Monthly Archives: April 2017

Tips For Switching From Road to Mountain Bike

It’s not unusual for Road riders to want to venture into Mountain biking, after all, it is just another form of riding to explore.  However, mountain bike riding is very different and does require quite a different approach to road riding.

wendy bike motion wendy and friends wendy bikeMountain biking is a very friendly, relaxed recreational sport.  It’s not about racing or being first across the finish line, it is about smelling the roses in a non competative environment, spending time with your friends and family, or just getting out in the bush for some fresh air, searching for that ideal single track.

There are some beautiful trails and single tracks in and around Melbourne to explore and practice your “switch”.  Not too far from the city is Lysterfield Park – the perfect place to get on your bike.  There are varying levels of tracks from fire trails and basic green tracks all the way up to black and double black tracks used when they held the Commonwealth games there in 2006.

So here are my 6 basic tips for crossing the line to the dark side and once you’ve tried it you may never go back!

Relax your approach

  • MTB riders are a friendly social group.
  • Take your time to enjoy the scenery and take some selfies
  • Everyone waits for each other, its not always race

Attack Position

  • Learn and perfect your attack position
  • Think level pedals, elbows out, eyes up
  • Use this position as your default for obstacles, corners and everything else

Start with the basics, everyone needs to get their foundations right

  • Go and do a basic skills course
  • Hang out with others that ride regularly and follow their lines
  • Practice, practice, practice 

Pick trails that are to your ability

  • To get better, you need to be confident 
  • You also need to be able to commit to certain obstacles and skills, if you don’t you will fail
  • Gradually build your skills, master one, then move onto another

Pedal all the way

  • Whatever you do, don’t stop pedaling
  • When you go over obstacles, up hills and inclines you need to have traction – no traction and you come to a stop
  • By pedaling, you get stronger 

Look where you want to go

  • MTB riding is all about vision
  • Sight the corner or obstacle and then look beyond it, if you continue to focus on it, that is where you will go.  
  • Keep your vision up and scanning all the time

wendy rearMountain biking can be so much fun.  The more you do, the more you will want to do, so get yourself kitted up in a good pair of baggies and a comfortable jersey to head out onto the trails for a ride to remember!  

 

By Wendy Snowball, Personal Trainer @spincyclewarrandyte

  

16111940_693254704185670_467797458_nWendy Snowball is a She Science Ambassador, Personal Trainer, Mountain Biker, Warrandyte MTB Club Secretary and also coaches MTB skills. She races with her daughter Courtney – who is also a She Science Ambassador. You can follow the ladies @spincyclewarrandyte, @courtney_snowball and at spincyclewarrandyte.

 

Everyday wear on the run: Shock Absorber Active Shaped

I have been doing a lot of afternoon runs recently and over the Summer that meant it was quite warm whilst I was running. So I asked She Science for a bra that is supportive but looks good enough to be worn on its own like a crop top.

I decided on the Shock Absorber Active Shaped. I really like the look of this bra – it’s a bit different from your standard sports bra. It is essentially two layers. The inner layer is a lightly moulded band that has minimal seams – so it is comfortable whilst also giving a nice shape. The outer layer is the main body of the bra and at the front this consists of two triangular shaped pieces of mesh. At the back it is your traditional hook and eye fastening and straight shoulder straps.

blog pic vDue to the traditional style back it was nice and airy so my back stayed cool whilst running, but unfortunately it does look like a bra from the back. This has the upside of being very easy to get and off, but the downside is that the straight shoulder straps show if you wear a racer back top.

The whole construction of the bra is of very high quality and there are minimal seams in contact with your skin. The fabric is smooth too so there is minimal chance of chafing- as yet I haven’t experienced any chafing despite wearing it for some very hot and sweaty runs!

The main chest strap is wide as are the shoulder straps so the forces are evenly distributed and there is less chance of straps digging in. The shoulder and chest straps also have a lot of adjustment room, which is great if your size fluctuates slightly as the bra will still fit and support you well.

To break it down:

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Great shape
  • Stylish
  • Can be worn as an everyday bra
  • Easy to get on and off
  • Lots of adjustment room
  • Supportive
  • Smooth fabric with minimal seams
  • Very open at the back for good airflow

Cons:

  • Looks like a bra from the back
  • Straight back straps- can’t be worn with a racerback top


For me this bra is great as I can wear it under my t-shirt at work and it still gives me good shape. Then I can quickly discard my tee at the beginning of lunch and be out of the door and running in a blink of an eye! When I get back from my run the bra is quick and easy to remove, even when sweaty. So overall this means more time running and less time changing – good when you want to have a decent run and still have time to eat your lunch!

By Lauren Starr, Physiotherapist

Lauren Starr is a physiotherapist and also takes clinical pilates, hydrotherapy and yoga classes. Outside of work she spends her spare time running. She has competed in trail and road events but has currently shifted her focus to athletics. 

