Ask a Urologist – Athletic Cups and Supporters
Q: My 7-year-old son is starting to get involved in youth sports. Why does he need an athletic cup or supporter?
A: It is very important for boys to wear an athletic cup to protect their groin area from blunt trauma injuries when playing sports. Any fast-moving kick, ball or helmet that hits a boy in the groin area can cause serious damage, including severe bruising, internal bleeding, testicular fracture or rupture. Two more serious injuries that can result from blunt trauma to the testicles include torsion and rupture. Testicular torsion, while rare, is a medical emergency requiring immediate attention. It occurs when the testicle twists around itself and the blood supply is cut off. Testicular rupture happens when the testicle is knocked against the pubic bone and bleeds into the scrotum. If left untreated too long, these issues can lead to the boy losing a testicle.
Q: Are athletic cups and supporters appropriate for boys of all ages? At what age should my son start wearing a cup or “jock strap,” and how do I know what kind he needs?
A: Hockey players of all ages wear helmets, and kids playing soccer wear shin guards no matter what grade they’re in. In the same way, all boy athletes need to wear something to protect the groin area when they start playing sports. If your son plays a contact sport – like football, soccer, baseball, basketball or hockey – he should wear a cup made from a hard plastic or metal as soon as he is big enough to fit in one. Usually cups have small holes allowing for airflow, and may have a gel material inside for comfort. The cup is held in place by an athletic supporter or “jock strap.” These are made from cloth, with an elastic waistband and straps around the legs. The supporter should have a pouch to hold the cup. As an alternative to an athletic supporter, compression shorts are often available with a pouch to fit the cup. Many boys find compression shorts more comfortable than traditional athletic supporters because there are no bands that may dig into the skin.
If your son is in a noncontact sport that involves running, he may just need to wear an athletic supporter or compression shorts without the cup. The supporter or compression shorts lift and hold the penis and testicles close to the body, out of the way during movement. If you are unsure what your son needs for a particular sport, ask the coach or athletic director.
Q: How do I know what size cup and supporter to buy?
A: Generally cups are sized by age. “Pee wee” may fit boys up to age 6 or 7. “Youth” may fit boys up to puberty. Then there are “teen” and finally “adult” sizes. But while sizes vary, it is most important the cup fits well. For a cup to work, it must fit tightly against the body. Choose a supporter with a comfortable but secure-fitting waistband, and leg straps tight enough to prevent rolling or twisting. Compression shorts should also be chosen based on waist size. They should be snug but not uncomfortable. Have your son check that the cup and supporter (or compression shorts) are tight enough to prevent movement (but do not pinch) before wearing during a practice or game.
Why do Younger Males Seem to Avoid Them?
Sports injury research is interesting especially in understanding the mental habits of athletes. This is especially true as it pertains to safety, such as head and groin protection. An American football player, baseball catcher, or lacrosse athlete would never play without a helmet. The risk of injury is too great.
Yet, many no longer wear athletic cups, and see them as nonessential.
Even as a young child playing baseball “a cup” was not only required, it was important, and I clearly understood this. Yet, a number of studies in the last 2 decades have shown a huge change in how younger athletes see groin protection, especially with athletic cup usage.
How Do Younger Men and Boys See Groin Protection?
In the 1960’s, 70’s and much of the 80’s nearly 100% of youth playing American football or baseball wore a jock and cup. They were required to, and coaches would sometimes even check.
Between 2010 and 2015, data shows that less than 25% of boys (and schools and coaches) require boys to wear a cup. In the NFL, not a single player has confirmed that he wears any type of athletic cup now. This reversal is an obvious safety issue.
The Modern (and Incorrect) View of Groin Protection.
In our modern age, the “jockstrap and cup” are sometimes seen as an outdated relic of the past. Yet, its simple design is efficient, proven, and has protected male athletes since the early 1900’s.
Modern cups are also far more comfortable, ergonomically designed for the male body, and less expensive. Yet, far fewer males wear them.
So what happened?
Where did the Jockstrap and Cup go?
The change in groin protection behavior is quite odd since protecting the genitals is generally a very high priority to males. Data shows that this started around the time that compression shorts, sports briefs, and other alternatives to the jockstrap hit the market in the late 1980’s. Many of these products simply didn’t include a cup or even have a pocket for one.
It also corresponded with schools, coaches and even physicians not pushing for the use of a cup in many sports. Anecdotal evidence suggests that part of this was the discomfort of adults to talk to younger males about the “groin area”. In the era of lawsuits, sensitivity to discussing “that area” of the body, and lack of rules about protection, groin protection just seemed to not be as much of a priority. That is very unfortunate.
Lessons from the past on groin protection
Obviously if you have a high speed object in sports like a ball, puck, fist, foot, or elbow, it can (and does) hit your groin at times. Your testicles, unprotected, will remind you at once that they need to be protected.
The idea that this is not a serious topic ignores the possible serious injuries that can occur. A hit to the balls is normally debilitating, painful, and worse, can cause a serious injury. Even if not a serious injury, it can cause an athlete to perform very poorly after the hit. This is one reason why groin hits are so common in many sports.
Groin protection should be a “no-brainer”
Even if your school, coach, parent or friends think wearing a cup is “uncool” or “unnecessary”… THEY are not the ones that feel the horrible pain when you get hit. In riskier sports like martial arts, horseback riding, lacrosse, baseball… not wearing a cup is simply a risk not worth taking.
Men and boys can suffer serious, sometimes life changing, injuries and protecting your genitals with a high quality athletic cup is, well… a “no-brainer.”
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Sports Injury Researcher, United States
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When it comes to protecting the testicles in any sport it’s mostly about a groin cup covering your entire genital area, right? Sounds simple… But it’s not.
Here are five common experiences when choosing groin protection for your sport.
1. GETTING THE RIGHT GROIN CUP FOR YOUR SPORT.
Q: What does a baseball catcher, hockey player, and a martial artist all have in common?
A: They all need a groin cup designed for their particular sport.
A hockey player doesn’t bend over like a baseball catcher. A baseball catcher doesn’t do high kicks like in karate. So the cup shape, design, material, and support structure are all unique, and vital for protection. Make sure the protective cup works best for your sport.
2. CUP SIZE DOES MATTER.
Face it guys, we hear this often, but not so much with athletic cups.
Men and boys all have different sized bodies and genitals. Most jocks, cups, and compression shorts are sold by waist size. Great, so it fits around your waist. You’re protecting your testicles, not your waist!
Most leading groin protection cup manufacturers have multiple sizes including youth, teen, adult, etc. Some even have different sizes for adults, based on needs for a particular sport.
You should not get an “extra-large” groin cup unless you need that size based on your anatomy. And too small of an athletic cup is really a bad idea! It has to fit completely and securely around your entire groin area and keep the testicles from touching the cup. If it doesn’t… then you are likely to get some significant pain at some point, and maybe worse.
3. DON’T GO FOR CHEAP GROIN PROTECTION!
Would you wear a cheap helmet for hockey? NO, so why even think about cheap genital protection.
Both boys and men get excited when they start a sport, and they “jump in” without fully thinking about all their gear. A cheap cup is cheap for a reason. Many are poorly designed, made of poor quality material, and worst… don’t even fit the male body correctly. Don’t buy generic cheap groin cups. Most are terrible for running, kicking, and squatting in particular.
4. ALWAYS WEAR AN ATHLETIC GROIN CUP CORRECTLY.
A large number of men do not wear their athletic cups correctly. Surveys have shown that males of all ages get “sloppy” on wearing groin protection. A protective cup has to be completely over your entire groin area. If it moves, or worse, lets a testicle slide out while squatting or doing a high kick, it’s more than useless. It is dangerous.
Make sure the product you purchase is high quality enough to hold the cup in place. Also, avoid “One-Size-Fits-All” products for all sports protection!
5. DO I ACTUALLY HAVE TO WEAR THE GROIN CUP
Wearing an athletic cup can really suck. They are not fun to wear and some are very uncomfortable. Surveys of male athletes have shown a sharp decline in groin cup usage in the last 30 years.
In some sports, such as American football, they are almost nonexistent now. There is a lack of consistency in protecting the most sensitive and important area for any man.
The most cited reasons are “not comfortable”, “not needed”, and “doesn’t work”. If you get the right genital protection product, none of these are issues.
The only day you need to wear a groin and pelvic cup is the day you are glad you were wearing it. Avoid serious pain and injury. Always wear it!
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How To Wear A Diamond MMA Cup? With A Review 
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In MMA’s contact sport, there are numerous pieces of equipment designed to prevent any irreversible damage to the fighter. One of the essential pieces of equipment is a groin protector, and the Diamond MMA Cup is one of the most popular ones. Today this article will answer one of the frequently asked questions of ‘how to wear a diamond MMA cup?’
Equipped with a 4-strap locking system, the way to put on a Diamond MMA Cup is the same as any other cup. You have to slide each leg in one of the leg straps and pull the jockstrap to your waist. After safely tucking your genitals in the pouch and the pouch in the jockstrap, you will be ready to go.
The Diamond MMA Cup is a multi-purpose groin protector which has taken the athletic world by a storm. Its growth in popularity is not unwarranted, and we will be discussing all aspects of the Diamond MMA Cup in this article, so let’s start!
What is a Diamond MMA Cup?
Diamond MMA is a company that manufactures high-quality athletic equipment specializing in MMA and contact sports-based equipment. The Diamond MMA Cup is one of their most popular products. Not only is the Diamond MMA Cup perfect for MMA, but it has also been tested in various other settings to deduce its effectiveness. This groin protector has been tested in law enforcement, security and sports like baseball, football, hockey, soccer and lacrosse.
The inspiration to design this advanced and effective groin protector stemmed from frustration with the market. Diamond MMA was tired of seeing absolutely no advancement in the athletic cups and groin protection systems in the athletic world. What caused the frustration was that groin protection is one of the most important aspects of any sport. Even after multiple athletes complained about cups being uncomfortable, no company took the initiative to innovate.
This is why Diamond MMA decided to develop a design that significantly boosted comfort and maintained protection. Diamond MMA collectivized a highly capable team of world-renowned industrial engineers and got to work on a safe and comfortable groin protector design. After going through hundreds of prototypes and thousands of testing hours, they finally came up with the Diamond MMA Athletic Cups. Diamond MMA has such strong faith in their groin protectors’ quality that they have declared it as the most comfortable yet effective athletic cup in the market.
Review of Diamond MMA Cup
We bet that if you are a true MMA enthusiast, you are already interested in knowing more about the Diamond MMA Cup after hearing its origin story. Irrespective of why the cup was created, what matters most is whether or not it’s effective.
The specifications of the Diamond MMA Cup are truly mindblowing as they have considered every aspect of what a groin protector needs to have. Designed with a 4-strap locking system if utilized with a Diamond MMA compression short or jockstrap, the Diamond MMA Cup guarantees sturdiness. No matter what gets thrown at your crotch, whether it be a kick by Connor McGregor or a soccer ball shot by Cristiano Ronaldo, the protector will stay in place. What truly makes this characteristic of the Diamond MMA Cup worth mentioning is that this is the first compression jock and athletic cup that offers complete groin coverage and zero shiftings.
