The Best Sports Bra For Your Workout: Gymshark Sports Bra Sizing And Fits

The Best Sports Bra For Your Workout: Gymshark Sports Bra Sizing And Fits

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It's no secret that wearing a sports bra is 'hella important. Wearing the right one while you train minimises the impact of your chest's movement during exercise, allowing for an easy, pain-free workout. Trust us, even if you're a long-serving member of the itty bitty committee, don't be fooled into thinking you can do without.

First things first: the best sports bra should fit comfortably snug, but not so tight that it feels suffocating to wear. Yes, it may feel like a mission to put on in the changing room but, keeping your chest secure and reducing bounce helps to alleviate both back and breast pain. 

A good sports bra can also help your girls stay perky... oh, now we have your attention. Physical exercise, be it box jumps or running for your Uber at three in the morning, (weighty chips and garlic mayo in hand ofc), puts your Coopers Ligaments - the thin connective tissue that supports your boobs structure - under huge strain. Without the right support, you could be causing irreversible damage to your girls and their perkiness. It's better you found out now, right?

In short, you'll want to find a style that's best for your particular size, breast shape and activity level... and you thought finding a normal bra was hard enough. Depending on the impact of the activity (low, medium or high), there are different sports bras to suit. From the padded sports bra straight through to the strappy sports bra - supporting 'yo girls during a workout has never been easier.

Like most things though, not every sports bra is going to be the same; its fit, its design, its purpose - everything will differ ever so slightly, so don't be concerned if your sports bra size isn't a direct comparison of your usual t-shirt bra size!

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In the ultimate Gymshark sports bra guide we'll be answering the following:

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Sports Bra Sizing: How To Measure For The Best Sports Bra Fit

3 simple measurements to follow, prior to buying your sports bra...

To ensure that your sports bra fits like a dream, we're talking: no chafe, no shoulder pain, no uniboob bulge; we've put together three simple steps for you to follow.

How To Measure For The Best Sports Bra:

  • Step 1: Measure your upper bust: the upper bust is measured at the most stand-out part of your upper chest, just above the fullest part of your bust. When measuring, ensure that the tape passes gently through both your armpits, and lies flat against your back.
  • Step 2: Measure your bust: wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust - nipple to nipple. Ensure that you don't pull the tape too tight; it should be snug, but still loose enough for you to fit two fingers underneath. 
  • Step 3: Measure your under bust: place the tape measure firmly around your chest, letting it rest just under your bust. Ensure that the tape lies flat against your back, again the tape should be snug, but still loose enough for you to fit two fingers underneath. 

Now that you have your three main measurements, it's time to find your size and get the best cup for your coin...

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Which Gymshark Sports Bra Size Should I Get?

Introducing: The Gymshark Sports Bra Size Guide. 

Your sports bra sizing is reliant on three measurements: your upper bust, your bust and your under bust. If you're in-between sizes across the three measurements, we'd recommend sizing up to ensure the best fit. 

Take a look above if you're unsure on how to take these measurements. 

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The "Does My Sports Bra Fit Me?" Test

Now that you've found your ideal size, and it's sat there in all it's bright, newbie glory, try the sports bra on and test its fit. When trialling any sports bra, you'll want to focus on three aspects: the straps, the under band and the fit of the cup - if one of these components is just slightly off, let's face it, you've not got the best cup for your coin; with minimised support, you're back to the drawing board. Don't be disheartened though, it can take a while to find the perfect counterpart. 

When testing a sports bra, trial the following features out to ensure the best fit:

  • Straps: as a rule of thumb, you should always be able to place two fingers underneath the straps of your sports bra. If you're not able to, we'd recommend loosening your straps ever so slightly (if applicable). Ensure that you don't go from one extreme to another though, loose straps reduce the support offered.
  • Under Band: try raising your hands above your head - if your sports bra rides up, it's likely to be a little too big, which could result in chafing during your workout; try adjusting the straps slightly. If it continues to move, we'd suggest going down a size.
  • Cup: if you're testing a padded sports bra, your girls should be fully contained within the cups. No matter how weird it may look, scoop them on in. If the cup is too big, you'll notice wrinkles appear within the fabric - in this instance, we'd recommend sizing down. Alternatively, if the cup is too small, or not the right style for your breast shape, you'll notice that your boob pokes/bulges out slightly - here we'd recommend either sizing up or trying an alternative sports bra design.

So, the question is: does your sports bra really fit you? Like really really fit you, and does it fit you well?

If you've answered no to the above, we promise you - despite what you may think - the world is not over. Yes, there is still hope - it might just be that you need to alter your size slightly or, opt for an alternative style/design of sports bra that suits your build that little bit better.

If you're still unsure on which size you should go for, please just give us a message below! We'll help you out best we can with your sports bra sizing! 

REMEMBER: To keep your sports bra in the best condition possible, please remove all padding (if removable) prior to washing. 

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Which style of sports bra is right for me?

It's one of the hardest questions within the boob-sphere.
You know how your sports bra should fit, you understand the importance of its support and by now, you're happy to call yourself a veteran of the all-important "bounce test"... but those are just the basics.

The STYLE of your sports bra is just as important as its fit. With a steady increase in women ditching the workout t-shirt altogether, believe us when we say that the search for a sports bra resembling something other than a "breast bag" from the 1970s is high. And yes, that really was a thing. 

Although we want you looking great at the gym, we ask that you don't focus solely on the aesthetics of the sports bra, but more towards its function, design detailing and fit - take a read of the specs and learn the benefits of the design. For example: wide, adjustable straps = increased support. 

