5 High-Impact Sports Bras That’ll Keep Your Boobs in Check

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Chandré Davids |

As a plus-size fit girl myself, I totally understand the struggle of finding a good bra, let alone a good sports bra.

There just aren’t many options for us to choose from. It can be really difficult to find a bra that’s supportive, doesn’t make having bigger boobs a nightmare, and will make us feel super cute. I’ve tracked down some sports bras that can fit up to an extra large or can be custom made to suit your needs, and the best part — they’re everything a curvy girl could want!

Why Wear a Sports Bra?

Like many things in life, breasts are pretty complex. They are made up of mostly fat, tissue and ligaments. Because breast do not contain muscle or are not attached to muscles, they can move independently from the rest of the body and are susceptible to strain. Meaning that our breasts are supported by just skin and ligaments. These ligaments, called Cooper’s ligaments, are fragile and once torn they lose their ability to support the breast leading to pain and saggyness. Women with bigger bust are more likely to have sag due to the skin and ligaments being under more strain because the weight of the breast.

So, ensure that when choosing a bra, the band is not too tight, there should no spillage or straps cutting into your shoulders… and that you are 100% comfortable.

READ MORE: Exactly What To Consider When Choosing A Sports Bra

1/ High Impact Bras

These bras are great for high intensity exercises and activities such as running, dance, basketball, kickboxing and HIIT (High intensity interval training).

Curvy Couture Confident Fit High Impact Wire-Free Sports Bra

This bra has no underwire (but there is an underwire version), and has individual cups to support each breast, so bye-bye ‘monoboob’! It’s made with breathable mesh to keep you cool and comes with cushioned straps. The straps are convertible and can be made into a racerback to ease pressure on your shoulders. This bra is great because it can be custom made to suit your band and cup size. And FYI — it fits up to size 46H!

NIKE Alpha Women’s High-Impact Sports Bra

This bra is super cute and comes in a variety of colours, plus it can be worn as crop top too! It has been designed to reduce bounce and discomfort during your workout, ensuing that you’re keeping your mind on your fitness goals. The knit-mesh keeps you cool and dry while you’re working up a sweat. It can fit up to a cup D-E.

Triaction Minimizer Bra

This bra is made to offer support and reduce movement during activity. It also minimises the projection of your breasts and can be adjusted to a cross back. It’s made with moisture absorbent fabric, making boob sweat a thing of the past. Fits up to a 40E.

2/ Medium Impact Bras

These bras are great for activities that produce moderate bounce such as walking, stationary bike cycling and elliptical training.

Under Armour Aqua Mid Sports Bra

This light weight compression bra, is tight and keeps breasts securely to the chest ensuring minimal juggle. Its design is the classic pullover with racerback, helping to ease the pressure off your shoulders and neck. Fits up to XL.

Woolworths Medium Impact Non-Wire Sports bra

With its cute strappy racer back and wire-free design, this sports bra offers both style and comfort. It soft material ensures that friction is kept to a minimum but still gives you the support you need when doing yoga or hiking on the weekends. Fits up to XL.

adidas Halter Bra 

It’s high neckline and padded cups give added support ensuring that you are as bounce-free as possible from warm-up to cool-down. With its breathable material, it sweeps away sweat and its crossover straps are both pretty and functional, as it eases the weight off your shoulders preventing any straps from digging into you. Fits up to XL.

Looking for more? Here are 3 major signs that the bra you’re wearing is totally wrong for your breast size.

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