Your clothes should be tight enough to show you’re a woman but loose enough to show you’re a lady –Marilyn Monroe-
I wanted to reach out to all you lovely ladies about proper gym attire. Just like in the streets there’s a right way and a wrong dress. The only difference is while the streets is more of a fashion statement, the gym is not only a fashion statement but also dressing the wrong way could adhere you working out or even harm you while you’re working out. For instance why would you wear a sports bra verses a regular bra while taking a walk or hitting up the gym? Because sports bras are made to support you and hold you in a different way then your everyday Victoria Secrets Angels Demi. Sports bras are made to support you cooper’s ligaments, it’s the ligament that keeps the girls nice and perky. When you workout without giving this ligament proper support, it stretches and does not have the ability to recoil. Which is why when you leave the gym and did no upper body workouts but your chest hurts. So I promise working out with no sports bra is not going to help you.
A sports bra should fit tighter than a regular bra but not so tight you can’t breath, with that sad wearing a sports bra that is too tight not only looks silly but it also can cut off proper circulation. You should not get any chaffing, the straps should not dig into your shoulders. So if you’re not comfortable in it then don’t wear it. If you’re not sure test the bra out first, jump up and down maybe even run in place.
There are three different type of sports bras, low-impact, medium-impact, and high-impact.
Low impact sports bras are for walking, road cycling, weight training, and yoga. These bras are usually thin and do not have much of a shape to them. Personally my favorite is the UnderArmour Essentials Sports Bra. Its seamless and gives me great coverage!
Next is a medium impact bra, this bra is made for moderate hiking, snowboarding, light jogging. These are made a little thicker and usually have some sort of shaping to them, to better support the type of activity you’re doing. I have the new balance medium impact sports bra, its thick enough to give me support.
Lastly there’s high impact bras, these bras are for running, playing sports such as soccer, mountain biking. When you find see these types of sports bras they’ll almost look like a regular bra, they have actual cups but with a sports bra band. You can easily find this type of bra with adjustable straps too. The North Face Stow-N-Go II is my best friend when I’m running (I mostly do yoga and run), I like it because it shapes, holds, but doesn’t have the underwire that some high impact bras have. Although depending on your cup size you might need the underwire for better support.
So I hope this gives you ladies a little more clarity on sports bras, if you go to any active wear company’s page they’ll have specific details and guidelines for their sports bras. I highly suggest taking the time to try a few different ones on, while also going to get your proper bra size measured. Statistics show that 3 out of 4 women are wearing the wrong bra size. Trust me, finding the right sports bra is only half the battle, to being able to enjoy your daily workout.