December 24, 2012

Renounce the Bounce! Holiday Sports Bra Review and Giveaway--Heart and Core


Sorry dudes, you may have little interest in hearing about the features, performance, and clever engineering of a new line of sports bras and tank tops from Heart &Core.

On the other hand…this post is all about large breasted women and their undergarments!

So here ya go:  a totally gratuitous image of female boobage NOT encased in a supportive brassiere from the Heart & Core Catalog.


You're welcome.

Also, if you're a guy, you could try to win a bra or top for your wife or girlfriend or mom or, well, for yourself if you are the owner of particularly jiggly moobs. We won't judge.

For gals, especially those who are C cups or larger, or who have post-surgical medical needs, you’ll have the chance to tame those tatas and enjoy exercising even more in the coming year. And it'snot just for U.S. residents. International folks are eligible too; we'll have 2 winners one of whom is NOT from the U.S. for a change!


About Heart & Core:

The company was started by two sisters, Jen and Lara. What was their motivation? "We took our mom out shopping, who has battled breast cancer on/off for the last 10 years, and found the selection for sports bras for larger chested women was very limited." In addition to the supportive sports bras, the company is also launching a post surgical line for women having breast, lung and heart surgery.

These gals are really nice, passionate about their product, and I got to meet one of them, Lara. She came to my house, supplied me with a free bra, and was not the least big judgmental about my not having a clue what size I wear.

This personal meeting was a bit of a risk though. I do honest reviews and Lara was extremely likeable. Which meant I had to hope like hell I actually liked the bra, too. Suppose the execution sucked and I couldn’t recommend it? Yikes! That would have been… awkward.


Fortunately for all concerned, I love my new bra. Whew!!

What’s So Great About Heart & Core technology?

1. The bras are very supportive.

I usually wear two sports bras because I hate to bounce; this one does as good a job on its own.

Why is it so supportive? Well, to swipe copy from their website, 'cause I'm lazy:
  • They're designed to lift, encapsulates and compresses—for your bra to really work you need all three.
  • Molded cups smooth and lift for perfect shaping and are seamless to prevent irritation.
  • Boosts, supports and shapes with no uncomfortable underwire.
  • Classic pullover style with racerback.
  • Padded, adjustable straps, with rounded edges for additional comfort.
  • Front panels wrap around and VELCRO® in place to customize fit of band.

But the most awesome feature of the "plus" line, and the reason I'm sold is:

2. The "Plus" line opens completely at the side allowing an easy escape!

This makes it the first supportive racerback bra I've ever encountered that I can get back out of without suffering posttraumatic stress.

This may not be a big deal to everyone, but I have never been able to buy anything but old fashioned  tank tops because I can't wear racerback bras underneath.

Has anyone else ever innocently gone shopping and tried a racerback bra on and then been trapped in a dressing room for 15 minutes trying to extricate yourself? My eventual escape, I am embarrassed to report, was accompanied by the telltale sound of ripping fabric, which I pretended not to hear as I was in no mood to fess up and pay for a bra engineered to be unremovable.

I don't know what my problem is, and maybe I'm the only one who sufffers from this curious inability to remove a racerback bra. In which case, thanks Heart and Core for designing a bra just for me!

The Quibble Part

Yeah, with any honest review there are gonna be a few.

1.  Velcro closures require careful lining up or you can end up with irritated skin.  I'm wondering if future versions might have a bit more of a non-velcro safety zone for those of us who are a bit klutzy in putting the bra on. The lining up process, for me, seems to require a mirror and a little more time than I'd normally spend putting on a bra.

2.  The price reflects the fancy engineering.  The bras run $60-65 bucks. This is not out of line at all for super-supportive bras for the C cup and higher gal, but if you don't need super-support you could probably find cheaper alternatives.

3.  Size availability: they range from 34–42; C–DD but I believe they are working on more sizes.

Overall, I'm very very happy with my new racerback bra!