Simultaneously the cup is also designed to allow maximum mobility and comfort. Not only will you be able to train for hours without sacrificing mobility, but you will also do it without having a cup that is irritating your skin. This groin protector also makes sure that your genitals have enough room to breathe without sacrificing its utility.
As far as the protection this cup provides is concerned, it is top-notch. The Diamond MMA Cup is designed to divert the impact and cushion of the remaining impact using the rubber in its design. This dual protection ensures your safety no matter which sport you are partaking in. Furthermore, the string rubber lining also allows the cup to adjust as per the shape of your groin, which results in a sharp decrease in the likelihood of chafing and skin irritation.
It doesn’t matter if you are a teenager partaking in MMA or you are a Muay Thai veteran, the Diamond MMA Cup is available in both adult and youth sizes. Not only that, but the Diamond MMA also offers a lifetime guarantee for its athletic cups, which is unlike most athletic equipment companies.
How to wear a Diamond MMA Cup?
Like any other athletic cup, you get two main ways you can wear a Diamond MMA Cup. The first and basic way of wearing a cup is to pair it with a jockstrap. For this, you will need to get a Diamond MMA jockstrap that is designed for their athletic cup. Make sure that the jockstrap’s waist size is a perfect fit for your size as a larger size will result in the cup not being held in place properly. After you put on the jockstrap and pull it up to your waist, all you have to do is tuck your genitals in the pouch and then secure the pouch at the front of the jockstrap. The cup’s pointy end should face downwards while the wide end should be placed just below the waistband.
The second way of wearing a Diamond MMA Cup is one that involves compression shorts. Naturally, for this, you would need Diamond MMA compression shorts, which are designed to accommodate their athletic cups. Initially, all you have to do is wear the compression shorts normally as you would, biking shorts or underwear. Then you will pull the waistband of the shorts outward and place the cup the same way you would place it in a jockstrap. After making sure that your genitals are completely covered, you can jog around or do some lunges to make sure you can comfortably move around with this placement.
One of the most important things to ensure when using athletic cups for any purpose is perfect fitting. Irrespective of how good an athletic cup is, if you don’t properly wear it, you will not only be uncomfortable, but you also might damage your genitals. This is why the process of wearing an athletic cup before any physical activity should be a cautious one. Before you engage in any activity, you should always make sure the cup is perfectly fit and move around to see if it shifts as you move. At the end of the day, you shouldn’t take risks when it comes to your own safety.
Where to buy Diamond MMA Cup?
In the 21st century, it isn’t difficult to find and buy any product that you find appealing. When it comes to the Diamond MMA Cup, you can find it in two forms, either you can get it paired with a jockstrap also produced by Diamond MMA or with compression shorts.
It is recommended, however, to use the jockstrap as it is specially designed to ensure zero shifting. However, you needn’t worry as all three items; the compression shorts, jockstrap and the cup are made of military-grade materials. No matter which one you pick, the quality will be assured with Diamond MMA Cups.
Moving on to where you can find a Diamond MMA Cup, Amazon is the answer to your question. You can find both the jockstrap combination and the compression shorts combination on Amazon. Similarly, you can also buy these cups from websites such as DesertCart, MMAFightStore and other MMA based online equipment stores. It is, however, highly recommended to stick to Amazon as not only will you get reasonable rates, you will also be able to take advantage of Amazon discounts that come up regularly.
How to wash a Diamond MMA Cup?
Washing your athletic equipment the right way is critical if you want to boost their longevity. Although Diamond MMA Cups, alongside their jockstraps and compression shorts, are highly durable as they are made with military-grade material, they still need to be washed properly to maintain that durability.
When it comes to the jockstraps and compression shorts, there are two possible ways of washing them. The easier way is to wash them in a machine set to gentle so as to make sure that the material isn’t damaged in the machine. On the other hand, you can also hand wash them in cold water. While the benefit of machine washing them is that it is quicker and convenient, hand-washing offers you more control. You can make sure that the washing process does not damage the material if you hand-wash them. As far as the cups themselves are concerned, they are completely machine washable and very durable, so you can machine wash them without any worries.
Best Cups for Catchers [Updated for the 2021 Season]
A cup is one of the most overlooked, yet critically important pieces of protective equipment that you wear behind the plate.
This post goes into detail about cups for Baseball players, with reviews of our top four picks for catchers.
Our top overall pick is a tough, good quality cup. Keep scrolling to learn more…
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Why Cups Are Important for Catchers
A cup is something that is pretty easily overlooked when the typical person first thinks about catcher’s gear. Yet it is no less important than any other piece or protective gear, such as a facemask, chest protector or leg guards.
Simply put, cups are designed to protect a male’s groin area from impact and injury caused by a baseball or other hard object.
One question that we hear a lot, especially from younger catchers, is this: do I have to wear a cup?
Our answer is, always, yes.
Leading healthcare authorities like the American Urological Foundation and Geisinger Health support this answer, as they write clearly about the importance for all males participating in contact sports to wear cups.
Considering that catchers have the most physically demanding (and most risky) position on the diamond, it becomes even more obvious that catchers need to always wear cups when playing behind the dish.
This is what it looks like when a catcher does not wear a cup and gets hit.
You do not want to be that guy, trust me.
How to Wear a Cup
Wearing a cup is actually pretty straightforward – you simply insert it into a pouch built in to a special supporter.
The types of supporters that you can use range from a jockstrap to compression shorts, to special briefs and even compression pants.
The choice of which type of supporter to wear is up to you. However, our preference is compression shorts, so that’s what we’ll be showing below.
What is a Catchers Cup?
A catchers cup is literally a cup that is worn by a Baseball catcher. Manufacturers do not currently make cups specifically for catchers, yet – due to the nature of the position – catchers should typically choose as their cup only the strongest and most high-quality cups available.
Throughout this post we use the term “catchers cup”, and this is what we’re referring to.
Best Protective Cup for Baseball Catchers
In our view, the best protective cup for Baseball players today is the Diamond MMA cup. This is an incredibly strong cup that can withstand a beating and still hold up well.
All of our picks for the best catchers cups currently on the market are:
- Diamond MMA (top overall pick)
- Shock Doctor Titan Alloy Flex (runner-up pick)
- Shock Doctor Ultra Pro Carbon Flex (best pick for affordability)
- The Comfy Cup (top pick for young catchers)
Below, you’ll find reviews of these top picks for overall safety, for budget shoppers, and for very young catchers.
Read on to find out more…
Top Pick: Diamond MMA Cup
Our overall pick for the best protective cup for Baseball catchers
Although “MMA” is in its name, don’t let that turn you away. This cup is high quality and tough, earning our top pick as the best overall cup for catchers.
Originally intended for use in the ring, MLB players are increasingly turning to this cup. Names like Willson Contreras, Kris Bryant, Jason Kipnis and Tim Federowicz are among its users among professional ballplayers.
Also, check out this video (look at the chair, and see the end…) showing legendary catcher Yadier Molina with the Diamond MMA cup! Hey, if it’s good enough for Yadi. ..
Getting back to the cup’s specs, the Diamond MMA cup has a patent pending design that uses rigid polycarbonate polymer material as its core component. The blue outer edges are made of rubber, which helps to prevent major chafing and excess movement.
Speaking of that, one of the main things that stands out about this cup is that it really doesn’t shift – especially when it is paired with the 4-strap compression shorts. This is so important for catchers, who are constantly crouching, throwing, standing, etc.
Lastly, the cup is long enough to cover the occasionally vulnerable areas underneath the scrotum, and it does so comfortably.
Practically has no shifting or movement
Made of very strong materials
Rubber edge for comfort
Designed to disperse shock away from point of impact
Costs more than the traditional cup
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Front and Back Picture of a Diamond MMA Cup
Runner Up: Shock Doctor Titan Alloy Flex Cup
Our runner up cup pick for catchers
Shock Doctor is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sports protective equipment. The toughest cup they make is this one, the Titan Alloy Flex Cup.
The Titan Alloy is built with multiple protective layers, with a stainless steel alloy as its outermost layer. Despite its durability, it is relatively lightweight.
When struck, the cup is designed to distribute shock away from the point of impact. It is also designed, of course, not to break, as some plastic cups have been reported to do when violently struck.
The perimeter of the cup is an encased gel, keeping it from shifting too much and making it pretty comfortable to wear. In fact, several buyers have commented about this cup’s high level of comfort.
However, one of its best overall qualities is that it is still a fairly affordable cup, making it a good option if you want a blend of cost and quality.
Comprised of numerous protective layers
The outermost layer is made of steel
Has a gel edge for comfort
Made to be shock dispersing
Protrudes a bit more than traditional plastic varieties
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Top Budget Pick: Shock Doctor Ultra Pro Carbon Flex
A solid low priced option for those on a tight budget
The Ultra Pro Carbon Flex cup uses three different layers to protect your groin from impact. The way it’s built is intended to transfer shock away from the point of impact.
This cup has a curved yet flexible design with it’s outer edge made of a comfortable gel material.
One characteristic to note is that it is more narrow between the legs than some other cups, which is something we like. It can be very uncomfortable when crouching behind the plate if you’re wearing a cup that’s too wide.
Arguably it’s best selling point, however, is that the Ultra Pro Carbon Flex is incredibly affordable. If you are on a budget and need a cheap cup that’s going to do the job for most ballplayers, then this is for you.
The Ultra Pro Carbon Flex cup currently comes in four different sizes based on age. Small is for kids aged nine or younger, medium for ages 10 – 14, and large and extra large generally for those 15 and older.
It has three layers for protection
Comfortable gel based edge
Is more narrow than some other bulkier cups
It’s very affordable
Tends to run on the larger size
Does not use carbon fiber material
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The Three Different Layers of the Ultra Pro Carbon Flex Cup
For Little Kids: Comfy Cup
Our pick for very young kids playing behind the plate
The Comfy Cup was designed by an 8 year old ballplayer who didn’t care for the hard, plastic cup that he was forced to wear and wanted a more comfortable alternative.
The base material on this cup is a tough, “molded polyuerethane” foam. It has a mesh liner and a soft trim. It is amazingly lightweight, which no doubts contributes to the comfort factor.
This cup is also very flexible, so it bends and contours to your body much better than a “traditional” cup. It is also breathable, especially for a cup. The final “plus” is that it’s very affordable.
Keep in mind that this cup is best for very young ballplayers, especially for those wearing a cup for the very first time. Its comfort will help them to get used to wearing a traditional cup. (Note: The manufacturer says it’s for ages 7 – 11).
However, this cup does not stand up well to fast, direct hits and therefore is not recommend for kids catching fast pitching.
Once kids are playing at the level where pitches are coming in harder, we’d recommend moving to one of the stronger cups showcased above.
Super lightweight and breathable
It is flexible and does not restrict movement
Designed for kids, by a kid
Not the best choice for kids who catch fast pitchers
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Brief Video Review of the Comfy Cup
Thank You for Reading!
