The Sports Bra Expert


Boost Your Motivation
January 11, 2012

I survived the wonderful craziness of the holidays, and my favorite Christmas gift (to myself) turned out to be a super-hot new pair of running shoes that I can't wait to try! Really, there's nothing like a new pair of flashy sneaks or a cute...
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Sports Bras that Smash 2011
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...
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Peeve of the Week
December 16, 2011

Peeve of the Week: I hate how my sports bra straps leave angry red marks on my shoulders!
I feel your pain! In fact, one of the things that propelled me into sports bra research in the first place were the bleeding abrasions on my shoulders and chest after my first 26-mile marathon!
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The Perfect Sports Bra for Pumping Iron!
December 9, 2011

A late and chilly fall has definitely arrived here in my hometown of Portland, Oregon, and I've resigned myself to fewer glorious days outside on my bicycle, and more indoor workouts. That's actually not such a bad thing, because...
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Sports Bra Trivia
December 2, 2011

Question of the Week: "Help! I'm confused! I was shopping online, and saw some sports bras described as either supporting with 'compression' (which sounds uncomfortable!) or 'encapsulation' (reminds me of something they do to...
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Finding the Perfect Fit for your Sports Bra
November 21, 2011

Question of the Week: "I can't believe I did it again–made a fast grab-and-go decision to buy a cute sports bra without giving it a decent try-on. But when I took it out for a workout, it was majorly 'body-unfriendly' and failed at keeping 'the...
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Cotton or Synthetic?
November 14, 2011

Question of the week: "Maybe I'm "old-school," but I still buy cotton rather than 'synthetic' sports bras because they feel so soft when I put...
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month - final post
October 31, 2011

The Best Sports Bras for Surgical Breast Reconstruction...
Here's the sports bra info you need if you've chosen surgical breast reconstruction to regain the body shape image you're most comfortable with. The fine points of getting the right fit and support in your
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month - post 3
October 23, 2011

The Best Sports Bras If You Choose Breast Forms to Preserve Your Curves...
If you've decided to preserve your curves without additional surgery or internal implants, you're going to love today's new crop of breast forms! Unlike the heavy "Barbie cones" of years past, current breast forms are lighter, cooler, and more lifelike than ever before...
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month - post 2
October 14, 2011

Getting Stronger—Yes!!
Here are tips on the sports bras you need for exercise during Phase 2, the second and more active stage of mastectomy recovery. Fitness-loving women I've talked to really get a sense of hope when they can start on the road back to the vitality they love!
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month - post 1
October 4, 2011

Question of the Week: "I'm recovering from a mastectomy--any advice on finding the best sports bra for my fit and support needs? Any special concerns/needs I should be aware of?
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How to Fix Your Top 3 Sports Bra Problems
September 20, 2011

Question of the Week: "I just ran my first half-marathon ever, and while I was totally delighted to finish, I'm definitely NOT thrilled with the painful, bleeding abrasions on my chest and shoulders from a rogue sports bra! How can I heal quickly and get back on the road?"
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Cross-Country Running Gear Tips for Curves
September 1, 2011

Question of the Week: "I don't have a small-chested physique like a lot of the runners on my cross-country team, and the cute racerback bras I love just don't go the distance for my curves!"
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Sports Bra Recommendations for Implants
August 19, 2011

Question of the Week: "I'm totally happy with my breast implants—but I could use some advice on picking the best sports bra style to fit and support them. Any special concerns I need to be aware of?"
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Summer Hiking Gear Tips
August 13, 2011

Question of the Week: "Help! I love to hike, but my backpack and my sports bra seem to be locked in combat! Please help me restore harmony with a hiker-friendly bra!"
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Worst sports bra mistake of the summer—are YOU making it?
August 5, 2011

Summer (in all it's hot and sweaty glory!) is definitely here, and even if I didn't have a thermometer to prove it, I would know it by the 'gear shift' I see in the gals who run down my street.
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Finding the Perfect Fit for Yoga & Pilates
July 29, 2011

