Close to the Chest

Women possessing anything north of the most modest bosom know well the discomfort that any high-impact exercise can cause. Not only is the bouncing uncomfortable (and, some would argue, unsightly), but it can be damaging to breast tissue. The protective stance one assumes in trying to mitigate the bouncing can result in less-than-optimal posture for the given exercise, leading to back pain, muscle strain, etc.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone made a sports bra for well-endowed women that would restrict vertical movement to almost nothing?

Someone did, and her name is Renelle Braaten. Her company makes an amazing bra that makes sure the girls stay, as the title of this post declares, close to the chest. It’s called the Enell Sports Bra.

As you can see by the photo at right, this isn’t lacy lingerie we’re talking about. No cleavage will be on display. It requires patience and some practice getting into it: There are seemingly a zillion hooks-and-eyes to secure, and there’s a technique to making sure one hook doesn’t maddeningly pop open as you close the next. It’s not cheap (they run about $60 each).

But if you want to comfortably jog, or play volleyball, or engage in any other high-impact activity, the Enell sports bra is sweet relief.

Note: I have no interest in or relationship with this company. I’m just a happy customer spreading the word about a truly useful product. If you (or anyone you know) could use something like this, I hope you’ll do the same.


  1. I am so with you on this, before I got one a few years ago I tried every sports bra out there and still ended up clutching my chest when attempting to run (badly)!

    Great blog btw!

    1. Tucker – it was Annie’s tweet in response to your comment about her running complaint that inspired me to write this! A virtuous circle, if you will :). In the meantime, I’ve just taken up running myself. I’m in week three of C25K (“couch to 5K), which supposedly will have me running a solid 30 minutes by sometime in mid-June. Will keep you posted!

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