Category Archives: Sports Bras for large breasts

Moving Comfort favourite Jubralee Sports Bra is back

We are so excited to say the Jubralee – a She Science favourite (and my personal favourite) Sports Bra is back and we are the first retailer in Australia to have access to this stock!

The Jubralee hasn’t been available in Australia for almost two years. Now, under the Brooks label rather than Moving Comfort, it has returned – unchanged.

This Sports Bra is high impact, straight back and wire free. It also happens to be maternity appropriate, with the straps adjusting with Velcro at the front.

IMG_7442I personally use it for yoga and running, including over rocky trail, and I love the soft rib cage band and padded fastener which ensures a chafe free experience. I always feel secure it in it, even when running downhill at speed or skipping during a boxing session.

It has a seam free moulded cup on the interior providing a smooth feel and encapsulation and the interior front yoke limits vertical breast movement. The Jubralee is light weight, moisture wicking and thin enough for Summer temperatures but its double layer of fabric provides enough coverage for ‘’high beam’’ modesty.

It has the look of a crop, the compression and encapsulating support of a high impact Sports Bra, great coverage to reduce vertical escape and is comfortable and easy to get on and off – no matter how sweaty you’ve gotten. It also dries easily overnight.

350042_383_mf_Jubralee_preview.jpeg_clipped_rev_1As someone who has experienced some neck and shoulder tension I struggle with racerback bras. I also experience Exercise Induced Breast Discomfort – but not with the Jubralee. I love the wide straps of this bra, and always feel as if I’m secure while barely noticing I’m wearing a bra. My breasts frequently fluctuate in cup size and having the front adjusting Velcro system allows me to accommodate for this. These are the reasons  I keep coming back to this bra again and again.

The Jubralee is now available in 10-16 D-F Cups and 18 D-E Cups. It is not currently available in 20-22 D and DD Cups but it is possible these sizes may become available in the coming Winter Season.

I highly recommend you try it out with our motion analysis system next time you’re in store. While all body and breast shapes and personal preferences differ it just might give your current favourite sports bra a run for its money.

By Angela McLaren

IMG_3705Angela been support crew and store operations at She Science for almost three years. She’s a Personal Trainer, a keen runner and trail runner and has a faithful road bike she loves that doesn’t get quite enough of a workout.

Thoracic Pain & Large Breasts : How to manage the discomfort

 

The thoracic spine is the section of spine between your cervical spine (neck) and lumbar spine (lower back). Each vertebrae of the thoracic spine has a rib connected on either side and the upper ribs connect to the sternum at the front of your body.

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Due to the attachment of the rib cage to the thoracic spine there is limited movement through the upper back region. Consequently we can often get stiff and sore in the upper back. Sometimes stiffness in the thoracic spine and in the joints between the thoracic vertebrae and ribs can refer pain to other areas such as your sides, front of torso and arms.

Position of the breast on the chest wall:

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Muscles of the chest wall:

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Muscles of the upper back:

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Some factors can increase the risk of getting stiffness and/or pain in the upper back.

Examples include:

  • Poor standing posture
  • Poor sitting posture
  • Lots of time spent sitting
  • Engaging in lots of anterior focused activities and exercises
  • Having a large bust

The weight of a large bust puts increased force on the chest wall and can, amongst other things:

  • Tighten the pectoreal muscles
  • Pull the shoulders forward (which can also lead to various shoulder injuries)
  • Round the top of the thoracic spine (kyphosis)

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Some ways to prevent and treat pain and/or stiffness in the upper back:

  • Massage of the chest and shoulders
  • Physiotherapy (which may include mobilisation of the thoracic spine)
  • Spikey ball/tennis ball/cricket ball self-release of pec muscles blog pic jblog pic k
  • Stretches- focused on opening the chest and loosening the thoracic spine
  • Upper back strengthening exercises

  • Improving posture
  • Using a lumbar roll for support when sitting
  • Decreasing time spent sitting or interspersing sitting with regular standing/walking/stretching
  • Modifying activities to decrease load on front of body
  • Getting properly fitted for a good-quality brablog pic u
  • Wearing a good quality, fitted sports bra for exercise

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If you are experiencing ongoing upper back or chest pain and these steps do not help please consult a medical professional.

