As someone who has tried almost every kind of workout, from yoga and barre to boxing and Krav Maga, I know the importance of wearing the right workout gear. (I basically invested in a whole new wardrobe when I took up running.) One of the most important pieces for any activity you partake in is, of course, your sports bra. There are so many options out there—but to narrow things down, you should pick one based on your body's needs and the type of activity (e.g. you'll want a moisture-wicking sports bra if you're doing a sweat-inducing workout like cycling). Ahead, I've rounded up a few of my favorite workout bras along with suggestions of which activity it's best for, though some can be easily interchanged.
This two-tone bra is designed for low-impact sports and studio workouts, which makes it a cute option for your next pilates reformer class. The bra has easy-to-remove padding (if you don't need or want that extra support) and is made from a quick-drying stretch fabric so your back will remain sweat-free as you go through those challenging planks and hundreds.
Enjoy your workout while also knowing you're helping the environment. This crop top-style sports bra is made from nylon fibers created from discarded waste collected from landfills and oceans. This compressive top holds everything in place and also offers a more full-coverage option.
I love Beyond Yoga for their ultra soft workout bras and bottoms. This quick dry top is one of my favorites, whether I'm doing pilates, barre, or TRX workouts. Editor's note: It's more suitable for those with smaller chests, as there's no padding or underwire support, though it is formfitting.
If you leave every spin class drenched in sweat, this bra is for you. It's lightweight, stretchy, and features Outdoor Voices own techsweat technology so you're not trapped by your own perspiration. Expect to cool off faster and look super cute too—you can wear the zipper all the way up as pictured or halfway down for a sexy little touch.
Avid boxers know you're constantly moving and changing positions on the floor, so you need a comfortable high-intensity sports bra. This one is designed specifically for C to DD cups, with molded cups that give wireless support. The high neckline keeps everything in check and the crop top style means you can skip wearing a tank or t-shirt.
Morgan Stewart fans love her colorful and fun sports bra options. This low-impact piece has a fun grapefruit design perfect for your summer outdoor yoga or barre workout. Don't let the little sports bra deceive you, this one contains moisture-wicking material and protects your skin against UV rays. Here's the complete set if you're obsessed with the print.
Barre classes often incorporate cardio, so you'll need a slightly more supportive bra. This one from Good American promises to be good for medium to high-impact routines with its built-in soft cups and chafe-free seams. The smooth design will pair well underneath whichever adorable workout top you've chosen for that day, too.
Hot yoga is one place you'll be sweating nonstop, so you need a bra that doesn't feel clamy. This Olympia Activewear is perfect for the activity as it's made with a lightweight, moisture-wicking stretch fabric. (You'll forget you're even wearing it!) A cool striped under band provides extra support while also creating the illusion of a slimmer silhouette.
Need: a sports bra that also looks like a crop top. This racerback option has the look and feel of your favorite rib knit top—perfect for your next hip hop class. The cute bra/top will show off your hard-earned abs as you go through that weekly dance choreography.
This is the bra that'll get you through all those high-intensity workouts. It has an adjustable chest strap plus double straps in the back for support and is made from a breathable, stretchy fabric that is moisture-wicking too. This piece is built for all your running/cross training needs, so add to your cart ASAP.
Running is a high-impact sport, so you need to be fully equipped with the proper gear. Start with the right kind of workout bra—you'll want one with support that doesn't feel heavy to wear. This style from Nike is made with the same Flyknit material as its popular sneakers for that comfortable, barely-there feel. Built-in ventilation for the areas you sweat the most add a nice extra touch.
This sports bra is designed to provide light support, which makes it optimal for a low-intensity activity like hiking. (If you're not planning to jog or run up the hill that is.) The fabric is designed to cool you off if you sweat and the racer back style allows for a full range of motion, should you decide to stretch while on the trail.
For regular gym goers, you'll want to check out this Spanx bra. It's designed for medium impact and perfect for your everyday gym activities, from the stair master to the elliptical. The wire-free and lightly-lined bra won't dig into your skin and offers a "built-in cradle" to support and lift your boobs up. What more can you ask for?
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