Choosing the Right Sports Bra for Your Workout - Sports Bras for Running

From medium to high support sports bras, we take a look at the latest range of sports bras from lululemon, and which best suit your workout needs

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For women who workout regularly, choosing the right sports bra is an important decision to make as having the wrong kind of support could lead to a painful experience, discomfort during exercise, and even possibly sagging in the long run.


While there are different kinds of sports bras on the market, it is important to note that just as there isn't a one-size-fit-all running shoe, there also isn't a one-size-fit-all sports bra for all training needs.

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Knowing your workout and type of training will go a long way in helping you to identify the type of sports bra you need to support your training routine.


So how can sports bras better support your boobs when you workout or head out for your runs? We find out in this episode of The Better Show with Dawn Sim (@thatmomoffour), lululemon ambassador and yogi, cross-trainer, in this episode of The Better Show with Cheryl Tay (@cheryltaysg).

We explore the range of sports bras from lululemon here, which are good from yoga to pilates, HIIT workouts and running, generally known for exquisite comfort, both in terms of support and its soft texture.


For smaller cup sizes, you may wish to consider the lululemon Invigorate bra or lululemon Energy bra.

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lululemon Invigorate Bra


While offering medium support and is more recommended for medium impact activities, the lululemon Invigorate bra can really be used for all activities if your cup size is on the smaller side - including activities like yoga and muay Thai.


Key Features: Race back and mesh fabric, offering great ventilation to provide a nice cool feeling and not trap unnecessary heat.


lululemon Energy Bra Long Line


The lululemon Energy Bra is a versatile all rounder bra, which means you can wear it out for various activities - from yoga to pilates, all the way to running and even HIIT classes, as it provides medium support.


It provides a slightly tighter fit, suitable for Asian size or smaller cup sizes, offering good support even on your runs so you do not have to worry about things jiggling around.


The Long Line version of the lululemon Energy Bra can also double up as a crop top, you just have to wear a jacket when it gets cold.

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If you are a woman of fuller chest, you may wish to consider the lululemon All Powered Up Bra, the luluemon Enlite bra or the lululemon AirSupport bra.


lululemon All Powered Up Bra


Offering medium support for cup sizes from A to E, the lululemon All Powered Up Bra provides moulded cups as compared to the Invigorate and Energy Bras, which are removable cups.


Adjustable straps at the back means you get a better fit, while the soft brushed underband provides greater comfort than the average sports bra that causes tightness and itchiness during exercise.

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lululemon Enlite Bra


The lululemon Enlite Bra is lightweight and comes from the high support range, with sizes all the way from A to E cup.


It's breathable with built-in cups, and is a great option for those who regularly engage in high impact activities.


The bonded underband won't dig in or ride up while you exercise, especially when you lift your arms up - which means you won't have any awkward moments when you lift your arms too high in activities such as yoga or hiit, while the stitch free and eye closure at the back of the bra makes it lie flat without jutting out, giving it a sleek look.

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The fact that it is fully laser-cut also adds to the seamless experience of wearing this sports bra, which prevents you unnecessary chaffing.


The back closure of the sports bra is also able to be opened up wide enough, particularly on those days you have sore arms after a tough workout, such that you don't have to worry about struggling to get your bra on.

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lululemon AirSupport Bra


For those who are on the larger end of the scale, the lululemon AirSupport Bra comes in cup sizes E and above.


This particular sports bra took years of advanced research by the lululemon development team, and lots of wear testing before it was brought to market.


Offering very high support and high in comfort, it is designed for intense runs even while it remains lightweight.


A honeycomb injected foam on the bra line also means it rebalances support across the cup, the band and the strap.


Adjustable straps at the back and a ribbed under band offers a custom fit feeling.

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Want to win a lululemon sports bra?


[SPORTS BRA GIVEAWAY] Orange Room is giving away a lululemon sports bra to one lucky winner to help you on your running journey!


All you have to do is follow @orange_room_asia on Instagram, subscribe to their YouTube channel, make sure your account is public and DM them the answers to these questions:


1) What cup sizes does the lululemon All Powered Bra come in?

2) What helps the lululemon AirSupport Bra re-balance support across the cups, band and straps?


Submit your entry before 26 September, Sunday, 2359 hours and you could be a lucky winner!


The Better Show is a series brought to you by Orange Room and hosted by Cheryl Tay to help enrich your active lifestyle and empower you with the right skills to help you in your cycling, running and swimming.


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