Which sports bra is right for you falls down to the size and shape of your breasts and the type of activity you partake in.

Below, we've outlined the difference between our two current styles of sports bra: low impact, and medium impact; which sports you'd typically wear either for, and the sizes that they're available in.

Low Support, Low Impact Sports Bras:
"The most comfortable sports bras". 

What is a Low Impact Sports Bra?

Low impact sports bras are designed to be worn for activities that don't incur a large amount of bounce. Whilst this may mean that their design revolves around inimitable comfort, it does tend to mean that minimal support is offered to your girls.

What Sports Do I Wear Low Impact Sports Bras For?

• Yoga
• Pilates
• Strength Training

Medium Support, Medium Impact Sports Bras:
"The most supportive sports bras". 

What is a Medium Impact Sports Bra?

Medium impact sports bras are designed to be worn for activities that are slightly more intense than yoga/pilates (low impact activities). In short, if a sports bra isn't worn during a medium impact workout, your girls would be bouncing up, down and all around. Their design focuses on supportive detailing, with many offering an "encapsulation" design (defined cup structure to encapsulate each breast, providing you with a medium-level of support, and a feminine build - no uniboobs). 

What Sports Do I Wear Medium Impact Sports Bras For?

• Cycling
• Dancing
• Strength Training
• Hiking


The Best Low Impact Sports Bras

1. Ark Sports Bra:
Low Support, Low Impact: Non-Padded Sports Bra.

Available In:

• Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL
• Colours: Charcoal Marl / Khaki / Berry Red / Taupe / Black / Dark Ruby

This Low Impact Sports Bra Is Best Worn Best For:

Yoga / Pilates / Strength Training

Specs:

  • Padding: no 
  • Elongated "crop top" design
  • Thick, angular straps
  • Square neckline
  • Cross back detailing 
  • Soft fabric

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2. Camo Seamless Sports Bra:
Low Support, Low Impact: Padded Sports Bra - removable.

Available In:

• Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL
• Colours: Lavender Grey / Lilac / Berry Red / Sage Green / Black

This Low Impact Sports Bra Is Best Worn Best For:

Strength Training

Specs:

  • Padding: yes - removable 
  • Front wrap feature
  • Intricately woven cross over straps
  • Second skin feel
  • Tight, compressive fabric
  • Soft fabric

Honesty Policy: due to the compressive nature of this fabric, the Camo Seamless Sports Bra will feel slightly tighter in comparison to some of the other Gymshark Sports Bras.

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3. Geo Seamless Sports Bra:
Low Support, Low Impact: Padded Sports Bra - removable.

Available In:

• Sizes: XS / S / M / L 
• Colours: Rose / Black / Teal

This Low Impact Sports Bra Is Best Worn Best For:

Light Cardio / Strength Training / Pilates

Specs:

  • Padding: yes - removable 
  • Double-layer, racerback design 
  • Anti-slip, seamless ribbed underband
  • Scooped neckline

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3. Flex Strappy Sports Bra:
Low Support, Low Impact: Padded Sports Bra - removable.

Available In:

• Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL
• Colours: Pink/White / Khaki Marl/Taupe / Charcoal Marl/Teal / Berry/Rose / Pink / Light Grey/Blue + more

This Low Impact Sports Bra Is Best Worn Best For:

Light Cardio / Strength Training / Pilates

Specs:

  • Padding: yes - removable 
  • High neckline
  • Thin, adjustable straps
  • Non-slip support

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The Best Medium Impact Sports Bras

1. Vital Seamless Sports Bra:
Low Support, Low-Medium Impact: Padded Sports Bra - removable

Available In:

• Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL
• Colours: Pink Marl / Teal Marl / Khaki Marl / Coral Marl / Green / Blue / Black Marl + more

This Medium Impact Sports Bra Is Best Worn Best For:

Light Cardio / Strength Training / Pilates

Specs:

  • Padding: yes - removable 
  • Racerback design
  • Thick strap detailing
  • Moisture-wicking Seamless technology 

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2. Energy+ Seamless Sports Bra:
Low-Medium Support, Medium Impact: Padded Sports Bra - removable

Available In:

• Sizes: XS / S / M / L
• Colours: Smokey Grey / Mint / Berry Red / Tropical Blue / Red / Steel Blue + more

This Medium Impact Sports Bra Is Best Worn Best For:

Functional / Strength Training / Light Cardio

Specs:

  • Padding: yes - removable 
  • Fully adjustable, thin straps
  • Seamless eyelet detailing for increased ventilation 

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3. Form Sports Bra:
Low Support, Low-Medium Impact: Padded Sports Bra - removable

Available In:

• Sizes: XS / S / M / L
• Colours: Teal / Mint / Berry Red / Black

This Medium Impact Sports Bra Is Best Worn Best For:

Pilates / Strength Training / Light Cardio

Specs:

  • Padding: yes - removable 
  • Functional full zip to front
  • Adjustable bra straps with crossover detailing for increased support
  • Scooped neckline

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4. Non-Stop Sports Bra:
Low Support, Medium Impact: Padded Sports Bra - removable

Available In:

• Sizes: XS / S / M / L
• Colours: Black / Print / White

This Medium Impact Sports Bra Is Best Worn Best For:

Pilates / Strength Training / Light Cardio

Specs:

  • Padding: yes - removable 
  • Functional 1/4 zip to front
  • Racerback bra straps with 3-eyelet hole bra fastening
  • High neckline
  • Phone pocket to back with headphone access

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