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The Sports Bra Guide

There are more sports bras available on our athleisure and athletic wear market than ever before. While having so many great bra options is a blessing, it can also be a curse. One can become overwhelmed or even slightly frustrated by all of the options and begin to question - which bra will be most comfortable? Or which bra will be the most supportive? How do I know if it will fit right? Regular bra shopping is already hard enough, let's try to not compound it with our athletic needs as well.

Below you will find the master guide to sports bra shopping. It covers everything from the super trendy to the down right form and functional only. Each bra is broken down by impact level, fit, and price point. Check out the quality options below and find the right sports bra for you!

Bra Impact Level Glossary

High Impact - best for jogging, running, contact sports, plyometrics, and gymnastics. Suitable for all high energy workouts like bootcamps, HIIT, gymnastics, or Tabata.

Medium Impact - best for all cardio exercises. Suitable for dancing, hiking, cycling, spin, and/or elliptical.

Low Impact - best for strength training. Suitable for weight lifting, pilates, barre, yoga, and walking.

The Sports Bras

UA Armour Bra Protegee - $50


UA Armour Bra Protegee - High Impact: All Cup Sizes

This Under Armour bra is perfect for high impact sports and exercises. Plus, it comes in almost every size from A to DD.

Nike Pro Rival Women’s Sports Bra - $50


Nike Pro Rival Women's Sports Bra - High Impact: All Cup Sizes

The Pro Rival by Nike is a great high impact sports bra. It is equipped with a molded-cup ideal for smaller chested women because it offers the full support you need without unneeded room in the cup. That’s not to say larger chested women won’t love this bra as well! Its smooth support and trendy look offers something for everyone. However, keep in mind that the total shape is a slightly narrow and the band runs tight.

Old Navy High Support Racerback Sports Bra - $17 to $25


Old Navy High Support Racerback Sports Bra - High Impact: All Cup Sizes

While its price depends on its color, the High Support Racerback by Old Navy is a classic silhouette sports bra offered in a range of sizes. Although this bra does not specify cup size and rather utilizes the XS to XL measuring range, it still provides amazing high impact support for the most intense workouts.

C9 Champion Power Shape High Support Sports Bra - $23


C9 Champion Power Shape High Support Sports Bra - High Impact: Medium to Large Cup Sizes

It will be hard to beat the quality and affordability of the C9 Champion Power Shape High Support Sports Bra. Its molded cups, color range, and comfortability are just as noteworthy as its trendy style. The only downfall of this high impact sports bra is that it is not offered in size A. It is only suitable for women with cup sizes from B to DD. Smaller chested women are out of luck.

Moving Comfort Juno Sports Bra - $60


Moving Comfort Juno Sports Bra - High Impact: Medium to Large Cup Sizes

For women who wear C through E bra sizes, the Moving Comfort Juno high impact sports bra is the one for you. Its smooth style offers support for larger cups during even the most strenuous of exercises.

Lululemon Ta Ta Tamer III - $58


Lululemon Ta Ta Tamer III - High Impact: Medium to Large Cup Sizes

As if the Ta Ta Tamers I and II were not loved enough LuLulemon has come out with a third sports bra suited for even the most well-endowed athletes. Women wearing cup sizes ranging from C to E will be fully supported during sports games and demanding HIIT workouts.

Freya Active Underwire Sports Bra - $62


Freya Active Underwire Sports Bra - High Impact: Large Cup Sizes

Freya is known for its large variety of sizes ranging from A to 28GG. So, if you have a bra size that is normally hard to find, like a small rib cage with a larger cup size, look no further than the Freya Active Underwire Sports Bra.

C9 Champion Power Core Compression Sports Bra - $17


C9 Champion Power Core Compression Sports Bra - Medium Impact: All Cup Sizes

With its sweat-wicking fabric, fresh bright colors, and adjustable straps the C9 Champion Power Core Compression Sports Bra is a steal for under $20. Champion is a great quality bargain brand.

Nike Pro Classic Padded - $35


Nike Pro Classic Padded Sports Bra - Medium Impact: Small to Medium Cup Sizes

The Nike Pro Classic Padded medium impact sports bra is great for coverage and compression. With removable padded cups, it is a premium option for a cardio or dance class.

Old Navy Mesh Active Sports Bra For Women - $23


Old Navy Mesh Active Sports Bra - Medium Impact: Small to Medium Cup Sizes

This sports bra offers a little bit of everything including extra coverage, a longline silhouette, and slight padding. Plus, it comes in a great variety of neutral colors.

Natori Yogi Wire-Free Convertible Sports Bra - $58


Natori Yogi Wire-Free Convertible Sports Bra - Medium Impact: Medium Cup Sizes

For girls who wear bra cup sizes ranging from B to D, the medium impact Natori Yogi Wire-Free Convertible Sports Bra is a reliable choice. The bras molded cups, sweat wicking material, and wire-free support will hold up well in a hot spin class.

C9 Champion Power Shape Mesh Sports Bra - $23


C9 Champion Power Shape Mesh Sports Bra - Medium Impact: Medium to Large Cup Sizes

The trendy C9 Champion Power Shape Mesh Sports Bra offers optimal coverage with a racerback style. It comes in sizes XS through XL and is ideal for larger chested women participating in medium impact workouts.

C9 Champion Seamless Strappy Cami Sports Bra - $20


C9 Champion Seamless Strappy Cami Sports Bra - Low Impact: All Cup Sizes

For $20 you can own the beautiful and uniquely designed C9 Champion seamless Strappy Cami Sports Bra. It’s support and coverage is ideal for LISS exercise, regardless of cup size.

Splits59 Loren Bra - $39


Splits59 Loren Seamless Bra - Low Impact: Small Cup Sizes

As one of the softest and smoothest sports bras on the market, the low impact Splits59 Loren Bra is surprisingly supportive and comfortable, perfect for the smaller chested yogi.

Old Navy Ruched Cami Sports Bra - $15


Old Navy Ruched Cami Sports Bra - Low Impact: Small to Medium Cup Sizes

The Old Navy Ruched Cami Sports Bra is the most affordable sports bra on the list. With its wide band, adjustable straps, and low impact support, it was made to give the ideal extra oomph one needs in a light bralette.

Lululemon Free To Be Bra - $48


Lululemon Free To Be Bra - Low Impact: Small to Medium Cup Sizes

The stylishly silhouetted Lululemon Free to Be Bra keeps serving us fashion goodness as every few weeks it is introduced in a new color. This low impact sports bra is a favorite among barre and yoga class lovers.

Nike Pro Indy Dri-FIT Sports Bra - $45


Nike Pro Indy Dri-FIT Sports Bra - Low Impact: Small to Medium Cup Sizes

Perfect for power Yoga classes, the Nike Pro Indy Dri-FIT gives favorable low impact support combined with style and comfort. And do not worry, this bra will not give you that unflattering uni-boob effect.

Lorna Jane Nikki Sports Bra - $67


Lorna Jane Nikki Sports Bra - Low Impact: Medium Cup Sizes

The Lorna Jane Nikki Sports Bra offers fashion and function with its high neckline and full coverage support complete with sexy cutouts. Women with medium sized chests will thoroughly enjoy this low impact sports bra.

Panache Convertible Wireless Sports Bra - $68


Panache Convertible Wireless Sports Bra - Low Impact: Large Cup Sizes

The Panache Convertible Wireless Sports Bra is gentle and lightweight with a thoughtful silhouette for women with bra sizes ranging from 28DD through 40F. This bra will give you the coverage needed for light impact workouts when less support with suffice.

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