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Why don’t basketball players wear athletic cups?
March Madness has started and the NBA playoffs are just around the corner. Which means it’s time to ask thequestion: why don’t basketball players wear athletic cups?
The answer, according to Dr. Stephen Strup, the chief of urology at the University of Kentucky, is comfort. Strup, quoted in this ESPN article says it comes down to comfort.
“Granted, such injuries could likely be prevented by wearing a cup, but NBA players don’t wear them. Even Dr. Stephen Strup, the chief of urology at the University of Kentucky, doesn’t recommend them. In over 20 years of practice, Strup has treated a few basketball-related injuries in the hoop-crazy state. But as a former small forward for Division III’s DePauw University basketball team, Dr. Strup knows firsthand how immobilizing and uncomfortable a protective cup can be on the court.
“There isn’t enough of an issue to wear a cup,” Dr. Strup says. “It’s hard to generate enough pressure for major injuries to occur in basketball. You see the guys go out, they’re uncomfortable and they can’t function a little bit, but usually they’re back in a few minutes.”
As usual, we disagree with the no-cup ‘cause “it’s not that big of a deal.” Almost every season a basketball player is out for more than a few minute—like Manu Ginobili, who took a knee to the groin and needed surgery. It took a month of recovery before he was back in the game.
But given the culture of it’s-not-comfortable that’s so much a part of basketball, we clearly need a great ball player or two to give our gear a try. Someone who’s willing to lose the groin protection stance for a game, or part of a game, and try some real groin protection.
Suggestions on who we should hit up? Someone who’s tired of getting hit in the nuts with no protective gear in play? Let us know! Email, Facebook, Tweet— you know the drill. So, let us know who you think’s tired of getting drilled in the down under, and willing to give our gear a shot!
Men’s Underwear Fitting guide – Athletic Supporters
“Layering is key to support. Many athletes choose to wear more than one pair of underwear at the same time to provide the needed support..”
Tomima explains everything you’ve ever needed to know about athletic supporters – but, were afraid to ask.
Did You Know?
Here’s an interesting fact. The first jockstrap was invented over 125 years ago. Since then, many support garments have arrived on the market. Choosing a supportive garment that is right for you depends on the sport you’re playing and how much protection you want.
The goal of an athletic supporter is to lift, support, and cradle a man’s testes/scrotum against his body. A man’s “jewels” hang in place with delicate cord and muscle tissues. Shock or strain on these cords and muscles can result in injury.
If you’re playing high impact sports, a jockstrap should also include a cup when playing high impact sports. The cup inside the jockstrap pouch confines the genitals, keeping them out of harm’s way. We’ve all seen grown men reduced to a semi-fetal position after a hit to the groin without any protection. The recovery from such a blow is very slow and agonizing. Remember this next time you think you can do without.
When And How To Wear An Athletic Supporter
Hard cups are highly recommended for football, hockey, soccer, rugby and baseball. Basically, any sport
where a speeding projectile is involved, you should wear a hard cup. Supporters should be worn (without cups)
for any sport requiring running such as track and field, basketball, and rollerblading.
Remember, layering is key to support. Many athletes choose to wear more than one pair of underwear at
the same time to provide the needed support. For example, an athlete might wear a pair of compression
shorts under a hard cup and strap, or a jockstrap over a pair of briefs or trunks. It really depends on
how much protection and support you’re looking for, and what you are comfortable wearing. Experiment with layering.
If you’re one of those guys who just won’t wear a jockstrap, there is an alternative –
the sports brief.
It’s a jockstrap with an extra panel in the back for coverage. It looks like a skimpy brief,
but has the cup support you need.
Choosing An Athletic Supporter
A good supporter must function almost as an integral part of your
body if it is going to be comfortable and effective. When choosing
a jockstrap, keep in mind that the sizing does not relate to the
cup size – only the waistband size. Ideally, jockstraps should come
in sizes like women’s bras – with a band size and a cup size. Unfortunately,
they don’t. However, it’s valuable to note that as the sizing goes
up, so does the pouch size. If you think about it, this makes no
sense given the fact that there is no correlation between a man’s
waist size and his package size. So, if you try on a jockstrap and
it feels a little snug, you can go up a band size to get a larger
pouch. However, you may have to have the band size altered down.
Leg straps should be tight enough to prevent rolling or twisting.
The waistband should fit the contours of your body for natural support.
Generally, a waistband on a supporter will be wider than the average
waistband on briefs, offering greater support. Since the jockstrap
has little to keep it in place, a sturdy wide waistband helps.
At what age should you start wearing a jockstrap? A boy involved in any sport that has the potential to cause
injury to the genitals should be protected – regardless of age.
Sports bra will keep your shape elastic and beautiful
For a girl who leads an active lifestyle, a sports bra becomes not at all an intimate wardrobe item, but an integral part of the suit in which she trains.
The task of such a bodice is to reliably fix the chest during exercise and not interfere with the performance of physical activities. This is why it is so important to choose the right bra that will not harm your health and will not allow your breasts to sag.
A bit of history
The first bras, which were intended for sports and replaced the usual corsets, which had become irrelevant by that time, differed significantly from modern models. For example, they were much looser and did not fit the chest so tightly. However, this version of sportswear was a real gift for women.
Such bodices were created exclusively for athletes who go in for running. Women came to the conclusion that no matter what positive effect on the figure would be from running, no matter how useful sport it was for health, in particular, for the cardiovascular system, the chest after prolonged exercise turns out to be in a deplorable state – it sagged and looked not aesthetically pleasing.
In addition, ordinary underwear rubbed the delicate skin, irritated the nipples, and this created enormous discomfort. The problem gave rise to serious development of a special sports bra. These ladies were Liza Lindahl, Polly Simt and Hinda Miller, who were keen on running.
These American women came up with the innovative idea of creating a top Jogbra, which means “jogging”, which reliably fixed the chest during training, and due to the absence of internal seams did not rub the chest and did not create inconvenience.
Sports bras, which appeared in the late 70s of the last century, instantly became popular, allowing enterprising women to amass a considerable fortune on their invention. It is noteworthy that the model, originally intended for running, was later borrowed by Jane Fonda for aerobics training.
Modern manufacturers of sports underwear test their products for the movement of the bust during various types of physical activity, use innovative textures for sewing that allow the bras not to lose their shape after numerous washes.
Today sports bodices are comfortable and technological, attractive in appearance and multifunctional, which allows women to wear them as a crop top. Stylists point out that against the backdrop of the growing popularity of Activewear, training bras are becoming more and more in demand.
Do I need a bra for training
Many girls neglect such a detail as a sports bra, meanwhile this is an absolutely unacceptable moment. When a woman is just starting to exercise, the bust, which does not have muscles, undergoes significant changes.Against the background of general weight loss, it loses volume and breasts, it sags, stretch marks appear on it, which over time become more noticeable.
Subsequently, it will be problematic to remove these annoying defects. However, you should not give up an active life position, you just need to choose a sports bra that will allow you to preserve the beauty and elasticity of the forms and give the girl a sense of self-confidence.
Э Experts recommend using sports underwear not only for intensive training, such as running or step aerobics.They should not be neglected when practicing dancing, Pilates.
For the sake of comfort, do not replace the sports bodice with a regular bra during training. Moreover, you should not wear silicone cups to classes – this is unhealthy for your breasts!
Features and Benefits of Sports Bra
Sports bra is a bra made of special fabric. It performs not so much an aesthetic function as a practical one, ensuring the immobility of the bust during training and protecting sensitive skin.There are many models, among which any girl will choose the right one for herself.
A characteristic feature of the sports bodice is a special synthetic fabric made using the latest technology. It is dense enough, elastic, that allows the underwear to fix the breast, but does not squeeze it. The design can be additionally equipped with bones under the outer fabric, which is especially important for large bust.
A sports bodice can be mistaken for a short, chest-tightening top with wide straps, usually crossed in the center of the back.The neckline is completely covered. The product often carries the manufacturer’s brand label. Women who are embarrassed by the appearance of the product can wear a regular sports jersey on top.
So, the main function of sports underwear is the maximum fixation of the chest at rest due to the compression effect. However, the advantages of a sconce are not only in this, in addition to support, it should:
- to provide comfort during training;
- good for absorbing sweat;
- dry quickly;
- let the skin breathe.
Several types of sports bras have been developed, differing in the degree of compression and the level of elastic fabric. Bras with weak support are designed for Pilates, gymnastics; from the middle – for dancing, skiing, rollerblading, ice skating; and, finally, with a strong one – for running, aerobics, shaping, zumba, tai-bo, horseback riding.
Fashionable models of sports bras
To make a woman feel confident during sports, modern manufacturers offer a variety of models that meet aesthetic and practical requirements.
The most common type of sports bra is a tank top with an inner bra. The advantage of the model is its versatility, the ability to save money on the purchase of complete sports equipment. They wear such a bodice without underwear.
T-shirt is a product with cups built into the neckline. Thanks to the elastic compression fabric, they adhere securely to the bust.
Length may vary, reaching either to the hips or mid-ribs. At the same time, the compression in the lower part of the shirt is much weaker than in the upper one.The disadvantages of the model include the fact that it emphasizes both the advantages and disadvantages of the figure, hugging problem areas.
For girls at the beginning of their sports career, experts recommend giving preference to rib-length products. Since, firstly, the wide base of the underwear will allow you to disguise fat folds on the sides and back, and secondly, to combine the wearing of a sports bodice with a regular loose T-shirt.
- Running and other intense workouts require underwear with the maximum compression ratio, since if you do not have a secure fixation, you can ruin the shape of the chest.Such sconces should also have sufficient base width and wide shoulder straps. For a small bust, cups are not required, but for large breasts (from size C), their presence is a must.
- Modern manufacturers of sports bras offer girls and push up models . According to experts, this effect is not so necessary, but for a girl with small breasts, they think differently. Soft bra cups are equipped with a small layer of foam or gel that seductively lifts the bust.However, such models have a big drawback – they disrupt the passage of air and prevent the evaporation of sweat.
- Experts consider the bras with cups hidden under several layers of fabric to be the most successful sports models. The lingerie principle implies an even division of the bust in a bra. Such products are relevant both for women with large breasts and for owners of a neat bust, as the shapes acquire natural outlines. The advantage of bodices with cups is a reliable fixation of the chest, air circulation inside the underwear.
- Compression bras are top without cups, made from one strip of stretch fabric. It compresses the chest, providing it with reliable support. The disadvantages include the fact that the lack of division of the breast into cups provokes the multiplication of bacteria due to excessive sweating, which, in turn, can lead to irritation of the skin. The second minus – such sconces are suitable only for girls whose sizes do not exceed B.
- Bra with front closure is an excellent option for women who do not feel uncomfortable in too tight, squeezing sportswear.In fact, putting on a high compression bodice requires some effort. Bra with button or hooks located in the center of the ribcage makes it easy to put on the bra and to position the bust evenly and comfortably.
