My favorite workout bras

(sorry to the dudes out there)

The birds are baaaaack.

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Every spring, we have turtle doves nesting a condo that the Pilot built. The condo was initially built out of empathetic frustration for the poor birds -they’d try to add nest supplies to the top of the pillar and they’d fall off, landing in a sad pile on the porch- and since then, we’ve had multiple families and baby birds nesting in the house. One day, I was sitting at the breakfast table and noticed a baby wildcat scoping out the baby birds in our backyard. I ran out there screaming -my neighbors think I’m totally normal- but thankfully the wildcat ran off. So excited for the birds that will be born before we move!

Speaking of birds, there are a couple of things I’m excited to do when we get to Cali. #1: I’d love to have a chicken coop. I considered building one in Tucson, but figured it would be too alluring for nearby coyotes. Also, our HOA is kind of womp womp about animals/livestock.

Yesterday ended up being a wonderful relaxing day with the noodle. We had a great dinner together, and after she went to sleep, I had a glass of Malbec, a protein muffin and watched The Bachelor. I don’t even really like it any more, but for some reason, I still like to catch up… and fast forward through the annoying parts. (I can watch a 2-hour show in about 30 minutes haha).

A pic from yesterday’s afternoon snack:

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1/2 acorn squash topped with 1 egg, 3 egg whites (from a carton), garlicky kale, sriracha, and almond butter on raw celery. I don’t even like raw celery, but I bought it for a recipe and figured an almond butter blanket would help it out. It was pretty good!

Since this post is already random, and this is a question I get fairly often, I thought I’d post a few of my favorite sports bras. I’m sure many of you are the same way, but I’m super picky about them. The fabric has to be super soft, they have to hold everything in place for high impact and fun colors are always a bonus πŸ˜‰

Fave sports bras

My all-time fave for running: Champion smoothie bra. This one is extremely soft, light and no bouncing. 

High impact faves: tie between Push Ur Limits (I think that was the name? lulu discontinued it) and Moving Comfort Juno. The Moving Comfort keeps everything in place, but feels more “industrial.” I wish the straps were slightly softer. 

Strength training, yoga and dance: Flow Y (I probably have 10 of these) and Reebok studio stripe 

What is your all-time favorite sports bra?? Are you loyal to a particular brand, or do you change it up?

Also, if you’ve lost weight or made changes to your body composition, it’s a great idea to invest in a new one. It’s funny, but the right sports bra can totally make or break a workout. Or the times that you forget to pack one and are stuck wearing a normal bra. I tried to do cardio and let’s just say it was a giant fail πŸ˜‰

Hope you have a great day!



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  1. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on February 19, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    I’m a Moving Comfort Juno girl all the way — it’s the only one that feels secure! πŸ™‚

  2. Anne on February 19, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Ah the plight of the chesty girl and the sports bra! My lifelong mission to fit my small back/larger front (32G, yup) into sports bras.

    Please learn from my years of poorly fitting sports bras:
    Tips for chesty girls:
    – Do NOT get a tank style. BFF, you need the hook closure like a regular bra. TRUST ME.
    – Moving Comfort makes excellent styles as does Freya (they are the same people who make great everyday bras for chesty girls). Try – Great deals!
    – Champion – yes, Champion with the hook back closure works beautifully too and you can find them at Target. RESIST THE URGE TO BUY THE $12 TANK STYLE. You will cry sweaty tears.

    And my secret tip…get your sports bras tailored! If you’re spending $30-$75 (as I often do for the good ones); spend another $15 to have it tailored to fit snugly around your back but have enough room up front. Hand wash, don’t dry and they’ll last for a long time!

    Happy (bounce-free) running!

    • Sarah on February 19, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      I have never thought to have them tailored! As a 36DDD, I totally totally agree with the hook and closure thing. I have tried the cheap ones, and I always regret it!

      • Anne on February 20, 2014 at 10:35 am

        I KNOW! I just spend the money, and take really good care of them. Tailoring my bras and sports bras has SAVED me!

