How to Fit Your Sports Bra

How to Fit Your Sports Bra

Finding the right sports bra is essential for your comfort, support, and performance during workouts. At Nimble Activewear, we’ve made it our mission to help activewear-ers find their perfect fit and get the most out of their chosen workout,
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Finding the right sports bra is essential for your comfort, support, and performance during workouts. At Nimble Activewear, we’ve made it our mission to help activewear-ers find their perfect fit and get the most out of their chosen workout.

A quality sports bra should provide the support you need and give you the confidence to tackle any workout with comfort and distraction free. It does this by minimising breast movement (aka boob bounce) when being active.

Without adequate support, repetitive movements can lead to discomfort, pain, and even long-term damage to breast tissue.

Support aside, a well-fitted sports bra can help reduce discomfort and distraction caused by bouncing, chafing, and irritation during exercise. By minimising movement, you'll feel more comfortable and focused on your workout, rather than adjusting your bra every few minutes.

What level of support is right for me??

Our Nimble Activewear sports bras offer three different levels of support: light or low impact, medium impact, and high impact. The type you need depends on your cup size and the type of exercise you do. As a general rule of thumb - the bigger the cup size, the more the support that is needed.

Start by thinking about the sort of activity you are going to be doing.

  • Low impact activities: Walking, yoga, pilates, all day wear. These types of activities generally require the least amount of support from your sports bra.
  • Medium impact activities: Circuit, Weights, Spin. These types of activities require some support, but doesn't need to be too powerful.
  • High impact activities: Running, HITT, and Cardio. These types of activities require the most amount of support from your sports bra.

How to find your bra size:

Sports bra sizing is likely the same as your everyday bras but with a snugger fit.

If you haven’t measured yourself lately or are unsure of what size you are, follow the below guide to measure yourself.

Note: You’ll need a soft tape measure to get started. Wear a non-padded bra that doesn’t change the shape of your breasts—or measure while not wearing a bra.

  • Measurements:
    • Take two measurements:
      • Measure the underbust: Place the tape measure under your bust where a bra would normally sit on you, and wrap around the circumference. Its best to keep the tape measure parallel to the floor while measuring
      • Measure the overbust: Place the tape measure over the center of your bust and wrap around the circumference of your bust. Its best to keep the tape measure parallel to the floor while measuring

Nimble Activewear sizing is done in Alpha sizing vs numerical: meaning it’s always best to refer to our size chart when choosing your size.

How to fit a bra:

1. Fitting the band (bottom of the bra)

The band of the sports bra does most of the hard work in supporting your breasts so make sure it sits snug around your rib cage. For the best fit, you should be able to fit two fingers between your body and the band but not more.

Raise your hands over your head and turn sideways in a mirror. If the band is higher in the back (or rides up) or your breasts poke out the bottom, it’s likely too big. Try a smaller band size.

Tip:

  • Wider bands typically provide more support than narrow ones.
  • Hook-and-eye closures allow greater support and a customised fit.

2. Straps/Shoulder (top of the bra)

Your straps should feel secure and comfortable and provide minimal stretch to reduce up-and-down movement. You should be able to fit two fingers between the straps and your shoulders.

If the straps dig into your skin, they’re likely too tight. If the straps slip off your shoulders or you get a lot of bounce, the straps are likely too loose.

Tip:

  • Adjustable straps provide greater support and a customised fit.
  • Wider straps better disperse weight and offer greater comfort than narrower ones.
  • Thinner straps generally provide less support but they’re easier to conceal.

3. Check the cups

Your breasts should be centered and fully contained in the cups. Scoop your breasts into the cups and center them. If you see wrinkles or gaps in the fabric, the cups are likely too big.

If your breasts spill outside of the bra, the cups are likely too small—or the style of bra is the wrong cut for your breast type. For the greatest support, your breasts should be completely covered.

Tip:

  • The higher the coverage the more support the bra will offer, meaning those styles that have a low scoop front or a v-neck shape are often better suited for low impact activities and those with a higher neck are better suited from high intensity activities

4. Test the support

Test the bra's support by jumping or running in place. Your breasts should feel secure and supported. If there’s too much movement up and down or side to side, consider a different style.

Tip:

  • Sports bras for low-mid intensity are generally styles that can feel comfortable enough for all day wear as the support and sensation is balanced.
  • However sports bras that are designed for mid-high intensity are often styles that you will want to wear for your workout, but might feel too snug to stay in after your workout. The reason for this is these are intended to be snug and supportive to provide you with adequate support, and can feel restrictive after some time. We encourage you to wear these bra’s for the workout, but changing post workout for your day to day comfort.

When it comes to Mid-High Intensity sports bra they generally fall into two buckets:

  1. Compression sports bras
  2. Encapsulation sports bras

Compression sports bras: These bras compress the breasts against the chest wall to restrict movement. They do not have cups built into the design (just removable). These bras typically pull over your head, but can feature back hook and eye closures and adjustable straps. This is very common in A-D cups sport bras.

Encapsulation sports bras: These bras use individual cups to surround and support each breast separately. There is generally less compression, but it doesn't mean less support. Encapsulation bras provide a more natural shape than compression bras and are very common in C-DD+ sports bras, as they can be considered a more comfortable option for the bigger bust, as there is more space from the breast tissues to go.

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