A casual jog through the neighborhood becomes bothersome when the girls aren’t supported, and you can forget feeling confident enough in group classes to do a set of burpees, jumping jacks, or anything remotely high-cardio if they’re not well-contained. In fact, according to research published in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health, nearly one in five women say their breasts prevent them from participating in physical activity. What’s more, wearing a sports bra that lacks support can have serious health implications.
If one of your greatest struggles is finding a sports bra that actually delivers on its high-impact promise without having to double up on support, know that you’re not alone. Anyone who’s the proud owner of a sizable set of boobs knows that endowment comes with its ups and downs – and I mean that quite literally when it comes to fitness.
But while there are a number of disappointments out there, finding a super-supportive sports bra is not mission impossible. To make the process less painful for you, we did the legwork and found the five best sports bras for big breasts. Each option below has passed the big boobs test – control, coverage, and comfort – so you can purchase with confidence and never fear another jog again.
1 Panache Underwire Sports Bra ($70; nordstrom.com)
This one is so good that there’s a high chance you’ll want to buy another after wearing it to the gym for the first time. The bra features a comfortable underwire (yes, really) and boasts biomechanical technology that fully encapsulates the breasts instead of rudely smooshing them down. The result? Bounce is reduced by 83 percent. It’s available in sizes 28D to 40H and comes in lots of different designs, including a cool galaxy print, and several low-key colors.
2 Freya Sonic Underwire Sports Bra ($69; nordstrom.com)
Freya knows big boobs well, and their Sonic Underwire Sports Bra is proof of that. The underwire and spacer cups help lift and separate breasts to prevent dreaded monoboob, and the thick, padded straps reduce shoulder pain. This one also features CoolMax lining to wick underboob sweat and keep the ladies from overheating. It available in sizes 30DDD to 38FF.
3 Shock Absorber Full Cup Classic Sports Bra ($50; figleaves.com)
Large-busted women worldwide sing the praises of the Shock Absorber bra, and if you’re not a fan of underwire, then this is the option for you. True to its name, it keeps your boobs comfortably contained during high-impact activity via an encapsulated design and seamed cups, and the padded straps don’t dig into your shoulders. It’s available in sizes 30D through 40FF.
4 Elomi Energise High Impact Underwire Sports Bra ($66; barenecessities.com)
The Elomi Energise is also built with high-impact activities – such as jumping jacks and running – in mind. It features a three-part cup that wholly encapsulates each breast in a firm, “you’re not going anywhere” hug. It’s also designed with convertible straps (choose racerback or regular via the included J-hook) and three rows of hook and eye closures for backup. It’s available is sizes 32DD to 46K and comes in six different colors. Collect them all!
5 Boobuddy Breast Support Band ($30; theboobuddy.com)
Okay, the Boobuddy isn’t a sports bra, but rather a supplement to your sports bra of choice. A boob buddy, if you will. It’s essentially a wide, elastic band that you wrap around your chest, above your boobs, to help cut down lateral movement and the black-eye bounce. You can wear it underneath your sports bra or over it – whatever’s most comfortable for you. It’s available in size S, M, and L, with adjustable velcro, and though Boobuddy is made by a UK brand, they ship worldwide.