    • Amy on February 25, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      I really love my Glamorise Women’s Double-Layer Custom-Control Sport Bra. It has 5 hooks for the back and I can adjust the double-layer portion based on my activity for the amount of control I need. My favorite part was that it was only $28 on Amazon, which is an amazing price for my bra size (34G)

  3. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on February 19, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I love Target sports bras – that is honestly where I have had the best lucky and I think they are Champion.

  4. Katie G on February 19, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I actually really like Old Navy’s compression bras. They work well for me and have held up nicely after several washes too!

  5. Paige on February 19, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Enell sports bra. Your girls will not move. πŸ˜‰

  6. JennP on February 19, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I think sports bras are probably more of an issue for the bustier ladies. I’ve been a B-cup since 10th grade (through 2 pregnancies and breastfeeding etc). I tend to just want a sports bra that fits snugly – not too picky about the brand! My current rotation is Under Armour, Old Navy and Gap Fit. As for The Bachelor, I went to High School with Renee, and she is just as sweet and awesome in person as she seems on the show!! I’m rooting for her to get voted off and be the next Bachelorette, because she’s way too good for Juan Pablo πŸ˜‰

  7. Stefanie on February 19, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Lulu Flow Y’s are my favorite. I like the Energy Bra too for the cuteness factor.

  8. Melissa on February 19, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    It’s so funny you posted this because I was just thinking about asking you a related question. I often see workouts that claim to “maintain a womanly shape” or keep your curves. Etc. I noticed that even though you have lost so much and are so thin since having Livi, you still have those curves. When I lose 1 pound I feel flat chested. πŸ™ do you believe there’s anything to those workouts, or is it just body type and you are lucky?? Haha

    • Tricia Coniglio on February 20, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Hi Melissa,

      I am the same way in reference to losing weight. I had a 34B all through high school and then I gained weight in my early 20s. I still wore the 34B but my top was fuller. Once I began losing weight they shriveled up and disappeared.

      I have had friends lose weight and still keep their size so it seems like genetics plays a role in keeping or losing that area. It makes sense because we all tend to gain weight in specific areas so losing in certain areas happens as well.

  9. Kyra Faulkner on February 20, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Love this! I relied on Moving Comfort’s Rebound Racer + Jubralee this past year while working out and nursing. I cannot sing their praises enough.

    Though I’ve finished bf’ing I’m still a 32E, which is unfortunate. I’ve been eying the new VS Incredible Sports Bra. Have you tried those on yet?

    • Fitnessista on February 20, 2014 at 12:50 am

      no, but i’m excited to check them out now!

    • Paige on February 20, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      I have 2 of the VS sports bras. I am a 36 D….they lift like a push up bra. I would say they are fine for low to medium impact.

  10. Alissa @ Eat Clean Beauty Queen on February 20, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I LOVE the Victoria’s Secret sports bras because they have cups that stay in place. There’s nothing worse than those little cups getting all twisted and tangled in the wash and the little game of trying to straighten them out through the fabric. That said, I’m not particularly endowed so I can’t speak to how they are for high impact because.. well.. that’s not really an issue for me. πŸ™‚

  11. Angie on February 20, 2014 at 10:34 am

    What maternity workout bra would you recommend?? I am in NEED of a good one. although i am only 7 weeks the one i have is fitting weird. I am planning to hit up the maternity clothing store this weekend.

  12. Cassie Vaughn on February 20, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I’m getting more into shaped sports bras. They’re more comfortable to me than regular bras. Hmm…

  13. Kim @ FITsique on February 20, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I have two different bras from the Moving Comfort line! I agree they are great to keep my girls in place, since I am on the larger side, but I can only wear it for my workout and then I feel like its squishing me to death!

  14. Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift on February 20, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Dude, perfect timing. I’ve been making do for years by just doubling up on the cheaper Champion/Old Navy bras…finally it hit me: These “girls” aren’t getting any younger, so why not invest in their- ummm, youthful bounce?- by harnessing them with some high quality stuff? It it keeps them further north in the long run, it’s worth it to me! πŸ˜‰

  15. Jennie on February 24, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Rest day

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