Doctors believe that a sports bodice with a low compression ratio is not contraindicated for pregnant women, since the elastic fabric of the product stretches as the breast increases, without causing discomfort, and also allows you to adjust the feeding process in the future.It is advisable for young mothers to give preference to a seamless sports bra with a deep cut and a front closure.
Training bras can be made in any color scheme, as the bra does not have to be in tune with the rest of the sports equipment. Fashionistas prefer bras in bright, saturated shades, for example, turquoise, raspberry, coral, orange. To accentuate the color saturation, use a white sports racer jersey.
If a woman plans to practice at home, it is not at all necessary to choose a bright bodice, on the contrary, you can purchase a bra of a universal shade. White can be worn with any light-colored clothing, black is especially attractive for nursing mothers, since traces of milk leaks are not visible on dark fabric, and beige merges with the body and becomes invisible.
Experts recommend: for fair-skinned girls it is better to give preference to bras in nude, pastel shades. Creamy, creamy, pale pink, light blue, pale lilac will do.
But on burning brunettes with a dark skin tone, bright, catchy colors – red, purple, blue – will look great.
Manufacturers use innovative textures for the manufacture of sportswear. The main requirement for sports equipment (not only bras, but also leggings, T-shirts, etc.) is air permeability and moisture removal.
For sewing sports bras, synthetic materials are used, since natural, for example, beloved by both manufacturers and consumers, cotton absorbs moisture, but does not remove it, moreover, it stretches quickly during training, therefore, a cotton product cannot provide reliable breast support.
High-quality sports bras are made, as a rule, of polyester (responsible for air circulation), elastane (provides a high level of elasticity) and support (synthetic analogue of cotton that allows the skin to breathe and dries quickly).
The sports jersey consists of two layers. The outer layer is a hydroscopic material that allows moisture to pass through. The outer, denser, is a hypoallergenic fabric that allows sweat to evaporate.
How to choose the right sports bra
In order for a sports bra to fully cope with its functions, it must be the right size.Too small and tight bra can be harmful to health, and a large one will not provide high-quality fixation of the bust.
Before you go looking for the perfect workout bodice, decide on your chest size. Compare your bust and under bust measurements to the size chart, but keep in mind that measurements may vary depending on the country of origin.
Try on several models. Give preference to the one in which it is most comfortable, perform a few simple movements – raise your arms up, bend over, sit down, bend your back.A properly selected bodice should support the bust well, not press or chafe the body.
It is very important that the seams of the bras are hidden under the fabric lining, otherwise, when interacting with the skin at the time of increased sweating, chafing and irritation will be provided.
Those with a curvy chest should look for a model with a wide elastic base under the bust.
A small, neat bust needs less support, the tape should not be overly narrow in this case.
When choosing a bra, read the label, it contains information about the fabric :
- Moisture Wicking – The fabric absorbs moisture. The bra is suitable for any activity intensity.
- Anti-Microbial – the texture has antimicrobial impregnation, which prevents unpleasant odor of sweat. Suitable for all types of workouts.
- Off-Set Seams – seamless underwear. Ideal for those with sensitive skin prone to irritation.
- Molded Cups – sconces with molded cups that hold the bust and prevent it from wobbling. Recommended for running, aerobics. Sometimes it is additionally equipped with removable push-up inserts.
The straps are another important detail that deserves attention. They should not stretch, otherwise the service life of the product will be reduced. The optimal width of the straps is from 2.5 centimeters.
How to care
In order for the sconce to serve as long as possible, you must follow the rules of washing, drying and storage.
Elastic underwear can be washed in a washing machine, the main thing is to use the required temperature regime (delicate wash without spinning) and use the appropriate powder. For reliability, you can wash the bodice in a special bag or by hand. Be sure to read the washing and drying information on the product label beforehand.
After washing, squeeze the bodice slightly without twisting it and leave to dry naturally at room temperature.
Drying on a radiator or under the hot rays of the sun will shorten his life, as well as hanging from the straps.
Never wear a wet or dry bodice!
Firstly, it will stretch, and secondly, it is unhealthy.
How often should I wash my sports bra? The best option is every time after a workout, especially if it is intense. Wash immediately to prevent sweat from absorbing.
Keep the bodice in the locker with the rest of your sportswear.
You need to change the bra at least once every six months. , but if you notice that the bra starts to bulge when you raise your arms up or your chest bounces more often during training, then it’s time to buy a new one, no matter how long you wore it.
Can a sports bra be worn every day?
Possible, but not desirable. If the bra has a medium or strong compression, then it is better to wear it only during classes. Otherwise, it will severely squeeze the chest and disrupt normal blood circulation, which is very harmful to health. In addition, with ordinary clothes, he will look ugly.
But if the bodice is without fasteners and has a weak compression brace, it is quite possible to wear it at home and on the street. However, there is also a nuance here: the fabric must contain natural fibers – they will allow the skin to breathe.
What can I wear with a sports bra?
The bra can be worn with any sports equipment. If the figure is in order, then why not show it to others by dressing in a short sports bra, decorated with a trendy bright print and leggings or shorts.
For women whose figure is still far from perfect, it is better to start wearing sweatpants and loose-fitting T-shirts.
Sports bras from famous brands
Many well-known brands produce bras for sports. When choosing a sports bra, experts recommend that women pay attention to branded products.
Manufacturers, whose names are on everyone’s lips, attach great importance to their reputation, therefore they offer high-quality products made from innovative textures, taking into account the anatomical features of the female body. High-quality sports bras combine comfort, aesthetics and emphasize the beauty of the breast shape.
Adidas offers a wide range of sportswear, including bras. Bras of this brand are of high quality and are made of modern materials.
Noteworthy are comfortable sconces with a stand-up collar, with a diagonal zipper-fastener, designed especially for creative girls. Conservative women will undoubtedly choose the more conventional V-neck bras with a high degree of support.
Excellent sports bras are offered by Nike, a brand that also specializes in the production of sports equipment.Sports bras are represented by support and compression products with cups.
Models with thin straps and light compression can be used as a top for every day. Products with medium to strong compression bindings are characterized by high density and have wide straps that crisscross the back. A feature of sports bodices is the prevalence of black and white achromatic colors.
The Shock absorber brand offers women sportswear with maximum comfort. Bra models are divided into casual, fitness, aerobics, etc. Most of the items are closed and have inner cups. This allows you to provide a secure fixation of the chest and reduce its mobility when moving.
Another well-known sportswear brand is Reebok. The brand also categorizes sconces based on occupation for ease of search. The dancewear is crafted from a bold, shimmery fabric, the bodice with light compression support features a deep neckline, while the intense workout models feature a closed collar to provide maximum support and bust stiffness.
Original and high quality sports bras can be found in the Panache collections. Basically, these are stylish undershirts-bras with interesting designs, as well as tops with cups or solid ones, made in contrasting colors.
The legendary Victoria’s Secret brand presents comfortable and functional sports bras. The collection is available in minimum, medium and maximum support, with or without underwire support. Products striking in a variety of shades are made of modern materials – spandex and polyester.
Intimissimi also keeps up with other brands, offering fashionistas athletes charming sports bras, such as balconette models made from lycra with added cotton. For maximum comfort, the products are equipped with tulle inserts.
The well-known Belarusian underwear brand Milavitsa produces several variants of sports bras made of hydroscopic materials, with varying degrees of support. Also in the collection you can find elastic tops without underwire, designed for gymnastics.
Sports bra: how to choose the right model
No one doubts the benefits of exercise. And in order for the classes to also bring moral satisfaction, it is necessary to acquire a beautiful shape, including a bra for sports. Let’s figure out why you need it and how to choose the right element of your sports wardrobe.
Why do you need it?
The question may arise, why buy a sports bra if you can safely go to workouts in regular underwear? However, experts still insist on purchasing a special bra.Conventional models with thin straps and underwire not only fail to provide adequate breast support, but can also cause injury if the underwire breaks through the bra.
Meanwhile, a sufficient level of support is very important. Women’s breasts do not contain muscles, so they cannot be pumped up with training. But it is very easy to stretch the ligaments that support the mammary glands under load. Especially if you are planning active activities like running or jumping. If the ligaments are stretched, then it will be impossible to restore the shape of the breast without the intervention of a plastic surgeon.
Another disadvantage of practicing in ordinary underwear is that the seams on the seamy side can chafe the skin. Sports models are available seamlessly or have flat seams.
It is not worth saving, it is important to choose the right sports bra, and then playing sports will only be beneficial.
The sports version differs from the usual bra in many details. First of all, we cut, the choice of materials and the location of the fastener (or lack thereof).Wearing a sports bra is recommended for any type of physical activity. This type of underwear is necessary for a morning jog, and for training on simulators, and when participating in a sports game.
A bit of history
The first special sports bra was introduced in the mid-seventies of the last century. At first, tennis players began to wear special underwear, but at the first stage, it was a thing that was used exclusively by professional athletes.
But the first commercially successful models appeared in the USA.By the end of the seventies, sports and a healthy lifestyle began to be actively promoted in many countries. A lot of the most ordinary people were running at any free moment. But if it was enough for the stronger sex to buy comfortable sneakers and a suit, then the ladies faced a serious problem.
Despite the fact that running is extremely beneficial for the cardiovascular system, exercising without special clothing led to irreversible changes in the chest. The changes were especially noticeable in women with large breasts.
And then three American women (their names are Lindel, Smith and Miller) decided to develop a bra that would make training safe for the beauty and health of the female breast. It was a no-seam model that offered a decent level of support. The idea of three American women was a resounding success, turning the authors into wealthy women.
Nowadays, innovative sconces are produced by many leading companies. Scientific research is used in their manufacture, so that the models are incredibly comfortable, safe and stylish.
To choose a sports bra, you must first find out what types of underwear exist. The models are distinguished by several important features.
Degree of support
There are three sports bra options available to provide medium, high and low support. You need to choose an option taking into account the size of the bust and the planned load. The larger the breast size and the more intense the load, the more support is needed.
Models with a low level of support (marked with the word Light) should be chosen only by owners of small breasts who plan to engage in sports that do not require intense dynamic load. You can choose this option for cycling or attending a Pilates or stretching class.
Medium support is necessary for moderate dynamic loads, for example, for strength training. For jogging, jumping rope and other loads involving bouncing (for example, for playing volleyball), you must choose the product with a high degree of support .
By design, there are only two types of sports bras, the option should be chosen taking into account the size of the bust.
- Compression bra models . This option resembles a short, tight-fitting T-shirt. Breast support is provided by “flattening” and pressing the mammary glands against the chest. It should be noted right away that this option is categorically not suitable for a large bust. It is best if a similar sports bra is bought by the owners of bust with a cup size 0, 1 or 2.But even for a small bust, choosing the right compression top bra is quite difficult. Since it is necessary to choose an option that fits tightly, but does not press through the vessels, disrupting blood circulation. And also, it does not cause discomfort. In addition, a compression bra is categorically not suitable as a model for every day; it is recommended to wear it only during sports activities, and immediately remove it after training.
