If you want to improve the health of your heart, bones, muscles, balance, and weight, you need to incorporate strength training in your workouts. Strength training, which is also known as weight or resistance training, targets a muscle or muscle group with the help of external resistance. The external resistance can come in the form of dumbbell weights, machines, or your own body weight.
What to look for in a sports bra for strength training
To make your strength training exercises a breeze, you'd want to wear exercise clothes with medium- to high-impact support, especially with your sports bras. You'll be doing jumping jacks, squats, burpees, and all sorts of movements that can be uncomfortable to do if your gals don't have the proper support.
Look for sports bras with a comfortable compression (not squeezing!), malleable stretch, and supportive straps that are either in a criss-cross, racerback or halter-type design. Need some ideas on where to look? These are the best sports bras for strength training you can get in Singapore.
1. Alo Yoga Airlift Take Charge Bra
Want a sports bra for strength training that feels like a second skin? The Alo Yoga Airlift Take Charge Bra features Alo Yoga's second-skin Airlift fabric that's lightweight and form-flattering. It's suitable for medium- to high-impact activities like HIIT and running.
Why it's great: It has a scoop neckline and elastic straps that cross at the back, offering you both style and function. It also has removable bra cups so these don't get deformed when you throw them in the wash.
The sports bra comes in three colours and is priced at SGD92. Find it on aloyoga.com.
2. Anya Active Terra Back Clasp Bra
The Terra Back Clasp Bra features a buttery-soft and compressive fabric, so it feels lightweight but still supportive. The material is also sweat-wicking, so you don't feel musty after an intense strength training workout, and has a 4-way stretch.
Why it's great: Aside from the sweat-wicking compressive material, this sports bra also has a back clasp and adjustable straps for easy wearing and a more customisable fit.
It comes in three colours and sizes up to 2XL. It's priced at SGD45 on anyaactive.com.
3. Kydra Impact Bra
If you prefer racerback sports bras, the Kydra Impact Bra is a good option. Its strap style offers a lot of support for your chest without cutting into your skin. The fabric also has a four-way stretch and is designed to be sweat-wicking, so you can stay comfortable and cool throughout your workout.
Why it's great: It has a unique v-cut neckline that flatters any body shape.
The Impact Bra comes in three colours and is priced at SGD52. You can find it on kydra.co.
4. MYË Active Rhea Longline Bra
Love tank-style sports bras? The MYË Active Rhea Longline Bra covers your entire chest until your waist, so you can wear it to the gym and straight to a coffee date. It has wide racer-back straps that offer extra support and doesn't dig into your shoulders.
Why it's great: MYË Active's ReGen fabric is made from 73% recycled water bottles, so it has a sustainable element to it too.
This sports bra comes in three colours and is priced at SGD74. It's available on myeactive.com.
5. Liberty Active Adapt Mesh Back Bra
This tank-style high-support sports bra from Liberty Active is perfect for strength training. Its main fabric is made from nylon and spandex, so it's super stretchy and quick drying. The back part has a mesh fabric that keeps you cool even as you sweat buckets during your workout.
Why it's great: It offers added support around the waist with its thick waistband. You can wear it for running, lifting, or cycling — truly a high-impact sports bra.
It comes in three colours and is priced at MYR99/~SGD32 on liberty-active.com.
6. PUMA High Impact To The Max Women's Training Bra
Looking for a performance sports bra? The PUMA High Impact To The Max Women's Training Bra is designed to provide maximum support during high-impact activities. It has soft ellaVATE fabric that's lightweight to the touch and a breathable spacer knit lined with padding for added coverage.
Why it's great: It's made with dryCELL materials that draw moisture away from your skin, so you'll still feel dry even after giving your all during your workout. The sports bra also has bonded seams, so you won't feel any irritating friction as you go from one movement to another.
Priced at SGD89, this sports bra for strength training is available in two colours on sg.puma.com.
7. Reebok Women Allover Print Running Lux Racer Sports Bra
This Reebok sports bra is a medium-support option for when you're going to focus on smaller movements. It has a smooth fabric that reduces the chances of chafing. Meanwhile, the mesh fabric on the sides and back provide ventilation to keep you cool and dry.
Why it's great: It has a stretchy band that makes it easy to put on and take off — no struggles here.
It's available on royalsportinghouse.com for SGD49.
8. New Balance NB Fuel Bra
Want to inject more colour into your workout wardrobe? The NB Fuel Bra from New Balance comes in a peachy pink hue that will entice you to wear it for your workouts. It offers medium impact support with its cross-back straps and compression. The sports bra is also designed with the NB DRYx fast-drying technology that wicks away sweat to keep you cool and comfy.
Why it's great: The cutout design in the back makes it perfect for sweat-inducing workouts, plus it adds a cute element to your workout gear.
The Fuel Bra comes in sizes up to 2XL and is priced at SGD59 on the New Balance Singapore website.
9. Nike Dri-FIT Alpha Women's High-Support Padded Sports Bra
You can't go wrong with Nike's performance sports bras. This one is made with the Nike Dri-FIT Technology that keeps you dry, while the breathable back design keeps your skin cool too. It's also pretty compressive, so you'll experience loads of support and minimal bounce throughout your workout.
Why it's great: It's made with 50% recycled polyester fibres, so if you want a high-performing sustainable sports bra, this is it.
It's available in two colours and is priced at SGD99 on the Nike website.
10. adidas FastImpact Luxe Run High-Support Bra
Willing to splurge on one go-to sports bra? The adidas FastImpact Luxe Run High-Support Bra is a size-inclusive, high-support and adjustable sports bra that you can use for strength training and beyond. Its fabrics are also made with 60% recycled materials, quick-drying adiform, and moisture-absorbing AEROREADY.
Why it's great: It comes in 22 different sizes that cater to different cup and band sizes.
It's available in three colours on the adidas Singapore website where it's priced at SGD100.
11. Under Armour Women's UA Infinity High Sports Bra
Adjustable criss-cross straps, moulded padding, breathable mesh panels and sweat-wicking material? This Under Armour sports bra has all that. It's made with sweat-wicking material and HeatGear® fabric that's lightweight and cooling, making it ideal for any medium to high-impact sports and activities.
Why it's great: The padding was injected in a figure-8 pattern — completely out of the norm for sports bras — which makes it lighter and more aerodynamic.
It comes in two colours and is priced at SGD89 on the Under Armour Singapore website.
12. Rangoon Inda Bra
Is this a sports bra or a cute top? We say it's both. The Rangoon Inda Bra is made of moisture-wicking, odour-control, anti-pilling, 4-way stretching material that makes it perfect for strength training. It offers medium to full support with its compressive and snug fit.
Why it's great: You get full mobility from the singular back strap, so you won't feel constricted as you do your laps.
It comes in three colours and is priced at SGD62 on the brand's website.
For our plus-size ladies, check out these size-inclusive brands for your workout clothes.
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