
- weight training

woman wearing a sports bra
woman skipping rope

High support

This type of sports bra is designed for activities with repeated jumping and intense impact. You want a lot of support to keep breast movement to a minimum, but you don't want to feel constricted—so pay attention to the fit.

Great for activities like:

- HIIT workouts
- running
- skipping rope

Find your fit

Everyone is shaped differently, so the best way to see if a sports bra is right for you, is to try it on!

Here are a few key areas to pay attention to when you're in the fitting room...

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SPORTS BRAFIND YOUR FIT

Straps

No one wants to be adjusting their bra strap mid-workout. Most sports bras are made with wide elastic straps that should stay in place. But, once again, the type of activity you are doing will indicate how secure your straps need to be.

Ultimately, you want to pick the model that is most comfortable for your body—whether that's a racerback, crisscross or tank style, etc. Make sure you adjust the straps so they are not too tight (digging into your shoulders!) and not too loose (slipping right off).

woman on a stationary bike
woman wearing a sports bra

Fitting band

This is the band that runs along your rib cage and provides a good amount of support for your breasts. You want the fit to be snug, but not suffocating.

Do a few quick tests while you're trying the sports bra on—raise your arms above your head to ensure the fitting band stays in place. Also, take a few deep breaths and make sure you feel comfortable with the tightness of the band around your body.

Padding and fabric

This is a personal choice for the style and functionality of your sports bra. Some sports bras will have a light padding, which can add to the comfort for some people, but certainly is not necessary.
The fabric should be breathable (since you'll most likely be breaking a sweat!), but also sturdy enough to provide adequate support as you move. Find something with the right amount of stretch and compression for your body type.

woman wearing a sports bra

Like all other sports gear, you want your sports bra to be comfortable and functional—so you don't have to think about it while you're working out. Try a few different options, and you'll quickly learn what feels best for your body. With the right fit and support, you'll be unstoppable!