When you’re a busty D-cup running sprints and intervals to train for the US Olympic Bobsled Team, the last thing you need is one more thing slowing you down. And for Alexandra Allred, it wasn’t just one, but two things slowing her down. She was one of those poor souls who doubled-down on sports bras. Since her time on the 1994 US Olympic team, she’s discovered Enell, ditched the second set of spandex, and now works as an adventure writer.
She lives in her Enell, something that gives her the support she needs to get through the work day. Test driving a Volvo Gravity Car, doing a back flip over the Sydney Harbor, or playing women’s professional football, these are all places Alexandra has reported to for work, and all instances where the right sports bra has made it easier to do her job. We never would have considered a career as tame as writing to necessitate serious sports gear for the ladies, but Alexandra has taught us a lesson.
And that is…Never underestimate what a woman will put herself through on the job, and never underestimate how a sports bra can be a vital part of the uniform!
Meet a few more hard working women who never clock-in without locking things down:
Firefighter — There are roughly 5,000 women working as firefighters in the US. Racing to the truck, climbing ladders, diving in to extreme situations are just a few of the ways these brave women use their bodies every day. A bouncy chest can slow you down when seconds count, but something more than an everyday bra provides the support needed to focus on more important matters.
Police Officer — Another group of brave women tasked with protecting and serving, but what’s protecting their bosom when the job really gets tough? Women in law enforcement should be wearing a sports bra under their uniforms to give them the support and comfort they need, free of typical bra distractions.
Construction Worker — Lifting, climbing, digging, hammering, there’s very little a female construction worker isn’t doing with her body during these intense work days. Don’t let a loose bra, too much bounce, or slipper straps get in the way from getting the job done.
Farmer — There’s nothing glamorous about life on the farm, even if you’re a woman digging in to the dirty work. Moving hay or bags of feed, shoveling manure, and herding animals are just a few of the laborious tasks awaiting farmers. As Terri Jay, a horsewoman, pointed out, this is one job tough enough for a sports bra.
Horsewomen/Equestrian — Jay was quick to remind that horsewomen, or professional equestrians, heavily rely on sports bras to protect against the jostle of the ride. She says a sports bra is all she wears now, and these well-fitted bras save her and fellow riders from the pain and distraction of the ride. She’s also free from managing bra straps that may slide down her shoulders.
HVAC — In her day-to-day work as an AC lab test technician, Aimee Tabor wears a sports bra every day. It provides the support she needs to “lift overhead, squat, crawl under/over equipment, and hold my body at odd angles to get to tight spots,” she explained. The bra gives her the compression and security she needs to keep her breasts out of the way.
Chefs — The hustle and bustle of a kitchen at high noon or dinner time is no joke. Any chef worth her salt is hardly standing still, whether chopping, stirring, baking, or plating. Don’t let a couple of bouncy melons slow you down, suit up in a sports bra before putting on the white coat to reduce unnecessary distractions during your busy day.
Mail Delivery — Whether driving for one of the big package companies or delivering mail door to door, these women put their bodies through the paces every day. UPS told us their drivers walk 3.5 miles per day, not to mention the lifting, reaching, climbing stairs, and bounce from the road their breasts endure. The extra support and comfort they need comes from wearing a sports bra under their uniform every day.
Nurses / Hospital Staff — Jillian Thien, RN, a floor nurse in an orthopedic unit, says wearing a sports bra to work makes her “feel extra athletic moving all those joint replacement patients around!” She explained that she generally prefers to wear a sports bra to work, and feels more comfortable on the days when she does. Brittany Hudson has a labor-intensive job as a hospital account liason and relies on the extra support of a sports bra every day. “I move very fast through hospitals and clinics…and have to stock closets and haul heavy medical equipment,” she explained.
Military Personnel — These most selfless women should take a moment to do something truly selfish, and that is put their bosom first! There’s rarely a slow day at the office when you’re tasked with defending a nation. So let a bra like Enell be your first line of defense in support and protecting your chest.
PE Teacher — Whether it’s basketball, dodgeball, jump rope, or classic tag, leading a PE class will keep a teacher on her toes, and her breasts going this way and that! Just as a personal trainer wouldn’t go to the gym without a sports bra, you shouldn’t either.
Pregnant Women — Pregnancy may very well be the most important temporary job you’ll ever had! Ingrid Von Burg, a yoga instructor, advises her prenatal clients to suit up in a sports bra. “I find it super useful to wear a sports bra while pregnant since the chest grows and feels heavy,” she said. This can be especially key for those women in desk jobs; the more support and comfort you have up front, the more likely you are to have better posture. Ultimately saving you from back pain, improving core strength, and avoiding that “exhausted chest” feeling at the end of the day.
Do you wear your sports bra for work?