 

By Lauren Starr, Physiotherapist

Hi, my name is Lauren Starr and I’m a 28 year old physiotherapist. I’ve been working in a busy physiotherapy clinic in Melbourne’s South East for three years now and I love it! As well as assessing and treating people in rooms, I also take clinical pilates, hydrotherapy and yoga classes.

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Outside of work I spend most of my time running. I have been focussing on athletics recently, but I also compete in trail and road events.

I am lucky enough to have a partner and dog who also love running so we go on lots of running adventures together in our campervan.

In my downtime I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading and baking.

 

Breast Feeding + Exercise

By Libby Nuttall

 

There are so many questions running through your mind as a new mum, many of those about breastfeeding. For something so natural, it can actually be pretty hard to get the hang of! Exercise is not only safe, but recommended while breastfeeding. Studies show exercise does not have any long term affect on milk supply or nutrient content.

The benefits of exercise to a breastfeeding mother include enhanced mental health, improved fitness and more energy to cope with the demands of a baby, so now is the time to get active!

Many mums want to get back into their exercise soon after baby has been born, but are nervous about the process. Will my supply be affected? What if I start leaking? How can I tame my “ladies”? It’s all about making it work for you. Here’s my top tips for getting back into it.

DON’T RUSH!

Don’t rush back into high intensity exercise, allow your body to ease back into everything. Some women do find that increasing the intensity too quickly can affect their breastmilk supply, while others say it has no impact whatsoever.

You need to discover what works for you, but easing into exercise is advisable for everyone, even if you exercised right through your pregnancy. If you find noticeable changes in your milk or baby when introducing exercise, cut back and return gradually.

LOOK AFTER NUMERO UNO!

As a new mum, you may be sleep deprived and lethargic. You are also using more energy each day just by breastfeeding. Don’t forget, your supply can be affected by your lethargy, so don’t push it. It’s crucial that you are providing your body with the nourishment it needs, that is, good quality food, sleep and water, so you have the energy to exercise as well as produce milk.

In the early months, I find two to three days of exercise followed by a rest day is a good way to maintain and refill those energy stores.

SUPPORT THOSE MUMMAS!

Invest in a really supportive bra. Whether it be a breastfeeding bra or not, it needs to support your breasts so you can run with ease. Many women say their biggest challenge to overcome when it comes to exercise after baby is figuring out how to manage their breasts, so it’s invaluable to invest well and most of all, make sure it is correctly fitted.

One of my 'breast feeding appropriate' facvourites, the Juno!

One of my ‘breast feeding appropriate’ facvourites, the Juno!

MONITOR BABY’S RESPONSE

There is evidence to suggest that lactic acid can build up in the milk supply during high intensity exercise. Once again, this can be different for all women, so just monitor your baby’s response when feeding. If she doesn’t mind, then continue. If you find bub struggles to feed after a workout, avoid feeding for 90 minutes, when your milk should return to normal.

And remember to change out of your sweaty clothes straight after a workout to avoid infection of the milk ducts.

PRE FEED!

Try to feed your baby before you do exercise. This will not only mean your baby isn’t subjected to a sweaty, salty nipple, but will mean you’re not as full while you’re working out. It can also alleviate any concerns about lactic acid build up.

Before you leave for the run, insert fresh nursing pads into your bra to prevent a mid-run leak!

 

By Libby Nuttall, Miracle Months 

 

libby nuttalLibby is a pre and post natal personal trainer in the Macedon Ranges. When she’s not hanging with her two sons, husband and Weimaraner (a.k.a; the boys), she is running high intensity fitness classes, volunteering as the president of the local playgroup, or working on her new range of pre and post natal wellness programs, Miracle Months. Libby had her second son in December 2015 and is loving sharing the journey back to fitness and strength post baby with her social media following. This year she is looking forward to competing in a number of runs and obstacle races. Follow Libby via Miracle Months facebookinstagram.

