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Fitness Tips For Women With Large Breasts

Fitness Tips For the Well-Endowed

A good friend of mine was talking about trying to lose weight, and I suggested we go for a run together. She shook her head and pointed to her chest. "Not with these girls," she said. I realized that many women swear off running and working out because they're well-endowed. Being full on top shouldn't stop you from anything, so here are some tips.

  • Support your "girls" with a good sports bra. There are great companies like Moving Comfort and Title Nine that cater specifically to women who are a bit more busty. Bras range in price from $30 to $60, but it's well worth the dough. They'll not only cover up your cleavage, but they'll prevent excessive bouncing, which as you know, can be very uncomfortable.

For a couple more helpful tips,


  • Wear a sport top that has a shelf bra attached to it — yes, wear it over your sports bra. Often, a sports bra alone won't do the trick for high intensity activities such as running and jumping rope.
  • If your large chest causes back pain, which in turn makes your back hurt even more when running, choose a type of cardio exercise such as hiking, bike riding, swimming, or speed walking that requires less jumping movement.
  • Work your core. Since you have extra weight in your upper torso, you'll need a strong back and abs to support it. Do some elbow planks and back strengthening moves at least three times a week. This will help prevent back pain.
  • Since a bigger chest can also cause poor posture, try yoga and Pilates to learn moves that will encourage you to lengthen your spine.
  • If you're too self-conscious about bouncing at the gym on the treadmill, just up the incline on the machine and walk uphill instead. Not only will it get your heart rate up without running, but it'll also tone your thighs and buns beautifully.
  • If you're self-conscious about people ogling you while exercising, choose less crowded areas to work out. Fitness classes are great since most participants are too busy sweating to look around the room. Woodsy trails and bike paths are also good options since they're usually less populated, and you can do your thing without seeing too many people. Working out with a group of friends outdoors may also help you feel like there's less attention on you.

If you have any more tips, please share them in the comments section below.