- Encapsulated . These models with cups are usually soft, pitted.But there are also options with molded hard cups with underwire. The rigid frame provides the maximum level of support. This version of sports bodices is an ideal choice for large breasts, the special design of this garment allows you to provide support for each breast separately. Encapsulated bras are suitable not only for busty athletes, girls with any bust size can choose such a model. If the athlete wants to make her silhouette more seductive, she can choose the option with the Push Up effect.This effect is achieved due to special inserts, which are located in the lower and lateral parts of the cup.
Before buying any type of clothing, you must carefully read the labeling on the tag. Moreover, when it comes to choosing sports underwear, you need to study not only the composition of the fabric, but also other features of the model. Let’s get acquainted with what labels on the label will help in choosing.
- Moisture Wicking . The option is suitable for the most intense loads, since it is made of a material that has the ability to absorb and quickly wick away sweat.
- Molded Cups . The model provides all-round chest support, therefore it is recommended for jogging, as well as for other aerobic sports.
- Lingerie providing compression, that is, slimming effect . It is recommended to choose this option for athletes with a breast size larger than “three”.
- Off-Set Seams . This marking option can be seen on models without internal seams.Such models are recommended for women with sensitive skin.
- Anti-Microbial . The presence of an antibacterial impregnation will ensure that there is no unpleasant odor, even if you sweat a lot.
What to look for when choosing?
Having decided on the type of sports bra, you can start choosing it. The most important criteria for wearing are wearing comfort and a secure bust. Therefore, when choosing, you should pay attention to the following points:
For sports models, it is defined in the same way as for regular bras.That is, the main measurements are the volume of the chest wall under the mammary glands, as well as the fullness of the breast. The last size is equal to the difference between the chest volume and the previously taken measurement But such a system of measurements is adopted only for models with cups.
Compression models are sized differently. A garment measurement system is used for these models. That is, the bodice can be in size XS, S or M
For girls with a breast size of more than “two”, it is better to purchase models with cups.They can be soft or hard, molded. The first option is more comfortable, the second provides better support. Therefore, you need to choose taking into account the type of sports load.
If you wish, you can purchase a sports bodice with a Push Up effect. These models will visually lift the chest, make it more magnificent.
The cups of the sports bra must completely cover the breasts and the cups must be completely filled.
There should be no cavities or creases on the surface of the bra cups.If available, select a smaller model.
But too small cups will not fit, the breasts will literally fall out of them, forming ugly rollers along the edges. Therefore, choose a bra that is strictly sized.
Only large bras have underwire on sports models. If you chose this option, then pay attention that the bones are located strictly under the mammary glands and do not dig into the body.
The lower part of the bra is called the belt.For sports models, the belt is always wide and elastic. Only then will the model be able to provide the necessary support from below.
It is very important that the belt fits snugly around the body and does not dangle, but it should not cut into the skin, causing discomfort.
The straps should be wide. Thin ones will not be able to provide support and will stretch faster. When trying on, make sure that they fit comfortably on your shoulders and do not slip with each movement.
The straps can have a fixed length, but it is better to choose a model that allows you to adjust it.This will allow you to “fit” the bodice to your figure.
The seams on the models must be of high quality, that is, strong and always flat. If you buy a bra with ordinary seams, then after training, red “scars” will form on the body, that is, traces of seams that “cut” into the body. You can also choose a seamless bra for sports.
Sports bras are produced both without fasteners and with this functional element.You can choose any option, the main thing is that it seems convenient to you.
If you choose a bra with a fastener, then pay attention to the models with a zipper, since such bras are the most comfortable. Although there are also sports bras on sale with traditional fittings – hooks and loops.
The best option is a bra with a front closure, it will be convenient to put on and take off.
Before buying a sports bra, it is worth looking at the composition of the fabric on the label.Nowadays, mostly blended fabrics are used for sewing sports models. Elastic threads are an indispensable element of the composition. Most often, it is spandex or lycra. Their presence provides a snug fit of the body with clothes and comfort in wearing, since the bra will not interfere with movement at all.
But the basis can be different. It can be both natural threads (most often, cotton), and synthetic materials. Models made of polyester or polyamide are produced using innovative technologies, so the fabrics are breathable.In addition, they are excellent at wicking moisture away from the skin.
Modern synthetic fabrics are very pleasant to the touch, do not cause skin irritation, therefore the opinion that synthetic sports bras are uncomfortable is a mistake. On the contrary, for intensive training it is recommended to choose this option, since it is optimal. These bras are easy to care for, machine washable and do not need to be ironed.
How and what to wear?
Sports bras can be worn outside of training.These bra tops can be comfortable home wear. But in the case when a sports bodice is chosen for constant wear, then you need to abandon compression models. Choose tops with padded cups. They will not overtighten the chest, but will provide it with soft and reliable support.
For everyday wear, it is better to purchase a product based on cotton or viscose. If the model is chosen for training, then it is better to give preference to tops made of synthetic fabrics. The fact is that cotton absorbs sweat well, but dries for a long time, so by the end of an intense workout, your clothes will be wet with sweat.But breathable synthetic fabrics not only absorb moisture, but also dry very quickly, so the body under the bodice will remain dry and cool at any intensity of training.
Sports bras-tops can act as an independent element of a sports suit. Sports shorts or leggings are selected for them. The top and bottom of the suit do not have to be the same color. However, you should not forget about color harmony when drawing up a tracksuit.If the lower part of the suit is neutral, for example, black, then the bodice can be chosen bright or with a catchy print.
Many companies are engaged in the production of sports bras. Some of them specialize exclusively in sportswear, while others produce various types of lingerie – everyday, sports, erotic, etc. Let’s talk about the most popular brands
Girls who intend to seriously engage in sports simply need to have a quality sports bra.The models produced by the British manufacturer Shock absorber are a real hit among athletes.
When creating underwear of this brand, only the most modern materials and high technologies are used. Bras are very practical, as they are resistant to wear and tear, no pellets appear on the fabric, even after numerous washes. When creating models, the brand’s designers think over every detail to the smallest detail, bras have a wide, tight belt at the bottom, wide straps that can be adjusted in length, and a comfortable fastener.In addition, the models are distinguished by a variety of colors and stylish designs.
Milavitsa specializes in the production of a variety of lingerie, the company’s assortment also includes sports bras.
The brand offers several options for models designed for active sports, as well as elastic tops that are suitable for static loads. All bra options are made of absorbent material and feature a sophisticated design.
Over the years of its existence, the Adidas company managed to acquire a solid reputation, and now everyone knows that the products of this brand are of high quality and style. The company carries out its own scientific developments, thanks to which, models are created that meet all the requirements of professional athletes and amateurs.
Adidas sports bras use innovative fabrics developed by the company, in addition to carefully thought-out cuts and details.This ensures maximum breast support and 100% comfort during exercise. The brand’s designers pay a lot of attention to the design of sports bras. You can purchase classic monochromatic models or choose a bright version with a print.
The Reebok sports bra is perfect for breast protection. The models of this brand have their own characteristics.
In particular, the models are made from modern fabrics based on cotton jersey with the addition of polyester.Such fabrics are perfectly breathable and quickly wick moisture away.
Reebok sports bras are excellent at fixing the mammary glands, so these models are suitable for all kinds of sports. At the same time, the bodices are comfortable to wear, this quality is noted by all owners of sports underwear of this brand. The design of the models is varied, there are laconic options in black with thin white piping or multi-color models with a complex cut.
The American brand Nike annually releases new collections of sportswear.The assortment includes bras that are suitable for various sports activities. You can choose a model for light loads or an option that is suitable for professional athletes working with full strength.
Nike sports bra is always a tandem of functionality and high level of comfort. In the manufacture of models, the patented “Dry-fit” technology is used, which provides full ventilation and removal of moisture from the body.
An excellent choice for all sports lovers is the Panache sports bra.We especially recommend paying attention to this brand for owners of large breasts. The models have dense cups that reduce friction and increase wearing comfort.
The model has a dense silicone treated frame. It is sewn between two layers of fabric, and the seamy side of the bra is more soft, and the outside is resistant to abrasion and the appearance of pills. The models have flat seams, comfortable wide straps that can be adjusted in height and a bright fastener.
Panache sports bras provide all-round support for your breasts so that your bust is securely positioned and perfectly shaped.
This brand is known, first of all, for exquisite lingerie models, but the company’s assortment also includes sports models. The bodices are available in three different support levels, many models are equipped with a Push Up effect.
The volume of sports bras of this brand can be adjusted, as the models are equipped with clasps.The bodices are available in a wide range of colors, most of the options are two-tone. Synthetic fabrics are used for the manufacture of bras, most often, the base is polyester with the addition of spandex. This fabric has excellent stretch, snug fit and normal natural air exchange.
Intimissimi sports underwear collections are created using innovative technologies. Specially developed Lycra Sport fabric is used for their production. It is a light, elastic material that adapts to the shape of your body, so the models do not restrict movement, do not squeeze or rub anything.
Most models have mesh inserts for an extra level of ventilation. Bras provide good breast support. The models are mostly seamless, which further enhances the wearing comfort.
Buying a sports bra is not a tribute to fashion, but a necessity due to female physiology.
With intense movements, the connective tissue suffers, which holds the tissues of the mammary glands in their natural position, which leads to the appearance of stretch marks and sagging.Therefore, the breasts of athletes need high-quality support that ordinary underwear cannot provide.
90,000 yak vibrati and what to wear?
Whether physical activity is positively signified on organisms and changes in the body. But the rule is not really female breasts, so as there is not enough myazovoy mass, then the hour trenuvan will consume its tone. For the whole, a special virib has been transferred – a sports top, which is very anatomical and to keep busy with sports as comfortable as possible.
How to become a sports top?
Vyrobi of special designation is abundant in what appears in the form of shortened T-shirts and T-shirts. Unimportant on the anticipation of putting women to sports bras to look at their unaesthetic, the smell of the masu can make a difference:
- to avoid a good appearance of breasts – elastic materials and special rates not to allow for breastfeeding
- Allow shkіri dihati – modern synthetic fibers, to enter the warehouse of virobes, to prevent the vaping of sweat, by ourselves, to multiply bacteria;
- Allowing the efficiency of the daytime on the thin – thin materials specially transferred for the small children in the area of the breasts, and the appearance of the hard elements in the fitness to rob a sports bra in a comfortable way.
Another positive point is that sports marshes will be promoted in the design of models and barbers. You can buy a top with cups, a very extravagant bra, a bando without straps, and also a virobi with different types of fixation on the back of the straps, so you can vibrate the ideal option for a special formulation.
Yak correctly draw the top for the sport?
Sports bra – the best sportswear t-shirts, ale viglyadaє vin more stylish and modern, with more freedom to go. Ale smut in a bra for sports is not a beautiful call, but good functionality. The correct choice is the ideal option, following the criteria:
- Shukayte vіdpovіdniy written on birtsі viroba, vibrating options for a particular type of victoriannya: low impact (low rіven) – walking, yoga, pіlates; high impact (high r_ven) – big, aerob_ka, dance, kinny sport.
