6 Sneaky Reasons Your Sports Bras Hurt
When you’re training hard at the gym, you need all the support you can get – literally. The difference that a supportive and comfortable bra makes to your workout is undeniable. That is especially true if you happen to have a larger bust size. When you’ve got bigger boobs, the last thing you want is a lot of bounce when you’re being active and working out.
So, should you find that your sports bra is hurting you unexpectedly, it’s nothing short of a disaster. You can’t concentrate on the exercise and you’re most certainly not performing at the top of your game.
Not sure what’s gone wrong and why it hurts so darn much? We’ve got the answers you need.
Here are six underlying problems that could be the cause:
1. Your sports bra is the wrong fabric or style.
Make no mistakes, your sports bra has to be a strong and sturdy piece of lingerie. If you find that the bra is made from thin fabric, it’s unlikely that it will give you the support that you truly need. With that in mind, it’s always best to check the material yourself before you buy a new sports bra. Ideally, you’re looking for a snug, supportive band that gives your bust a good level of support and cups that completely contain your breast tissue. For medium to high impact sports, opt for a sports bra with encapsulated cups to reduce bounce and keep your boobs separated and comfortable.
2. You’re wearing the wrong bra size.
Of course, one of the most common reasons that people find their sports bra hurts them is that they are wearing the wrong bra size. Getting regular bra fittings and making sure that you have the right band and cup size can help solve this problem. For instance, if the bra is a little too large, it won’t keep your breasts in place as you move, which can lead to serious discomfort. On the other hand, if it’s too small, it could dig into your skin and hurt. Ouch.
3. Your sports bra is old and worn out.
As bras get older and more worn, you will notice a common trend. They start to lose their elasticity. This is a normal part of wear and tear. Of course, you can prevent it by taking care of your bra and making sure that you store it properly. At some point, though, you will find that the sports bra is no longer as sturdy or elastic as it once was. That means that it won’t give you the support that you need. It could be time to invest in a new sports bra!
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4. You need a different design.
Women with smaller breasts may be able to get away with wearing simple sports bras, but they’re not for everybody. If you’ve got a larger bust, you should make sure that you look for a bra that gives you extra support and security. Getting a bra with panels and a super thick band could be the way to go. The more sturdy the design of your sports bra, the more likely it is to give you the support you need.
5. You’re wearing your sports bra incorrectly.
You might think that putting a sports bra on is as easy as pie. That’s not always the case. Choosing the right clasp for your shape and bra size is an essential step here. With continued wear, your sports bras can become less and less supportive over time. That doesn’t mean that you have to throw them out right away. Instead, you can try tightening the straps and putting them on a tighter clasp when you wear them. This short-term solution should make it wearable for longer.
6. You need a high quality sports bra.
If your sports bra is causing you pain, you need to deal with that problem sooner rather than later. The faster you tackle this problem, the faster you can get back to your training routine. Check out these reasons and see if any of them apply to your situation. You may need to get fitted for a new bra or simply invest in a high-quality sports bra. Figure out what works for you and start feeling more comfortable than ever when you hit the gym.
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Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.
If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.
Happy bra shopping!