Friday Funny 74: Does It Work: Enell Sports Bra

>> Friday, February 05, 2010

Well, I DIDN’T actually review this myself.

My wife has delicious C cups. Sometimes they’re up to D cups. (Those are good days.) But being the 11-time marathon finisher that she is (and 1-time ultra-marathoner), she has to deal with those ladies jumping all over the place.

She started by just wearing 2 sports bras. That was uncomfortable and a pain in the butt. (And hilarious.)

For quite some time now, she’s been getting the “Title Nine” catalog in the mail, and they have sports bras listed with a “dumbbell” rating system. The more dumbbells, the less bounce in the bra. They have a sports bra made by Enell that they called “The Last Resort Bra.” It truly is “the last resort” for women with ample chests because it’s quite ugly. But it’s the only sports bra that has a “5 dumbbell” rating.

Pharmie bought that bra HOPING for some support, and she’s never looked back. Here she is about to become an Ironman for the first time (in 2006), and you can see the tell-tale signs of the Enell sports bra by the upward-curving lines over each boob:

Here you can see her Enell sports bra in this lovely photo of us as she’s about to run the Twin Cities Marathon back in 2007:

You can see those same signs of the Enell sports bra during her first ultra marathon:

And most recently, you can see her wearing it as we climbed the Superstition Mountains in AZ last month:

To answer your question: NO, it’s NOT the SAME bra. Don’t be gross. Pharmie’s had like a dozen of them. But she SWEARS by them for running!

Pharmie and I were recently looking at the Enell website, and we stumbled across a good video. It's 2:12 long, and it's not "funny" for the first half. But then it gets good. Check out my play-by-play below the video.

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- What's going on at 1:20 is my FAVORITE part when Pharmie puts on her bra. It's QUITE a show!
- It's fun to watch Pharmie "rearrange" everything too, as you can see in the video from 1:25 - 1:28.
- What's with the "Vanna White" hand motion at 1:35?!? I crack up every time! Are they serious?
- And then she's just jumping around from 1:38 - 1:50. That's the best way this video could possibly end.

We thought that was pretty good, but then we found this jem:

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Did they HAVE to choose that song?! And then from 0:35 - 1:03, I nearly lost it. ("It" can mean whatever you want it to...)

In conclusion, my wife LOVES her Enell sports bra, and I fully support her being “fully supported.”

Enell Sports Bra's Performance: Grade of A+. Quote from Pharmie: “Before I tried this sports bra, I used to get horrendous scabs in 'inconvenient' places from the chaffing no matter what type - or how many - sports bras I used. Now, with the Enell sports bra (and sometimes a little Body Glide) I rarely have a mark, even after a marathon. However, because it's so supportive, I can't wear it for all activities: I don't wear it during tris or while biking because it's too much pressure. If you need that much support during a tri, you can always order one size bigger so it's a little looser around your ribcage and offers more room to breath."

Enell Sports Bra's Comfort: Grade of A. Quote from Pharmie: “It takes a little getting used to breathing in this thing because it's a little tight around your ribcage. But wearing it is quite comfortable. The big shoulder straps and the crisscross in the back offer extra support during prolonged activity."

Enell Sports Bra's Appearance: Grade of C+. Quote from Pharmie: “There's no getting around it - it's pretty hideous. But I'd gladly give up looking like a super model in favor of making my boobs disappear and having a great workout!"

So check out Enell's website if you're an ample woman.

Do you have sports bra issues? Have you tried the Enell sports bra? And don't forget to check back at 2 am and 2 pm every day this week for more “Does It Work” posts. Click on the “Does It Work” tag to see all posts in this mini-series.

(I'll be back with 1 more "Friday Funny" version of "Does It Work" at 2 pm, and I think I'll have a few more "Does It Work" posts this weekend too.)


Maggs 2:11 AM, February 05, 2010  

Just wondering about your thoughts on it?

Steve Stenzel 4:26 AM, February 05, 2010  

MM, as long as we're talking about boobs, I'm a happy camper. If it keeps Pharmie's boobs happy, it keeps me happy.

Diana 4:43 AM, February 05, 2010  

Steve, this was a great way to start my day! I have worn the Title Nine sports bras for some time now and have to agree with your wife-they are superior in performance, but not the best looking!
Love the videos!

Michelle 5:46 AM, February 05, 2010  

As a D cup, 4 time marathoner. Just getting into the 'tri' thing. I swear by the Enell Bra. They look awful and yes I do call it the Boulder Holder, but darn they do the job. I had tried just about every bra out on the market. A friend found the Enell bra at an outlet mall and sent it to me. I can't even tell you how many I have had over the years.

Unlike Pharmie, I do wear them during the tri's. I can't even imagine running without it. It makes me too nervous. I will agree with going up a size for the tri.

AS I am increasing my running my girls are shrinking making my boyfriend not a happy camper!

Jumper 2.0 6:12 AM, February 05, 2010  

I bought my wife a cw-x ultra support bra. They look more comfortable than an enell but their videos aren't near as good! ;-)

Veronica B. 6:25 AM, February 05, 2010  

Man, this makes me SO grateful to be a B cup. I can throw on pretty much any old sports top or bra and have the girls wrangled and under control.

Kim 7:02 AM, February 05, 2010  

I had emailed with pharmie a few times in the past about sports bars, but I have yet to try the last resort yet! I'm gonna order one online today! My Ds need some TLC.

Rebecca 7:20 AM, February 05, 2010  

thanks for the report! i'm always looking for extra support for the girls. started out with the 2 bras, gradually trying different brands including CW-X. its amazing how many say that they are "max support" for the Ds but still allow lots o'floppage. lately i've been liking the Champion Powersleek...but am going to have to try one of these out!

adena 7:56 AM, February 05, 2010  

The Enell is the only bra I wear during every workout. I am new to Tri's and intend to wear it for racing as well. I wouldn't even think about running without it.