- Material. Viklyuchit 100% more and do not fight in warehouses of synthetics, such products for sports guarantee comfort before it takes an hour, promptly inform the doctor and ask for allergic reactions.Anti-Microbial – the presence of antibacterial leakage, Moisture Wicking – high vologo-clay power.
- Fixation method. Razr_znyayut adaptable and shrinking swamps. Remain recommended to vibrate hair women with breast size In and less. For the call of vikonannya stench shit short T-shirts, as if the cups were added, depriving the additional strength of the line of breasts. Suspended sconces become stagnant when breasts are sizable C and more. They have cups, wide breasts and wide straps.
Vyrobniki, who specialize in making bras for sports, let models in wide-sized situations, so you can make a good option for a non-standard fit.
Yak is guilty of sitting a sports bra and what to wear?
Sports marshes are designed for versatile tailoring. Htos vvazhaє for more beautifully close models, htos pragmatically demonstrate a beautiful decollete area. With the whole stench, it’s not only a good idea to get a good look at the breasts, but I allow you to peer over, as I’m starting to look right for an hour. But aesthetics in this type of fit is not so great, since I especially respect the need to come with a comfortable fit.
Sports bra is not guilty to pressurize, wear models with a strong weight not guilty of damaging blood circulation.Likewise, when primіrtsі varto zrobiti kіlka rukhіv, nahilitisya, schob perekonatysya, chi not vipadayut breasts.
Deyakі women, who go in for sports, vvazayut to wear the top in everyday life. Even if it’s an hour to take it, it’s recommended to practice over the wall in one sconce, then when walking on the street the sports way can be supplemented with a new shirt with a wide neck and razres from the sides. On top, you can also wear a sweater and leggings, and shorts, leggings and sports pants with sneakers to complete the image.
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sports bra from Adidas and Nike, Shock absorber for sports, how to choose for fitness
Have you ever noticed how your breasts change when you start playing sports? Its reduction, together with the general weight loss of the body, is still fixable, while sagging is acquired once and for all.However, you should not rush to put the sports bag on the back shelf of the closet, because to preserve the beauty of the breast, it is enough to purchase a sports bra.
What is the name of
Bra is a special sports bra made of dense fabric to keep your chest still while in the gym. There are many types of bras, however, each model carries the goal of protecting the delicate skin of the chest.
Features and Benefits
The peculiarity of sports underwear lies in the synthetic fabric made using the latest technologies. This material is distinguished by its special density and at the same time elasticity. Models are also supplemented with flexible underwire-frames, so necessary for a lush breast.
What does a sports bra look like and how do you recognize it from a great variety of models? Bra for sports looks like a cropped top with wide straps.The correct model has a closed neckline. The model may or may not have bones hidden under the outer tissue.
The look and material of the sports bra has a miraculous effect on the chest, however, some still doubt its necessity. To make a case for the importance of a bra, let’s start with the causes of sagging breasts in the gym. The fact is that the female breast does not have muscles, which means that any movement of it invariably leads to damage to the delicate skin, stretch marks.Now let’s remember the chest movements when running, step aerobics or gymnastics. Each jump is a micro-stretch that becomes more visible over time.
In order for physical activity to take place without consequences for the chest, sportswear was invented. It puts the chest in a stationary state, even if the athlete has several hours of running.
There are other pluses in the bra:
- a woman’s focus on classes, and not on straps falling off her shoulders;
- good sweat absorption;
- fast drying;
- leather breathes;
- variety of designs;
- presentable appearance.
A woman, inspired by her own beauty and irresistibility, is capable of much. To maintain the inner confidence of women in sports, designers every season will come up with bras that meet not only practical but also aesthetic requirements.
For sports activities
It should be said that some women wear elastic bras in everyday life, however, sports in them are more relevant.So, sports bras have three degrees of fixation. The first degree is suitable for yoga and gymnastics, the second is for Pilates and light fitness, the third is for running, fitness with increased loads and step aerobics. The grades differ in the density and level of elasticity of the tissue.
Tank top with inner bra
If you want to reduce the cost of purchasing sports equipment, you can use a comfortable T-shirt with an inner bra.A similar product is worn without underwear.
The cups are built into the neckline of the shirt and are securely fixed on the chest thanks to the elastic fabric. The length of the model, in most cases, reaches the hips and is performed in the same fabric, however, with a lower level of compression.
The disadvantages of a T-shirt-bra include its excessive adherence to problem areas of the abdomen and thighs.She will seductively emphasize the slender body of the athlete, however, she will also expose all the shortcomings of the girl who has just begun her journey to a slender figure.
Women with silhouette imperfections are advised by experts to purchase bra-tops that reach the length of the middle of the ribs. Such a wide base allows you to hide fat folds on the back and sides, and in addition to combine wearing a top with an open T-shirt in a free cut.
Running is a sport that can permanently ruin your lush and tall breasts if you don’t have the right bra. The bra should have a third degree of compression, wide straps and a sufficient base width. Cups for small breasts may not be available, however, from size C + they are required.
According to experts, a sports bra and push-up cups absolutely do not need each other. But what can’t you do for the sake of the irresistibility of a woman who is actively involved in sports? Soft cups have a small layer of foam rubber or gel, perfectly lift and enlarge the breast.At the same time, the presence of elastic tissue tightly fixes the model on the body.
There is a significant drawback in a sports bra with a push-up. Air circulation in it is difficult, and sometimes completely absent, and the key to skin health is its breathing and sweat evaporation.
Sports bra with cups is based on the principle of division of the chest.The bones present provide the mammary glands with their place in the linen, which has a beneficial effect on air circulation inside the linen.
Bra with cups is indicated for women with a magnificent bust, and can also be used by girls with a small size, who even want to give their breasts a natural shape even in the gym.
Most often, the cups of a sports bra are hidden under several layers of fabric and outwardly visible only due to the rounded chest, however, there are also those where the cups are open. The latter are popular for branded clothing that thinks little about the comfort in the gym; they, like regular bras, do not protect the chest.
Bras in the form of tops without cups are made of single compression fabric. They squeeze the chest, thereby keeping it motionless. Bras of this type are recommended for women with a breast size up to B.
Today, experts have proven that the flat chest effect is not the only drawback of the compression model.The fact is that the bra does not separate the mammary glands, which in turn causes sweat, the growth of bacteria, and can lead to irritation of delicate skin.
Bras with front closure are a godsend for girls who get annoyed at the thought of putting on a tight and very tight sports top. It is true that putting on a high compression garment requires a lot of effort, but it can be avoided.
Models with hooks and snaps in the center of the rib cage help you quickly put on a sports bra, placing your breasts in the correct and comfortable position. The advantage of this fastener over the hooks on the back is the high speed of putting on, as well as the comfort during movements performed on the back.
It should be said that not only athletes appreciated the comfort of a sports bra.Elastic fabric is indispensable for the growing breasts of pregnant girls. It is this model, from the point of view of doctors, that allows you to knowingly establish breastfeeding.
Sports bras used by girls in position have a low compression ratio, which allows the breasts to grow with the bra.
Having departed in a sports bra during pregnancy, young mothers do not refuse it during the nursing period. So, a sports top is comfortable for sleeping and waking, because it does not have hooks and fasteners on the back. In addition, the breast in the bra is supported, but not compressed, which provides breast milk with free access to the channels.
Nursing mothers choose sports bras with a deep neckline.Such models allow, by pushing the cloth back from the breast, to feed the baby on demand, without removing the bra and without exposing the breast completely.
Sports bras are made in different shades, because the selection of underwear for the gym to match the outfit is completely optional. On the contrary, fashionistas complement fashionable crimson and light green shades of bras with white alcoholic T-shirts, openly demonstrating juicy tones.
However, if the bra is going to be worn at home and in everyday life, you can pay attention to the universal basic shades. So, a black bra finds a response in the hearts of nursing and pregnant women, because it effectively hides traces of milk leaks. White bra is indispensable for light-colored clothes. The beige sconce blends into the skin and is invisible.
Manufacturers of sportswear are constantly looking for new fabrics.Today the most popular are:
- polyester – this synthetic material is responsible for air circulation;
- elastane – is present in almost every type of underwear, which provides a high degree of elasticity;
- Supplex is a synthetic analogue of cotton. The material dries quickly, is pleasant to the touch and allows the skin to “breathe”.
Natural materials for sports bras are rarely used.So, the cotton, loved by many, under active loads quickly stretches, ceasing to protect the chest. In addition, cotton fabric absorbs moisture, but does not take it out, making clothes wet and unpleasant to the body.
How to choose the right
When looking for a sports bra, it is important to determine the exact size of your breasts. It is important to measure your bust and under bust and relate to the size chart.
If you have found the right size, it’s time to try it on and test it for strength. To do this, you need to make several sports movements, jump, perform hand waves, bends. At the same time, the bra should restrain the chest from any movements, without squeezing or rubbing the skin.
It is worth talking about rubbing the skin separately, because the comfort of the chest directly depends on it.The seams of the bra should be covered with a fabric lining. They should not interact with the delicate skin of the breast; during increased sweating, they will inevitably lead to irritation.
Tape under the bust for a lush size should be wide and elastic. Small breasts need less support, however, and in this case the base should not be too narrow.
Can I wear every day
According to experts, sportswear can become everyday, but under certain conditions.So, the second and third compression levels are best left exclusively for sports. They will tighten the chest and interfere with proper blood circulation, and also look unaesthetic under normal clothes. The lightweight first level of compression can be worn indoors and outdoors.
If a sports bra is purchased for home use, you can pay attention to models with natural fibers. They will wrap your breasts nicely, allowing your skin to breathe.Terry cotton will be a good everyday option as a lining.
With what to wear
Different types of sports bras are worn with different wardrobes. So, if you have chosen a bra-top in a bright shade with a fashionable print and are the owner of an ideal figure, you can combine it with shorts and sweatpants, demonstrating luxurious abs to the envy of those around you. If your figure is still not good enough, feel free to put on sports shirts and T-shirts.They can be made of elastic material or dense synthetic loose cut. T-shirts made from natural materials can be present in a sports wardrobe, however, they will have to be changed very often, because cotton or knitwear quickly stretches from constant wetting.
Brand new items
Sports bras from famous brands are presented in various models. The first of them are aimed at practicality, the second – at external beauty, the third – combine convenience, at the same time emphasizing the natural beauty of the female breast.
Sports bras from Adidas are presented in a wide variety of models. The collection includes bras-tops with a V-neck, a round neck, as well as an interesting novelty with a stand-up collar with a diagonal zipper.
Nike is another brand that specializes in sportswear.Bras in the collection are represented by compression and support models with cups. The light degree of compression has thin straps and is perfect for everyday use, 2 and 3 degrees are distinguished by a high density and wide straps that cross on the back. White and black dominate among the shades.
The brand, created with the aim of maximum comfort for women during sports, today specializes exclusively in the manufacture of sports bras.For the convenience of orientation, the models in the collection are subdivided into casual, for running, fitness and step aerobics. The décolleté area in most models is closed, which reduces breast mobility by up to 78%. Many bras have inner cups.
