Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Just a Handful

I hear two things when women talk to me about lifting weights or starting CrossFit. Just two things.

They don't want to get bulky and they don't want to lose their boobs. Since we know you won't get bulky, let's talk about those lovely lady lumps. 


When you lose body fat, it comes off all over, not just in particular areas (no such thing as spot-training/toning). If you're losing fat, you're bound to lose some of your ladies: fact. Since that's what boobs are: fat. 


Before I started training, lifting, running, CrossFit, I was a bit bustier above, but not much. Don't be afraid to lift weight because you think you'll lose your boobs. If you're a busty girl, you're going to stay busty. They might just get a little perkier thanks to the developing muscles underneath them (your pectorals). 


That's what happened with me. Yes, I went down a cup size, but I also went down a bust size! So, everything stayed relative. I didn't mind losing a little up top at all, because I gained so much in return: a bigger ass, smaller waist, smaller bust, leaner legs, a beautiful back, and perkier, rounder boobs. 


You know that deeply satisfying feeling of holding a balanced stone or a rounded coffee mug that fits perfectly into the palm of your hand? That's how small breasts feel. With that thought in mind, let us revel in our small booby-ess, and stop treating it like a bad thing. 
  1. Going bra-less. Do you know how exhilarating this is? And how easy it is? Nothing is sexier than going dancing in a sequined tank and letting the girls roam free. Except maybe answering the door in an oversized sweater and nothing else ... 
  2. Pain-free and pretty! We don't have to worry about grooves in our shoulders from restricting bra straps, back aches, or keeping everything "in place."
  3. Sagging. We won't ever have to worry about gravity. Or our nipples hanging down by our navels.
  4. Plunging V-necks and sexy strapless dresses. Have you noticed how some busty girls tend to look, well, like they're trying too hard (girls spilling out everywhere) in a plunging neck line or strapless dress? It's just too revealing to look classy. Smaller girls totally pull off the look while looking elegant the whole time. 
  5. Burpees, box jumps, high pulls? Little boobies stay right in place and don't ever get in the way! 

If you're absolutely terrified of looking "smaller" (I like it, I think it makes me look thinner and my ass look even bigger), then opt for a bra that has a little padding. I love the Reebok CrossFit Racerback Sports Bra. It doesn't give you that super "smooshed" look some bras offer. And hot damn, this thing is so comfortable, you almost forget you're wearing one.


Just the right amount of support, curve and cushion. 


Now go out into the world, and show off your girls!

1. Do you have an issue with your girls and working out?
2. Do you have a favorite sports bra?

37 comments:

  1. I have always been busty and HATE it! I'm athletic and think sports would be so much easier without these sacks of fat strapped to me. However, you are 100% right, that now that I've started lifting they are tighter and perkier. I would love to drop a cup and bust size - something to shoot for. :) AmyD

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  2. Ahh thep busty-girl-runner problems! I love my girls, dont get me wrong..but I wish I could remove them just for my runs! Shizz gets painful :( still on the mission to find the right sports bra. Ive found that the ones made for bustier people are not made to fit a smaller person..its a losing battle. Determined to find the perfect one before my half marathon in August, I refuse to run it in pain!!!

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    1. I really like Moving Comfort's Fiona. Sometimes Sierra Trading Post has really good sales. Good luck! AmyD

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  3. I like this post, and it's so true! I've always been on the small side for booby-ness. Lifting weights and doing Crossfit made me drop a cup size and I didn't mind, I actually liked seeing a little peck in there. My husband didn't mind either. Even with a cup smaller there's still something to hold, if you know what I mean.
    When I got pregnant, naturally my boobs got a lot bigger and man, it was difficult to run. I actually knew what it was like to be a busty gal when I was pregnant. After the baby, my boobs went down a little but still bigger from breastfeeding. I think once that's done, they will go back down to where they were. I know Crossfit and weight lifting will do that for me. I think smaller boobies are better for exercising, not as much moving around.
    I don't have a favorite sports bra. I need a new one though, I were the basic uni-boob ones.

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  4. Love this post. Target has great colorful sports bras for cheap!

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    1. I have a few of them! By Champion? Love :)

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  5. I'm a busty gal and damn my sports bras are expensive! I actually wear two at once. I have to strap that shit down. I can not stand when women have their boobs flopping all over the the place. I wear about $100 in sports bras...yep $50 a piece for a good one. Enelll and shock absorber are good brands. They aren't attractive but they get the job done!

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    1. I am a pretty well endowed lady, but as I have lost a little fat, and gained some muscle (no "weight" change per say) my old bras were getting too loose and made cardio especially excruciating from chaffing. Enter the best bra I have found. I have been in the 2 bra camp before, but Moving Comfort bras are awesome for the bigger girls. They do specific sizing, but also, have adjustable C/D sizing, so as I change more, I won't have to buy another bra right away. They have a big 40% off sale going right now. http://www.movingcomfort.com/Sale/sale,default,sc.html

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  6. I was so excited to read this post because its totally a catch 22! When i was a teen i always thought i would trade gaining 10 or 15 pounds to be a bigger size (back then i was an A), a B would be nice. Now that im older and I actually did gain that weight in college...it was soooo not worth it. I'm so much happier being a smaller waist size and a smaller chest size then i was being a little bustier all around.
    Fav Bra is Champion shaper... on brand had cushioned straps and some well placed seems to give you some nice shape. Its pretty heavy duty and Ive owned them for years not had to replace on yet!

