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I used to hate working out. Like, really hate it. If you have a large chest, you probably get it. Anything that ever involved running, bouncing, or jumping just felt like it was off the table for me — I wondered if I'd ever be able to exercise in a way I actually enjoyed.
It took me a while to understand that the issue wasn't me, it was my bras. I'd never been able to find one that felt secure enough to hold me in place without also adding a huge amount of bulk or pokey underwires.
Then, I discovered a sports bra that changed everything. It gave me all the support I needed, had adjustable straps to fit my short torso, and was easy put on and take off. This bra, which came from Carrie Underwood's athletic apparel line, opened up a whole new world of athletic possibilities for me.
The Calia Go All Out sports bra is equal parts supportive and comfortable, and comes in a ton of size options for large cups.
It comes in band sizes from 32-42, and cup sizes C-E. I wear a 36DD, which is my usual size in bras. The cups are also molded which means it actually lifts, cradles, and holds a nice shape.
It has a clasped back and zippered front, which makes it incredibly easy to get on and off.
One of the worst parts of bras for large cup sizes is that they're always so bulky and hard to get on and off (especially once they're sweaty). But the zipper makes it easy and it has never accidentally come undone for me, even during my toughest workouts. There's a little flap of material that covers the zipper closure so it can't get caught on anything and accidentally unzip.
The bra isn't too bulky or heavy, but the zipper flap at the top does stick out a little bit.
I don't usually wear a shirt over this bra in the gym because I like to pair it with the matching leggings ($65) to make a cute workout set. But, when I do wear a shirt over it, you can see the zipper poking out a bit. It doesn't bother me much since it kind of just looks like I have a necklace tucked under my shirt, but if I'm being nitpicky, it's the one fault I can find with the bra.
I love that it has adjustable straps, too. I have a short torso, but I was able to adjust the straps to fit me perfectly. I can bounce around during high-impact workouts or on trail runs and still feel totally secure.
The straps are also thick so they don't dig into my shoulders uncomfortably.
The one downside is that it only comes in two colors. But, overall, this is the best sports bra for large cups that I've ever discovered.
It's not cheap at $50, but it's worth it. If I could afford to just buy 10 of these and throw out every other bra, I would. I wish it came in more colors, but the navy is really nice and I love pairing it with the matching leggings.
Regardless, I'll keep singing its praises to everyone I meet who's looking for a good sports bra for heavy chests.
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