Finding a great sports bra can be a challenge: you want to feel comfortable, and the bra should not be too loose, but definitely not too tight. Are you the girl picking the ones with cute designs or “just” functional? There are a lot of great budget choices on the market, but for this post I have chosen to recommend “proper” sports brands. In my opinion, they last longer, they support function and stay in place.

Why wear a sports bra and not a regular bra?

Your breasts have a lot of ligaments, and these ligaments stretch during training, pregnancy or if you gain a lot of weight. A good sports bra helps you feel comfortable and will help you prevent pain in shoulders, back and neck caused by poor support for your breasts.

If you train without a sports bra, your breasts are free to move as much as 20 centimeters. With an ordinary bra, breast movement is reduced by only around 35%. A sports bra reduces movement by more than 70%. Remember that your breast size changes throughout your life, as does the type of support you need.


  • Do not tumble dry your sport bra, let it hang dry
  • Do not use softener, it will make the function in the fabric to transport sweat less effective
  • Bigger breasts needs more support, consider investing in a bra with cups
  • Had the same bra for years? Let it go! A sports bra is just like a pair of training shoes, they need to be changed regularly
  • (Invest in a few different ones so you can pick and choose between them, then you will be able to make them last longer)

High support

Casall Ideal Sports Bra

The design is more like a regular bra with wireless cups, mesh sides, adjustable shoulder bands and back closure. This one will give you the best support, fits well for high intensity training with great support, even for bigger breasts. It’s a great choice for women with bigger cup size. This model is available up to E cup.

Casall Iconic Sports Bra

Great support even without cups, this bra has a compression function and the design makes it well fitted for activities from yoga to running. The racerback allows freedom of movement and improves the support. The bottom elastic is lined for a soft feeling. The Iconic sports bra comes in sizes XS – XL, and you can choose between A/B or C/D cups in all sizes.

Under Armour Eclipse High

High support, with clean bandeau-inspired front with soft, breathable cups for extra structure & coverage. Back-closure. Material wicks sweat and dries really fast. Sizes from 32-38 up to D cup.

Medium support

Pierre Robert Sports Bra

This is a seamless bra with great fit and and comfortable fit with a racerback. This is a great sports bra for a rather cheap price (in Scandinavia these sports bras are available in the local supermarkets). The mesh fabric helps to transports sweat which keeps you cool during your workout. Medium support, avalible in size S-XL.

Under Armour Crossback Graphic 

Next-to-skin without the squeeze, medium support sports bra. With the comfortable fit, this bra is a great investment. Crossover straps, material wicks sweat and dries really fast. Double lined for coverage, no padding. Available in size XS-XL.

Light Support

Reebok One Series Short Bra
Cute design, and great choice for cup sizes A, B and C. A big plus is also that this one costs a bit less but still with great quality and support. (You can also take a look at a similar design Reebok Crossfit Strappy Sports Bra.) Speedwick technology wicks sweat away from the body to help you stay cool and dry while wearing these two designs.

Nike Pro Indy Cross Back

If you only need light support and want a great budget choice, Nike provides the Indy Cross Back Sports Bra. Stretchy fabric for comfortable support. Cross-back design and soft, elastic underbust band enhances support. Thin, adjustable straps.

If you have some extra money you like to spend, I want to give a shout out to Victorias Secret. Their sport collection has beautiful design and those sports bras to make you feel cute, comfortable ànd sporty at the same time. 😉



Johanna Tavares is a purple belt under Renato Tavares de Moraes. She trains under Renato and Eduardo "Teta" Rios, representing Frontline Academy in Oslo. Besides jiu jitsu, Johanna is also a club manager, fitness instructor and CrossFit level 1 trainer. She contributes to the Ladies Only BJJ blog and website also teaching women only jiu jitsu classes at Novus Academy and organizing open mat for all them jiu jitsu ladies in Norway.


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