You have probably never even thought too much about it, at least I never did, when it comes to a sports bra fitting right – you know what size bra you wear and you buy accordingly. Simple, right? Wrong. Carelessly wearing a sports bra that doesn’t actually offer SUPPORT to your assets can be crucially detrimental to your body and can take away from the task at hand: getting an efficient workout.
It wasn’t until I took my fitness goals to the next level that I had enough consistent days of discomfort to realize what was ACTUALLY going on but when I figured it out I knew I had to share.
Being naturally big chested I have always had to find ways to make it work when it comes to working out – avoid intense impact workouts and position yourself accordingly when it comes to workouts where your girls could get in the way. But the struggle of a sports bra that doesn’t fit is real. When I realized I was spending more time adjusting my bra than I was focused on the workout I knew where I had to go and who I had to see: It was time to make a field trip to JADE, the uber lux fitness apparel shop in New Canaan and I had to see the fabulous owner Maxine who knows everything there is to know about all athleisure wear.
After explaining my issue Maxine suited me with two handfuls of perfectly fitting sports bras – ones that actually clasped in the back and or had adjustable velcro straps, not just some Nike throw-it-over-your-head and grab it in a generic one size fits all for XL.
Maxine informed me that a good fitting sports bra can actually improve posture and takes out that unwanted bounce, she also told me that it can alleviate chest and back pain. I WAS SOLD! Check out my Q+A with Maxine Berg below, the owner of JADE!
Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF SPORTS BRA TO REFER TO YOUR CLIENTS AND WHY?
A: I have researched lots of sports bras in search of a collection or line that offers impeccable fit to all sizes from 32A – 40E and found that Moving Comfort ( recently acquired by Brooks) really was the winner. It offers everything from a body hugging, over the head performance bra with firm control to a powerhouse of a open back bra with molded cups for limited stretch and great shape maintenance and lots in between. The bras I chose for you have adjustable straps with velcro, contoured cups for maximum support and support, power mesh zones to keep you cool during those sweatiest of workouts. The bands are all finished in super soft fabric to keep you comfortable while offering a high degree of support.
Q: ARE THE BRAS THAT FIT BETTER MORE EXPENSIVE?
A: Price range is $36 – $60, which most styles in the $50 range. I think Nike bras come in around the same price point but are not constructed nearly as well as Moving Comfort. People come in to the store constantly needing help in finding the right sports bra and being very dissatisfied with what they’ve found elsewhere. It’s all about comfort and support ( have I said that a few times?!)
Q: HOW DO YOU KNOW IT’S TIME FOR A NEW SPORTS BRA?
A: f you’re bouncing too much, experiencing back pain, chest pain, slouching too much then it’s definitely time for a new sports bra. It really should provide all day comfort and give you the support you need. And no uniboob in Jade’s bras:)
Be sure to visit JADE in New Canaan!
7 Elm Street