Oh, and they have cute workout tops too and you could choose one of 'em if you win!



Wanna Win a Sports Bra or Workout Top of Your Own? TWO WINNERS!


Just leave a comment on this review by Wednesday January 2, 2013, and check back by Monday January 7th.

Note you don’t have to be a U.S. resident to enter. In fact, Heart & Core is ponying up 2 samples so that we can have one U.S. winner and one international winner.  So if you are not from the U.S., be sure to mention that in your comment and you'll have more chance to win. Unless Cranky Fitness becomes an overnight international web sensation and tons of new non US readers arrive to comment, but I ain't holding my breath.

Anyone else struggle to find a good sports bra?


Gratuitous boobage photo: Free Digital Images

76 comments:

  1. It all sounds wonderful, but I have no need to win a sports bra. Sigh.

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  2. Thanks for the information. This sounds like a good bra to try. I would love to win it. It is hard to find a good sports bra that is comfortable and supports. I don't like worrying about the girls popping out or flopping around while I'm at the gym. And I have had the same issue with pulling bras off. I've gotten stuck numerous times. Once I almost had to call my husband to help!

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  3. Oooh - I'm totally in for this one (and I'm a non-U.S. reader! Hi from Canada). I have (6 of) one style of sports bra that fits - functional, underwire, very boring but keeps things in place. I'm sure that they'll one day be discontinued or "upgraded," so I'd far prefer to have other options. Worth a try, for sure!

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  4. I'm from Canada :)
    I have to tell you that trying to take my racer back sports bras have more than once wrenched my shoulder!! I thought wearing sports bras was supposed to help while you exercise not try to injure.
    I have yet to find a sports bra that can contain these girls and would love to have a chance to try one of those ones.

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  5. I'm from Canada (Toronto). I've definitely had trouble finding sports bras; generally I have to wear two at once, which is seriously annoying, as it means more laundry. Would love to try this one and see if it can, er, contain me!

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  6. I love that this has a racerback. Most supportive sports bras seems to have regular straps, while most of the tops I like are racerback.

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  7. I would LOVE to win this - I'm still searching for the perfect sports bra, and I have not found a racerback that works (yet). BTW, Crabby, I've had that exact experience in a dressing room...I will not shop for sports bras without a very good friend along for the ride, as I've had to be pulled out of them too many times!

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  8. merry christmas, crabby! and who would be a better ambassador for heart and core then my "girls" over here in germany! so: give them to me! ( smile)

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  9. Hello from Canada! I've recently sprouted robust 34Ds and would love to get back into my running routine without doubling up on sports bras or taping them down!

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  10. You know the first thing I did was go to the site and try to find fabric information. Unfortunately, anything that promises to wick moisture away is unlikely to be comfortable against my skin. Luckily, I pretty much gave up bouncy things years ago in deference to my knees and ankles.

    Mary Anne in Kentucky

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  11. Ooooo!! Not only am I well endowed (and going through some crazy hormonal shifts which causes the girls to HURT when jostled) but I am in need of a new sports bra, stat!! I hope I win! :-)

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  12. This bra sounds wonderful! No, you are not the only one who has been trapped in a racer back sports bra. I've had some where I seriously considered just wearing them forever (or finding scissors)!

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  13. Oh that could be why I hate racerback bras! Not sure about the moulded cups though, I don't bother with a form/cutlet to fill out my "B/A" side, but I think I could figure out a way to stuff that up to a "C/D" to match the other side.

    Merry Christmas to you and the Lobster from the frozen north (aka Canada)!

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  14. This bra sounds awesome...I'm sporting 34DD so I'd love to find something that keeps them from escaping when I run :) Also, love the moobs comment! Ha!

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

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  15. God I miss the bra-less 70's, lol!

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  16. Sounds fantastic, really curious to try it, since I love running on treadmill :p
    I am from Indonesia.

