So, you’ve made the decision to get your workout program started or to resume post your 6 week OBGYN Postnatal Check up. Now, aside from making your plan of what workouts for what day and how you will manage baby and getting your workout in, you need a WARDROBE! One thing is easy, finding the time to workout is a non-issue when you can bring baby to aquaBelly Baby™ with you.
While we workout often in the water, sometimes a bathing suit top is just not supportive enough. In that case, we recommend our Moms and we wear ourselves a nice and sturdy sports bra. Some of the sports bras never made it from the changing room to test out in a workout situation due to fit, comfort, or support. We narrowed it down to 3 to put to the test.
We tried the following brands, all of similar full support support: Aspire, Nike, Champion, LuluLemon, Under Armor and Adidas.
While pretty, the Aspire offered more in style than it did in support. Likely best for Yoga or Pilates, we did not feel that the bra would hold up well when worn in the water because the fabric was higher cotton content and not easy or fast to put on. What was nice about it was the light and removable padding it provided along with a softer feel.
The Nike bra while in hot colors provided the least support and no protection from showing a little too much (ladies, picture entering a cold room). While its fabric would work great in the water, gym, or any workout, go back to the point of the cold room or breeze in the pool and this bra gets a negative review.
The Champion bra offered a unique bra clasp closure in the back so you can tighten it as it gets stretched out or to adjust based upon your activity for your workout. This bra comes with light yet non-removable padding, a mesh breathable top and highly adjustable straps while still racerback. This sports bra had a feel of a real bra with lots of support and comfort. The negative is actually what made it unique. The bra closure was near impossible to latch.
LuluLemon comes at the top of the price range for the sports bras tested. They offer a “Ta-Ta Tamer.” This bra is breathable, very wearable for the pool, gym, or otherwise and with convertible straps. Lots of bells and whistles. The negative to this bra is price. Coming in at around $50, thats a bit much to swallow for a small piece in your wardrobe.
The Under Armor bra had a feature that we were excited to try. This was a front zipped closure. Great for a nursing Mom on the go except that its not very easy to zip back after the feeding. As well, concerns of the zipper dropping during more intense workouts would be relevant. This one was a disappointment. The comfort, fit, and security of keeping everything in were lacking.
The Adidas sports bra provided a nice mix of support, comfort, wearability, and coverage. The mesh on the back was a nice touch to add breathability not just to the front but to the back too. The price wasn’t too bad, the bra was priced about in the middle of the range. This bra also has removable light padding and a bright color palette.
From the initial try-on session, only the Champion, LuluLemon, and Adidas made it to be tested through a variety of workouts. All passed a series of aquaBelly® class, Vinyasa Yoga, strength training, and intense cardio. However the Adidas came out ahead of the three as the sweat wicked away the best, the bra stayed in place, and the support was ideal.
Try a few on for yourself for size, fit, and personal style. We hope this gives you a jump start to what what you should look for in a great sports bra. We wish you happy shopping!