I honestly didn’t think it was possible, but I’ve managed to find something more annoying and frustrating and soul sucking than shopping for bras—and that’s shopping for sports bras.
But since I like to work out, shopping for sports bras is a necessary evil. And so I’ve done it, but grudgingly. Meaning, I’ve just never dedicated a lot of time to thinking about whether the sports bras I have are the right choices for the workouts I’m doing, or if they provide me with the proper support. I usually just throw on whichever one I’ve got that will minimize bouncing and go. While not an ideal sports bra-choosing methodology, I’ve also never really worked out consistently enough for it to really bother me.
Lately, though, I’ve been doing this thing where I try to get in shape. I’ve been frequenting workout classes across the city, and I’ve also been running a bunch. And you know what’s required of you when you run? A really good sports bra. Unlike yoga or barre, running really requires your boobs to stay in place—this is an especially daunting feat if, like me, your cups runneth over into the DD department.
So, with the many new Instagram-friendly sports brands launching lately, I decided to test them out alongside more long-standing ones to see which worked well for me. Ahead, I narrow down which sports bras I think are best for each kind of workout.