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We all know that a bad sports bra can make or break a workout — and recent research suggests that not wearing the appropriate support can lead to lasting damage for your body.
When it comes to picking the right bra, however, it can be a bit more difficult. And turns out it has everything to do with the not only the workout you’re doing, but also your bust size. So whether you’re going to a yoga class, hitting the pavement for a run or sweating it out in a fitness class, it’s important you find the right bra.
To make sure you’re picking the right size, your sports bra should feel tighter than a normal bra, and any underwiring should lay flat against the ribcage and not ride up when you raise your arms above your head (hello, sun salutations).
Most sports bras offer three different types of support depending on the workout you’re doing: low, medium and high. With so many options on the market, we’ve done the research for you to find the top sports bras according to your favourite workout:
Low intensity workouts
You may hear low intensity and wonder “what’s the point?” but these kind of workouts are just as important for your health as a non-stop HIIT class. Yoga, pilates and walking are all examples of low intensity workouts that help stretch, move and tone your body. For these sweat sessions, you don’t need as structured of a bra due to the low impact nature of this exercise.
Small-medium busts: Victoria’s Secret Unlined Heather Plunge Bralette
SHOP IT: Victoria’s Secret, $29.50
Medium-large busts: New Balance Studio Bra
SHOP IT: New Balance, $49.99
Medium intensity workouts
Do you prefer to ride it out in a spin class? Or dance it off in Zumba? Then you’re likely committed to medium intensity workouts. Whether you’re lifting weights, enjoying a step class or working out solo on the elliptical, the right sports bra will give you the support you need to last through a workout - no matter how sweaty.
Small-medium busts: Under Armour’s Women’s Armour Crossback Sports Bra
SHOP IT: Under Armour, $39.99
Medium-large busts: Nike Swoosh UltraBreathe
SHOP IT: Nike, $84
High intensity workouts
It’s no surprise you’re going to need an extra supportive sports bra for the sweatiest kind of workout: high intensity. Whether you love a fast-paced, calorie burning HIIT workout or prefer to lace up for a long run, high-intensity exercise is also the most high impact, meaning you need extra support to protect your body from damage. So long as you’re dressed properly, you’re free to do as many burpees or sprints as your heart desires.
Small-medium busts: Lululemon Enlite Bra
SHOP IT: Lululemon, $98
Medium-large busts: adidas Ultimate Incl Bra
SHOP IT: adidas, $95