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The Best Sports Bras for Running, Yoga, Pilates, and Beyond

Your mission: To work out while looking cute.

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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.

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Best for Hot Yoga
Determined Legacy Sports Bra
New Balance nordstrom.com
$45.00

This medium-impact sports bra offers coverage and support when you're doing yoga or pilates. The fast-drying technology pulls moisture away from your body, so you can sweat it out without worrying about an overly soaked bra at the end of class.

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Best for Kickboxing
Dynamic Contour Underwire Sports Bra
Natori nordstrom.com
$55.50

For workouts that involve a lot of movement, slip into Natori's underwire sports bra. The moisture-wicking, four-way-stretch fabric holds its shape while keeping your skin cool. The underwires, which barely seem noticeable, supports your boobs as you give the workout your all. 

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Best for Hiking
Printed Stretch Sports Bra
Fendi net-a-porter.com
$390.00

For the serious fashionistas out there, you won't settle for anything less than a luxe sports bra. This Fendi top has a subtle sheen to it and features a cutout back and elasticated bands with the fashion house's logo on it. 

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Best for Lifting
Level Up Bra
Alo Yoga aloyoga.com
$62.00

This strappy bra ensures your boobs stay in place no matter what exercise you're doing. It also gives off a sexy vibe to your workout or athleisure ensembles.  

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Best for Barre
Performance Crop Top
Staud x New Balance staud.clothing
$70.00

Staud teamed up with New Balance for a super stylish workout gear collab. This mock neck top already has built-in support and a zip at the back, so you can wear while exercising. The top also wears surprisingly well with just a pair of sweats or jeans too for a casual post-workout outfit.

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Best for Running
Plus-Size High Support Convertible Strap Bra
All in Motion target.com
$30.00

For those who need more bust support, this high-intensity focused sports bra comes to the rescue. It's made with stretchy fabric, has padded cups, is moisture-wicking, and has convertible straps to style to your liking.  

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Best for Soccer
Fe/Nom Striped Flyknit Sports Bra
Nike net-a-porter.com
$80.00

This Nike sports bra is meant for intense training sessions, so if you're into sports like soccer, tennis, or boxing—you'll want this bra. The racerback is a classic design that sits comfortably on your body.

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Best for At-Home Workouts
Lux Meadow Sage Smoke Cropped Tank
Beyond Yoga beyondyoga.com
$68.00

This tank meets bra top is great for at-home low-impact workout routines. It has adjustable straps and comes in a four-way stretch fabric. Style with the matching bottoms.

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Best for HIIT
High Support Zip Front Bra
All in Motion target.com
$30.00

This bra is made for high-intensity workouts (think running or boxing), which means it has all those qualities you'd want, from the fabric feeling soft on your skin to it wicking away moisture. The front zip design is cute and function and this bra has padded cups.

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Best for Spinning
Ultimate Love Proudly Bra A-C
Athleta athleta.gap.com
$54.00

The breathable fabric in this sports bra is both supportive and offers high compression. It's also UPF 50+, which means you can wear it outdoors. The rainbow print will brighten up your black and gray workout pants.

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Best for Pilates
FP Movement Econyl Crop
FP Movement Econyl freepeople.com
$68.00

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. 

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Best for Gym Workouts
The Move
Harper Wilde
$45.00

Fans of Harper Wilde's regular bras will love their latest drop in the fitness category. The brand's sports bra is made from a super soft and stretchy fabric that's perfect for low to medium-intensity workouts. It comes in five different colorways for versatility. 

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Best for Spinning
Outdoor Voices Zip Bra
Outdoor Voices outdoorvoices.com
$75.00

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. 

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Best for Yoga
Grapefruit Sports Bra
Morgan Stewart Sport lacollective.com
$78.00

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.

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Best for Dance
Knot Sports Bra
ALO nordstrom.com
$52.00

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.  

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Best for High-Intensity Workouts
White and Gray Sports Bra
Boom Boom Athletica boomboomathletica.com
$85.00

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.

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Best for Running
High Support Sports Bra
Nike nike.com
$63.97

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. 

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Best for Hiking
All Me 3-Stripes Bra
Adidas adidas.com
$35.00

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.  

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Best for the Gym
Workout to Waves Mesh Panel Sports Bra
SPANX nordstrom.com
$58.00

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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