Your Perfect Fit: Choosing The Right Sports Bra

Your Perfect Fit: Choosing the Right Sports Bra

New to yoga or Crossfit? Or maybe you’re a runner looking to increase mileage. Either way, if you’re a woman looking to amp up your physical activity, it may be time to invest in a good sports bra. Like shoes, sports bras break down over time and lose their supportive properties as they get older.

If you’re looking to purchase a new sports bra, check out our comprehensive guide to choosing the perfect fit.


What types of sports bras should you choose from?

Scoop-back styles vs. racer-back styles: Scoop-backs are great for low/medium impact activities and racer-backs are more supportive for medium/high impact workouts.

Compression Bras: Made popular by the famous Nike Pro Bra, these sleek & stylish bras are usually pullover and tend not to have conventional bra cups. They’re perfect for low-impact workouts like walking, pilates, weight training, road cycling and yoga.

  • Pro Tips: Compression bras are best for A and B cups. Compression/encapsulation combination bras are good for C and D cups.

Encapsulated Bras: Encapsulated bras look like conventional bras and are usually good for medium and high impact workouts. They contour curves for naturally shapely look.  

What to look for when choosing a sports bra….

Fabrics: Fabrics of a sports bra should be moisture wicking. Hand dry and hand wash when possible to help the bras last longer.

Band: The band is the foundation of the bra. It should be snug and prevent chafing.

Straps: If the band is the foundation of the sports bra, then the straps are the beams. The straps should feel snug but not uncomfortable.

  • Pro-Tips : Thin straps provide less support than wider straps.

Cups (for encapsulated bras): You should not spill out the sides of your sports bra. If you’re spilling out the sides or top of you should try the next size up.

Underwire: Provides extra support and shape

How long should my sports bra last?

Last for about 6-12 months. It’s best to change your sports bra when you change your shoes.

Not sure about your bra size?

Stop by Philadelphia Runner and ask one of our expert staff for a bra fitting.