This topic is really only of interest to the female crowd. That's not to say that I would discourage any male readers - but, you know, you might be WAY more comfortable coming on back tomorrow. This is a discussion of boobies, yes, to be sure - but I will venture to say it's NOT scintillating in any way, shape or form. :)
I have a love/hate relationship with work out bras. I love them for what they do - if they are utilized correctly, they reduce or even eliminate bounce, making the wearer far more comfortable as she goes about her exercise. Especially if she's doing something high impact - I've been known to scream (in my car, only in my car, and not at random women running down the street) "For the love of God, get a supportive bra on! It hurts just to watch you run!!"
You never want to watch The Biggest Loser with me. I will never understand why the powers that be over there haven't wised up the reality that they could get a good bra sponsor to come in and fit those women - and they'd make money while doing it. Everything is an advertisement on that show, anyway, why not do something that actually HELPS people?
For five years now, I've been wearing the Enell. I refer to it as my German Prison Matron bra, and I'd swear to you that it's not far from the truth. It has 12 hooks up the front and it keeps me so firmly in place that I have, quite literally, zero bounce. And that's a huge accomplishment, because I wear a 30E bra. The trouble with this bra lies in the fact that it's SO encompassing that I feel as if I'm wearing a vest. I can't wear racer back sports tops or anything that's cut much lower than my collar bone because this bra, it's in quest to be all covering, IS all covering. The back of the bra is at least as covering as the front, if not more. And it's not pretty, not at all. You do end up with the "Squashed Uniboob", that's for sure. I'm not an overly modest girl, and so, occasionally, I've worn that bra with one of my new racer back tops but it's not that cute "Oh, your bra straps are hanging out!" look - but it's really ugly. Like, REALLY ugly.
So I've been on the look out for a new workout bra for quite a while. But I've got really high expectations - I am feverishly addicted to the "No Bounce" aspect of the Enell - I just want it to be a bit more low cut and not so full of fabric in the back. I've tried on multiple bras at sports stores, trolled online forums, and when I take the Core class Monday mornings (offered at the local running store, it's an amazing work out and if you are local, you should really think about attending) I spend a lot of time looking over the bra selection while I'm doing squats and rows and kick butts and trying to think of something, ANYTHING, other than how much MORE torture is left. Today I decided to finally try on a few of the store's offerings. I tried the ones recommended by Moving Comfort for "High Impact/Larger Busts" - the Maia, the Juno, the JubraLee - and was totally unhappy with each one. I finally ended up with the Callie - although I don't love it, as it lets some bounce happen, but not as much as a regular bra AND it has underwire and I'm not sure how I feel about that. At least it doesn't look like a sleeveless straightjacket. Don't get me wrong, I'll never get rid of the Enell - I just want something else less ugly.
I HATE that this is so much work. WHERE are the pretty bras that are supportive and flattering? I don't mean daily bras - bras have come a long way in the past ten years and I've got that covered, thanks to a few trips to The Full Cup - and if you haven't had a professional bra fitting, get yourself to one post haste. I mean the exercise gear. I'm not a huge girl any longer, but I find that most of the cuter stuff is created for girls more shaped like my daughters - not women who work out really hard but have a post 40 figure that's had a baby or six.
I just want to have a bra that keeps me from bouncing when I'm doing mountain climbers or burpees or jogging intervals - and, apparently, I'm looking for the moon.
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