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Oprah’s favourite Sports Bra, the Enell Sport bra

Well if it got Oprah’s big tick of approval then you’d have to assume it’s a goodie! The Enell Sport Bra brings a fairly unique option to our bra wall. While most Sports Bras these days are designed to separate the breasts, holding each one firmly in its place on its side of the body, the Enell differs. It is a compression style Sports Bra meaning that the breasts are compressed against the chest wall, flattened slightly if you like. The bra should be fitted more firmly in order to best restrict breast displacement during activity. This results in an immediate feeling of security and in most cases extreme comfort.

Our larger busted women have responded fabulously to the ‘different factor’ that this presents, many opting for this as an alternative bra option for high impact gym sessions.

To add to the ‘different factor’, this Sports Bra goes on like a vest, and does up like a corset with hook and eyes from the front. The wide shoulder straps mean that pressure is dispersed evenly over the shoulders, and indentation from bra straps is avoided. We also like the high neckline that adds to the support factor by limiting vertical breast displacement during activity. This also helps avoid wardrobe malfunctions during any comprising yoga poses!

We stock this option in both the black and white, and find it suitable for women with cup sizes greater than DD. Most commonly we are fitting F, G, GG, H, HH and J cups in to this bra. It does have a unique sizing system, so it’s definitely best to try before you buy with this model.

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Why women don’t wear Sports Bras

It’s been suggested that 73% of women who exercise regularly don’t do so wearing a Sports Bra. When I first read this figure I was genuinely shocked.
Australian Researchers Julia Steele, Kelly Anne Bowles & Bridget Munro took things a little further and conducted a study to determine exactly what is was about commercially available Sports Bras that didn’t leave a good impression on their female market.
The most common despised feature of the modern day Sports Bra was reported by those surveyed as ‘the straps’; with two main complaints, straps that dig in and straps that slip.
But it didn’t stop there, other annoyances included clips & fastenings diggings in, bra bands creeping up & irritating rubbing from stitching.
And aside from those physical irritations, women were not happy with the cost, colour, neckline and fabric of the bras either. So both the cosmetic and functional design features were challenged.
Given there has been so many advances in the design and development of Sports Bras in recent years these survey results have left me a little disappointed. I’m sad to see so many women seem to have completely given up on the Sports Bra market due to bad experiences with the product.
I think that an improvement in the education of the functional benefits of Sports Bras, along with additional service in selecting the right Sports Bra for each individual will be the only way to re-gain the trust of the active woman.
I’m left a little scared that the ‘one size fits all’ marketing campaigns behind some of our industry’s powerful brands could lead more women to experience more problems with Sports Bras. And it’s not just that we have to worry about. People purchasing online blindly, with no personalized fitting or advice are bound to have a bad experience.
So while there are improvements being made to the product at a rapid rate, and with a greater service and education around the fitting and prescription of Sports Bras there is great hope that in years to come the trivial issues documented in the survey could be irradiated and women could experience the host of benefits that come along with a properly fitted, appropriately selected Sports Bra.
Fingers crossed.

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Best Sports Bras for small busted women

Before you go ahead and ask… yes, smaller busted women still need support when they exercise!

Women with larger breasts will naturally experience more breast bounce during activity compared to smaller busted women. But the simple fact is that the bounce still occurs and in order to improve one’s comfort & performance and reduce the chance of irreversible damage every women, regardless of bust size, should wear a Sports Bra during activity.

So since most of the information pieces seen in the media focus on bras for the bigger busted woman, I’ve decided to give the less endowed ladies some lovin’ today.

While I’m no card carrying member of the ‘Itty Bitty Titty Committee’ I’ve still been able to put together a solid list of good options that I have come up with during my stock buying for our new store.

In no apparent order, here are my TOP 5:

1. Nike Victory Pro Bra

This is Nike’s top selling Sports Bra. Masses of women around the world use this as their go to option! It’s a racer back bra with no adjustable straps or back band, so it needs to fit just perfectly. It gets it support by using firm and compressive materials that resist breast movement.

