How to Find your Best Running Bra, 2019
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How to Find your Best Running Bra, 2019

A well-fitted sports bra is important for all women who exercise, because it offers protection from gravity, meaning less damage to breast tissue and (hopefully) no pain. 

When you get a sports bra that is fitted perfectly, it gives you more confidence and there’s scientific evidence that you can even run faster. Scientific research goes into the design of running sports bras, so you get the best possible support whilst still benefitting from lighter and breathable fabrics.

A good running bra is the best investment you can make – after running shoes. Time to learn that your perfect sports bra does exist. Let’s talk through why you need support – no matter what exercise you’re doing – and what to look for in a sports bra. Just press play :-)

Max Support / Smaller Cup Sizes / Low Impact / All Sports Bras / Tips on Fitting


Best Running Bras for Max Support

Women's Brooks Up Lift Crossback
Aqua £30.00 £36.00

A crossback bra with one back fastening. It has wide shoulder straps for max support and comfort, and is made for C-DD cups. The moulded cups support and flatter.

Women's Brooks Juno Bra
Teal £50.00

This bra is the most supportive I’ve ever used. The fabric is a little thicker than the Up-Lift but it’s still breathable and it really holds you firmly without overly compressing your bust. Fits true to size, runs B - E cup.

Women's Brooks Rebound Racer
Berry £40.00

This racer-back sports bra has a stronger compression element and soft rather than moulded cups. It is very supportive whilst being a little lighter than moulded cup bras. Runs B - E cup.

Women's Shock Absorber Ultimate Fly Bra
Black/Grey £45.00

This extra thin and breathable bra is amazingly supportive, thanks to the laser cut overlays in a criss-cross design that hold and support. Comes up slightly small in rib measurement, so you may need to try a band width up and cup size down. From cup size B to E.

Best Running Bras for Smaller Cup Sizes

Women's Brooks Uprise A/B Bra
Plum £36.00

This pull-over bra has moulded cups and a support structure that holds you really well. Made for A - C cups.

Women's Brooks HotShot
Berry £32.00

With a combination of encapsulation and compression, this bra gives good support for the smaller cup size. It is light and breathable and very comfortable.

Best Sports Bras for Low Impact Exercise

Even when you’re just doing exercises like yoga and pilates, you still need a sports bra. There are lighter support options that work very well.

Women's Brooks Fast Forward Crossback
Black £29.00

A stylish sports bra with medium support and crossover, adjustable back fastening

Women's Brooks HotShot
Berry £32.00

A pull-over bra with no additional fastenings, very smooth, soft and comfortable, with removable cups for extra definition.

How Should a Running Bra Fit?

To determine your bra size for a sports bra correctly, first check the size of your day-to-day bra. If it fits well you’ll either be the same size in running bras or a rib cage measurement up and a cup size down – you need to be able expand your lungs comfortably and that can mean you need a fraction more width.

Many of us wear the wrong size bra. So, the guideline to a well-fitted bra is: you should not be able to pull the strap more than 5cm from your spine. Nor should there be more than 5cm space when you pull the shoulder strap up towards your ears. However, you do need to be able to breath! So, if you feel like you’re too restricted, try a rib cage measurement up.

Like your running shoes, your running bra will not last forever. The elasticity softens through use and washing. Running bras should be replaced every 6 to 12 months.

Your bra size can change over time, due to weight gain, weight loss, pregnancy and age. Don’t assume you need the same size each time, try the bra on and check it still fits and works perfectly for you. Best of all, visit one of our stores and let our trained bra-fitters guide you through our range.


Why do I get breast pain from running?

If your breasts hurt during or after exercise this can indicate that you do not have a bra that supports you properly. If you’re able to visit one of our stores we can do a bra fitting for you. If the running bra is perfect, then pain indicates hormonal changes – especially if you only experience the breast pain during your menstrual cycle. In fact you may need a sports bra in one cup size bigger just for when you have your period. 

There is shockingly little research behind breast pain – especially when you consider most women will experience breast pain at some point in their lives. Professor Joanna Wakefield-Scurr at the University of Portsmouth has done great work in this area, and is the world leader in her field. If the pain is consistent, consult your GP. If you don’t get any answers, try looking at Professor Scurr’s research and papers. 

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