Running Bras

Women’s running sports bras balance support and mobility, so you can stay dialed-in without being held back. Made for high-impact training, they give you the confidence to push your boundaries.

Sports Bras

It’s important to find the right sports bra for you. It needs to fit your shape. Move with your body. Support you in the best way possible. And the support level you need depends on the type of workout you’re doing. Take a look below to find out what different sports bras do.

Light support bras, like the All Me bra, are great for for lower impact workouts, such as yoga, Pilates and barre.

Medium support bras, like the Don’t Rest bra, are great for more intense workouts, such as cycling, boxing and gym training.

High support bras, like the Stronger For It bra, are great for high impact workouts, such as running, cross-training and football.

Another sports bra feature to keep in mind is how the back is cut.

Racer back sports bras have shoulder straps that create a Y-shape at the back. They provide good support for medium to high-impact activities, but are typically not adjustable, so it’s important to size the bra correctly.

Criss-cross sports bras give a good level of support and often have adjustable straps.

Strappy sports bras are similar to tank tops and are comfortable to wear during low impact activities.

Running Bras Frequently Asked Questions

The best sports bras for running provide extra support through increased padding, adjustable strap systems and synthetic materials with compression and moisture-wicking capabilities. This added support minimizes breast movement and excessive bouncing that can lead to discomfort, tissue damage and reduced mobility. There are many types of construction for sports bras for running that either compress (restrict movement), encapsulate (surround and support) or do both. There are also many styles of sports bras including crisscross, tank top and racerback. It’s important to get a proper measurement and test how the bra fits during an activity to ensure that it will deliver comfortable support without causing chaffing, pinch points, or other discomfort.
The best sports bras for running with cup sizes are designed to deliver the maximum amount of support and the ability to minimize breast movement that can lead to back pain, discomfort, skin irritation and fatigue. There are three types of sports bras for running: compression (restricts movement), encapsulation (surrounds & supports) and a combination that provides both. Most high-support sports bras are typically either encapsulation or compression/encapsulation as they minimize breast movement the best while also decreasing force generation and providing support for the spine.
A sports bra for running should fit more snuggly than an everyday bra and should be designed to provide support, minimize breast movement, reduce force and chaffing/skin irritation. The first step to finding a sports bra that fits is to measure your rib cage, band size and cup size to determine the exact size you need. You should start by adjusting the band to fit comfortably around your rib cage as it will be responsible for supporting most of the weight of your breasts. Next, adjust the straps to make sure you have comfortable up and down movement and your breasts feel supported. You should be able to fit two fingers between the band around your rib cage and the straps over your shoulders. The last step is to check to make the sure each breast is fully centered and supported by the cup of the sports bra. See more about sports bra fit at the adidas blog.