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best sports bra for large breasts

Wearing the perfect sports bra is key to enjoying and getting the most of your exercise regimen. There are numerous types of sports bras. So, how do you know which sports bra is best for you? It all depends on the type of activity you do and how much support your bust will require during that activity. It’s likely you may need a few different types of sports bras in your workout drawer.

Here are some of the most common types of sports bras:

Compression Sports Bra

A compression sports bra is probably what you imagine when thinking of a sports bra. It compresses your boobs tight to your chest for minimal movement.

Encapsulation Sports Bra

An encapsulation sports bra has two cups for shaping and to separate your boobs. (An encapsulation sports bra is a good option if want you don’t want a mono-boob or don’t want to flatten your chest while working out.)

Front-Closure Sports Bra

A front-closure sports bra simply fastens in the front between the cups, usually with a zipper. This type of sports bra is easy to put on and take off, making it a good fit after procedures.

Padded Sports Bra

Like regular padded bras, padded sports bras offer additional coverage and a rounded shape. This is a good pick if you prefer more coverage in the cold and want a to boost your bustline a bit while working out.

Underwire Sports Bra

An underwire sports bra provides additional support and is a good fit for women with bigger busts. However, wearing the right size is essential to being comfortable in any sports bra, but especially an underwire bra.

Nursing Sports Bra

A nursing sports bra is comfortable and makes breastfeeding convenient. Some new mothers prefer to wear nursing sports bras over regular nursing bras.

Related: Compression Sports Bras vs Encapsulation Sports Bras: What You Need To Know

How much support do you need?

Knowing the type of sports bra you prefer is the first step in finding the best one for you. The second step is to determine how much support you need, which depends on how the activity impacts your bust. Sports bras are broken down into three impact levels:

High-Impact Sports Bra

A high-impact sports bra maximizes support while minimizing movement. This type of sports bra is best for high-impact activities, such as running, horseback riding, aerobics or interval training.

Medium-Impact Sports Bra

A medium-impact sports bra, such as the Active Sports Bra, is designed for activities that involve a moderate amount of movement and bouncing, like power walking or using the elliptical.

Low-Impact Sports Bra

A low-impact sports bra is the perfect option when doing exercise that doesn’t subject your boobs to a lot of movement. You’d wear a low-impact sports bra when doing yoga or pilates, for example.

All of the different types of sports bras we discussed above can come in high, medium or low-impact styles. So, once you decide which type of sports bra is most comfortable to you, you must consider the type of activity you’ll do while wearing it.

Regardless of what type of sports bra you buy, it’s best to get a bra fitting before deciding on your size. The bra fitter will measure your torso, which will determine the right sports bra size for you. A sports bra that’s slightly too big or too small won’t be comfortable or support you like it should.

Related: Are Wired Sports Bras More Supportive Than Wireless Sports Bras?

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Happy bra shopping!

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