12.12.16

Finding The The Right Support For Your Sport with Brooks Moving Comfort

So, apparently, your sports bra is important. I mean, I've seen quite a few brands banging on about it over the past twelve months, so there must be something in this, right?! I do however agree and think think that sports bras are one of the most underrepresented pieces of kit for us ladies. Not many people talk about them and maybe that's because most of the time they stay hidden underneath the rest of our very stylish looking workout attire. I mean, I even went to a gym a few months back when summer was here, where they asked us to put our tops back on as sports bras were not appropriate attire. Well, excuse me, but I thought we were in 2016?!

The fact that I even was wearing a sports bra (in general lol) seems to be a miracle as research shows that more than 40% of women don't even wear one to work out! Personally, my sports bra journey up to this point has been basic. I've worn what I was given. I've never been measured for a regular bra so it never occurred to me that you could get measured for a sports bra (even though I once worked for a brand who trained me up to specialise in sports bra fittings! Yeah I know! The fittings were for other people though, not for me!).

Fast forward to 2016, and I get invited to a trampolining event with Brooks Moving Comfort to test out a newly launched (at the time) bra. To see if it did what it was supposed to do and reduce bounce. I learnt a fair bit more about bras that day, about what styles I find comfortable and what I should wear and when.  So when I was offered the chance to have a box of bras personalised for my specific activities I thought there was no better time to have a clear out and share my findings through testing these bras with you!


Why Are Sports Bras Important? 

Sports bras are important because they minimise movement of the breasts during vigorous activities. It has been estimated that during high-energy, high-impact sports women’s breasts can move up to ten or more centimetres which means that anatomically there is not much natural support. Sports bras can provide this support as well as allow sweat to be wicked away and reduce chaffing of sensitive skin or nipples. For women who consistently run or jump these factors can go a long way towards avoiding or alleviating breast pain as well as fighting the sagging of the breasts. (www.breastadvice.co.uk)

When asked what types of activities I take part in, I listed HIIT / Interval training, Group Exercise, Cycling, Running and Yoga / Pilates. I stated that I like a mix of bright and bold as well as subtle colours and I prefer a racerback. Here is what I got and my thoughts: 
FINEFORM || this bra was the first one out of the box to be tested based purely on the fact it was the prettiest! It's perfect for low impact activities like yoga, pilates or just to hit up the gym. It's now my go to bra when I am craving pure comfort as it's so soft and I can basically forget I'm even wearing it!  If you want it, you can get a touch more support from this bra by wearing it as a traceback rather than an open back! 

I tested out the Fineform in spin, when teaching (HIIT) and when cycling. It also almost made it into my kit bag for L'Etape London in September but as it was fairly new I couldn't risk it (y'know, no new kit on race day!). 
UPRISE || When I checked out the bras in the box, this one was the one that seemed most "like me". I liked the shape, the colour and the print. It looked like a medium support bra which is typically what I opt for based on comfort.

I've worn this bra for everything now; spinning, HIIT, strength training... okay that's actually all I do right now! It has perfectly moulded cups built into the design which feature perforations for increased breathability. And I think the racerback is what makes it into a medium support bra.

It's also what I would class as medium coverage based on how low it is at the front - it's just the cut I like. It's a really versatile bra for those of us who like to keep our workout types fresh!
REBOUND RACER || the third and final bra in my box to try. I'd left it till last for various reasons: I wasn't too sure I liked the colour, the print or the shape and it also just looked so "serious" but eventually I chucked it on to test it properly.

I chose a day that I was going to be up to all sorts; teaching a HIIT class, running and then attending a strength based class totalling a long day which would also need a bra that was comfortable.

My first impressions were pretty good; although there is minimal padding, the bra still offers good coverage and actually provides a nice shape underneath your mid-layers. It was a little trickier than other bras to get on because although it has a back clasp, it still is a racerback and needs to go on overhead (unless you undo the straps at the front). The front facing adjustable straps also make it quick and easy to get it feeling comfortable quickly.


Would I wear it on its own? Yes (it even made it onto IG... see above!)

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Keep an eye out on the blog and Instagram for some more sports bra info and if you have any questions that I could answer / get answered for you just reach out to me on social or leave a comment below!

Tell me you already wear a sports bra, right?! Have you been measured?! Any tips / nuggets of your own to share?! 

Elle :) 

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6 comments:

  1. I love how cute sports bras have become. I feel a little sad when I think about what we used to wear ;) Brooks Moving Comfort is doing something really good here!

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    1. haha! I remember too... especially for those with bigger busts! Nothing available was at all attractive! ...here's to the continued improvement!

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  2. Im with amy and I think Im OVERCOMPENSATING :-) by purchasing too too too many now.
    I LOVE MY HANDFUL BRAS!

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    1. hahaha! I saw a meme the other day.. something like, "We'll carry all our shopping because we don't wanna pay 5p for a plastic bag but then we'll spend £35 on a single sports bra" ...(we have to pay for plastic bags in the UK!) ...the irony lol

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  3. Wow it's so crazy that 40% of women don't even wear a sports bra! I totally agree it's a must during a workout. I'll have to try your recommendations; I love something with mid to high level of support that is breathable! :)

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    1. I know, I can't fathom it either. Hopefully we can spread the word! ...I wore a low support bra just to teach the other day and realised (was reminded) why medium to high support bras work so well for me! haha! :)

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