Sports bras are a type of
fitness top. They are not technically
shirts because they are designed to be work as a bra
which is worn to provide support. Although bras are primarily designed as
undergarments, this type of bra is often worn as innerwear or outerwear (under
another shirt or exposed).
A bra or brassiere is a form-fitting undergarment
designed to support a woman's breasts. A sports bra is a bra that
provides additional support to female breasts during physical exercise. A
good manufacturer also takes comfort to be an important aspect of the design and
manufacturing process. Sturdier than typical bras, they minimize breast
movement, alleviate discomfort, and reduce potential damage to chest ligaments.
Many women wear sports bras to reduce pain, and physical discomfort caused by
breast movement during exercise. Some sports bras are designed to be worn
as outerwear during exercise such as jogging.
Sports bras are also sometimes referenced as jogbras,
fitness tops, excercise bras, and a few other words and terminology.
History of the Sports Bra:
The first commercially available sports bra was the "Free Swing Tennis Bra"
introduced by Glamorise Foundations, Inc. in 1975. The first general exercise
bra, initially called a "jockbra", was invented in 1977 by Lisa Lindahl and
theater costume designer Polly Smith with the help of Smith's assistant, Hinda
Schreiber. Lindahl's sister, Victoria Woodrow, complained about her bad
experience exercising in ordinary bras, having experienced runaway straps,
chafing and sore breasts. During the course of Lindahl and Smith's exploration
for a better alternative, Lindahl's husband suggested that what they needed was
a jockstrap for women's breasts. In the costume shop of Royall Tyler Theatre at
the University of Vermont, Lindahl and Smith actually sewed two jockstraps
together and nicknamed it a "jockbra". It was later renamed a
In 1990 Playtex purchased Jogbra from Lisa and
Sports bras can either encapsulate or compress breasts. Bras that encapsulate
breasts have molded cups, while compression-type bras restrict movement by
flattening the breasts. Learn more about
Popular styles of sports bra:
One of the most common sports bra styles is basically designed like a
tank top with the bottom half cut off.
A stitchless bra was made by
molded, compressed, and shaped. This helped add comfort by avoiding
possible ruff stitches being compressed against the body.
A compressed bra is designed to push the breasts
against the chest to reduce movement and bounce. Other bras are knitted in
circular patterns, giving varying stretch and support. A common design
uses a stretchable, absorbent fabric such as Lycra designed to reduce irritation
by drawing perspiration away from the skin (this is the
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Different physical activities require different levels of breast control. Yoga,
walking and gardening require only "light" control; bicycling, power walking and
hiking require "moderate" control; tennis, soccer and jogging requires "firm"
control; and running, intense workouts, boxing and horseback riding requires
"maximum" control. Some female athletes are concerned that a sports
bra may interfere with breathing. If you have too much tension on the
rib cage or experience problems with breathing or any other severe discomfort,
you should obvious consider a different top. The purpose of an excercise
top is NOT to cause discomfort. Please make sure that you only wear ones
that are properly fitting and properly designed for comfort and support.
It is rarely a good idea to wear something that is "too" tight. As the
wearer, you must learn to find the proper balance for your body.
Learn about various
styles in our apparel glossary section.
You can find sports bras from many natinally recognized fashion brands and
Nike Sports Bras
Armour Sports Bras
Sports Bras & Bra Tops for workouts can offer a bounce-free bliss.
Discover your perfect fitting sports bra and you may have a new best friend on
your quest for a superior level of fitness and style.
It is OK to look stylish while excercising.
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