Best of … gym bra shopping
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
Contributed by Cindi Pearce, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
You are turning over a new leaf and getting into shape this year, and that’s final.
The first order of business: Hit the gym regularly. No excuses!
Gym-wear doesn’t have to be fancy, but it should include a supportive sports bra. Before going to the gym, head out for some serious gym bra shopping. Select a bra that is comfortable and supportive. Any woman with ample breasts who has trotted on a treadmill or engaged in a rigorous aerobic workout knows that it is terribly uncomfortable and sometimes downright painful when the breasts are jiggling around, with no support.
Here is our guide to the best of gym bra shopping:
A bra needs to have an accommodating band that is situated right under the breasts and there should be negligible vertical (up and down) stretch to the brassiere. A bra is every bit as important as shoes when working out. If the breasts aren’t supported properly the ligaments in the breast can stretch. The older a woman gets, the less skin elasticity she has. If the breasts continually get stretched out, they may not be able to recover their original shape, as the skin could do when younger. Title Nine has a variety of bras for the active woman, including innerwear bras, best wicking bras that keep you dry, 1-2 brabell bras and 3 plus brabell bras that are supportive and keep your breasts protected while you work out.
When engaged in physical activity, breasts move in and out, side to side and up and down so buy a gym bra that contains the motion in all directions. Sports bras work by compressing the breasts and by encapsulation. A compression sports bra restricts movement of the breasts by shoving the breasts close together. POPPY Sports offers a variety of bras that can be worn at the gym or when exercising elsewhere. The bras are seam-free with interior molded cups that give you support and contour as well as provide modesty, shape and maximum moisture protection. The racer-back style bras give you full range of arm movement as well as stability in the straps.
Encapsulation bra top
Encapsulation bras have individual cups that surround each breast, which reduces up and down and side to side motion. The ideal exercise bra top both compresses and encapsulates. Dancewear Solutions has some pretty snazzy bra tops for the dancer, including sequined bra tops that are supportive and keep a dancer’s breasts supported and in place while practicing and performing.