The first sports bra was just two jockstraps sewn together (lol). Today’s innovations support you in comfort and style. Sports bras-shopping is no one’s favorite task, especially when you’re not sure which bra is best for you. Up to 100 percent of women are wearing the wrong size bra, according to a study. The study was carried out by the American Society of Women’s Physiotherapists and the American College of Sports Physiologists.
And finding the right bra for your workout routine can be even more stressful. One study found that 17 percent of women surveyed have skipped out on training because they couldn’t find a sports bra that supported them during high-impact exercises.
Even when you’re training, the wrong sports bra can have significant effects on your performance: In one example, poorly controlled breast movement while running causes women to lose up to four centimeters of stride length — which, over the size of a marathon, adds up to running an extra mile, according to a study conducted by Brooks Running Co. in conjunction with the University of Portsmouth.
You might opt for a lighter, less padded sports bra for yoga or another low-impact workout, but every woman needs a high-impact sports bra to bring their A-game during a long run, intense HIIT session, or Bootcamp class. With these supportive, high-impact picks, there’s no need ever to miss a workout — or suffer unnecessarily through one — again.
Champion Spot Comfort Full Support Sports Bras
This bra is equipped with mesh paneling in the front to cut down on dreaded boob sweat. Its adjustable, gel-filled straps are meant to cushion your shoulders and not dig into them, which is ideal for women with larger chests.
The super-smooth interior and exterior will feel comfortable and be inconspicuous under your workout clothes, too. And for less than $35, it’s one of the best deals you’ll get on a quality, high-impact sports bra.
2. Freya Women’s Active Underwire Molded Sports Bras
If you’re in the B to DD cup range, this is the best high-impact sports bra to take you anywhere from a 10-mile run to a boxing or cross-training class.
The underwire helps you feel lifted, and you can feel secure with the hook-and-eye closure, which allows you to adjust the bra based on your exact band size and comfort level. Plus, the racerback straps won’t pop out from underneath your favorite workout tank.
3. Under Armour Women’s UA Infinity High Sports Bras
This heavy-duty bra can handle your most intense workouts without adding any bulk to your outfit. UA Infinity Hight Sports bra is 30% lighter than any other bra the brand has designed.
It uses the same Flyknit technology you’ll find in its shoes; in bra form, that flexible, supportive knit allows for minimal bounce and the utmost security.
4. Champion Women’s Motion Control Zip Sports Bras
If you want to feel like you’re wearing a bandeau while wearing a super supportive sports bra, this one is your best option.
The zippered front contours your body to keep your breasts in place and prevent uncomfortable bouncing during high-intensity training. This high-impact sports bra also has Under Armour’s signature SpeedForm mesh lining, so your skin can breathe the whole time you’re at the gym.
5. Wacoal Women’s Underwire Sport Bras
Calling all runners: This high-impact sports bra will hold you in place, and it’s ventilated to the max, so sweat doesn’t soak through. It has padded straps, so your shoulders don’t feel extra pressure as you jog.
You can choose to wear it with a racerback by clipping the straps together or without.
6. Wingslove Women’s Full Coverage High Impact Sports Bras
If you need more support in a workout bra but don’t want to deal with padding and wires, this is the high-impact sports bra for you. Instead of padding, there are wireless cups to keep it thin and lightweight. Also, this style offers sizing up to a 48G cup to fit a wide range of body types.
7. Brooks Drive Interlace Run Sports Bras
Brooks always provides a solid gear selection for long-distance runners, and this sports bra is no exception. Women with larger chests will feel way more comfortable in a bra like this, which uses a design technique to separate each breast into its cup, so it moves more naturally. The front zip makes shedding your sweaty clothes easy breezy.
8. Panache Women’s Underwired Sports Bras
The Panache brand offers to size up to 40H, but this high-impact sports bra’s wide straps will support and lift you no matter what size you wear. There’s breathable mesh through the front panel and shoulders for even your sweatiest gym sessions.
You can pick out one in almost every color to match any spandex outfit — there are 30 different colors and patterns to choose from.
9. Lululemon Enlite Bra Zip Front
This high-impact sports bra can support larger-chested ladies from all angles without making you feel crushed. The wideband and racerback design keep pressure off your neck and shoulders, and the supportive Ultralu fabric not only has four-way stretch technology in it, but it has also added Lycra for even more stretch and shape retention.
10. Wacoal Women’s Sports Underwire Bra
It is one of our top picks for women with larger bust sizes — the sizes go up to 40H, and in the G and H sizes, there’s an additional sling inside for more support.
No matter what size you go with, there are six different slots for adjusting the no-chafe shoulder strap, so this high-impact sports bra will feel comfy and move along with you.