Soma Intimates Sports Bra Review


For the past 4 years I have been on a weight loss and health journey. In that that time I have done it all. From indoor rock climbing to hot yoga, cardio barre, to becoming quite the little jogger. Incorporating these things into my daily exercise routine helped me to lose a total of 64 pounds. Not bad for doing it mainly on my own (i’ve recently hired a trainer). I’ve learned that losing weight and working out takes 3 main components:

  • Consistency
  • Moderation

And trust me when I tell you all three are no easy feat. 

If you think finding an everyday bra is hard, finding a sports bra for activities like Zumba, Jogging or Kickboxing is even harder. There’s a reason why boobies go flying during these workouts. And even as The (Philly) Bra Lady I was no exception. And as an active and consistent fitness lover I have made it my mission to help women find the right bra for their activity level, breast shape and body size. Yes, all those things matter. Check out my 2015 list of my favorite sports bras  size B-J here. 

So you can imagine when lingerie newbie company Soma launched their new sports bra and apparel line I could not wait to try it out. 



My Grade for Soma‘s New Sports Bra and Apparel = B- 

Heres what I love about the product

  • The Size Range: They have included my E.F.G Girls with sizes from 32D – 38G. 
  • Color Palette : They have blue, neon green, and teal. As well as basic colors like black, grey and nude.  
  • Price Point: The sports bra I’m pictured wearing is only $60. Which is pretty comparable to most brands but generous for my E.F.G Girls.
  • Design: I love the “almost” long line band under the wire (bras available in wired and wireless styles) 
  • Side Panel Support: No side boob in this bra. The high side panels don’t rub, pinch or dig. All in, all covered. 


Here’s What I don’t love about the product

  • The Size Range: You ladies know I’m a H Cup (34 H) and this only goes up to a G cup 😦 
  • Design: Although this is a wired sports bra the wires are only placed under the breast.  There is no real bridge or gore to help keep breast separate so there are no real cups. Therefore your boobs will end up touching and have that uniboob effect. 
  • Cup Depth: The “cups” are just not deep enough in my opinion. More on that below. 

Feedback from my review…

So since I’m a H cup I requested this bra in my “sister size” 36G (going up in the band and down in the cup to get more depth in the cup. Case in point, if a manufacture knows you have a larger body frame {i.e.. larger band/back} the cup size/depth will increase (more on that here). So in order to get more room in the cup I got a 36G. As you can see my cup runneth over a bit (unfortunately after a workout it was worst).

In light of that I had a plus model friend of mine try on the same bra in size 38G her true size. She had the same problem. Spillage in the cup. 


My Final Thoughts On The Bra…

Overall I think the bra is a good sports bra. Good not great but, its their first sports bra.  The design is one of the best that I have seen thus far. Especially in this size range. It allows you to be comfortable, stylish and dare I say sexy and supported. Yet, there is most certainly room for improvement. However, I think the biggest issues with this bra is that although its sized to a G cup its

a. Not designed for a true G cup or fuller bust women

b. Not designed for plus/ fuller bodied women.

I would however recommend this bra for women sized D, E, F. Click here to find the nearest Soma to you to try out their new sports line.

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FITNESS: Go Vertical Bedrock

As you know  I’m on a mission to be more active. So this past week I tried Zumba (I know I’m late) and Rock Climbing!!!! Zumba was great but, it didn’t compare to the exhilarating rush of rock climbing!

Go Vertical Philly

The idea to try rock climbing came from a Meetup Group I just recently joined so I cant take the credit for such a brilliant idea. Go Vertical is a new indoor rock climbing facility by the Columbus blvd street pier in Philadelphia. It was pretty cool inside, one room full of both straight and oddly shaped walls decorated with what looked like fruity pebbles.  I was joined with 4 other ladies, Dedire, Amy, Donna & Sabrina. This was our first time indoor rock climbing and I believe we were all excited, anxious, and  a bit nervous (at least I was).

The Beginning

The first wall which was adjacent to this one pictured above,  I simply could not do! I know what you maybe thinking but this is not an easy feat. However, I didn’t necessarily want this to be easy I came for a challenge! Wall 2 was for beginners but hello, thats what I’am! Needless to say wall 2 was better and more manageable, not easier but manageable. The rocks were bigger and therefore better to handle, stand on and grip.

Midway Struggle

This is one of the hardest physical challenges I’ve attempted in my life yet it was one of the most fun! For some of the ladies it seemed to be second nature for others  (like myself) not so much. I can definitely attest that doing this with other people made the experience even more exciting, as we all supported one another and cheered each other on. At one point I mentally became stuck and our instructor suggested I’d take a break which was cool, so I just kinda dangled for awhile.  Then I moved on and ended up here..

Wow! Almost at the top

I was so proud of myself and I can not wait to do this again. After gaining some cool points with myself I mustered up enough confidence to do another wall. I started out great, slipped and couldn’t find my “rhythm.” All in all it was an amazing experience and I definitely recommend trying this out. This is a great activity for friends, co-workers and families! Yes, rock- moms its a cool idea for an afternoon with your kids, this facility has a children’s area.  So who’s up for giving this a try? If yes, then check out these facts I learned while climbing.

1. There is no maximum weight requirement

2. You actually use your leg strength more than your arms, although your arms will feel the burn

3. Signing up for a class will help you learn the correct techniques to master various wall levels

4. Rock climbing is one of the most calorie-consuming fitness exercises out there. The calories burned while rock climbing rival many more commonly employed workout routines, such as running, cross-country skiing, and bicycling. A person weighing between 155-205 can burn anywhere from 774-1024 per hour!