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2. 2XU contour

This slightly padded Sports Bra is a great option for women looking for something that offers a little less bust coverage. This teams well with slightly lower cut training tops. The back can be left as a traditional U shaped closure, or there is the option to cinch the straps in together so you get that extra firm feeling across the chest.

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3. Rebound Racer

This bra starts at a B cup, so excludes any A cup readers. I love the adjustability of this piece! It has easy to alter velcro bra straps and a traditional hook and eye on the back band that forms the base of the racer back style. The bra looks like a traditional racer back sports bra but it cleverly disguises thin moulded cups that separate the breasts leaving a great flattering shape.

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4. Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra

For smaller busted women that enjoy maximum coverage, this is your bra! This same design caters for women up to a G cup so you won’t be left short of support. This bra has double closures at the back which aims to leave you with maximum support and total shoulder range of motion. The materials used are thin and light so it’s a pleasure to wear.

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5. Berlei Underwire Electrify

Berlei’s top seller and major marketing piece, if you’re an Aussie you’ll have seen this piece on their latest TV campaign. Built like a traditional underwire bra the electrify gains instant approval from most that try it on. The firm materials used allow for maximum body movement with minimal breast bounce. Whilst the underwire doesn’t give extra support as such, it does give you a great breast shape!

 

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Best Sports Bras for large breasted women

As you’ll know by now there is no ‘best bra’ for any category or size range, given that each of our individual set of needs are very different. But I have put together a list of, in my opinion, the best Sports Bras for the larger breasted woman. In no particular order, the below would be on my ‘recommend you try’ list!

PANACHE SPORTS BRA, DD-H, $80AUD This is certainly an industry winner! This bra offers a firm support using the encapsulation method which will ensure breasts sit separately and results in a great shape! Like most in it’s class it has wide straps to disperse pressure, and it also features a hook to convert to leotard strap. I find most women ‘feel’ much more supported with this strap adjustment. It features an underwire which means if you have a ‘wide set breast’ (eg. your breast starts beneath your underarm) then this may be a less comfortable option for you. Another plus, it comes in three colour options!

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SHOCK ABSORBER ACTIVE MULTI SPORTS BRA, D – HH, $110AUD A quality crop top compression style bra for the larger bust is difficult to find. None the less, industry leaders Shock Absorber have managed to pull this off! The back features 2 clip points that form a racer back style. The straps are also adjustable which again is rare with racer back style Sports Bras. Given there is no underwire in this bra it is supremely comfortable, but I will say the shape from both front on, and the side view is slightly compromised because of this. I still rate this as a great motion control bra, and continue to receive positive feedback on it from my larger breasted product testers.

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ENELL SPORTS BRA, $100 A seriously unique Sports Bra specifically designed for the larger busted woman. This bra does up at the front, making it a winner for those with poor shoulder range of motion. This wire free Sports Bra utilises the compression method to deliver its support, so it has to be very firm to be effective. A by-product of the ‘firmness’ required will unfortunately result in a ‘uniboob’. I find this option most effective for women with a wide set breast, a larger back size, as an ‘over the top of another Sports Bra’ option and most certainly for those plagued with a shoulder injury or recovering from shoulder surgery.

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FREYA ACTIVE SAMBA SOFT CUP SPORTS BRA, D – H, $75 At its price point I think this bra is hard to beat! This is unlike any other bra you will have used in the past. It has a high profile around the neck offering complete coverage. It uses the encapsulation method of support, so totally separate the breasts. The shape of the actual cup is questionable in that is does cause the ‘Madonna cone bra’ look to a certain extent. If you have ‘uniboob phobia’ then this is the option for you! The U-style straps (traditional) can be adjusted to racer back via a hook to improve shoulder range of motion. Freya also offer a very similar bra, but with underwire. This is another good option, but given it has underwire cups it is harder to fit and will work for less of the population.

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Something else to think about, is the idea of wearing a crop top style bra over your supportive Sports Bra option to further improve control. It’s important to know if you are going to do this then the strap configuration must be different on each of the bras to prevent painful compression over your shoulders and back. Personally, I used to be ‘against’ the idea of wearing 2 bras. But having done much more product testing and after collecting feedback from more larger busted women I am now of the opinion that if it does in fact improve someone’s comfort then… why not?!

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