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

Your mission: To work out while looking cute.

Photo by Masego Morulane for Getty Images

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.

Best for Circuit Training
Agility Sports Bra
Zella Body nordstrom.com

This bra with a crisscross design is ideal for those that need extra support in the chest area during workouts. Whether you're sprinting on the track or doing vinyasas in yoga class, this bra will keep your boob in place. The sports bra will be your go-to for everything, so buy it for $31.90 (it's originally $49!) before Nordstrom's Anniversary sale ends.

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Best for Pilates
Elsa Two-Tone Stretch Sports Bra
Vaara net-a-porter.com

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. 

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

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 TRX
Linus Full Support Bra
Beyond Yoga beyondyoga.com

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.  

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Best for Gym Workouts
The Move
Harper Wilde

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

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 Boxing
GiGi Bra
Athleta athleta.gap.com

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.

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

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 Barre
U-Neck Sports Bra
Good American nordstrom.com

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.

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Best for Hot Yoga
Arrow Stretch Sports Bra
Olympia Activewear net-a-porter.com

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.

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Best for Dance
Knot Sports Bra
ALO nordstrom.com

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

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

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

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

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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