Banish the bounce! Fix gym boob blues with the best sports bras
Sports bras are essential not only for larger-chested lovelies, but for all of us, whether we're at a low-impact yoga class or a high-impact aerobic dance class. We want our sports bras to be stylish, soft, comfortable and of course, supportive. If you've ever wasted money on a sports bra that didn't do the job, it's time to banish the bounce with our pick of the best sports bras around.
#1. USA Pro Medium Bra Top - £9
Currently on sale, this bra top from USA Pro offers great support at a value-for-money price, ideal for your gym workout. Offering more coverage than some other sports bras, this top has wide shoulder straps and ventilation panels to help you keep cool! We love the wide range of colours and patterns, from basic black to vibrant violet - a must have!
#2. Berlei Podium Bra - £45
If you're quick, you can pick up this best-selling sports bra from the Berlei website for just £33 on sale! Berlei's sports bras won gold, silver and bronze awards in the Women's Running Awards and this blue bra is stylish and offers loads of support. One of the best things about it? The in-built heart rate sensors in the band, which work with most leading brands of heart-rate monitors.
#3. Shock Absorber Active Sports Bra - £28
We love the purple and black design of this sports bra, which is a best-seller for runners. Thanks to its moisture-wicking fabric, you'll stay cool, whilst the wide straps, non-rub fabric and sturdy support ensures everything stays in place. Reflective tape on the sides adds visibility if you're running outdoors, and this bra is as great for morning runs as it is for marathon training.
#4. Nike Women's Victory Shape Bra 2.0 - £23.40
This zesty, citrus-fresh bra comes in orange and grey or neon yellow and grey and is sure to get you noticed! Not only does it look great, it's constructed from dri-fit fabric and mesh, for a cool, breathable finish. The light padding and compression support you during even your most intense workouts - so HIIT here we come! Ideal for A to D cups, the stabilisers in the straps reduce stretch for additional support and flat seems reduce chafing and irritation. A classic sports bra that everyone should own.
#5. Panache Women's Full Cup Sports Bra - £20 - £35
This award-winning sports bra is a popular choice, whether you're a fitness beginner or professional athlete. It promises to reduce bounce by up to 83% - good news if you're planning on going for a run or playing a game of squash! It's seam-free cups and smooth shape means it can be worn alone or under your favourite workout vest and you'll find it's available in up to an H cup, in a wide range of colous and patterns.
#6. Lululemon Energy Bra - £42
It may be one of the most expensive bras on our list, but it's also one of the coolest! Available in a huge range of 18 colours and patterns - we love some of the quirkier prints - this cross-back sports bra offers light support and medium coverage, so it's designed for the well-endowed. The Luxtreme fabric fits like a second skin; it's breathable, moisture-wicking and low friction for an insanely comfortable fit. Which is good, as the last thing you want during your yoga or pilates class is to be distracted by an uncomfortable bra!
#7. Lululemon Ta Ta Tamer II - £52
We love the fantastically-named Ta Ta Tamer II sports bra from Lululemon, which has a whole host of features. Designed for running, this adjustable bra is made with sweat-wicking Luxtreme fabric which provides four-way stretch, with added lycra. The wide straps can be worn straight or crossed over, whilst the hook and eye closure means you can adjust the bra to fit perfect around your ribcage, for added support. Removable cups make it easy to cool off if you start to get hot and chafe-resistant seams ensure comfort. You can choose from 10 different colours and designs, making it easy to match your bra to the rest of your workout gear!
#8. Freya Active Underwired Sports Bra - £29.95
Available in 6 colours, this sports bra from Freya is ideal for larger cup sizes, as the padded, built-up straps help distribute the weight of the breasts across the shoulders. The flat bottom band and COOLMAX soft, moisture-wicking fabric ensure this bra is so comfortable to wear, and the average coverage and support it provides makes it ideal for running, gymnastics, volleyball, squash and more!
#9. Nike All Favorites Bra - £22.50
Available in 2 colours, this classic Nike bra offers light, wireless support and is ideal for yoga, dance or gymnastics. Its two-layer cup construction compresses for light support and minimal coverage, whilst the dri-fit jersey fabric with nylon and spandex is moisture-wicking, making this the ideal choice for sweaty Bikram yoga sessions! Thanks to the elastic chestband, it'll retain its shape for a snug fit, whatever your workout.
#10. Shock Absorber Ultimate Gym Bra - £31.50
This really is the ultimate gym bra, designed specifically for working out at the gym. Bounce-control tested at the University of Portsmouth, the encapsulated support prevents bounce, whatever equipment you're using. With a cross-over front and racer back, this stylish bra features a hook and eye back fastening, so it's easy to take on and off. Wide, padded adjustable straps and a seamless inner ensure comfort with no chafing and the bra is constructed from breathable, moisture-wicking fabric. There's even a handy headphone wire holder, so you can listen to all your favourite tunes without worrying about headphone tangles!