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  17. i love a good sports bra
    (i'm from Canada)

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  18. I'd love a new sports bra. Mine are old and sad, and I don't want my breasts to follow suit!

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  19. So glad to see more options available, and to hear that you can actually remove this without ripping it apart. I'm a 40-42DD and it is nearly impossible to find anything that actually keeps me supported, let alone has cute racer back styling or other options that don't make me feel like I've donned a straightjacket. Happy holidays!

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  20. I recently bought a sports bra from victoria's secret and I love it. :)
    Oh and I hate the battle of taking off a sports bra, especially when sweaty!

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  21. I have DD boobage so the sports bra is really a painful experience, I found one I liked at Lady Grace and it cost 65 bucks, it's already starting to break down despite my careful hand washing and air drying *sigh* but these bra tops are super cute, I would totally rock that shit with these bad boys!

    Anyhow, hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

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  22. Looks like a great sports bra, I want! I'm from Toronto.

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  23. So difficult to find sports bra for large sizes

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  24. I am now afraid of racer back bras. I don't think I have tried any on, but I may have. I went through a month or so of trying to find a bra that would fit the 'new' me. I have not had much luck. If they are tight enough around the rib cage, I am feeling like I am wearing an anaconda. If they are comfortable there, then the girls ooze out underneath. If I manage to find on that is in between, then the loose skin under my arms on my upper rib cage, pours over the top of the bra sides. It is like a jeans muffin top only with the bra.
    When I was a lot heavier I was in a DD. Now I am in either a B or C cup. Nothing works well....just kinda so-so.

    Not sure if the prize of a bra is a good prize, but since I would not spend that kind of money to experiment on myself, I may as well try to win one....or the top. I'm not fussy. :D

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  25. I haven't had a decent sports bra for a LONG time and think these are so attractive to boot. After checking out their site I realize I could never afford their products so would love to win one.

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  26. Would so love to find something that would really truly allow me to jump without any 'issues'!

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  27. I wish the good ones weren't so expensive (for something you're going to sweat in and wash constantly). Would love to have a free one!

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  28. Definitely a special order item for me and I would love to have a back-up.

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  29. Would love to win the sports bra

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  30. Both the sports bra and top look cute

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  31. Hi from Melbourne Australia and merry Christmas. My girls do need a quick exit after a hot workout the prospect of a quick get away is amaZing!!!

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  32. Merry Christmas!

    Who doesn't love giveaways??? :) Thanks for offering one.
    I'm from Germany.

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  33. YAY FOR INTERNATION TATAS BEING COVERED :-)

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  34. I have trouble finding sports bras that don't chafe!

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  35. I could really use a good sports bra. The ones I have give me a "uniboob" (one giant lump instead of two). the ones with enough compression to stop 'em from bouncing. And taking them off is a total pain.

    Thanks for keeping me laughing & motivated. Merry Christmas,
    Bob Ben

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  36. I have not much boobage so I can't win these unless I get a boob job BUT love the review! I have racer back sports bras but they get harder & harder to get off with age! ;)

    LOVE the people & idea behind this company though! :) TWETING!

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  37. Thank you! eclairre(AT)ymail(DOT)com

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  38. Renounce the bounce? Best headline ever. I'd love to win one!

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  39. I'd love to give this a go. I'm in Australia :)

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  40. I am in Canada and really need a new, great sports bra! Thanks for holding this contest.

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  41. Oh this would be great! I have such hard time finding good sports bras, especially since I'm a big girl up top!!
    vamcd89@gmail.com

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  42. I'm pretty happy with my Moving Comfort Fiona but I would definitely be open to trying something else to keep the girls in check :)

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  43. Hello - I'm wondering if these bras "work" in Germany ? I would be happy to give it a try ; )
    thanks for the great blog !!
    Greetings from Karlsruhe Germany,
    Stephanie

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  44. p.s. using my hubby's google account - thus the name

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  45. Oh a new sports bra would be lovely. Some of mine have seen better days, but buying a new (decent) one is way more than I want to shell out of a bra.

