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Get with the times and ditch your second layer! Wearing two Sports Bras at once could be a thing of the past.

The most common line I get from customers that have not yet experienced the delight of a technical Sports Bra goes something along the lines of “I currently wear a heavy duty every day bra under a crop top to feel supported”.  This scenario has trained much of the active female population to believe that two bras are the only way to go for exercise.

Traditionally Sports Bras have been made of elastic type materials to allow the bra to give as we move. This was supposed to ensure we were comfortable during activity.  Now a days, design teams understand the flaw in that theory. Sports Bras need to be made of firm materials to restrict excessive breast motion. So the days of buying the smallest elastic crop top you could find, to stretch out to its max so you feel supported, are done and dusted.

A bit of background on support systems in Sports Bras for you. There are two methods of bra construction to offer support, compression & encapsulation. Compression is the obvious ‘squeeze & squash’, squeezing the breasts together and squashing them against the chest wall. The Encapsulation technique holds each breast separately and firmly, much like that of our day to day underwire bras.

Most (but not all!) technical Sports Bras rely on the encapsulation method of support, along with a degree of compression overlying this.  This dual system of support mimics the double bra set up that so many women have been doing for years now but eliminates the uni-boob outcome.

So, for most there is no need to layer up if you’re using a technical Sports Bra.
Of course, because some women are used to strapping their girls down so firmly it may be that they always feel more secure with a second layer, an argument that is difficult for us to disagree with. Other alternatives to this could include wearing a singlet with a shelf bra in it, or using a compression singlet over the top of your Technical Sports Bra.
My words of advice are to be open to the idea of freeing yourself from wearing two bras at the one time. While if done safely there is nothing necessarily wrong with having two bras on at once for a short period, there is an obvious hassle, inconvenience and cost to living this way! The only dangerous move I do see made with the double bra, is when the strap configuration of both bras are the same, which can cause the straps to dig in too firmly. So if you are a two bra kind of girl then make sure you use bras with differing strap configurations.

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Product Review / Berlei Pro Elite

For girls sporting DD – G cups the Berlei Pro Elite Bra could definitely be a contender for your Sports Bra collection.

Our customers love the fact they can be in a high support, racer back style bra that leaves them with such a great shape! Some key outstanding features that really work well in this bra include:

1. Underwire – While underwire is not essential in a high support Sports Bra, some women find it a must as they are so familiar with it in their everyday bras. Berlei have done a great job constructing this article as the underwire hides well within the garment and won’t poke into breast tissue when fitted properly. The underwire ensures each breast is well defined leaving the wearer with a great shape.

2. High neckline – A slightly higher neckline leaves an immense feeling of security when wearing the Pro Elite Bra. The containment of breast tissue in the higher cut cups is noticed by all during their wear testing. This feature results in the bra being a stand out option during our biomechanical breast assessments, as the extra material allows very little vertical displacement during treadmill running.

3. Adjustable Velcro straps – A practical addition to any Sports Bra, this gives the wearer the opportunity to adjust the strap tension once they are in the bra. This means your Sports Bra can fit firmly every step of the way.

4. Firm materials – The nylon polyester elastane blend is pointed out by all customers as being supremely comfortable against the skin. It’s designed to wick moisture away from the skin leaving it dry during high intensity activity. The nature of this material coupled with the wide bra band results in a great line around the back, an area that many women fret about during a bra fitting. So for ladies with a DD – G cup wanting to explore the world of racer back designed Sports Bras, this is a must try! We look forward to seeing you in store.

Tish

Be Pro elite

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NOW OPEN! The first She Science Sports Bra Store!

And….. we’re open!

Doors opened an hour and a half before our expected opening time on Saturday due to demand from the local ladies!

We have had a terrific week fitting the women of Kew, their teenage daughters and some of our loyal blog, instagram and facebook followers.

Our shipment of Freya and Elomi arrived midweek which has extended our range to include a much larger variety of options for women with cup sizes G, GG, H, HH and J.

Our staff took the floor confidently and professionally after our extensive pre-opening training. Part 1 of this training included independent bra fitting with the one and only Renee Mayne, more commonly known in the industry and public eye as the ‘Bra Queen’!

We look forward to seeing many more of you in store when it’s time to update your Sports Bra.

Here are some snaps of our sparkling store for your viewing pleasure!

Some of the gorgeous active wear we stock, which includes Moving Comfort and Nike apparel.

Some of the gorgeous active wear we stock, which includes Moving Comfort and Nike apparel.

Our amazing Bra wall... with 30 of our customised pretty Penny mannequins.

Our amazing Bra wall… with 30 of our customised pretty Penny mannequins.

Our beautiful counter. We're waiting on a bit of extra signage here.

Our beautiful counter. We’re waiting on a bit of extra signage here.

From the street front, Cotham Road Kew

From the street front, Cotham Road Kew

Our beautiful playful mannequins and Chandelier!

Our playful mannequins and Chandelier!

 

Visit us at She Science to be fitted for your best Sports Bra:

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Your bra band fit…

Commonly we see women fit themselves in to bras that are too loose around the bra band, and too small in the cup size. The bra band is the anchor of the bra, it is essentially the most integral part of any bras support system. While we may get away with a bra band that doesn’t fit snuggly in our everyday bra, our Sports Bra is another story.

The natural support structures in the breast, the skin & Coopers Ligaments are sadly both delicate structures that can’t endure the demands of high impact physical activity. Both the skin & Coopers Ligaments are easily damaged, and once damaged cannot be repaired. This is why we require the Sports Bra to give us additional support in the first place.

So during a Sports Bra fitting your fitter should pay particular attention to the firmness of the bra band around your rib cage. Expect that this will feel firmer than most of your everyday bras.

Most technical Sports Bras will use a wide band of support around the side and back of the bra, this ensures that your firm fitting bra band leaves you with a great line through your back and sides.

And it’s not just the support factor that is affected by an ill-fitting bra band, being in a Sports Bra that is fitted too loosely around the back can result in chaffing and horrible bra burn, a pain that is enough to put anyone off being active!

Visit us at She Science to be fitted for your best Sports Bra:

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And follow us on facebook:

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Our online store can be found at:

http://www.shescience.com.au/page/shop%20online.aspx