Question of the Week: "My yoga and Pilates classes aren't big bounce-producers... isn't it OK to just wear any old comfy bra to class?"
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Surviving the Heat Wave (without sacrificing your workout)
July 23, 2011

Question of the Week: "Help!! I'm trying to exercise through a heat wave...and my sports bra (and chest) seem to be taking the brunt of it! How can I avoid hot, sweaty, itchy (and stinky!!) sports bra melt-downs?"
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Team Up with the Right Sports Bra for Soccer and More!
July 17, 2011

Whether it's soccer, lacrosse or kickball--team sports are just plain fun! When you and your buds are wrapped up in the game, you can push it hard together for a couple of hours and not even feel like it was a 'workout'!
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The mysteries of size
July 9, 2011

Question of the Week: "Why do I barely fill an A cup bra while my best friend, who is my height and weight, easily rounds out a D cup? I mean, is that really fair?"
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What's the best gear for my first triathlon?
June 24, 2011

Question of the Week: "I'm training to do my first short distance triathlon–since I'm just sampling the event, I don't want to invest in expensive, specialized tri gear. How do I pull together an outfit that can stay with me through the whole event?"
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"I love to work out at my gym, but I don't always know what I'm going to do until I get there. Can you help me pick a sports bra that won't let me down regardless of how I'm working it?"
June 11, 2011

What's unique (and what I love!) about going to a great fitness club is that you are faced with an amazing variety of workout options! Which means that your sports bra requirements can also vary a lot depending on what you choose.
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Question of the Week: "I live to shoot hoops! How do I find a sports bra that can keep up with me and support me through every shot and fast break?"
June 3, 2011

I love your question and totally share your love of basketball! When I first played it in the mid-1960's, girls weren't even officially allowed to run the full length of a basketball court during a game (yup, I'm that old)!
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Question of the Week: "Bike riding doesn't look very bouncy–do I really need to wear a sports bra when I'm in the saddle?"
May 28, 2011

I LOVE answering this week's question! Because if there's anything that makes me feel energized, carefree and like I'm 9-years-old-all-over-again, it's zipping around town, zooming up and down hills on my trusty "Bad Boy" bicycle!
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Question of the Week: Is there anything I can do to stop the chafing from my sports bra during long training runs and races?
May 21, 2011

Wow, this question brings back painful memories of the nasty, bleeding abrasions I got from my sports bra during my own first 26-mile marathon!! My longest training run leading up to the event had been 15 miles, and while I had some red marks afterward, NOTHING...
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Question of the Week: Tennis is my life! What's the best sports bra for hitting the court?
May 14, 2011

I'm not a racquet sports girl (yet!), so for some back-up in writing this post, I watched a fabulous, high-intensity women's tennis match on YouTube.
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Team Up With the Right Sports Bra!
April 30, 2011

I live just a block from a great city sports field that gets a ton of use by 'kids' of all ages playing everything from kickball to lacrosse! It reminds me of all the pleasure and terrific exercise
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Question of the Week: 'Can you make your breasts bigger or smaller by exercising?'
April 22, 2011

When it comes to changing your cup size with your workout, like many of life's most pressing questions the truest answer is both 'Yes' and 'No'!
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Question of the Week: "I walk to stay fit–I don't feel like I bounce that much, so do I really need to wear a sports bra?"
April 15, 2011

First, let's get one thing straight–walking is not for sissies! In fact, it has been a mainstay of my fitness program for many years and is the only thing that kept me in fighting shape during a recent 2-week study trip to Italy.
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Boobology 101: Basic Anatomy
April 8, 2011

To better visualize what's inside the 'girls,' think of a grapefruit half, upside-down on a plate, with its sections arranged in a dome-shaped circle around the center point.
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Question of the Week: "I'm a runner–when I'm searching for the perfect running bra, what do I need to know?"
April 1, 2011