Reebok has also subdivided its athletic underwear collection into various sports categories.So, the sconce for dancing is made of shiny mother-of-pearl fabric. Models with light support have a deep cut, for active types – the collar is closed as much as possible, ensuring guaranteed immobility of the chest.
The line of sports bras was presented by the Enel brand.Here you can find comfortable models with a front fastening in the form of hooks, as well as supportive models with cups.
The Panache brand has established itself as a manufacturer of quality lingerie. Sports bras from the brand have the appearance of tops with and without cups and are made in contrasting shades. The collection also includes stylish T-shirts-bras with cups with an interesting design.
Calvin klein launched a line of sports bras. The models are lightly supported, have no cups and are made with natural fabrics. The base tape traditionally reflects the brand name.
The brand of youth clothing has delighted with novelties of sports bras at a very affordable price.Many models have removable foam inserts for the cups. At the back, the bra-top is equipped with a mesh that does not let the back sweat.
- Compression model without cups with a closed neckline in the form of a top.
- Classic black bra with wide straps for optimal support.
- White sconce with a deep neckline is indispensable for everyday life, as well as for pregnant and lactating mothers.
How to choose a sportbra? Expert advice and our personal experience
Julia, Karina, Kristina, Lena K. and Olya are looking for sports bras for small, medium and large breasts.
In the summer, Nike updated its Sportbra line, including new options for really big breasts. We, as neophytes of the health movement, love sportswear dearly, so we went to the Nike flagship store in the Atrium to experience bra-fitting.
About why you need a sports bra and how to choose it, said the master trainer of Nike Daria Brygina.
Dasha Brygina, Nike Master Trainer
Why do you need a sports bra? The chest has no muscle structure. There are no muscles that can tense and hold the mammary gland. With physical activity, she moves, and this causes discomfort. During training, the chest should be tightly fixed.
Does this only apply to large breasts? No, this applies to any size.Under the influence of gravity, the skin stretches, the chest sags. And this is not only an aesthetic problem – blood vessels and fatty layer are deformed.
And what, ordinary linen will not cope with the load? Regular underwear is meant for everyday life. It keeps the chest calm. If you run, jump, stand upside down, actively dance or play ball, this is a different range of motion. She needs more serious support. It is achieved through compression and wide straps.Sportsbra, unlike ordinary underwear, is made of special materials – mesh, membrane, cooling parts and fabric that brings sweat to the surface.
How to choose a sports bra? There are two things to focus on: breast size and training intensity. The larger the chest and the more active the sport, the more support is required. When trying on, repeat the movements that you perform in training – run in place, jump, bend over, – evaluate the comfort, seams, pressure.
What is the main mistake when choosing a sconce? Incorrectly sized: it should not press or be free. If the elastic is pressing under the chest, the bra is not enough for you. If you raise your arms and the bottom elastic rises with them – great.
I know my size for sure. Will the sports bra size be the same? Not necessary. Firstly, sportswear performs slightly different functions, so it shrinks more tightly. In addition, breast size can change in one direction or another over time.It needs to be measured and refined at least once every six months. The result may surprise you a lot.
NIke store in the Atrium
How to determine the correct size? Measure under bust: the tape should be parallel to the floor. Relax, do not suck in your stomach. Then measure the distance from the middle of the chest to the beginning of the armpit. Do not press the tape tightly, it should follow the contours of the body. Now you can watch the result – for example, on the Nike website.
- Correctly measure the size of the cups
- Raise your arms – the bottom elastic should not rise with them
Normal underwear is not suitable for sports, approx.Are sports bras suitable for everyday life? Suitable. Only on condition that they are correctly selected.
We are choosing a sportswear
So, Daria advises when choosing a model to focus on the size of the chest and the intensity of training. If your breasts are larger than 2 sizes (that is, a B cup or more), you need a bra that fixes it tightly – regardless of what kind of sport you are doing (that is, medium or maximum support is suitable). With small breasts, there are more options.
Yoga, Pilatas, stretching – the thinnest sports bra suits them. In the Nike line, these are:
- Pro Indy – this model fixes the chest as a whole, but does not provide additional support for the mammary glands. Indy has adjustable (albeit very thin) straps.
- Slightly more supported variation – Zoned Sculpt Strappy . Bra without underwire and with very beautifully crossed straps on the back. (Because of these straps, girls with big breasts often reach for him, but, alas, it does not suit them.)
- If the breasts are larger than B, you should pay attention to the Classic Bra . This is the most popular model and provides medium support.
Training, running, cardio, cycling require medium support for small breasts and high support for large ones. So it will be:
- For small breasts – Pro Fierce . This model has a mesh on the back, which is great if you work out intensely and sweat a lot, as well as special compression zones where they are needed (on the sides and under the chest).
- If the chest is large , then you can try on the Pro Fierce or Pro Classic , but, most likely, the sconces with the maximum degree of support – Pro Rival or Pro Hero are more suitable.
- For Pro Rival , the size range starts with cup B. The straps on this model are adjustable on the back, but you must wear it entirely (it does not have fasteners), like most sports bras.
- Pro Hero looks more like a regular underwear than a sports bra.It has a huge size range, which starts with a C cup – 19 options (versus the usual 5, from XS to XL), with a closure on the back and adjustable shoulder straps. Inside there are cups, and from the outside it looks like a sports bra that presses the chest a little. Due to this, the mobility of the chest is reduced, but there is no discomfort. In addition, the cups of the Pro Hero are wider than those of other sports bras (usually, on the contrary, they are narrowly set) – that is, as in real life.
Boxing, kickboxing, crossfit, cheerleading, ball dancing and simply intense dancing require serious support.If breasts are smaller than B, you can still choose between Pro Classic and Pro Fierce. If more – between Pro Rival and Pro Hero.
Julia, size 75A
I’m lucky: almost any sportbras fit without a cup. I usually have nothing to put in a cup, so I don’t even look at Pro Rival and Pro Hero. The only question remains in the convenience of a particular model and its design (that’s why I have thousands of sportbags in different colors -).
But the discovery was still waiting for me at the measurement: I was sure that my volume under the bust is closer to 80 cm (more than once I intended something around this figure) and that is why I “moved” from the XS bra to S.But no! Under the breast, all the same 75, cup A. I already asked to measure it three times – apparently, my 80 was obtained on inhalation or not where it should be measured -) Nevertheless, 75A is S in all models (and how did I then fit into XS and why now I suffocate in it is a mystery; perhaps this is due to work on posture).
In the end, I have the most options.
Sportbra Pro Indy Cool
Pro Indy Cool – a very cool and beautiful top, but with a minimum of support – suitable for yoga or Pilates in a relaxed mode.He also has removable inserts on the chest – the creator clearly knew about the sadness of the owners of the first size and less -) And they are not too thick and obvious – a little emphasize and that’s it. I was pleased with the wide elastic band under the breast – the wider it is, the better the pressure is distributed and the comfort is higher. In my case, it also covers the deformation of the chest, while it does not press on this curvature of the ribs and does not rub there.
Sportbra Pro Zoned Sculpt Strappy
And I fell in love with this sportbra so much that I left it! And sometimes I go just like in underwear.There is a little more support here than in Pro Indy Cool – I go to the gym in it for functional training and simulators. Comfort is added by a wide strip of fabric under the breast – I like this format of the bra: it presses less, does not rub anywhere, merges more with the skin and you generally forget about it. The coach’s imagination has already been shocked in him more than once -)))) Like.
Sportbra Pro Fierce Accelerator
Modified version of the classic Sportbra Pro Classic. But the Pro Fierce Accelerator has lower armpit cutout (this is, apparently, the trend now – and, as it turned out, this option is more convenient!), More fabric under the breast (that is, ends below the “classic”) and another elastic band.Sits like a glove, holds it tight (I feel stronger than the Pro Classic) – suitable for running. The only negative is that seamless cups still remind me that there could be more breasts here -))
Karina, size 75C
Sportbra Pro Fierce Accelerator
If you want to be productive in sports – do so, so that nothing distracts you. Including my own breasts-) As a rule, all existing models sit on me, but not all meet the requirements.In badminton, a bra has a simple task – nothing should jump and shake). There are a lot of movements in the game (professional athletes “jump” 10 km per workout), maximum chest support is required. And although visually I really like the way models like Yulin’s Pro Indy Cool sit, they are not suitable for the game. But the Pro Fierce Accelerator gives you the support you need.
There are more demands on the sconce. It should be beautiful (since it is often the only outer garment), hold your chest well and – in my opinion, this is the most important thing – should not overlap the chest heart rate monitor sensors with the lower rubber band (so as not to affect their performance).And if on the first two points it is not a problem to find a sportsbra, then difficulties are already arising with the third. Bras are usually either too short (and then the heart rate monitor simply falls off you while you run, as nothing holds it), or their bottom line falls exactly on the belt with sensors. And, probably, this is the first sportsbra, which seemed to me ideally convenient in this regard.
Christina, size 85C
Sportbra Pro Fierce Reflective
I agree with Karina, in these sportbras everything is thought out.They do not interfere with the belt from the heart rate monitor, they are light and it is not hot in them (since the back of the T-shaped part of the bra is a mesh). And also beautiful and bright -).
Pro Fierce Reflective perfectly holds the chest, while not flattening it (it has seamless cups), as many sports bodices do, which makes it seem like you can’t fit even in the first size.
The fabric is very soft and elastic: when I pull it off myself, no marks remain on the skin. Already passed the test by half marathon – never rubbed -)
Lena K., size 75DD
I have a super-non-standard figure, the girth under the chest is 70-75 (now I have recovered: 75), and the volume is DD. Exactly DD, because D is small and E is large. With such parameters, in my opinion, even yoga, even jumping rope, sconces need one. The one that holds the chest, and in which it fits 🙂
Previously, the only model was suitable for me, the Nike Pro Classic. But with the first task she has trouble, at least on my big chest. I had to wear it over a bra – a terribly unpleasant story.Pro Rival, which appeared, it seems, a year and a half ago with the promise of “high support and big cups”, I did not understand. It is slightly non-physiological: the cups tend to the center of the breast, and she – on the contrary, and it looks unsympathetic. There are no clasps, you need to pull it over your head: imagine that you are wearing a 70-75DD bra buttoned up. Wow!
Sportbra Pro Hero
For Pro Hero I praise Nike! And now I want it in all colors) It is created like linen: it takes into account both the size of the cup and the girth under the bust.My 75DD was found in the only store in Moscow, but I found it-)
Lena K. in the Nike Pro Hero model
The sportsbra is also fastened like a bra – in the back. It’s great because, first of all, you don’t have to painfully pull it on. And secondly, since there are straps and the back is open, no one will die from heat 🙂 Another bonus: the straps can be adjusted in length, which is important, since everyone’s chest is different, and, as Daria carefully noted, it also changes in throughout the year. The straps are wide enough and do not chafe.The support is as strong as possible for the large size. And definitely better than the Pro Classic. It looks beautiful on the chest, even somehow proudly 🙂
Olya, size 85D
Sportbra Pro Hero
To say that it is usually difficult for me to find a sportbra in my size is to say nothing. I have an 85D and I do a very intense sport (boxing and kickboxing). So in my case there weren’t even other options – just Pro Hero. My size of this model coincided with the usual one – it’s still the same 85D.
