For women runners, a common issue is the rubbing, itching, and general discomfort associated with sports bras. Brooks Running used their expertise in footwear and created a line of Run Bras made specifically for women, by women. These bras are all anti-chafe, include mesh paneling details for breathability, and are non-slip. But, the most perfect bra in the world won’t work for you unless the fit is just right. Here are some tips for fitting from Fit Experts so that you can run in comfort!
QUICK FIT TIPS
Let’s start with some basic tips for finding your perfect sports bra:
- Make sure the bottom band of your bra is snug, but not too constricting where it causes discomfort or too loose that it rides up along your ribcage.
- When it cups to sports bras with build in cups, the cups should fit smoothly and you should not be spilling out of the sides(meaning it is too small) or have a lot of extra room(meaning it is too big). The cups should fit snug against your body.
- The straps of your bra should fit firm against your shoulders without pulling down or falling off. They should not slide around with movement.
BRA FITTING 101
FIGURING OUT YOUR BRA SIZE
The first step to getting the perfect fitting run bra is to know your size. Bra fitting doesn’t have to be daunting and you can actually do it yourself very easily! First, you will need to grab a tape measure and make sure you are wearing a bra that is low impact and promotes your true shape. When fitting for a bra you will need to determine both your band size and cup size in order to find your run bra size.
MEASURING YOUR BAND SIZE
To measure your band size, position the tape measure around your rib cage and right where the bottom band of your normal bra would fit. Measure the circumference and write down the number that is associated. The tape measure should be comfortably snug, round up if in between numbers.
FINDING YOUR CUP SIZE
After you figure out your band size, it is time to find the cup size. Position the tape measure from behind your back and around the fullest part of your boobs. Record this number and again, round up if between measurements. Once this is done all it takes is some simple math to find your cup size. Simply subtract the band size measurement from the cup size measurement. The difference between these two measurements determines your letter cup size. For example if it’s a 1 inch difference you are probably an A cup, 2 inch difference, a B cup, 3 inch difference, a C cup, and so on.
FINDING THE PERFECT SPORTS BRA
Finding the perfect bra that doesn’t slip, cause chafing, or have irritating seams is not an easy task and the search for that perfect one can sometimes feel daunting. Brooks Run Bras are made for every woman and if you follow these fit tips, we are sure you will find your perfect fit.