Monthly Archives: March 2015

A review of performance underwear for horse-riding

By Linda Lewis, She Science Ambassador and HRCAV competitor

Imagine this ‘you’re preparing for a competition; you start your list…’

  • Wash and prepare horse
  • Pack float with saddlery, feed, grooming supplies
  • Pack riding apparel; boots, helmet, jodhpurs, shirt, vest, jacket

You may even consider your sports bra, makeup and what you will eat, but have you thought about your underwear?

Before meeting the girls at She Science my choice of underwear was never a conscious decision. They suggested I try technical underwear aka ‘rundies’ that were getting great reviews from the equestrian community. So over the past months I have put the 2XU, Moving Comfort and Panache ‘rundies’ to test.

The overall verdict

I found that all three styles provided a seamless finish under jodhpurs which was important to me, as it is most riders. Being full coverage underwear all three styles also stayed in place and didn’t ride up at all. The light moisture wicking fabrics were comfortable and kept me cool.

2XU Performance Briefs

The 2XU fit especially well on me, I now wear them as my everyday underwear. They are a bikini cut with a little bit of stick on the edges to stop them moving, along with seam free edges all around. Very comfy! As a bonus these are available in nude so they work well under my white Jodhpurs.

2XU Performance Brief

2XU Performance Brief

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panache Sports Brief

The Panache are great as a ‘tummy tucker’. They are a higher cut and provide more support to all the ‘post-baby wobbly bits’. The firmer materials also help to contribute to this supportive feeling.

Panache Sports Brief

Panache Sports Brief

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving Comfort Bikini Brief

The Moving Comfort fabrics are extremely light, with a mesh panel across the back that helps prevent sweat patches. The waist band height is fairly standard.

Moving Comfort Workout Bikini Brief

Moving Comfort Workout Bikini Brief

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I felt all three styles offer supreme comfort, quality and performance over any store bought underwear. I had tried dance underwear before however they didn’t survive the rough treatment of jodhpurs and saddles, and didn’t have the moisture wicking capabilities of sports underwear.

Am I converted? Absolutely! When I think about it, why shouldn’t we choose underwear for horse riding based on performance.

horse riding underwear

 

Linda is a She Science Ambassador, a doting mother to one and our resident Equestrian aficionado. Linda is regularly found competing both locally and around Australia at HRCAV events, and rarely goes home without a ribbon. Linda’s work in the Equestrian community extends to helping the lives of others as she volunteers her time as a board member for Riding for the Disabled. 

 

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Moving Comfort Jubralee Product Review

By Priscilla Barrington, Triathlete, She Science Ambassador

Triathlon Sports Bra Australia Melbourne

For the past few years I have been wearing just lycra crop tops to exercise in. As my training regime has increased over time, sadly my two best friends have decreased and I’ve given them very little attention! I think it is natural for girls like me to shrug off good support with the thought “I’m small – there’s nothing to support!”

Getting fitted at She Science was the first proper fitting I have ever had. The first and most basic step of measuring my chest diameter showed instantly I was wearing the wrong sized bra. Jayde from She Science gave me a few options to try out on the treadmill and also measured the “bounce” – which yes, whilst being ‘small’ the advantage of minimal movement was evident, however there was definitely a difference between the brands. This was particularly evident when at the end I tried a bra that is most similar to what I was previously wearing (lycra crop top) and the movement was clearly greater.

I ended up choosing the Moving Comfort Jubralee bra. Just like clothing, sizes vary between brands and with much excitement I can tell the world I am wearing a whopping 8C!!! Minutes prior had I picked one up off the shelf I would have bought a 10A… I cannot get over the importance of a proper fitting, and recommend it to anyone who will listen!

Moving Comfort Jubralee MelbourneI have now being wearing the Jubralee for a month and absolutely love it. The bra gives more shape than the old lycra crop tops which increases self-confidence – particularly important when getting around in lycra! The Jubralee is traditional in style with two straps over the shoulders, which took some getting use to as I am accustomed to wearing an action back style sports bra. However this style means your back is more exposed and therefore cooler, which has been particularly great over these summer months. It also means you can clip the bra up at the front and spin it around (for those like me who struggle to clip up behind!) – which avoids stretching the bra over your head every wear like you do with a crop top which quickly stretches the bra and makes it ill fitting.