If you really want to put a sports bra to the test, it's hard to find a tougher challenge than putting it on a runner! In fact, running is the sport that painfully propelled me into my life career in sports bra research. Back in 1977, when I finished
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Question of the Week: I'm nursing….can a vigorous workout affect the quantity or quality of my breast milk? And what should I look for in a sports bra during nursing?
March 18, 2011

One thing we know for sure is that easing back to vigorous exercise as soon as you feel up to it (and your doc clears it) is great for your mind and body. And makes it easier to lose any extra pounds that might be left over from your pregnancy!...
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Question of the Week: "What kinds of fabrics should I look for in a sports bra? I work and sweat hard and I'm confused about which is better, cotton or synthetics?"
March 11, 2011

Ah, sports bras...those small pieces of light, flexible gear that that we expect huge miracles out of! When you're kicking it hard, you are pushing your body closer to its limits in multiple ways. In addition to creating body pounding and breast bounce,...
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Question of the Week: "Bra straps that slide down during a workout drive me crazy–how can I solve this problem?"
March 4, 2011

If you have problems with slipping sports bra straps, you are in very elite company! One of the most enduring images of the 1984 Women's Olympic Marathon (which got an astonishing amount of international press coverage) was gold medal winner Joan Benoit striding toward the finish line...
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Question of the Week: "Sometimes I wear 2 or 3 sports bras to get the support and fit I want–is this weird?"
February 25, 2011

You certainly aren't alone! I hear from lots of full-figured women who use a "multi-bra strategy" to customize the fit and function of their sports bras. And it's not just about the support–at the gym I see plenty of my smaller sisters layering up simply for the fashion effect...
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Question of the Week: "What's with all the hangtags on sports bras? I swear I've seen some with 4 or 5 separate tags! I mean, who actually needs all this information anyway?"
February 18, 2011

This question makes me think of a great weekend I recently spent in Denver doing sports bra "Fit Clinics" for Champion. I have to confess that working one-on-one with enthusiastic, active, witty women to match them up...
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Will You Be Our Valentine?
February 4, 2011

Call me sentimental, but all the bright hearts and warm wishes of Valentine's Day naturally make me think of everything I love about my daily workout. I totally appreciate the blessings of a healthier heart, tons more energy...
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Things That Go Bump In the Workout...
February 4, 2011

Boy, I wish I had a dollar for every time a woman has asked me, "Why do I have more problems with my nipples showing when I'm exercising than I do the rest of the time?"....
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Getting Wired...or Not?
January 28, 2011

After years of talking with scores of wise, active women about what they want in a sports bra, it's clear that some of the most heated discussion involves our love/hate relationship with underwires!...
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SNUG 'Em or Corral 'Em?
January 21, 2011

If you're a sports bra shopper, you've probably noticed that most of them come in one of two basic designs: "compression" and "encapsulation," as we refer to them...
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Is It Time to Put Your Sports Bra Out of Its Misery?
January 14, 2011

As a sports bra "expert" with at least a hundred styles and colors in my collection, it's pretty bad when I show up for a workout wearing an oldie-but-goodie that I've convinced myself I just ...
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The Gift That Gives Back All Year Long!
January 7, 2011

I'm not sure what was at the top of your wish list this holiday season, but, even if you scored everything you desired, I'd like you to give yourself one more gift–the gift of fitness throughout...
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Give Thanks, Give a Sports Bra
December 10, 2010

A few days ago I got a terrific note from a very active 36DD lady who tried the Champion Max Support "Shape Scoop" sports bra for the first time and found that it's made a big difference in her...
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Question of the Week: "Should my sports bras fit/feel different from my everyday bras?"
December 3, 2010

If your everyday bra could handle all the challenges you dish out during a workout, you wouldn't need a sports bra! But when you're out there pushing your body harder in all directions and...
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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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