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December 31, 2011
Pet Peeve of the Week: "I'm all for firm support that doesn't leave me bouncing all over the place, but I hate how my sports bra smashes me as shapeless as a pancake!"
If this is your biggest sports bra complaint, you are definitely not alone! Whether you're an A cup or a D cup, if part of the reason you work out is to enhance your curves, you deserve a sports bra that shapes rather than smashes or squeezes you into one big blob.
Fortunately, there are great bra choices for keeping your shape and eliminating 'uni-boob' — you just need to know what to look for.
Sports bras control bounce in one of two different ways: Compression styles that "Snug 'Em Down," and "Divide & Conquer" encapsulation models that hold each of the girls in a separate cup. While compression sports bras are famous for giving super freedom and flexibility, they can only do their support job when they minimize your curves and hug your breasts close to the body. So pass them up and look for an encapsulation style with a separate, well-defined cup for each breast.
But not all encapsulation styles are created equal — some bra cups are just too thin and flexible to give you the defined shape you want. Luckily, there's an ideal solution — 'shaper' sports bras. What makes shaper bras different is firm, curve-preserving 'space/air' fabrics in the cups that give smaller busts added lift, and provide larger cup sizes with great separation and support without squeezing and flattening.
Here are two that will definitely help you say goodbye to flat, squashy uni-boob: Champion's Shape T-Back Sports Bra, available in sizes 32A to 38D, gives you the support you want, while preserving and enhancing your beautiful curves. And for maximum bounce control in sizes up to 40DD, the Shape Scoop-Back Full-Figure Underwire sports bra adds the anchoring and separation of a fully cushioned underwire along with adjustable straps and bottom band.
Introducing Champion's Sports Bra Expert – LaJean Lawson
In 1977, Champion Activewear invented the first sports bra, called the Jogbra®, made from two jockstraps sewn together. The realization that women also needed support for their assets was the catalyst for Champion Activewear to apply innovation and technology to become the leader in the sports bra market.
In 1977, runner LaJean Lawson had just finished her first marathon with bleeding sores on her shoulders and chest from a bra that did anything but support. Her search for a solution eventually led to the discovery of her life's passion–sports bras!
Today, Champion Activewear is thrilled to offer Dr. Lawson as a resource to help you solve your sports bra problems. While Dr. Lawson has gained critical knowledge from scientific research, the best education she's had about sports bra needs has come from the thousands of women she has spoken to at races and events, as well as those who help her test Champion products.
Whether it's your shoes or your sports bra, your workout happiness depends on finding the gear that's just right for your size and activity level, and that's exactly why we're here to help!
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