The Best Sports Bras for Every Activity, Based on Your Cup Size

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When it comes to sports bras, there’s no one size fits all solution. Finding the right support for your sport depends on your shape as well as your workout’s impact level. No matter your cup size, we’ve got you (and your girls) covered, so check out our guide for choosing the right type of sports bra for every activity.

Low Impact Sports Bras

Low-impact sports bras are designed for yoga, pilates, walking, and weight-training.

Designed with comfort in mind, these styles are less structured and typically offer lighter coverage with slimmer straps.


If your cup size is: A

You can get away with wearing low-impact sports bras for yoga, boot camp, and everything in between. So go ahead and wear these lightweight, frequently-strappy styles for any activity!


If your cup size is: B or C

Choose styles that offer enough front coverage to keep you comfortable through yoga inversions and overhead presses. Adjustable straps help customize the fit and add additional support for medium cup sizes.


If your cup size is: D+

While the right low-impact sports bra may work for comfy everyday wear, steer clear of these low-coverage, low-support styles for any activity beyond going for a stroll.


Medium Impact Sports Bras

Medium-impact sports bras are ideal for spinning, hiking, elliptical training, and dance-based workouts.

These styles may still include intricate details but offer more support with thicker underbands, extra coverage, and elasticized straps.


If your cup size is: A or B

These are your perfect sports bras for running. Additional coverage and the comfort of structured straps provide more than enough support for any intense workout.


If your cup size is: C or D

Strappy styles aren’t just for smaller cup sizes, but there are a few key factors in getting the support you need; look for bras with multiple straps on each side that contain strong internal elastics.


If your cup size is: DD+

Wear these bras for activities where less support is needed, but extra coverage is a necessity. Whether you’re choosing a style that’s straightforward or detailed, wide and/or elasticized straps are a must.


High Impact Sports Bras

High-impact sports bras are built for running, circuit training, plyometrics and fast-paced sports.

Support and function are maximized with the help of full coverage silhouettes, wide elastic straps, and double layered fabric.


If your cup size is: A, B or C

Even small-to-medium-busted ladies can benefit from a compressive full-coverage fit, especially for cardio-based workouts. To control the bounce-factor, switch to a high-impact style for your next run or HIIT workout.

If your cup size is: D+

These are the styles you may feel most comfortable in for the majority of workouts. When you’re looking for a fashion-forward style, high neck bras with mesh piecing or cutouts offer support that manages to avoid the dreaded “uni-boob” look. Or, keep things simply structured with wide crisscross straps.

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