 

From Office to Trail – Brooks Anyday

I don’t know about you, but I am always in a hurry after work to hit the road, trail or track. Even more so now when daylight savings has ended and we are limited with the amount of daylight left to guide the way. So I really hate wasting precious sunlight getting changed once the clock hits 5!

anydayblackfront_clipped_rev_1.jpegI don’t usually like wearing my sports bra to work. But the Anyday bra by Brooks is the perfect everyday bra to serve the purpose of work to workout.

A great soft fit with light padding, giving a nice shape- it looks like a normal bra but it will give you a higher level of support, combining encapsulation and compression.

The bra is quite low cut, and you have the option of wearing the straps in traditional or cross back. This enables a wide range of outfit choices.

This bra does not come in a size 8, but I found that it was a small fit and hence I was able to fit well into a 10.

Overall a great compromise between different functions.

 

Kellie Marceau Photography

2016 Australian Trail Champion, Kellie Emmerson is a She Science Ambassador and serial ultra-marathon podium finisher.  Kellie professionally works as an Occupational Therapist, Running Coach and Body Pump Instructor. You can follow Kellie on facebook and on Instagram @kelemmo. 

 

 

 

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Six of our favourite everyday bras

She Science has carefully selected a range of everyday bras that are more sassy than sporty, great for that night out!

Our Favourites for D cup plus ladies are:

Freya’s ‘Deco Moulded Plunge Bra’ RRP $90

picaThis bra is a staple in many women’s wardrobes, Deco has a nice round moulded cup great for V neck tops. The straps on this bra aren’t bulky like some bras and it has the ability to cinch in at the back to create a flawless line across the back of racerback tops. Deco has a seam free cup design to prevent irritation across the nipple and give a soft look under clothing. This bra doesn’t only come in black, Freya always do at least one seasonal colour so you can spice up your wardrobe!

Deco Is Available in cups B – GG

 

Scantilly by Curvy Kate’s ‘Peek a Boo Balcony Bra’ – RRP $135

picbbThis sassy underwire black bra you can wear day to night! The soft satin outer sling and 4 piece cup creates a perfect round perky shape. The Straps on this bra are very supportive and thick to add to your comfort to wear all night. This bra is perfect for summer is it’s made from a light breathable polyester blend, the seams do not irritate the nipple and its great under scoop neck tops. Scantilly’s Peek-A-Boo bra comes in a fashion colour each season so be sure to check it out!

Peek a Boo Balcony Bra is Available in cups DD – HH

 

Our Favourites for size 14 plus back ladies are:

Fayreform’s Coral Underwire Bra – RRP $50

piccCoral is a full coverage underwire 3 piece cup bra. The underwire in this bra overlaps at the centre panel creating a narrow silhouette. This bra has a wide solid elastane back ensuring full support along with comfortable thick straps to get you through any day! The seams in Coral are what gives the bra its shape along with the unique underwire. Fayreform also makes a wire free version of this bra ‘Coral Soft Cup’ which is a good alternative if you prefer wire free bras. The elegant lace Coral has a cult like following within the fashion bra community and is easily accessible in Australia instore and online. Coral comes in a variety of colours which makes it so hard to pick which one to get!

Coral is available in C-F cup.

 

Elomi’s Bijou RRP $90

picddBijou is similar to Deco (previously mentioned) in many ways. This bra is an underwire plunge contour bra. The smooth cup inside and out prevents any nipple show through and is great under sheer clothing. Bijou gives a flattering rounded shape giving you a great silhouette, it even has a J-hook at the back (cinch) to hide straps under racerback tops, what more could you want! The straps on this bra are thick and supportive without being bulky. Bijou comes in nude and seasonal colour for those less conservative!

Bijou is available in E – H cupspicee picfffffff

 

Loveable’s Sexy and Seamless Contour Bra RRP $60

Sexy and Seamless underwire is a great as a first bra as it’s not too invasive and gives nipple coverage. Loveable also make a ‘Sexy and Seamless Wire free bra’ available in A to D cup. The seamless bra fits nicely under school uniforms as well as business shirts. This bra has supportive straps and the back fits a little on the firm side! This bra is a plunge bra has foam cups giving a rounder projection and has hook and eye closure. Loveable is easily accessible in Australia online and instore. Sexy and Seamless comes in a variety fun of seasonal colours, so what are you waiting for!

Sexy and Seamless is available in A – G cup

 

Heidi Klum’s Sofia Underwire Bra RRP$75

Heidi Klums’s Sofia underwire bra has had a cult like following ever since Elle Macpherson’s first launched it as Dentelle. It’s safe nothing changed with the bra, basically it’s same bra, different ambassador for Bendon Lingerie’s flagship brand. Sofia is an underwire balconette style bra with 3 piece cup adding support and shape. For extra support in Sofia there is boning at the side of the bra. This bra has fashionable and supportive straps perfect to show off in summer! This bra also comes in a ‘Sofia Contour bra’ from A – DD if you prefer a little more nipple coverage.  Sofia without fail comes in at least one fashion colour every season, so it’s easy to find a colour or two you will love!

 

Sofia is available in B – G cup