But my god it's UGLY! Not cheap either but definitely worth every penny.

CoachLiz 8:18 AM, February 05, 2010  

I am so glad I have no boobs and do not have those problems. However, it is hard to find bras that are small enough. I have had to resort to buying bras in the girls section of Target to find ones that fit. They just don't make AA and AAA bras.

Greenking17 "TRI-harder" 8:32 AM, February 05, 2010  

Thats actually some really good info! Now, on a less serious note...vid one..the blonde!! Wowsers (I wonder how much her boobs were anyway) Cha-ching. The 2nd, what the hell. Laughed out loud, especially with the double jack off running technique....What?!

Matt Ellenberger 8:33 AM, February 05, 2010  

Am I the only one who thinks the girl in the first video is really hot?

Tall Girl Running 9:24 AM, February 05, 2010  

I wish I needed an Enell bra. Wistful sigh.

Amy 9:52 AM, February 05, 2010  

Thanks for this review!! I've been on the fence about this bra and another bra called the Maia sports bra. I usually wear a thin underwire racerback bra and then a regular sports bra over it, but then I'm limited wearing vneck tops afterwards because I look like I have some sick case of scabies where the regular bra rubbed between my boobs.

What? TMI? Oh, sorry.

I might have to give one of these a try... hilarious videos and commentary by the way.

t-odd 10:03 AM, February 05, 2010  

Dude, I don't look at my own wife's boobs as much as I just looked at yours. And with your encouragement no less. I feel dirty and will now go take a 45 minute shower with Lava soap. Ick. (I like boobs, too, so it was a little difficult to look away.)

Jennifer P 10:03 AM, February 05, 2010  

Enell, here I come. Please thank your wife for being a great sport about having her girls chatted about so freely.

Jen 10:21 AM, February 05, 2010  

Never thought I would read a review from a man about bras. I had serious problems until I got most of them removed.

Chic Runner 10:33 AM, February 05, 2010  

one word. AMAZING.

Thanks for sharing pharmie! :)

B. Kramer 10:43 AM, February 05, 2010  

Very, uh, informative. Thanks!

Cassie 11:00 AM, February 05, 2010  

My cups runneth over and the Enell bra, while looking like something Cloris Leachman wore in High Anxiety, DOES do it's job.

Chad 12:17 PM, February 05, 2010  

For some reason this post reminds me of the saying;

You've seen 1 boob, you want to see them all.

Anonymous,  12:26 PM, February 05, 2010  

And I thought I liked looking at bike porn. Thanks Steve! In all seriousness, I'm passing this along to my GF. She could find it useful.

Steve Stenzel 12:43 PM, February 05, 2010  

Amy, you should know that on this blog there's NO SUCH THING as TMI! ;)

T-odd, go stare at your wife's boobs to make everything "right" with the world again. Then we'll be good. Ha!

And Chad, I've never heard that saying, but it's SO TRUE!! ;)

Thanks everyone! And big thanks to Pharmie for being so open about her cleavage joys and woes.

Jennifer 1:37 PM, February 05, 2010  

I love my Enell - I love how on the tag it says 'get serious'. It is ugly as heck BUT if you stop for one moment while it's half way hooked up and check yourself out, it's a little sexy - just for that one moment. Thanks for this series Steve, it is quite good.

pen 2:02 PM, February 05, 2010  

You know, being a marathoner and iron(wo)man, I'm oddly happy that I'm so un-endowed that I don't have to worry about this.

Being a single girl, however, I may trade my no sports bra issues for some boobies.

Sarah Giacomarra Schrader 5:25 PM, February 05, 2010  

CoachLiz, I though I was the only woman shopping for bras in the girls section at Target. The only up side to have a AAA/AAAA size is that you can get 3 bras for 6 bucks.
Sigh, I wish I had Pharmie's problems.

Regina 9:53 PM, February 05, 2010  

I bought one of these after I gave birth and was still breastfeeding (and working out). I was like an F or some crazy thing. I love/hate this bra for all the same reasons as your wife. I am down to a C/D, but have moved on to the CW-X ultra support bra and the Moving Comfort Lila bra (LOVE this one, but sadly they have discontinued it).

As good as the Enell bra is in it's support it works even better as birth control; not sexy, kind of like Birkenstocks.

D 1:13 AM, February 06, 2010  

I've been a believer for almost three years. Yes, men... I HAVE BIG BOOBS!

D 1:14 AM, February 06, 2010  

Side note: a little disappointed with your advice for Todd. Pretty sure he should at least give his wife a motor boat to make up for all the staring.

Nat 12:55 PM, February 06, 2010  

Steve if you enjoyed the Enell video you might enjoy this:


Gonna have to check some of these out. I can't say that I've had many issues with the boobage and the running. Right now, I'm digging the Underarmour sports bra. Just saying. Pearl Izumi makes a nice one too.

Tina Z 2:19 PM, February 22, 2010  

I LOVE this bra. I go through one every few months and it's the ONLY bra that can withstand a boot-camp class filled with gazillions of jumping jacks or jump rope. Nothing is uglier than flailing boobs during 100 jumping jacks or 15 minutes of jumping rope. This bra saved my athletic life.

Navigating the Mothership 7:25 PM, September 12, 2010  

So it's a million years after you posted this, but someone just sent me this link today when I was complaining about my necessary double-sports-bra system on my blog. I will finally cough up the $$ for the Enell, after debating it for a while. Thanks for the info!

PS - I'm in Minneapolis!

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