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Favorite Excuse Not to Run: It Hurts My Chest

If you gave running a try, but you felt self-conscious about all the action in your front section, or it left your chest in too much pain to enjoy it, then you're not alone. That's why sports bras were invented in the first place — to keep the bouncing at bay. However, not all sports bras are created equal, and the one you're wearing now may not be offering you enough support. Check these out.

This is the Champion Action Sports Bra ($29.99) and it means business. Even though it looks like a real bra, underwire and all, it offers amazing support for someone with a C cup or smaller. The two padded cups support each individual breast, and the back closure allows you to adjust how tight you want it. Plus the material has wicking properties to help you stay dry.

Need a little more support? Then

I love the name of this Title 9 bra — Cuz-She-Says-So Underwire Bra ($39). The underwire offers definition, but the powermesh material and stabilization panels offer maximum support (and no bounce). It's recommended for C, D, and DD cups.
If you're not into underwire, then check out the Fiona Bra ($44) made by Moving Comfort. It's a little pricey, but totally worth it for the ladies with C, D, or DD cup sizes. We're talking intense support here, since it has adjustable straps and three rows of hook and eyes in the back, so you can get a snug fit. There are interior molded cups to support each breast individually, but it also has material across the chest to discourage your breasts from bouncing. Also, since it's so high-cut in the chest, you don't have to worry about exposing your cleavage.

Fit's Tips: If a sports bra and t-shirt aren't cutting it when it comes to support, then you may need to double up. Slip on your sports bra and layer a tank top over it (one that has a shelf-bra sewn in), and that should help keep everything in its place.

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hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
I have a hard time finding a sports bra that fits me. No one makes 38A. (Don't let the "A" fool ya... they bounce plenty.) The best I can do is to modify a 36B for a longer strap.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
I have the Fiona bra and it's totally worth the $44 price tag. It keeps the girls in place leaving no excuse for a hurting chest. I came to realize several years ago (when I was a B cup) that no matter what cup size you are keeping your breasts stable was very important and that the best support came from the more expensive bras.
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
Like brown_eyed_grrl I'm also a 32DDD, but I've had quite a bit of success running in my Enell. It's the only bra I'll wear for running now. Maybe it helps that I'm not very good at running yet and can only go 2 miles or so at a time. I do have the Title Nine "Wired and Ready For Action" bra, and I like that for my home workouts. I don't belong to a gym but I have a lot of Firm, Cathe Friedrich, and Tae-Bo DVDs, and the WARFA bra is fine for those workouts.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm a card-carrying member of the itty bitty titty committee, so I don't usually have issues with bras. Even when my "girls" were bigger, I was only a C cup and I wore two sports bras over each other. Now I'm an A cup and I can wear any ol' sports bra to support my chest.
kia kia 9 years
I'm lucky. My 36 B/C girls don't seem to complain when I take them out for a spin.
aragornrain aragornrain 9 years
I've tried the Title one. I'm a 36DD and it didn't work very well for me. I just got an Enell instead and so far it's better, but still doesn't stop all bounce. It's also quite unflattering and a PAIN to put on.
ikimashokie ikimashokie 9 years
Apparently I am the only person who hasn't had a life-changing experience with an Enell. I bought it, was too oddly shaped to fit it well even though I was "within" a size range, and what with being in college, I can't afford to have a custom-made one on top of a OTS one. Now it is too big, and I don't think I'm going to buy another one. I get more bounce-control from a freshly washed/new Le Mystere Dream Tisha or a Chantelle something or other that I don't remember the style. Running with my Enell, I knew I was running, bam bam bam. Running with every-day-tshirt-bra, I'd get halfway to where I was running, and holy crap! I did not bounce or anything! Let the industry tell it, I'm not supposed to exercise...
Anabellatc Anabellatc 9 years
I wear a regular bra (one that i don't care much about) and a sports bra on top of supports everything like magic :) (But bear in mind that i'm only a B cup) still like to be well supported...
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 9 years
Favorite excuse? I actually used to like running, but I'm a 32DDD. I've tried the Fiona. I can use it for yoga, and that's about the most intense exercise it can handle. I have three Enells, and they'll get me through some cardio, but running just isn't ever going to feel good. I've tried two sports bras, two sports bras and a shelf bra tank...I've tried it all. TRUST that for some of us, avoiding running because of our breasts is not an excuse. There are other forms of cardio out there that are more boob-friendly (and knee and hip joint-friendly, by the way).
em113 em113 9 years
I wear the title 9 one, and while is does make them pointy, its also the only one that really holds down a big chest (so no sagging or tissue tearing which is somehow related to breast cancer I just forget how) But as long as you don't wear a skin tight tanktop or t-shirt when working out the point yness isn't noticeable. I wear normal sized t-shirts when I work out and it's fine. Oh and whiplash- I'm DD and I double up on bras without much of a problem when I'm not using my title 9 bra.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
What a coincidence! I just joined a gym and have to go sports-bra shopping after work today. I used to wear two sports bras on top of each other back when I was just a D-cup. But with my weight gain, I also gained a cup-size, and I'm not sure if that'll cut it with my DD's.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
Couldn't imagine wearing that title 9 bra to the gym. Every time I'd look in the mirror (supposed to watching form? heh) I'd think "Do my boobs look pointy??" I usually layer a regular ole Hanes sports bra under a shelf-bra tank top and that does the trick. :)
Brooke_72 Brooke_72 9 years
I use an Enell sports bra. I am a 38DD so without serious support (and Enell is serious non-glamorous supprt) exercise is no fun.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
I'm tear-drop shaped so I have to double-up for support. I use a really expensive sports bar with a cheapy one on top. I would use those shelf-bra tank tops for 2nd layer but they are so difficult to get off. Divinedebris- That is my #1 Reason to wear a sports bra. My movement doesn't actually hurt, but it's awkward to feel bounce. I can't wait to get smaller boobs. My weight is 95% straight to breasts!
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
I love my sports bra and it's just perfect for me. Not too expensive and now that I've dropped my body fat percentage, thanks to that darn cardio, it holds all the better- smaller boobies. :) Another reason to wear a sports bra- keeps 'em from sagging later on in life. Some times I just want to tell that to the women who wear regular tank tops with built in bra's to the gym. ha.
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