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When I train female clients, I tell them that I do not want to see an ounce of bounce during high intensity workouts. In other words; wear a good sports bra.
Some of my clients are very well endowed (up to K), while others are smaller. Regardless of size, it's important to "tame the beast" and keep bounce to a minimum. Because of this, I have been on the hunt for sports bras that minimize bounce, and have been able to find some that may be of interest to women who exercise.
Below you'll see three bra brands that got the thumbs-up from my clients, and me, who swear by the bras we wear.
Enell Sports Bra: Not an ounce of bounce
Enell's sports bras are like body armor. The back offers a full panel that covers the entire back. The front is high as well, and keeps breasts in place. The nice thing about the Enell is that is has a front hook and eye closure so you don't have to pull anything over your head and shoulders. This makes it a good choice for women who have a limited range of motion due to health issues, as well as very broad shoulders.
Drawbacks: The main drawback with an Enell bra is the hook and eye closure. There are tons of hooks, so it may take some time to get it on. They are also pricey; ranging from $60 to $80. You can find them cheaper on E-bay though.
Champion Sports Bras: Good coverage with minimal bounce
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I've had good luck with Champion sports bras and my recent purchases are the Champion Double Dry®+ Spot Comfort® Full-Support Sports Bra and the Champion Custom Criss-Cross Seamless Max-Support Sports Bra, which has underwire. My training changed to include high intensity bursts. However, even without high intensity bursts, I prefer to wear maximum support bras.
Champion makes several designs that have back hook and eye closures, and a few that zip in the front. I do not own any that must be pulled on over my head since they hurt my shoulders. The average cost ranges from $20 at Target up to $50 on the Champion website.
Drawbacks: Some customer reviews do not like the uni-boob look that is created by certain Champion bras.
Moving Comfort Sports Bras: Good coverage with minimal bounce
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Moving Comfort makes a line of exercise wear, but they are well known for their sports bras. The styles range in front and back closures, as well as front zip closures. Moving Comfort sizes range from A to E, with certain styles that have larger/thicker straps, as well as a wider band for support. Some also have adjustable velcro straps to ensure a snug fit.
Drawbacks: The front zip closure bra has a tendency to unzip on its own.
Lisa M. White
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