• Putting Champion Sports Bras to the Test

    November 29, 2011

    About a month ago, Champion contacted me to see if I might want to review some of their sports bras. I am really picky when it comes to sports bras since I can never find ones that properly fit me, so I was all about putting the Champion ones to the test. I have a double sports bra method that works just fine, but I’m always looking for new and improved options. I mean, imagine if one sports bra did the trick!

    Champion sent me four styles of sports bras to test out. I’ve listed them below with my reviews.

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    Champion Double Dry Seamless Reversible Sports Bra

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    Pros: Fabric is soft, light, and moisture-wicking. Racer-back style is comfortable and flattering. I love that this sports bra is reversible (different colors on each side).

    Cons: Not super supportive by itself. I’d probably pair it with a more supportive sports bra or wear it for low/medium-impact workouts like yoga or Pilates.

    Champion Double Dry Shiny Seamless Sports Bra

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    Pros: Similar to the sports bra above. Fabric is super soft and sweat-wicking. It’s also shimmery, which is fun and different. The racer-back style is flattering and knit-in cups help to shape and separate (i.e. no uni-boob). A thick band on the bottom provides additional support.

    Cons: Again, not super supportive by itself. I’d probably pair it with a more supportive sports bra or wear it for low/medium impact workouts.

    Champion Double Dry Absolute Workout Sports Bra

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    Pros: Fabric is more “high-tech” and supportive than the first two sports bras. It’s sweat-wicking, silky, and much thicker. Very comfortable, flexible, and moves with you as you move. Fun pattern. This sports bra reminded me a lot of the ones I buy from Old Navy that I love so much.

    Cons: Not supportive enough to wear alone, but this sports bra was my favorite of the bunch. I wore it with the TaTa Tamer on a 6-mile run and everything stayed put.

    Champion 360° Max Support Sports Bra

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    Pros: Thick, supportive, moisture-wicking fabric. Molded cups provide support while shaping and separating, very flattering. Hook-and-eye adjustable closure provides a snug fit. Side panels provide extra support and prevent side-boob overhang.

    Cons: Straps aren’t adjustable. They weren’t tight enough on me, so the sports bra wasn’t as supportive as I hoped. I also noticed that the sizing chart for this one is a little weird. I’d definitely try it on in person before purchasing it.

    What’s your favorite kind of sports bra? Big chested ladies: Have you found a sports bra that actually works?!?

    Workout

    After breakfast, I got my Body Pump on. I’ve been slacking on the strength training lately, so I made sure to kick my butt in class today. Instead of loading on the weight, I pushed through the last few reps of every track—you know, the ones when your muscles are screaming for mercy and demanding that you stop? Yep, those ones. My arms felt like Jello on the drive home.

    Lunch

    Lunch was a random mix of leftovers: turkey, diced cucumber, crumbled feta, and honey mustard on a whole wheat Sandwich Thin. It probably sounds like a weird combination, but it was actually quite delicious.

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    On the side, I had a piece of leftover Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. Mmmmm!

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    Be Thankful Challenge

    I’m thankful for grandparents. They are the best.

    Off to Starbucks to study! I’ll probably order a delicious drink there too!

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    Amy December 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    My problem with sports bras is on the opposite side of the spectrum. I am a 34/36 B, and virtually every sports bra I try on crushes what little I have, and makes me feel uncomfortable, (both physically and mentally, as silly as that sounds). I’m not trying to be all, “check me out” at the gym, but don’t want to feel self conscious about looking like a 12 year old boy, because that also deters from my ability to focus 100% on my workout.

    Any suggestions from anyone else in the “IBTC?”

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