Boobs, breasts, bangers, Brad Pitts. Whatever you call them, it’s important to keep your chest properly supported with a decent bra during intense exercise. Get it wrong and we’re talking pain, soreness, aches and irreversible sagging. Yup, irreversible. Got your attention?
Technology has come a long way since two jockstraps were sewn together to create the first bra for general exercise in 1977. However, finding the right sports bra for high-impact workouts can still be a challenge. The perfect model should make you feel comfortable and confident, supported but not constricted, plus score some style points. Cue our selection of the best for your girls, whatever their shape and size, and no matter your fitness game.
Reebok Puremove Bra
This minimalist Reebok bra offers astronomical support. We say that because its responsive technology is used by NASA in space suits. The clever fabric stiffens and releases depending on what exercise you’re doing, making it a versatile and comfortable all-rounder, and it’s even available in half sizes to ensure a better fit.
Buy from Reebok | £44.95
Going to M&S for bras has been a regular pilgrimage for many of us since our first fitting – and its sports collection is just as dependable, especially for those with a larger chest who prefer a full coverage. This bold print number with a front zip goes from an A-G cup and provides extra-strong support so you can tackle any HIIT session with confidence. It’s also non-padded, non-wired and stretchy to guarantee comfort throughout your workout.
Buy from Marks & Spencer | £25
H&M High Support
This bra is ideal for those who don’t want to compromise on style while getting extra-firm support. The cross-back design is sleek as well as functional, coupled with wide straps and light padding for added comfort. The quick-dry anti-chafe fabric comes in a range of colourways, all of which will handle any fitness scenario – including the post-workout flat white.
Buy from H&M | £19.99
Shock Absorber Active Shape Support
Shock Absorber has long been hailed as a champion of the anti-bounce movement – the clue is in the name. This plunge-neck high-support bra is designed to perform whatever your discipline, so it’s suitable for both aerobics aces and weight-training warriors alike. Catering for B-F cups, the breathable mesh and moisture-wicking soft material make this ultra-comfortable for those with sensitive skin.
Buy on Amazon | From £9.10
Sweaty Betty Victory Run
This Sweaty Betty compression bra helps to minimise jiggle during tough treadmill sessions. Sizes start from 30A and the fitted underband provides great support over long runs. Ventilation panels help wick sweat away from your chest and external seams prevent any uncomfortable rubbing.
Buy from Sweaty Betty | £45
UA Women’s HeatGear Armour
Ideal for all types of exercise, this stand-out fitted bra delivers bang for your buck with its high durability and luxe comfort. It’s built with everything your chest could need, including gel-coated underwire to prevent chafing, quick-drying material to see you through the sweatiest of sessions and customisable straps to keep your boobs firmly in place. Take our advice and choose the on-trend red option.
Buy from Under Armour | £45
Adidas Stronger For It Soft
This compression-fit bra promises softness and it delivers, but that’s not its only feature that’ll keep you comfortable. The cushioned cups mould to your shape, while adjustable straps offer the choice of a cross or U depending on whether Pilates or CrossFit is on the agenda.
Buy from Adidas | £44.95