I tested it in training the same day. I can’t say that the result is flawless – his chest still shakes. You have to put on a tight-fitting T-shirt from above in order to somehow keep it in place. But, in comparison with other bras, it gives the breast a very good anatomical shape. Usually I get such a slightly flattened hump from the abdomen to the neck, but in Pro Hero I look like a normal person 🙂
And I also really liked the quality of the fabric. I washed it 12 times already, and it is still as good as new.
Like Lena K, Ole was approached by the Pro Hero model
How to choose the right bra – Wonderzine
Remember how the cups should sit
The selection of a bra cup is complicated by the idea deeply ingrained in our minds about the existence of breasts of the first, second and so on sizes, which are actually invented by men and estimated by eye – there is even a version that the numbered sizes are explained by the degree of filling the female breast of the man’s palm.Meanwhile, women’s breasts can have different shapes, heights, fullness from below and from above, base width and other indicators, and men’s palms, in fact, are also all of different sizes.
Correctly selected cup (that is, sitting comfortably, allowing free breathing and performing its supportive and aesthetic functions) fits snugly enough, raises the breast higher to move the center of gravity, along the upper edge is in the same plane with the mammary gland (it does not sink in and does not sticks out from above with a roller), and the lower edge of the cup (where the bone is inserted or tight stitching with filler is made to maintain its shape) fits exactly along the submammary fold.The submammary fold is the line along the underside of the breast, which clearly separates the torso and the mammary gland. Slide your finger under your bust (you can wear it, but no bra), and the connection line is easily identified.
One of the signs that the size of the calyx is too small is the bulging parts of the chest. A woman may think that her breasts are widely spaced, but in fact, it is often enough to take a larger cup. Another sign of a poorly fitting bra is that the breasts hang over the submammary fold.Such a bra does not shift the center of gravity and does not hold the chest, so there is no point in wearing it.
These are the most essential criteria for cup fit. Therefore, even if the label indicates some inappropriate, as it seems to you, dimensions, but at the same time it sits like a glove, take it. The main principle of bra planting: the belt should be strictly horizontal on the torso, the cup should fully support the mammary gland, and the seam or bone that connects them should pass along the submammary fold, which does not hide under the mammary gland when wearing a bra.
Bra for very small breasts.
By very small breasts, I mean breasts with A cup or less. If you have B and more – this post is unlikely to be useful to you. The post contains a lot of text and a lot of pictures of bras.
This post is based on my own experience and my chest. I have 75 under bust and 83 bust. The chest is tight and wide apart.
Women with large breasts need a bra to support their breasts and give them a beautiful shape.When it comes to the conditionally average breast size, the goals are the same. And if the breasts are small, and I’m talking about the size of cups A and less, then there is no more task to support the breasts. Small breasts are often firm enough to maintain their shape and position without additional attachments. This is certainly not 100% of the time, but I want to tell you about my case, just this. I have 75 under bust and 83 bust. The chest is tight and wide apart.
Women “with breasts” sincerely believe that very small breasts are comfortable and you can walk without a bra at all, because nothing sags.But here other problems begin to play a role:
- Anything that goes beyond certain concepts attracts increased attention. Very large breasts attract attention and the almost complete absence of breasts, of course, too. I have very small breasts, but even I, meeting somewhere in misfortune, stare at someone else’s breasts and examine them. This is indecent, but quite normal for a human being. If you want to wear tight clothes and just communicate with people, walking without a bra is not an option, everyone stares anyway.
- As a rule, small and dense breasts constantly have nipples sticking out. Which, as you can imagine, attracts even more attention. It turns out that nothing tight or thin can be put on without a bra with a foam or molded cup. And it happens that protruding nipples are visible through a fairly tight sweater, and behind thin, but loose clothing.
- Clothes in the mass market are sewn according to certain patterns corresponding to the most common shapes and sizes.And if there is a desire to wear not knitted clothes, but clothes sewn according to patterns, you need to somehow increase the chest so that voids and ugly folds do not form in the bust area. And if wide shoulders are attached to small breasts, or just a large size of clothes, then the number of suitable options in the store decreases to zero, if you do not enlarge the breasts with a bra.
Truly walking without a bra is real only in multi-layered baggy clothes, and not tight-fitting, not thin, not knitted and not sewn according to inappropriate patterns.Not a very happy prospect, especially when you want to look beautiful, but not shock the audience with your unusualness.
Accordingly, the task of a bra for small and dense breasts is the only one – to enlarge it, at the same time hiding protruding nipples. At the same time, the bra should fit well enough for the breasts to look natural even in thin tight-fitting clothes.
Bras with A cup are not always easy to find, and with a smaller cup than A is even more difficult, especially in Krasnoyarsk.Oddly enough, my most positive experience of finding small bras was not in specialty lingerie stores, but in chain stores of cheap youth clothing, such as New Yorker and Oji. And their cost there starts from 400r. There are also models in Milavitsa, but they did not suit me exactly, but for one of my clients, whose breasts are set closer, and the mammary gland itself is larger, they sat down like a glove. Almost all of the photos in this post were taken at the Festival Shopping Center in Pattaya, Thailand.There is a very good assortment and size range up to 90E at least. In addition to the Festival, Pattaya also has several Shopping Centers with entire floors of lingerie.
All bras shown in the photo will be either 70A or 75A.
The arrangement of the cups relative to each other deserves a separate word. At the same size (both 70A bras in this case) on the lower bra, the cups are set wide enough for me, and the upper ones are very close set. To save time on fitting, you can also attach a bra to yourself near the showcase and see if the cups will fit.My breasts are wide-set, so I just don’t try on bras with close-fitting cups right away.
If you put on a bra with a belt wider than necessary, with any raise of your arms or shoulders, the cups slide up directly along the chest, and nothing stops them. You have to constantly correct. Therefore, the idea of taking a size 80A, so that the cups coincide with the location of the chest, is doomed to failure in advance.
This is the first word I hear every time it comes to visual breast augmentation.The push-up has compacted cups at the bottom, which should push the breast up. But this does not work with small and dense breasts – there is simply nothing to push up. The bra protrudes in the upper part, forming a rigidly protruding edge under the clothes. If you wear T-shirts or something with a low cut with such a bra, then often the clothes protrude along with the edge of the bra, opening the chest to a prying eye.
Adhesive silicone bra
The only thing that is really able to move the breast to the center and lift it up is a silicone bra that is glued to the breast.This solution is suitable for occasional outings, but not at all suitable for everyday wear. Well, yes, if the volume of the gland itself is small, you should not expect that the breasts will touch in the center and nice bulges will form. But it is practically invisible, enlarges the breasts and masks the nipples.
Bras with molded cups with underwire
Finding cups of the required volume is a difficult task in itself, mainly the assortment of Russian stores starts with cups B. Often the breasts do not fill the cup, the resulting voids are not very pleasant physically and at any touch of the cup is treacherous Are “pushed” inward.This could be experienced if the edges of the cups were snug. But most often, just like push-ups, they bulge out, forming an edge under clothes or along with clothes.
Special lace inserts on some models will help to wear a bra with a molded cup, which press the upper edge of the cup to the chest and prevent them from protruding, even if you bring your hands together or bend over. This bra was found in Oji’s department.
In addition to protruding the cups, there is also the problem of seating the cups.Manufacturers, apparently, sincerely believe that it is necessary to move the chest to the center at any cost, and sew most of the bras with close-fitting cups. As a result, the bones press on the side of the chest, which is not pleasant and not very healthy, and voids form on the inside of the cups that there is nothing to fill. It so happens that the cup itself sits well on the chest, but only on one breast at a time, the second cup is strongly shifted towards the center. I would like to push the cups to the armpits.
In the photo there is a soft cup, on the sides the bones lie on the chest, and in the center there is emptiness. Despite the size you need, the cups are large and close-set.
Bras with front closure.
These bras make the situation much better. Due to the fastener, the cups are wider apart and the cup fits much better to the body. It is already possible to bend over in such a bra, but it is still possible to bring your hands together with caution.
Seamless knitted bras.
It’s a dream to find a bra that fits perfectly – smooth and nude.
These bras are available with or without underwire. And the bones in them can be located in different places (around the chest, only from below or only from the side – short and vertical). Bras with underwire and push-ups suffer from all the same problems: they do not fit well on wide-set breasts and protrude at the top.
If the bones are only below, then they usually have a certain shape, implying a snug fit to the chest.And if the chest does not correspond to the conceived, like mine, for example, it is flat, then the bones, even with a wonderful fit of the cups, protrude below, in the solar plexus region. In the photo, the bra is not seamless, but it shows well the essence of the problem.
The most comfortable options are seamless bras with side underwire (short vertical), or no bras at all. Such bras are soft, nothing presses anywhere, if you bend over – they do not bulge, but if you bring your hands together in front, then the bra ceases to adhere to the chest.And if you are going to wear it with a neckline, then once again you will not move your hands. I have not yet found a perfectly fitting bra of this shape, but I believe that it exists and will someday fall into my hands.
This is with side bones
It is completely without bones. He sat down best of all, if his hands are not clenched.
Separately, I must say about a wonderful sports bra that I met. It is pitted, but with a closure on the back.It was precisely because of the fastener that I did not buy it, because I do dances with acrobatics and often lie on my back on the floor, and such a fastener will press on my spine. But for running and stuff, it would be perfect. He sat well and comfortably on his chest, was boneless, visually enlarged his chest and would naturally look under a T-shirt. When the arms were moved, nothing protruded or shifted. If it hadn’t been for it sticking out from under the clothes in the chest area, I could have worn it in everyday life.
All of these bras with tags were photographed in Thailand, Pattaya at the Festival Shopping Center in December 2014.
You can also alter the bra. This advice is not suitable for women with a lush bust, because there, after all, the bra must also hold the weight, and the hand seams are not the strongest. And small breasts just need to be covered with high quality, so hand-made seams, made with due diligence, are fine.
I had a 70B bra. It’s almost impossible to wear it just like that, the cups didn’t sit, the bones pressed on the sides, and the top edge protruded.I kicked off the lintel and sewed it on again, placing the cups wider and changing the angle of inclination to a more diagonal one. And even though I took the belt less than necessary, after these manipulations I fasten it on the farthest hook. So it would be possible to take the belt even less. After I sewed a bow to the jumper, my hand seams were not noticeable at all. As a result, the bra sits well: the cups sit perfectly on the chest and adjoin it, when the hands are brought together, their edges move away a little, but compared to what it was before, heaven and earth.In times of crisis, poor assortment in the store and if you feel sorry for throwing away what you have already bought – altering the bra is a good option.