June 7, 2011

Industrial Strength

As a female exerciser I have the unique situation of wearing sports bras every single time I want to do any kind of athletic activity.  Some women get away with wearing their Champion bra off the rack from the local Sports Authority or maybe even Target.  This post is not for you.

This post is for the women, and we all know who we are, who when looking for a sports bra need something serious.  A sports bra from Target is like buying a bottle of Spic n' Span.  We need something more along the lines of industrial strength.  Something you have to get from ordering out of a catalog or online; something that costs easily triple what a bra at Target costs.  Something made specifically with us in mind. 

Women of all sizes could benefit from a good sports bra but this is especially important for anyone over a B cup.  Yes, a B.  If you're anything over that stop kidding yourself and be prepared to invest. 

Ladies, I would like to suggest the Enell Sports Bra.

This is a serious bra.  It has eyehooks all the way up the front a patented criss cross pattern in the back to keep the material in place and to prevent stretching.  It is designed to fit tight and some women complain that when they first wear it they have uncomfortable or restricted breathing- that sensation will fade quickly. 

Enell has all sizes but I find that they are especially good for the plus size exerciser who needs special consideration for this purchase. 

They run about $60 apiece.  Sometimes you can find them cheaper on Amazon but that's rare.  Consider this an investment in your physical comfort, health, and if you're more comfortable when exercising you're more likely to stick with it.

What I like about the Enell bra is not only does it prevent movement but it prevents staring.  A woman jogging or taking an exercise class with her bosom bouncing, vibrating, and shimmying will be the subject of attention from both men and women.  That can make many women, including me, feel awkward and want to leave.  Very few women want to be the subject of attention like that when they're trying to exercise. 

I don't get paid to make posts like this.  I don't get free bras (but hey Enell, if you're reading, I'm not opposed to such sponsorship!).  I've just been wearing them for years and will keep buying them for as long as I need them.


chereemoore said...

An alternate to the internet, Dicks Sporting Goods has some good options for "industrial strength" bras. I just picked up this Moving Comfort bra from there and it offers great support.

chereemoore said...

The link doesn't seem to be working: http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3977710&cid=CSE:GoogleProductSearch

It is $52, but I got it on sale in the store.

Kathleen said...

I was in the Tallahassee Target with my best friend last weekend and she asked me if I could recommend a good bra for fat girls. I was stumped and then the light bulb flickered on in my head about this post. I'm sending her a link to your recommendation now.