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  46. Sounds like an awesome sports bras!!!!

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  47. This sounds like a bra that wouldn't cause a shoulder injury, sounds good for kick boxing!

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  48. These sports bras look like exactly what I need for running!

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  49. I would love to try this sports bra! I'm tired of having to wash two every time I go running - yay for cutting down on laundry!

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  50. Another gal here who really needs a good sports bra. REALLY needs it, lol!

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  51. I need one of these! Thanks for the chance

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  52. I'm from Canada, so thanks for providing an option for international entrants!

    I'm a 34D - not too weird a size, you'd think, but it's surprisingly hard to find something that works well.

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  53. What a great giveway-I'd love to win the bra for a friend. She's struggled to find a quality workout bra that she can afford.

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  54. Oh that would be so great! I am having a hard time coming to terms with spending the dough to get a good sports bra!

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  55. I still haven't found a sports bra that I'm happy with, so I would love to try one of these!

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  56. Cranky,

    My bra size is between 34D and 32DD depending on the company, and the only sports bra I wear are Enell bras. They are a front-clasping design, and primarily designed for larger chested gals - as a 32-34 inch band size, I wear a size 0. They work very well, take some getting used to and are around the same price as the Heart & Core ones at $66.

    Before finding these bras I literally could not do high impact workouts (jumping rope, trail running, etc) without bouncing and pain, and tried many, many bras. Anyway, that is my 2¢.

    -Zoë

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  57. I have trouble finding a good sports bra, probably because I don't want to spend a lot of money to find out it is uncomfortable. It was hard to find one when I was riding dirt bikes that would keep everything in place. I just started going to the gym and would love to win one of these!

    JessieR M

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  58. I'm trying to buy fewer clothes, but sports bras are the exception to that rule - I definitely need more! Thanks for the honest review.

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  59. Hi. Shahnaz Shahizan from a very tropically humid Malaysia. Wish I could give the sports bra a try for my next Marathon in January or even the next ones in February. I will really be putting them to the test with our extreme conditions here.
    Please choose me! Thank you. :)

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  60. I have a hard time finding sports bras that support at larger sizes. Thank you for pointing me in this direction!

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  61. I'm from Canada. I always use a sports bra when working out. It used to be about not bouncing, but now it's also about the straps staying up.

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  62. Hi and YAY for such an internationally supportive competition! I'm from Tasmania (the island state of Australia!)and adore that workout singlet top!! So cute. As a fitness blogger, former chubster (I've lost 41kg/90lbs in 2012) and now training fitness model, cool supportive gym gear is what I'm all about. I'd totally be happy to give them a shout out on my blog (www.sailorvee.com) as well.
    Love your work, love your blog - keep up the amazeballs work :)
    Bella

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  63. Oh no, did my comment disappear? :(

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  64. I despise having to wear two bras! Would love to win!

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  65. I HATE having to wear two bras! Would love to win!

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  66. I have given up sports bras because they are so difficult to remove. I would love to win.

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  67. Easy escape, I read that comment twice. I also almost peed my pants when you told the tale of escaping a sports bra in the dressing room!

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  68. I have several racerbacks that I like, but know what you mean about getting them off. Anyway, always looking for something that offers enough support!

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  69. Oh my gosh!! Playtex 18 hour bras are the best I've bought in years!!!! I absolutely love it. It holds me in and lifts me up. It never lets me down. There's no muffin tops popping out of the middle here. Even at the end of the day, breasts still in place where they belong. No sagging or seeping out the sides. I plan to order plenty more and I highly recommend. Very comfortable too.

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  71. I have two favorites: Yvette front zip sports bras from Amazon ($29.9) and Champion Molded Cup Racer from Target ($18.99) - love, love, love them!

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