Lesson learned. Now, how can we make sure we're getting a sports bra that will fit our needs? Choosing the right sports bra depends on two important factors, your body and your workout. As Barr explains, "Everyone's breast tissue is different. Those with firmer breast tissue might be able to work out with minimal support and experience little to no movement. Others (regardless of cup size) might need more support." And if you're doing a medium or high impact workout (like running, boxing, HIIT or spinning), you'll automatically require a higher level of support than someone doing a low impact workout (like yoga, barre or weight training).
What about making sure we choose to right size and fit? Lucky for us, the advice from Barr and Ruckman can be best summed up with a neat four-point checklist.
1. Start with the bottom band. Because this is the foundation of a sports bra's support, it's crucial that the bottom band lay straight and secure. It shouldn't ride up anywhere, nor should it be easy to move around.
2. Next, look at the cups. There should be zero spillage or gaping, and if the bra has an underwire, it should evenly surround each breast without any pinching or prodding.
3. Adjust the straps. There should be some tension that keeps the straps in place and offers additional support, but they definitely shouldn't be digging in (or sliding off, for that matter). If the straps can't be adjusted and aren't sitting right, then that style bra probably isn't best for your body shape and rather than try another size, you should look for one in a different cut.
4. Now jump! You should be able to jump up and down in the fitting room with little to no movement.
Any last words of wisdom before we go out to replenish our collection? "Skip the dryer! Excessive heat will break down the fabric and shorten your bra’s glory days," says Barr. You can also use a sportswear specific laundry detergent that more effectively deals with bacteria from sweat to increase the longevity of your bras. As for how many sports bras you should have in your drawer, "a general rule of thumb that we like to follow is that you should have at least three sports bras you love, within your rotation," adds Ruckman.
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