Back when group fitness classes were a thing we could do, I would show up in my cutest activewear because I am, as I have mentioned many times on this site, deeply single. But as I learned the hard way, just because a sports bra is cute and makes your boobs look good doesn’t mean it’s a great sports bras for doing high-intensity activities.
By “learned the hard way” I mean my left boob fully popped out of my sports bra while I was doing deadlifts. This was the second-worst thing that has happened to me at the gym—the first: FWB-ing (that’s friends with benefits, for anyone like my editor, who doesn’t know) a trainer there and then running into him all the time after our fling ended. Moral of the story: If you have big boobs, choose a sports bra based on how supportive it is first, how cute it is second. And also, maybe don’t sleep with someone who works at a place where you go to all the time.
While I have broken the second lesson one (or three) more times, I haven’t chanced it with a sports bra since that fateful boob-popping-out day. Here, I rounded up eight sports bras for big boobs that will support you so no matter how intense the activity—burpees, deadlifts, keeping it emotionally together when the person who broke your heart is unexpectedly coaching your class, running, box jumps—your boobs will be secure.
Lululemon’s sports bras for big boobs have been a staple in my workout-wear rotation because the high-support options lock. you. in. This one is soft and supportive, and fits up to a size F. It also has a hook-and-eye closure so you don’t have to deal with that whole getting-the-sports-bra-on-is-harder-than-the-workout thing.
Shop now: Lululemon Enlite Bra Weave High Support, $98
Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been quarantining alone for almost seven months, but “bounce control” made me LOL. Though, true to that description, this sports bra does keep your boobs in place while you do dynamic activities such as deleting and re-downloading Twitter multiple times an hour, and going on a run that’s “randomly” timed for when the cute guy down the street takes his cute dog out.
Shop now: Syrokan Bounce Control Sports Bra, $25
This bra comes in sizes 32F-44G and is comfortable even though it has underwire—something that many of us with boobs forgot even existed—for additional support.
Shop now: Nike High Support Underwire Sports Bra, $75
4. Nobull Pace Sports Bra, $62
Shop now: Nobull Pace Sports Bra, $62
Nobull makes shoes and workout clothes that are designed for intense activities like tire-flipping, box jumps, and weight lifting, and this compressive sports bra keeps your boobs from being flung about while you’re doing those aforementioned activities.
5. Sweaty Betty Victory Sports Bra, $65
Shop now: Sweaty Betty Victory Sports Bra, $65
This bra does not play around; it is supremely secure. The black version is giving me major Batman vibes, though that could be because I spent the last 30 minutes defending the casting of Robert Pattinson in The Batman on my family group chat.
5. Champion Full Support Sports Bra, $31
Shop now: Champion Full Support Sports Bra, $31
It’s tough to find a sports bra for big boobs that doesn’t have straps that dig in, can keep your boobs in place without smooshing them into a uniboob, and is under $35; this one ticks all the boxes.
6. Athleta Glory 2.0 Bra, $64
This bra is the Selling Sunset of undergarments—once you put it on, you’re not going anywhere.
Shop now: Athleta Glory 2.0 Bra, $64
7. P.E. Nation Enforcer Sports Bra, $90
I love the name of this bra, because it sounds like it’s really serious about keeping my unruly boobs in place. (Which it is, because it’s made with sustainable compression material.)
Shop now: P.E. Nation Enforcer Sports Bra, $90
8. The Upside Tiger Paola Bra, $89
So you can fling yourself around your apartment while doing an Amanda Kloots dance cardio workout and not be in pain because your boobs are bouncing all over the place.
Shop now: The Upside Tiger Paola Bra, $89
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