The Jubralee is comfortable, breathable, shapely and fits well under all my sports clothes. I highly recommend it to women of all sizes!

By Priscilla Barrington

 

Priscilla is a serial podium finished at short course Triathlon nation wide. As her competitive side developed she fell in love with the short course triathlons as she realised she could compete more often with these distances.  Her weekly training schedule is made up on 10 different swim, bike and run sessions. Priscilla is our go-to women for all things Triathlon! Follow her via her BlogInstagram.  

 

 

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Training for your first marathon

By Emily Thorpe, She Science Ambassador

Beginner Marathon tips

If you have been running for a little while, or even just started, a marathon may be something that you are working towards. Perhaps you have enjoyed the challenges of your first 5km, 10km or even an impressive half marathon and feel that it is time for the next distance to push yourself.

A marathon, 42.2km or 26 miles, is much further than just jogging around the park and much further than many people will ever run, so it’s a distance not to be taken lightly if you are planning on adding it to your to-do list.

But after all the excitement (and maybe a little blind fear) of saying yes to your first marathon, where to next, how do you get yourself to the start line?

A reason

Why? Why are you doing this to your body? Why are you sacrificing family fun times to lose toenails and push your body further than it has gone before? There are so many fabulous reasons to do a marathon, so take your reason, hashtag it and celebrate it. That one reason (or even many reasons if you are extremely enthusiastic) will give your training a purpose.

A training plan

For me there is a big difference in running for fun and training for an event. An event is an end goal and regardless of how and what speed you want to run it, you need to get there first and just the occasional run around your local suburb will make race day very difficult.

A marathon is a serious distance, so you need to train like an athlete, taking that title on along with a decent training plan is a great place to start. Many of the running magazines have plans available or, even better, find a coach who knows you, your history and your goals to write you a personalized plan.

If someone is telling you to train, it’s much harder to say no when the alarm goes off at 5am.

A running buddy

They are worth their weight in gels and Nuun tablets, I tell you! A team (virtual or real) or a buddy helps you get out the door, sympathises with the DOMs and shares the milestones as the distances get longer. Chatting with a buddy is also a great time filler for those long runs.

A support crew

It is not uncommon to feel a lot of self-doubt during training and having a support crew that has your back is massive. You’ll be tired. A lot. You’ll be hungry. A lot. You’ll be wondering what you are doing. A lot.

Maybe it’s a simple as someone saying, “you’re awesome, you’ve got this”, because you are and you have.

Also a word to the mothers out there – shelve the guilt. Putting Peppa Pig on so you can have a quiet date with the couch after smashing a long run is more than ok.

Nutrition

You’ll be running half marathons during your training so fuel like you are. A lot of people have different dietary requirements and preferred nutrition – for me, there’s a lot of carbs and protein and a lot of fluids. Marathon training is not a weight loss exercise so reward and fuel that strong body.

All the other bits

There are probably some old school purists that are turning in their Dunlop Volleys reading this, but I love all the bits!

I love my Moving Comfort Rebound Racer bra, I love my Garmin and I love my 2xu undies. I have a collection of magic creams, ointments and body glides that soothe and heal. There are spikey balls floating around all over the house for various acts of relief (or torture), resistance bands that stay permanently attached to furniture and I have a love/hate relationship with my foam roller of pain.

An Epsom Salt bath is amazing for tired legs and I have taken to sleeping in calf compression sleeves and don’t even think for a second that my toes nails wont be covered in bright polish because I don’t even want to look at my little piggies right now.

You will quickly work out as you train, what is best for you. What gear still feels good after more than 3 hours on your feet and a lot of sweat, what time of the day is best and what fuel is most effective.

But throughout it all – just keep remembering your one thing, that one thing of why you are doing it and never forget “you are awesome and you have totally got this.”

Emily Thorpe, She Science Ambassador

 

Emily is a She Science ambassador who after running 6 half marathons in 12 months is now training for her first full marathon along the scenic and hilly Great Ocean Road.  A fan of the Rebound Racer from Moving Comfort for running and Berlei for everyday wear as well as Pilates and Body Pump classes. Follow Emily, @mrs_sabbatical on instagram + twitter + blog.

 

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