Are you tired of finding the right sports bra?
I too have struggled a lot in finding the right sports bra during my initial days of working out. I was so anxious that I ended up ordering around 12 bras from 9 different brands, tried and tested all of them and thankfully, I found the ones that are suitable for workout. Throughout the process I learnt a lot about how to decide on the right bra for myself and I want to use this article as an opportunity to share it with you.
What matters in a sports bra?
No doubt, a good sports bra is essential for us to focus on the activity at hand and thus, for a perfect body workout. Better the bra, better is the workout.
So, when you are going to shop your next bra, keep these factors in your mind:
- Activity Type: Every bra is made for a purpose. A bra designed for light workouts will never be suitable for intense workouts or high impact workouts like running. Usually, a good brand will always mention whether the bra is good for light impact workout, or medium impact workout or high impact workout.
- Light Impact Workout includes yoga, hiking and pilates or light gym workouts.
- Medium Impact Workout includes Strength training, Zumba, Jogging & Cycling.
- High Impact Workout includes running, high intensity interval training.
- Fitting: Make sure to check the brand’s size chart – each one is bit different. A better fitted bra minimizes the breast movement, prevents excessive bouncing and doesn’t distract you from pursuing your workout.
- Compression vs Encapsulation: Compression bras press your breasts against your body and are best for small cups, while encapsulation bra separates breasts for individual support. Bras that offer encapsulation, are best for larger cup sizes to protect movements in all directions.
- Bra Straps: Unlike your occasion and stylish bra which has thin straps, straps of sports bra should be wide, comfortable and must not leave marks on your skin. That’s one single reason why almost every good sports bra is coming with wide straps.
- Fabric: During a workout or any physical activities, your body is supposed to release sweat. Thus, the fabric should wick off sweat and keep you dry throughout without compromising on your comfort level.
Our Highlighted Choices
Jockey Cotton Padded Active Sports Bra
Best Choice for Yoga, Hiking and Light Gym Workouts
Active Bra from Jockey are well fitting bra suitable for activities like yoga or light workouts, providing freedom of movement, excellent fit and comfort. Ideal for leisure and active lifestyle.
Activity Type: Suitable for activities like yoga or light gym workouts
- Cotton elastane stretch fabric provides superior comfort and maximum stretch.
- Wire free and padded with removable foam pads.
- Slip on Racer Back.
- Double layered cups.
Price Range: ₹ 603.00 – ₹ 999.00
Best Choice for Strength Training, Zumba, Running or any kind of medium to high impact workouts.
Amante is one of the top internationally known brand. This high impact runner sports bra is made to provide complete support. Made with a blend of microfiber and lycra that is moisture absorbent and a mesh panel for breathability and comfort, this easy-to-wear back closure and keyhole racerback style allows you unrestricted body movements for intensive gym workouts or outdoor sports.
Activity Type: Ideal for medium to high impact workouts and running.
- 80% polyster, 20% spandex (exclusive of trims)
- Wire free and Padded
- Racer back mesh with keyhole
- Hook & eye back closure.
- Removable soft cups
Price Range: ₹ 897.00
Under Armour Soft Cup Sports Bra
Best Choice for Yoga, Hiking and Light Gym Workouts
Best Sports bra for A to C cups, this bra has unique V-neckline. It delivers strategic support, tailored for low-impact activities like yoga, pilates & hiking. The soft, breathable cups provide extra structure and coverage. The removable cups have helpful R & L arrows to easily put back in elastic band and cross straps. It’s double-layer HeatGear fabric delivers super next-to-skin feel.
Brand: Under Armour
Activity Type: Ideal for low-impact activities like yoga, pilates & hiking
- 87% Ployster, 13% Elastane. Soft and stretchable fabric.
- Soft, breathable cups provide extra structure and coverage.
- Best for A to C cups.
Price Range: ₹ 1,873.00
Enamor Medium Impact Sports Bra
Best Choice for Strength Training, Zumba, Jogging & Cycling
Meet your new and perfect workout medium impact bra. It is perfect for sports with its natural wicking cotton fabric for comfort. The wide fabric straps provides extra layer of comfort and support. This pop-on, racer back style comes with removable pads.
Activity Type: Ideal for medium impact workout such as spinning/cycling, zumba, dancing and power walking.
- Stretch cotton with zero elastic touching body for allergy free support.
- Wire free and padded with soft ultra-light removable pads.
- Racer back mesh with wide key hole
- Moulded cups with no lines showing through outer wear.
Price Range: ₹ 660.00
Amante Reversible Racer Back Gym Bra
Upgrade your sports style with this reversible low impact sports bra with solid and marl texture. Mix of nylon, polyster and spander, the fabric has a really good quality with stretchability. The support zones provide the perfect level of comfort for low impact fitness activites.
Activity Type: Ideal for low impact workouts like yoga & hiking
- Non Padded & Wire free
- Racer back with special support zones
- Broad band support at bottom back ensures a snug fit.
- Moulded and seamless cups.
- Supports small to extra large size fits.
Price Range: ₹ 847.00 – ₹ 1,695.00
Two Dots Front Zipper Workout Bra
Two dots women and girls sports bra gives the complete comfort of yoga and indoor sports. It might not suit well for running or jumping exercises.
Brand: Two Dots
Activity Type: Ideal for medium impact workouts like cycling, zumba, dancing and power walking.
- Light weight, super soft, smooth and stretchy fabric.
- Non padded and wire free
- Racer back
- Front Zip closure
- Supports small to large size fits.
Price Range: ₹ 349.00 – ₹ 649.00
Pipal Nylon & Cotton Padded Active Bra
This sports bra is designed to make a women look more young and ravishing. The fabric of bra is quite good and it works well for low to medium impact workouts including yoga and jogging.
Activity Type: Ideal for medium impact workouts like cycling, jogging and dancing.
- Mix of Nylon & Cotton, fabric is soft & stretchable.
- Padded and wire free
- Removable Pads
- Fit Size: 30 to 36
Price Range: ₹ 389.00