Having been co-leading run club for quite a few weeks now the topics of conversation while running have been interesting!
One that came up recently, was about the support required from a sports bra when running and how no matter how small your chest is you still do require support!
80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size
I decided I should probably follow my own advice (as last time I got measured I realised I should have an XS band as opposed to a S) so researched sports bras to see what was available. I wanted one that was supportive, but still looked good and opted for the Moving Comfort Vixen Sports Bra Top, from Less Bounce which comes with options for back size and cup size.
I tested the fit and thought I’d share that with you all! It’s important after all that your sports bra fits correctly so that it can do its job!
Cup Size Tests
1. Squat Jump
If your breasts bounce significantly in the cups when you jump or land, the cup size is too large. If your breasts are squeezed at the top of the cups, the cup size is too small.
2. Forward Bend
You know the cup size is too big if you can see down the bra when you lean over. If your breasts are squeezed at the top of the cups, the cup size is too small.
Band Size Tests
1. Side Lunge Rotation
Test your band size with a simple rotation. If the band moves with you as you twist, it’s too big. If your breasts or back spill out near the underarms, the band is too small.
2. Arms Raised
As you lift your arms, the band should stay in place. If the band moves up when you raise your arms, it’s too big. If your breasts or back spill out near the underarms, the band is too small.
I road tested this bra on a full day at work, and then out at run club that same evening. I wanted to know if “comfort” did come into it at all. First of all, this wasn’t the easiest bra to get on – part my fault as my upper body was sore from Crossfit – part the bras fault as there are no fastenings / adjusters! Once it was on though, it seemed a perfect fit.
I liked the fact that it didn’t look toooo much like a sports bra! I got away with wearing it under quite a loose top and didn’t feel self conscious.
For run club, it was actually “moving comfort”. It had passed all the fit tests above so I was in no doubt it would be great while running. What made it a winner was when I got home, taking it off wasn’t the first thing that came to mind!
Test your fit and let me know how it went! They’re perfect for changing rooms in stores…although the the staff in the changing room may wonder what you’re up to when they see / hear you jumping up and down!
Elle 🙂 x
Note: Test Your Fit text taken from Nike leaflet