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  7. I like being small on top..! I agree that there are so many advantages! :)
    I just still like the sports bras with some padding just to hide other issues that like to pop up... but kudos for team small boobs! :)

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  8. I think its so funny that losing boobs is an excuse not to workout! I have always had small boobs- and I am happy about it.. but it is always the first thing people “bust” my beans about. Whatever.. I can save my money on expensive bras and save pain/discomfort while I’m doing the things I love :) Itty bitty titty committee forever!

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    1. I think that people with find THE LAMEST reason's not to do anything difficult, no?

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  9. I am busty and hate it when it comes to working out. I'm 5'4 and 32D. I've lost around 35 lbs, but my boobs remain the same. My fiancé doesn't complain, of course, but it's really annoying when trying to find sports bras, especially for running. My shoulders get really sore from the straps. 5 months of crossfit gave me a smaller waist, so now I am just waiting for the girls to go, haha.

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  10. Have you tried the HANDFUL sports bras? I love mine. They have removable padding for the choice of a more busty look or you can just wear them without. They are well made and look awesome as a swim top too. Can't say eanough

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    1. I haven't, I don't know where they sell them! I like to try all my stuff on first. ;) But damn, they look cute! I follow them on Facebook (:

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  11. I am the farthest thing from busty... My boobs are practically non-existent in the first place, and what everyone sees when I'm dressed is fake and was purchased at Victoria's Secret (which isn't much of a secret for me anymore... Oops!). So I've never really had a problem with them getting in the way while working out. Instead, I'm always concerned that I look like a boy, or a chubby dude with man-boobs :(

    Since I obviously don't need much support or holding power, I like my under armour sports bras. I don't know what kind they are, but they're light material and don't squish what I don't have. I'm thinking about giving that reebok crossfit sports bra a try though... A little padding sure never hurts for me!

    Has anyone found any more affordable (I.e. target, etc) padded sports bras that are any good? I can't fill most of them out, but I'm always on the lookout.

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    1. I have a few of these UA bras, too. They're lightweight and so soft! This Reebok bra is the best luck I've had. I wear it around the house, it's just so damn soft and comfortable.

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  12. I love everything about this post! I have always been small chested so I never really had much to lose anyway. But the only thing I want to add is that IF you get pregnant they WILL sag after LOL I always bragged that it would never happen to me because I was maybe an A on a good day. But those suckers went up to a C and then back down, not nearly as perky as before *sad trombone*

    I basically stick with Under Armour sports bras, they do the job :)

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    1. I love my UA bras as well. :) Do you think genetics play a part at all? The women in my family = TINY boobies, and they went right back to tiny afterwards. My mom would still run around without a bra, or one of those tank tops with the built-in bras? Yeah, like a ballerina. I'm hoping I have some of these perky-boob genes in me. *Fingers crossed!*

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  13. I have BIG boobies, and am hoping and praying they decrease a great amount as I lose weight. And I'm looking forward to more perky, less saggy girls from lifting weights! :)

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    1. Push ups and bench press! <3 Boobies best friends!

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  14. This was my story, too! I lost a cup size and was SUPER bummed but then I dropped a band size and so, as you say, it all evened out.

    And all the other "perks" of CrossFit for a woman's body absolutely rock! Not to mention that I finally started appreciating all the cool stuff my body could DO instead of only worrying about how it looked. CrossFit gave me a whole new level of confidence!

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    1. I 100% agree on CrossFit not just changing out bodies, but changing how we think about ourselves as women!

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  15. Great post! I also love the new header on your blog!

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    1. Thanks! That's about as crafty as I get, hah.

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  16. GREAT post! I LOVE my CrossFit bra too. Now, that I'm prego, my boobs are growing cup sizes, but this summer when I was lean--my boobs were less than ample. I didn't care and either did my hubby for the reason you stated above--its all relative! Keep being a great ambassador for the sport of CrossFit!

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    1. I noticed your growning ta-tas! Along with your growing tummy! Enjoy them! ;)

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  17. Totally made me feel better about my shrinking girls!

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  18. great post! I would LOVE to loose some of the girls - they have been around too long! I would LOVE to go bra-less

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  20. Ack, I WISH I didn't have boobs. Well, big ones. Amen, sister!

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  21. Omg you made a blog i asked about thank you so much ive been crossfitting a lil while but i remeber asking this very question so glad Im glad you made me feel so much better i definetly will embrace my shrinking tatas and who knows maybe one day i can be hot enough to just wear my sports bra witb no shirt like you your my inspiratiom your so nice and your my crossfit role model!!

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  22. This bustier is smooth and attractive but does not provide a lot of boost in the chest area. If you're looking for bust support, choose another model - this one works for the price if you want something that looks pretty. I would recommended playtex style 4823

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  23. Very interesting article and I think you make some valid points. I'm glad to see crossfit workouts being featured at events like this. http://www.getrippedordietrying.com

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  24. I was a little bit bustier before I started working out - now I've lost some bust (back to what I used to be before gaining a little weight) and I miss feeling curvier.

    Since I've always been small and somewhat straight as a board curve wise, I was just getting used to my body being more curvy right before I started working out. I liked my bust size when I felt more 'womanly', and would be proud of the fact that I had to buy bigger shirts because of my chest. Except for the fact that I did not like my midsection, arms, or legs, and cellulite was building up fast, I was beginning to accept my 'new body'.
    SO it's dumb. I love being strong and being more toned, but I miss the feeling of being curvier (more of a woman than straight as a board). I know this is probably all mental, and I don't want to think this way, but somehow I've even thought *maybe I just need to gain more weight to get a bigger chest size.
    It irritates me that once I got a taste of curves but had to sacrifice my health, now I miss the curves but want the health too! It's a conundrum. Any thoughts would be great.

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