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When you're caught up in the moment during a workout—doing your thing, reaching a personal record, nailing that cardio dance routine, killing those reps, etc.—the last thing you want to worry about are your boobs. You don't want to think that you can't go hard because they feel uncomfortable and unsupported or that they're going to fall out of your activewear. So what's can you do?
Well, the right sports bra can really make a difference. And not all of them are created the same. There are options for low-intensity classes like yoga or barre; medium-support versions for jogging or cycling; and high-impact bras for those HIIT and boot camp classes or any intense cardio workout.
When it comes to choosing the right sports bra, we thought we'd poll our readers to see which high-impact ones were their go-tos. Shopping around for just about anything is so much easier when you've got some recommendations and reviews to back up your research. Take a look at their picks below.
I got my first zip-front sports bra recently, and it was clutch. Everything stayed in place, and when I was dead-tired and ready to take a shower afterward, taking it off wasn't a struggle. This one from Under Armour has foam pads for coverage and support, plus adjustable straps so you can customize the fit.
Our readers are big fans of Outdoor Voices' activewear, and so are we. When you wear something from OV, you know you're going to be able to move with abandon (and also look good while you're at it). OV's high-impact sports bra has adjustable straps, a zip front, and breathable mesh material.
Available in cup sizes B through H, Glamorise's high-impact sports bra works well across the board. It has underwire for extra support and is made of moisture-wicking fabric with mesh. Plus, it has a three-column, five-row hook-and-eye back closure so you can customize the fit and take it off easily.
So many of our readers said Lululemon's Enlite bra was their favorite for high-intensity workouts. It features built-in cups to minimize bounce. And there's a hook-and-eye closure at the back to easily put on and take off.
Another one of our favorite brands, Sweaty Betty is also a reader favorite. The Ultra Run sports bra features the right amount of compression to make sure everything stays in place while you're jumping, running, and or doing burpees. The sweat-wicking fabric with mesh panels and padded shoulder straps add even more comfort.
Structured and supportive yet lightweight, this underwire sports bra provides extra support and comfort. Its also made of quick-drying, sweat-wicking fabric so you won't be a total mess after an intense workout.
Our readers also listed Girlfriend Collective's sports bras as go-tos. The high neck gives extra coverage, while the adjustable straps make it easy for you to customize based on comfort. And if you don't know, Girlfriend Collective's activewear is made from recycled materials—old water bottles, in fact.
If you really struggle with the heat in some fitness studios, this bra might help. It has breathable mesh in the areas you'll sweat and get hot the most for some airflow and relief. And the built-in soft cups keep everything tight but comfortably in place.
One reader told us that Enell's sports bras were perfect if you've got a bigger chest because they have extra back support. This one is wire-free but has a compression fit that leaves you covered.
Super fitted, but not too constricting, this sports bra was made specifically for high-impact activities. It has a breathable mesh lining, adjustable straps, and built-in soft cups for coverage.
This was another reader favorite, with multiple people weighing in that this was their pick. It's designed to reduce bounce by 76% with its built-in cups and compression fabric.
The cool thing about this bra is that it is ultra-customizable. It's got removable padding, and adjustable straps and underbust band. It's kind of like you got a bra tailored just for you.
One of the coolest things about this sweat-wicking racerback is that it has a hidden phone pocket at the back. The underbust band creates extra support, and the four-way stretch material allows you to move with ease.
Another good option for extra support if you've got a bigger bust, Panache's underwire sports bra reduces bounce by 83%. It has adjustable straps and can even convert to a racerback if that's more your style.
Nike's Bold bra is made of super-soft material, but that doesn't mean it's lacking any lift or support. It features molded cups, adjustable straps, a supportive elastic bottom band, and a hook-and-eye closure
This bra is super high-tech. It will firm up when you're doing intense moves, and then loosens a bit when it's time to cool down. And those holes in the front? Those are for extra breathability so you won't feel too overheated or constricted.
This bra is constructed with a mesh webbing built into its cups to minimize bounce. The elastic band keeps everything snug, while the adjustable hook-and-eye closure lets you customize your fit.
Wacoal is another great option for women with bigger busts. The moisture-wicking bra features an outside underwire frame to prevent chafing, plus adjustable shoulder straps and a mesh back for breathability.
This bra was made with comfort in mind. It has a soft underband, padded straps (no digging into your shoulders!), and a zip front (for easy removal). And just because it's comfy doesn't mean it's not built for intense sweat sessions. It's made for running, HIIT, aerobics, and other high-impact workouts.
Champion's a classic activewear brand, so of course it made our list of reader favorites. It has molded cups to shape and support your body. The gel-cushioned straps, sweat-wicking fabric, and adjustable hook-and-eye closure ensures your as comfortable as can be.
If you're an avid runner, this bra's for you since it's specially designed for that workout. It has just enough stretch and is sweat-wicking, which is perfect for even the longest runs. And the perforated details mean you'll get extra breathability. You can also crisscross the straps for a racerback design.
The mesh inserts and technical fabric provides breathability and wicks away sweat. The racerback design is both comfortable and supportive.
Available in B to DD cups, Triumph's Triaction racerback sports bra is foam-lined and features an underwire for full coverage. It also has cushioned adjustable straps. Reviewers on Amazon say it's perfect for larger chests.
Shefit's sports bra was another hands-down favorite with our readers. It's 100% customizable. The adjustable straps lift and support, and you can configure it as an X- or H-back. The bust band can be tightened or loosened. And the zipper locks in for protection. To put it simply, you'll be extra covered with this one.
Knix's Catalyst sports bra is available in almost all cup sizes. It goes up to a G cup. It's specifically designed for high-impact workouts with molded cups to reduce movement. The brand says it might feel a bit tight when you first put it on, but it will eventually mold and relax to your body as you move.
This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.