THE SPORTS BRA GUIDE

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS A few simple things you maybe didn't know about Nike bras.

1. SHOULD MY SPORTS BRA
HAVE A BIRTHDAY?
Good question. The answer is almost always no. Changes in body weight or training intensity can stretch out your sports bra over time, so it’s a good idea to replace your bra at least once a year to be sure you’re wearing the perfect support.

2. MULTI-SPORT ATHLETE?
YOU MAY NEED THREE
DIFFERENT SPORTS BRAS
Different activities cause different levels of impact—or the force put on your body when you hit the ground. The level of bra support you need will vary, based on your bra size and how much bounce occurs during your workout.

3. LIGHT-SUPPORT BRAS AND
HIGH-IMPACT WORKOUTS
DON’T ALWAYS MIX—
BUT WHY?
Finding the perfect sports bra is tough, but this rule for bra fitting makes it easier: Size + Sport = Support. This means bigger cup sizes may need a high-support bra—like a Rival or a Hero—regardless of activity. If you have a smaller cup size and do high-impact activities, you might have more options. Try the Classic or Fierce, which are both medium-support sports bras.


4. CAN MY YOGA BRA AND
RUNNING BRA BE THE SAME
THING?
Answer: Not really. First ask yourself, what’s a sports bra? Then remember it supports you differently than a normal bra depending on both your size and your activity level. Let’s break it down.

Yoga is a low-impact activity while running is a high-impact activity—in other words, running can cause a lot more bounce than yoga. Depending on your size, you might only need light support for yoga while your best running bra might need to give you medium or high support.

5. COMPRESSION AND
ENCAPSULATION—
ANYONE ELSE CONFUSED?
Compression bras use material to press breast tissue against your body to control bounce. These styles range in support levels, which can give plenty of hold for smaller cup sizes.

Encapsulated bras feature cups that surround each breast to give you a higher level of support and control. These silhouettes work great for workouts with lots of bounce and for bigger bust sizes, when there’s more soft tissue to contain.

6. RACERBACK VS. U-BACK
STRAPS—WHAT’S THE
DIFFERENCE?
Racerbacks allow more range of motion and tend to be more supportive because the straps fit closer to your center of gravity. Regular strap positions—or U-backs—are easier to take on and off.

7. PADDING HAS A PURPOSE,
RIGHT? (YEP, AND IT’S NOT
CLEAVAGE)
Padded bras give you a thin layer of protection, tend to withstand more impact and give you better support versus unpadded bras—even small chests can feel the difference.

8. ALL HIGH SUPPORT BRAS
ARE THE SAME, RIGHT?
Not quite. The Rival and Hero are both high-support bras and are your best bets against bounce. But the one that supports you most depends on how it covers your chest. Try on each style—if the top of your breast is covered, you’re protected from vertical bounce.

9. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NIKE RIVAL VS. NIKE HERO? While both styles are encapsulated, wire-free and provide high support, each features unique details.

The Nike Pro Hero is designed for large cup sizes. It has a scooped U-back and hook and eye clasps for easy on-and-off, with adjustable shoulder straps for padded comfort.

The Nike Pro Rival combines an elastic chest band, hook and eye clasps and adjustable racerback straps to make this the highest support in the collection.

10. WHAT ARE CARE LABELS, AND SHOULD I READ THEM? Yep, and here’s why. When it comes to washing your bra, hand washing and air drying is recommended. But machines are fine, too—for best results, close any clasps and put your Nike sports bras into a lingerie bag or pillowcase to avoid abrasion.