Sat. Nov 27th, 2021

    Unfortunately, the bounce factor for bustier women can be an exercise deterrent. Who wants to go for a run or knock out burpees when every hop, skip, and jump leads to pure pain? In fact, we're pretty sure we all have that friend who's had to double up on support. What’s more, a larger-breasted woman in the wrong bra can have serious health implications.

    “If a sports bra has not been specifically designed and built to carry the weight of larger, heavier breasts, the bra straps may be too narrow and exert extra pressure on your shoulders,” explains LaJean Lawson, PhD, a sports bra researcher at Oregon State University and consultant to the sports bra industry. “If the amount and location of the pressure crosses over an area in the shoulders where nerves and blood vessels exit into the upper arms, a medical condition known as thoracic outlet syndrome can result.” Symptoms of TOS include numbness or tingling in the arms or hands, pain in the neck, shoulder, or hands, and even a weaker grip.)

    So what do the well-endowed need to look for when shopping for a sports bra? Lawson says, there are three key things:

    1. Look for minimal (controlled) stretch throughout the bra in areas like the cups, straps, and band.
    2. Forgo the traditional sports bra, which has a single flat panel across the front, and opt for one with two separate cups that will control each breast instead.
    3. Choose athletic supporters with more coverage such as a higher neckline, wider straps, and a substantial bottom band.

    Armed with Lawson’s tips, we did the leg work for you and found these 10 amazing sports bras perfect for big breasts. They're easy to get on, offer stellar support and, most importantly, are still cute!

    Under Amour Eclipse High Heathered Zip

    The mesh lining puts the kibosh on in-between-breast sweat (yay!), and the front zipper closure allows for a more customized fit.

    Sizes: 32B-38DD

    To buy: $60; underarmour.com

    Panache Underwire Sports Bra

    With the click of a hook, this bra takes you from regular to racerback. It also has flexible underwire and three-part-foam-lined cups.

    Sizes: 30-42, C-DDD

    To buy: Starting at $40; amazon.com

    Freya Active Underwire Molded Sports Bra

    This supporter’s molded cups play up your curves (and provides each breast with individualized support!) instead of smashing your girls into one unflattering lump.

    Sizes: 28-40, B-G

    To buy: $62; amazon.com

     

    Enell High Impact Sports Bra

    A high neckline not only ensures that your breasts won’t play peekaboo, but also reins the girls in from unwanted surge.

    Sizes: 00-8

    To buy: Starting at $59; amazon.com

     

    Nike Pro Rival

    Sick of the chafing caused by stitched straps? The bonded seams on this bra help put an end to skin irritation.

    Sizes: 30-38, B-E

    To buy: $70; nike.com

    Livi Unlined Convertible No Wire Sports Bra

    This bra is great for all types of exercise including running and cross training. With a wide range of sizing and convertible straps, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your girls.

    Sizes: 38-46, DD-H

    To buy: Starting at $40; lanebryant.com

     

    CW-X StabilityX Running Bra

    This running-specific bra offers a five-way support system that cuts down breast movement in all directions.

    Sizes: 38-40, D-DD

    To buy: Starting at $42; amazon.com

     

    Anita Maximum Control Wire-Free Sports Bra

    If you’re looking for high-impact support without wires, this is your sports bra. Molded double-layer cups keep you covered with a three-column, three-row hook and back closure to keep the girls supported.

    Sizes: 30-46, C-H

    To buy: $69; barenecessities.com

     

    Moving Comfort Jubralee Bra

    The Velcro straps are surprisingly secure and make it super easy to adjust this supporter on the fly.

    Sizes 34-44, B-E

    To buy: $55; amazon.com

    New Balance The Shockingly Unshocking

    There are few things more embarrassing than showing off your nipples when you sweat—built-in modesty cups ensure your “headlights” stay hidden.

    Sizes: 32-42, C-DD

    To buy: $25-48; amazon.com

     

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