Hailey15493857 Hailey15493857 3 years
i'm sorry but this could not have been written by a woman with large breasts. I have 34 F's... aint no freaking sports bra tough enough to hold these puppies while I run. and hi, it's not even back pain since i have excellent posture... it's an actual breathing problem, there's a huge WEIGHT RIGHT ON MY CHEST.
Hailey15303852 Hailey15303852 3 years
I'm 14.. And I wear parents really want me to do track. I have numerous sports bras from different companies ( nike, underarmour ) what should I do?
LisaFuimaonoMcDonald LisaFuimaonoMcDonald 3 years
Been there, done that with seemingly EVERY "sport-bra" / regular bra &/or combos of & the 1 thing that you can't EVER get past is the "smashing" uncomfortable fit or the straight out lack of support & / or the bouncing, which pulls on your back muscles. It's something you just deal with.
Alicia14761191 Alicia14761191 4 years
I was reading this to find a good sports bra. Don't get me wrong I love all the tips for larger breast but I was disappointed to find that yet again the suggested brand don't have a large enough size to fit me. (im 18 and a 32f/g depending on the brand )
Sylvia8091766 Sylvia8091766 4 years
4chelsea4 I have been there.... For working out I don't think you can beat a brand called Shock Absorber I use the one for running and it's amazing, other wise stay away from la senza, vic secret etc. and invest is a good bra at a small shop where they will fit you properly also check out an online company called Clara-Olivia ltd it's less expensive bra's and even swim suits!
4chelsea4 4chelsea4 4 years
I am 13 years old and I have a 32D sized bra. I wear 2 sports bras and a padded shirt, but nothing helps. I play softball so I need to know how to deal with this ASAP. Thank You! Chelsea Marlow
furniture4evr furniture4evr 4 years
I am well-endowed, and swear by Enell. I never thought a bra could contain me so well. I love tennis, but my chest did not, and had to hold back because I couldn't move well. My Enell sports bra changed everything. I will go after any ball now, and I can also run now. It is truly an amazing sports bra.
shydcgirl28 shydcgirl28 8 years
I'm a 42H, I swear by my Enell, it's the only way I can be active without bouncing. I also wear a shelf bra shirt on top of that. I don't know if any of the larger busted women on this thread have tried running with less supportive sports bras, but I felt that with each bounce, my breath would be taken away, even if my legs weren't tired I would have to stop after a few minutes b/c I couldn't breathe. With the Enell, I can keep going and stop when my WHOLE body is tired.
notinthemood notinthemood 8 years
Moving Comfort makes a great, relatively inexpensive bra! (It's like $40) I'm a 36DD and run all the time... awkward! I hate running on treadmills and getting stared at. Ugh. Even with the sports bra the girls have got some bounce, but it's not painful. I need a new sports bra soon and I think I'll try the Enell though, if it's as good as you all say it is!
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 8 years
I have to agree with valancyjane! I used to be a large E, bordering on F cup, and I couldn't run. Period. At least without feeling like I had to hold my breasts up at the same time, which always looks great. (I actually had to do that, when forced to run at my high school sports day. Fun times.) I had a breast reduction last year and in the past couple of weeks, I've been able to run for 25 or 30 minutes without a break. I know that to a lot of you, that's nothing (and I remain impressed and flabbergasted by your marathons!) but to me, who literally has never run for longer than two or three minutes before, it's huge. Unlike my new tiny breasts, which are now a very small B cup! :) You have to keep in mind, and I apologise for a potential TMI, that when you really are well-endowed (and I know that at my biggest, I was still much smaller than many women and you all have my total empathy), some people (like me) can't even take a shower without literally having to hold your breasts up. It sucks. End of rant.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
I have got 2 Moving Comfort bras and am very satisfied with them.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
For my frame, I'm fairly well-endowed. I'm a petite size 2, and I have natural C-cups. I posted this before, but someone once thought I had breast implants. I guess I have that breast-implant look (to my chagrin). I get my sports bras from Title Nine. They last a long time.
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 8 years
Sorry, that should have read 40H.
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 8 years
I'm a 38I/J or 38H so I think I have a pretty good perspective on the issue. They don't 'get in my way' beyond having a bit of difficulty finding bras and shirts that fit properly. And I'm not freakishly proportioned. There's a big difference in proportion between a 32J and 40J. A 32J is going to be more obviously 'big breasted' than someone who's larger framed. Keep in mind that while the 'average' bra size is 36C, most women are wearing the wrong size bra...and most women err by wearing too large a band size to accomodate and underestimation in cup size. I remember getting fitted in my early 20s and being shocked that I should have been wearing a 34DD instead of the 40C I had been wearing at the time.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Sorry if I came across as insulting, but unlike with small breasts, having extremely large breasts really can get get in the way of things. I had a friend who had a reduction done and she was only a DD to start with and she loved the result. I'm not saying everyone with large breasts should get a reduction, but I am saying that I KNOW how big a J-sized cup is and it goes far beyond what most people would consider simply well-endowed.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
I wear two bras. At least one will have underwire for extra support. I've tried some bras that are for bigger breasted women and find that they still don't have the same support/compression as two bras. I don't want the girls to move at ALL when I'm exercising. It just hurts!
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 8 years
I find the suggestion that a J cup should get a reduction somewhat insulting. I understand that you're probably not intending to be insulting but that's how it comes across. Not everyone with larger cup size has physical problems because of it just like not everyone who has small breasts has a complex about it and want implants.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
This isn't a problem for me...I'm an A cup, so I can pretty much get away with a regular ol' sprots bra and it holds the girls in place nicely. Valencyjane--If you're a J-cup, I would imagine that your breasts interfere with a lot more than just running. Have you looked into a breast reduction at all? I think your insurance would cover it. I saw a woman on TV who was getting a reduction because she had I-cups. And hers were absolutely massive. If yours truly are that large, your insurance would probably cover it because it interferes with your daily life.
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