I was, let’s say…well-endowed before I had a baby (see “Your Breasts Look Like Grapefruits“). But man, oh, man, my post-baby body is nuts. In the first few weeks after giving birth, I barely recognized myself in the mirror.
Don’t think I’m bragging, though. I would trade for Bs in a moment.
Since I don’t think the boob fairy will be gracing me with a downgrade anytime soon, I thought I’d share the ways that I strap the girls down when I work out — the only way that I can tolerate things like Plyometrics, Dance Trance and running. Ouch.
(I’m not paid to give any of these reviews, although Under Armour did send me its bra as a freebie. You get to take advantage of their kindness with a giveaway. Details at the end of the post.)
1. Two Sports Bras
This has historically been my go-to trick. I particularly like the Champion racerback sports bras from target, running about $15 each. I’d layer them on top of each other, which locked them down (but also gave me a very weird uniboob pancakey look). I used this approach for all three of my half marathons, triathlons and more. The biggest issue is that in order to have two clean bras at all times, I had to have a big stash of them. And because of that, I could never really wear them under “normal” clothes, so if I planned on working out after work, I had to wear a regular bra and change at the gym.
2. Moving Comfort (Fiona and Juno)
Today, this is absolutely, above and beyond, my strategy for pain-free workouts. When I was pregnant, I finally broke down and bought the Juno. I went to my local running store got professionally fitted and then forked over the money for the bra. I shuddered at the amount (even though my two-bra system cost me almost as much) but after just a few days of wearing my Juno, I was in love. It somehow sealed in my boobs without squishing them down or together. It is extremely difficult to get on, because you really have to loosen up everything (it has a bra-style back clasp and front-velco straps). But that’s also the reason it’s so great. You can totally customize the fit and tighten up as much as you need.
The bonus of the Juno is that because the straps velcro in the front, it’s very nursing friendly. But it’s also racerback-style, so I found myself really working hard to get the cups down for nursing.
Enter: Fiona. My love. My BFF. The bra I wear almost every day. Just like the Juno, it’s secure (not AS tight, but I actually find it to be more comfortable) with the same back clasp and front-velcro straps. But the straps are more like a typical bra, making it much easier to get the cups down for nursing (or pumping). I bought a pink Fiona on Amazon and am giving serious thought to buying a few more. It has pretty much replaced my other bras. (Although I just found the Grace model on their website — has anyone tried this???)
3. Under Armour’s Armour Bra
Under Armour contacted me a few months ago asking if I’d be interested in trying out their “Armour” sports bra. They were looking for feedback and needed someone in my size (they actually needed someone in a size smaller than I currently am, but I tend to go small in sports bras for a little extra compression). I said yes, but warned them that I couldn’t promise to post about it, share any information or suggest it to my readers. They were cool.
So I wore it for my very first post-baby run, with doubts in my mind. The doubts were erased in less than a quarter mile. Like most sports bras, this one has a racerback, but is designed to be extremely comfortable. The straps are extra wide (which I think the Fiona could benefit from) and it was the easiest to put on of all the bras I’d ever tried. Usually, that means that I won’t get the support I need, but this really did keep the girls where they needed to be.
That’s the only sports bra I tried of theirs but they have a full list of options here.
There you have it. Three strategies for taking the pain out of working out when you have…grapefruits.
Want to win an Under Armour bra of your own? Leave a comment below (just one entry per email address) telling me a secret trick you have to making fitness more fun, more comfortable or something else that keeps you motivated.
I’ll pick one winner (U.S. only — sorry, friends) tor receive an Armour bra, the same one I posted about. You’ll get to pick the size (A, B, C, D, or DD ; 32, 34, 36, or 38). The giveaway ends a week from today — Friday January 18th at 5 p.m. So get your comment in!