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Quick question for the other ladies (sports bras)

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:10 am UTC
by Kendo_Bunny
I'm finding two big barriers to effective exercise... namely, my breasts. I'm a J-cup, which is 7 D's. Regular sports bras just don't cut it, even if I wear two or three. Within two exercise sessions, I've stretched them out. I hate exercising while bouncing all over the place - it's painful and annoying, and makes me less likely to exercise. I can't run or jog, jump rope, or do a proper sit-up or a jumping jack. I can't do a lot of positions in yoga or Pilates, and I often hurt myself doing aerobics.

I really want to work out more, but reduction is not really an option right now, and even with weight loss, these are genetic. Do any of you ladies know where to get a good, solid sports bra for the very well endowed? I've seen websites claiming that they have the best, but I prefer getting some kind of reccomendation first.

Re: Quick question for the other ladies (sports bras)

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:20 am UTC
by Zohar
I have no idea about sports bras though I hear your pain about yoga (because I'm overweight, not because of my boobs. Thankfully those are fairly non existent). I just wanted to suggest swimming as as aerobic exercise. It's an excellent workout and it doesn't stress the body.

Re: Quick question for the other ladies (sports bras)

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:04 am UTC
by Victoria Maddison
Kendo_Bunny wrote:Do any of you ladies know where to get a good, solid sports bra for the very well endowed? I've seen websites claiming that they have the best, but I prefer getting some kind of reccomendation first.

I'm afraid not, but a friend of mine with F's said binding her breasts with heavy duty compression bandages worked wonderfully. She used 15 cm x 2.1 m (approx. 6 inch x 7 foot) bandages as I recall.

Kendo_Bunny wrote:I can't run or jog, jump rope, or do a proper sit-up or a jumping jack. I can't do a lot of positions in yoga or Pilates, and I often hurt myself doing aerobics.

Kendo_Bunny wrote:I really want to work out more, but reduction is not really an option right now, and even with weight loss, these are genetic.

If you're keen to work out there are some great low impact whole body options like weight lifting, rowing, and swimming (as already mentioned). Or perhaps cycling.

Re: Quick question for the other ladies (sports bras)

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:07 am UTC
by kgirlfae
I know my step mother (Triple D) had issues with sports bras for a long time, until she went to Lululemon to actually talk with an associate who was trained to deal with correctly fitting sports bras. You could always see if you have a shop near you like Lululemon that specializes in women's workout gear (I know that Lucy is another such shop) and see what advice they might have. You don't have to buy the bras there (They're usually priced higher) but you could take that advice and apply it online.

Re: Quick question for the other ladies (sports bras)

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:30 am UTC
by caje
While you figure out a good solution you can always do squats, dead lifts, bench press, press.

Do a few sets of 10-20 squats where you can barely do the the last one and tell me it isn't getting your aerobically also.

Re: Quick question for the other ladies (sports bras)

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:49 am UTC
by Kendo_Bunny
At the moment, I walk, sometimes with walking poles and sometimes without, and do weight training. Swimming is a little difficult - I love it, but finding a swimsuit that contains my bounty is difficult, added to the fact that I can't move my arms straight around my body. I want to like exercising more, but it seems that my breasts always get in the way when I start a new fitness program. Last time I was exercising regularly, they got bigger. Possibly it was because I was building up my chest muscles, or possibly my hormones started working themselves out after I was bulimic all through puberty.

Re: Quick question for the other ladies (sports bras)

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:27 am UTC
by RabidDracoMukluk
I definitely feel your pain -- I have either a G or H cup depending on the bra. I don't know what stores would be around you, but for me, Dillard's has been wonderful for finding bras. They have sports bras for the well-endowed woman, and they've made it so I can actually jog, without being in severe pain. (They also have swimsuits that are designed for bustier women, and some even have underwire, which was a wonderful discovery for me.)

As far as exercises that are easier to do, it's already been mentioned, but definitely cycling.

Re: Quick question for the other ladies (sports bras)

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:47 pm UTC
by Kohlliah
I run 2.5 - 3 miles a day and I totally feel your pain. I'm an F cup and it runs in my family as well. The only bra that I've found that worked for me was the wireless soft cup bra from Cacique (the brand of underwear and bras carried by lane Bryant stores). They do wear out, but much more slowly than any other sports bra I've used. The only issue I have with it is that they only come in sizes up to DDD, so I'm a little "fully stuffed" for the first 3 to 5 times I wear it, then I've stretched it out to where I can breathe easy. They typically last me 4 to 6 months. Then I cough up the 50ish dollars to buy two more.

Hope this helped!

Re: Quick question for the other ladies (sports bras)

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:57 am UTC
by EmilyR
I tend to suggest Shock Absorber in general, and their Max Sports in particular, however which is best seems to vary quite a lot from one person to another (shock absorber max sports & hi impact seem to be fine for most girls I've worked with with backs of about 32-38 and up to F cups). Personally I wear Sportjock's Action Sports or Super Sports depending on when Shark Week is (I'm a 32C), my gf wears shock absorber or Freya Active (she's 34F).

Re: Quick question for the other ladies (sports bras)

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:03 am UTC
by EmilyR
"Shark week"??
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