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Ellen Humphreys is an actress, freelance content producer and micro-influencer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Born and raised in Oklahoma, trained in Boston + refined in Los Angeles, she’s chosen the high desert as her home base to build a career as a creatrix, thinker + writer. A devoted stewardess of the Earth and the life around her.

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3 Things You Need To Know If You Work Out + Have Big Boobs

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I have spent my post-pubescent life with small-to-moderately-sized breasts. Only deep into this stage of life — around the age of 20 — did I find the value in a practice of consistent, vigorous, sweaty exercise. I can see how regular exercise has changed my adult life for the better, and I’m passionate about showing everyone that they can find it, and love it, too — without shame or doubt from not looking like the narrow standard of beauty we see from the fashion world.

Recently, I realized I’ve always had a privilege in the comfort of small breasts while exercising in a public space. I don’t have much insight into the struggles of big-boobied workouts, so I phoned a friend who’s an expert in the subject.

I sat down this week with Kelsi Sharp — Santa Fe resident, graphic designer and fabricator — to talk being “THICKER THAN A SNICKERS & FITTER THAN A FIDDLE.” -Kelsi Sharp, all rights reserved.

I asked Kelsi what she wishes everyone knew about sweating in what she referred to as “over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders”, and three major points stood out.

 
1) Find your fit.   Kelsi has a few size-inclusive brands to recommend.   ASOS  , being the fastest-fashion brand she offers, is a big company able to make a variety of styles in super inclusive sizes (cup sizes go up to an L; bands to a 44!); she also recommends   ThirdLove  , which offers band sizes to 46 and cups to H.   Outdoor Voices   is a great example of how to use inclusive marketing, often showing off the chic workout wear on bigger-busted models — though their sizing as a growing brand is still limited to XS-XL. Check out their new swimwear line,  H2OV !

1) Find your fit.

Kelsi has a few size-inclusive brands to recommend. ASOS, being the fastest-fashion brand she offers, is a big company able to make a variety of styles in super inclusive sizes (cup sizes go up to an L; bands to a 44!); she also recommends ThirdLove, which offers band sizes to 46 and cups to H. Outdoor Voices is a great example of how to use inclusive marketing, often showing off the chic workout wear on bigger-busted models — though their sizing as a growing brand is still limited to XS-XL. Check out their new swimwear line, H2OV!

 
2) Double up when necessary .  If you shop from a brand like OV that lacks some support, wear a favorite sports bra or soft underwire underneath to work out confidently + comfortably.

2) Double up when necessary.

If you shop from a brand like OV that lacks some support, wear a favorite sports bra or soft underwire underneath to work out confidently + comfortably.

 
3) Ditch your bra ASAP after a workout .  Kelsi cites the surface area of coverage on the backside of a supportive bra. Some bras have 5 or more clasps, with large swaths of fabric covering the skin across the back and underarms. When we sweat into that fabric and let it sit on the skin for long periods of time, pores are more likely to get clogged and leave us with irritations or acne. So, as if you needed another excuse to get your bra off ASAP, be sure to remove it and use a   face wipe   over the area if you aren’t able to get to a shower quickly after.

3) Ditch your bra ASAP after a workout.

Kelsi cites the surface area of coverage on the backside of a supportive bra. Some bras have 5 or more clasps, with large swaths of fabric covering the skin across the back and underarms. When we sweat into that fabric and let it sit on the skin for long periods of time, pores are more likely to get clogged and leave us with irritations or acne. So, as if you needed another excuse to get your bra off ASAP, be sure to remove it and use a face wipe over the area if you aren’t able to get to a shower quickly after.

 

What’s the one thing you wished you knew earlier about working out with mammoth mammaries? Alternately, which is your least favorite boob-related turn-of-phrase we’ve used in this blog post? Share with us below!

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