Best Sports Bra Ever

in Sports Bras

enell sporta bra

So I was digging through my exercise clothing drawer (okay – it’s actually four drawers!) and trying to organize things.  I’ve weighed between 125 – 165 pounds in the last year, and I own a ton of gear in a wide range of sizes.  Every time I get dressed for a workout, I end up digging through the drawers to find that ONE CLEAN SHIRT that fits or the ONE CLEAN SHORTS that don’t fall down and don’t pinch my waist.  Ya know?


Anyway – in the back of a drawer, I stumbled upon my Enell sports bra, which I bought after I gave birth to Henry and kind of forgot about.  I am SO GLAD that I rediscovered this bra because I’ve been wearing it to death and really want to spread the word about how awesome it is.


But first, check out the back:


And let’s acknowledge the obvious – this bra is UGLY AS ALL HELL.  Super, super ugly.  But it’s an amazing bra in terms of comfort and bounce control. 


As you can see in the first picture, it has eye-and-hook clasps that go up the front, and the back is a large, solid panel.  The top goes up so high that it covers the entire breast, reducing “spillover” – no quad-boobs.  I have some decent sports bra that basically control ‘bottom bounce’ but don’t accommodate for spillover – thus you still bounce around a lot.  The other nice thing about the front is that the bra almost totally eliminates cleavage, so if you wear it to spin class or yoga, there’s a larger degree of modesty than normal bras. 


I have a pretty large chest when breastfeeding, and that plus the realities of milk production make it downright painful to run in a non-supportive bra.  With this bra, there is almost no pain because there is virtually zero breast movement.


I actually JUST ordered another Enell in a slightly larger size; this one squeezes my ribcage a bit at my current weight and makes it a tad hard to breathe when I run.  I want to lose those last 12 pounds, but I refuse to feel uncomfortable in the meantime, whether it’s in regular clothes or workout clothes – so I can’t wait to get the bigger size in the mail!  Enell uses a different sizing system, which you can read about on their website.  But the bra is specifically designed for women with larger chests (C cup or above) or larger clothing sizes, so it fits women with busts from 32 inches to 60 inches and ribcages from 27 inches to 53 inches.


What’s your favorite sports bra and why?



  • Erica { } February 17, 2015, 8:13 am

    It looks great (as do you!) Even thought I’m a lifelong member of the IBTC I love sports bras that are … large and in charge. I like minimal movement up there when I’m jogging!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed February 17, 2015, 9:15 am

    I recently purchased Victoria Secret’s Incredible and I’ve been loving the support it gives. And it makes my boobs look like boobs… not one giant uniboob 😉

  • Ashley February 17, 2015, 9:33 am

    No real need for that bra over here (not a larger chest nor a larger size), but just had to comment to say – again – love how you keep it real! I literally chuckled out loud at my desk reading “First let’s acknowledged the obvious – the bra is ugly as hell!” LOL!!! So funny!

  • Andrea February 17, 2015, 9:51 am

    Just went and purchased one! Very excited to not have the top spillover problem … I hope I ordered the right size! Thanks for the review Caitlin!

  • Heidi February 17, 2015, 9:57 am

    I’ve previously worn Enell and loved them. They really keep the ‘girls’ locked and loaded! No bounce and comfortable. Just missed feeling a little feminine.

    My recent favorite bra is Moving Comfort Juno. BEST.BRA.EVER. A little awkward to get off and on, but once you master it, you won’t feel like contortionist when trying to get dressed.

  • kwithme February 17, 2015, 10:35 am

    I bought an Enell when I finally got fit enough to do higher impact exercise about 4-5 years ago. I was a 36DD (probably) I loved it. No movement, no more holding my breasts when I did anything bouncy. Then I started running. It was great, I wore it for a year, but then I started running longer in the summer and it was soooooo hot. I had also lost a little more weight and was now a 34E. I moved into a Champion bra that I found at TJMaxx. It worked great and with less fabric was much cooler. I bought 2 more on line. Unfortunately, they don’t make them anymore or I would link.

    3 weeks ago, I bought the Panache bra from Athleta. I was looking for an underwire that I looked better in. I watch my form in the mirror at the gym and felt dumpy. Due to arthritis in my foot, I only run for about 10 mins max in intervals. It seems to hold things still but I can’t say if it would reduce bounce enough for 30-60 mins of running. When I was running longer, the bounce would not bother me until about halfway through. It feels very supportive. I bought a 36DD as that fit well enough in the store. I wear it on the smallest hooks so I am thinking about ordering a 34E. It is possible to order upto an H cup on a band of 38-40, but not through Athleta apparently.

  • Erin February 17, 2015, 11:04 am

    I LOVE this bra as well. My husband calls it my “bullet-proof bra”. 🙂

  • Amy @ Happy Healthy RD February 17, 2015, 1:31 pm

    I’m a fan of any Moving Comfort sports bra. No jiggling and pretty comfortable. They are kindy pricey but I just saw them for sale at TJ Maxx!

  • Stacy @ Sweating Tulipz February 17, 2015, 1:54 pm

    My favorite sports bras are definitely Victoria’s Secret VSX sports bras. There are 3 styles and I love all three of them. I am not a busty girl , but these provide a ton of support while still being comfortable, keep my body and shirt dry with their wicking material, and are darn cute! What’s even better is that the VS $10 off monthly coupons work on them which makes them around $30/bra.

  • Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength February 17, 2015, 3:35 pm

    I’m normally pretty flat chested so I can wear cheap sports bras – whatever I feel like, but right now I’m 23 weeks preggo and sporting a chest. I ended up buying some Victoria’s Secret sports bras and fell in love!

  • Stacie February 17, 2015, 10:12 pm

    Kind of a random tidbit… But the creator of this bra/company started it in the college town I used to live when I played college basketball. Havre, Montana -40 miles from the Candian border. Her posters were all over the women’s locker room, and she used athletes from our school to model her bras. Brings back memories lol.

    • Caitlin February 18, 2015, 12:31 pm

      That’s awesome!

  • Jenny February 18, 2015, 1:17 pm

    As someone with a very large chest, I swear by my Enell bras; they’re the only sports bra I will wear.

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