The right sports bra can be a game changer for your workouts—and the wrong sports bra can be workout ruining. If you’re not feeling supported or secure, or your bra is dropping too low and revealing too much, it’s almost impossible to focus on the exercises you’re doing. What’s more, if you’ve ever run or jumped in a lousy sports bra, you know it can be downright painful.
Long story short: We take our sports bras seriously. So for this year’s awards we asked 24 editors, trainers, and fitness influencers to test more than 50 sports bras in a wide range of sizes and styles. They ran, danced, jumped, lifted, cycled, practiced yoga, and wore these bras out and about before sending us their completely candid opinions. From there, we narrowed the list to our top 16 choices for best sports bras, divided up by activity intensity level and cup size. You’ll notice that when it came to larger cup sizes, we actually selected multiple winners for best sports bra in a few of the categories. That’s because the reviews were a bit all over the map—our testers had very strong feelings—and we also recognize that finding a sports bra in a larger cup size is both highly personal and no easy task, so we wanted to be as helpful as possible. We feel confident that you’ll be able to find at least one (and hopefully more than one!) bra on this list that suits your needs and fits your style. We think working out in a bra that doesn’t pinch or squish or chafe is a necessity, not a luxury, and all of these winning bras more than surpassed that expectation.
All of the best sports bras listed here are new, released between October 2018 and September 2019. Make sure you check out the rest of our 2019 Fitness Awards right here.
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