- Value: 18/20
- Functionality: 19/20
- Quality/Ease of Use: 19/20
- Aesthetics: 18/20
- Comfortability: 19/20
- Total: 93/100
I’ll be honest, it takes a lot of willpower to convince myself to go for a jog or start a workout class from my living room. And I blame it all on sports bras.
Every style I’ve ever worn was either too uncomfortable, too loose around the ribs or smushed my boobs flat, making it look like they were being vacuum-sealed to my body. For a long time, I tried to avoid any sort of cardio because I just wasn’t prepared for the breast pain I knew I was going to endure during burpees or jumping jacks. And when I wanted to take up running, my biggest worry was that I was going to immediately regret everything around mile one, simply because my sports bra wasn’t supportive enough.
I wasn’t alone in the search for the sports bra. Big boobs run in my family, so I looked to my mother for reference. After she bought the Champion Women’s Spot Comfort Full-Support Sport Bra and praised the design (even asking for multiple colors for her birthday), I knew I had to try it myself.
For one, it looked like an everyday regular bra. It even had a hook and eye closure (!!!), meaning I no longer had to suffer through a pre-pre workout of putting a sports bra over my head and attempting to stuff my boobs into the fabric. All I had to do was clasp this Champion number and throw on a shirt.
My second favorite feature is how flexible and breathable the fabric feels. Between the mesh in the front and the stretchy spandex on the sides and back, this bra is just plain comfortable to wear. Even when I’m starting to feel sticky and sweaty. The padded and adjustable straps at the shoulders also allow for a more customizable fit, making this sports bra ideal for all different body types. (Hello, shorter and longer torso’d gals.)
For once, I wasn’t worried about my boobs being compressed or spilling out the top, either. While many sports bras come in sizes small to extra large, this one goes by band and cup size, both of which run true pretty true to size. (Plus there’s a handy size chart if you’re still unsure about finding your perfect fit.) Since it looked and felt like a regular bra, with individual cups for each breast and a u-back design instead of a racerback. I didn’t experience any dreaded ‘mono-boob’ and the uncomfortable tight pressure that usually comes with it.
The one thing I wasn’t sold on until I tried the bra was the lack of underwire. How can it keep my boobs secured without underwire keeping it up? My worries were put to rest with the padded lining on the bottom band which gave me the support I needed without any poking or p
So, it’s clear I love how this bra feels and looks. But would it pass the ultimate test: doing high impact activities I’ve been avoiding (aka running, cardio, jumping jacks, etc) while still keeping my gals supported? Well, the minute I began running, I forgot I was even testing a sports bra and just focused on the road ahead. That’s how well it performed.
The bra has a pretty impressive fan base, too, racking up 1,900+ five-star reviews on Amazon. One happy customer even coined it one of the best workout bras they’ve ever worn: “These are the best workout bras for a large chest. I love that they fit very well all around and they lift, just wish they would separate... still have a bit of uni-boob, but they are pretty great and so comfortable.”
Another reviewer said, “For me as a large-breasted woman who hates underwires, this bra is a godsend. It's all-day comfortable and very supportive. I can wear it to exercise or as an everyday bra.”
Functionality aside, the sports bra comes in different colors, ranging from basic nude to a bold blue, pink or purple. While the size range could be larger, it does come in size 34C to 40DDD. By the way, this bra costs only $24 (although the price can vary based on color), which means you can and should buy it in bulk.
So, I can officially say goodbye to the ‘I can’t exercise because of my bra’ excuse. As for getting off the couch and pausing my Netflix binge to exercise? That’s a different story entirely...