I’m pretty sure Kirsten from RRS saw this picture and felt supremely sorry for me and my lack of support:
Oh hey, don’t mind me, just gonna tuck those things in my skirt.
If you’re a creeper, you know I’ve always bought the cheap Target sports bras. I’ve never been fitted for one and didn’t even know exactly what size I was.
RRS has these “bra closets” that might look a little overwhelming, but they’re set up from smallest to largest with a huge selection (sizes go up to 44E, phew, they have my size) and if they don’t have your specific bra in stock, they’ll ship it to your house for free.
They also offer free personalized bra fittings – you can set up an appointment and a “Fit Expert” will help you figure out exactly what size you are and what’s a good bra for your specific needs.
I was like, Yeah ok, I’m a big girl; I can pick out my own bra… until I walked in thinking I was one size and walked out knowing I was a different one.
I’ve only had one real bra fitting in my life – right before I got married over 5 years ago so I thought this might be sorta awkward and uncomfortable, but my gal Tracy was really helpful and chill about it all.
Since she’s a runner and CrossFitter, she totally gets all the ins and outs of chafing or finishing a race, getting cold and having “headlights”. And I didn’t even feel like a total weirdo because she knew exactly what I was talking about!
She first figured out my preferences (do you want more of a bra or less, small straps, any movement at all or totally sucked in, a little padding, more compression, etc) and what workouts I was doing. She measured me and then pulled a bunch of different sizes and types to try on.
I probably tried on 10 different bras and my favorites surprised me because I assumed I’d gravitate to a minimal bare-bones bra like I was buying from Target. You know what they say about making assumptions…
The Moving Comfort Fiona bra is their best seller and I see why – adjustable straps (easy for nursing or that special time of the month when all you want to do is eat chocolate and kill your husband) and a nice tight band that’s flattering without squishing everything flat. I ended up buying this bra because I liked the way it looked and loved how comfortable it was.
My second favorite: the Moving Comfort Vixen bra. I was also going to buy this one until the ladies gifted it to me. I had heard of Moving Comfort before (I thought it was an old ladies company?!), but had never tried on their bras and ended up leaving with 2 of them.
And the crazy thing is that I thought I was a 34B; turns out the 32C was a much better fit. Who knew? not me.
A couple bra tips:
***Don’t dry your bras in the dryer; it will break down the material much faster.
***Switch up your bras, don’t wear the same one day after day; you will get more use out of them if you rotate them, just like shoes
***If you are doing a lot of high-impact exercises like running, you need new bras every 3-6 months. I’ve had my cheapo Target bras for about a year and a half. Three cheers for saggy boobs!
***If you’re doing lower-impact workouts, you should switch out new bras every 6-12 months.
***You only get one set of lady parts (unless you live in Southern California, everyone’s a plastic surgeon here!) so treat them well. You wouldn’t buy the cheapest, ill fitting shoes that don’t correctly support your feet, would you?
(Ok, so I did once… hello, injury)
Road Runner Sports is offering you sexy ladies 10% off any of their bras and if you’re a VIP member, you get 20% off! Just print out the coupon, scan it with your phone or use the promo code online to get your discount. It will be good until the end of the month so get your girls fitted up right.
The only sad part about the whole experience was putting on my old Target bra afterwards, I swear I could stretch it down to my belly button. really cute.
Here’s the bottom line: the Target bras are about $15 and with the discount, a lot of the RRS bras are in the $20-$30 range.
More expensive, yes, but these two bras are the first ones I grab out of my drawer every time. I took both to Boston, and if they’re clean, I’m wearing one of them instead of the cheaper ones so I gotta say, I really do think it’s worth the money.
What type of bra do you use for working out?
Are you loyal to a specific brand?
Have you ever been professionally fitted for one?
Thanks Kirsten for the invite!