 

Best Sports Bra for dd cup

Women are often surprised to hear that for us at She Science DD sized bras are not considered ‘difficult’ for us to source. In fact, at the time of writing this article we have over 30 different options in store for a DD cup. Our Sports Bra store caters for cup sizes A – J.

In 2000 the average breast size in Australia was recorded to be a 12B. By 2010 that had altered to a 12D. Being 2015 now, it would not be unreasonable to assume that it could have even jumped up another cup. We’re not exactly sure why this growth pattern is occurring, but what we do know is that breasts are getting bigger and women are becoming more active. That combination is leading to consumer demand in the industry which is promoting further research, better product and more channels to purchase the improved product.

Here’s a link to all of our DD sized bras.

We’ve selected the best product from 9 industry leading brands to ensure we have what we believe to be the most comprehensive range of Sports Bras in stock… in the world!

Naturally there is no one best bra for all body shapes, personal style preferences & activity demands. But, some of the styles we would consider most ‘popular’ in store due to fit, style, comfort and of course support include:

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Ultimate Performance

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Enell Sports Bra

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By Tish Monahan

Best Bra Fitter Australia Melbourne

 

Tish is the co-founder and director of She Science, a Specialty Sports Bra and Sports Wear store in Melbourne. Tish has completed Advanced Bra Fitting training both locally and internationally as well as tertiary education in biomechanics. She follows the latest research on breast biomechanics and Sports Bra design religiously to ensure that She Science remains the most advanced Sports Bra shopping environment in the world. Tish views her Sports Bra business as a vehicle for her to inspire and enable women of all shapes and sizes to participate actively in life. Find Tish online via @SheScience. 

 

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Shock Absorber Sports Bra Stockist Melbourne Australia

We proudly stock the widest range of Shock Absorber Sports Bras in Australia.

Our shop front and online store stock four of Shock Absorbers most tried and tested Sports Bras, which include:

–          The Ultimate Run Bra / B5044

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–          The Active D+ Classic Support / N109

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–         The Active Multi Support (also called the D+ Max Sports Bra Top) / B4490

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–      The Active Shaped / S015F

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She Science stocks Shock Absorber Sports Bras in cup sizes A – H, and back sizes 8 – 18 (30-40).

Having worked closely with industry leading breast biomechanists in the UK, Shock Absorber have a reputation in the market place for being innovative leaders. Scientific analysis shows that Shock Absorber Sports Bras can reduce breast displacement by up to 74% during activity.

Our private in store treadmills will give you opportunity to put a Shock Absorber Sports Bra to the test next time you are in store.

 

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Bra shopping: A guide to only ever having good bra shopping experiences

CBAGOT_SheScience_Web_ 59One of the best (and most frequent) compliments we receive in store is a simple ‘that was the easiest bra fitting experience I’ve ever had’.

While it’s great to hear that our customers are having their best bra fittings with us, it’s still a frustration that the industry standard in bra fitting is so low.

So I’ve put together a list of ways to ensure you don’t ever leave a bra fitting upset, confused, empty handed or worse feeling bad about yourself.

1. Choose a specialist store

We know in life that it’s impossible to be the best at everything. Retailers are sadly not exempt from this rule. Unfortunately we see many trying to be the jack of all styles and end up as the master of none. Find a store that specialises in your bra size range or style required eg Sports, Swimwear or D cup+.

2. Call ahead and discuss your requirements

This gives you the opportunity to discuss your exact needs with the bra fitter so you can determine whether their store is the right match for you. It also allows the bra fitter to manage your expectations with how many options they may have for you, how long a fitting will take, how to avoid their busy periods, or if they have any current specials on that could suit you.

3. Leave yourself enough time to be fitted

Bra fitting can take time, particularly if there are a wide variety of options available to you. If you’re in a hurry, your bra fitter will be forced to rush you through things and you could miss either the educational benefits of a fitting, or a great style you didn’t have time to try.

4. Ignore the size on the tag

Much easier said than done, I know! Both a tape measurement and the size written on the tag are merely guides. They can vary between brands, and even styles within a brand. 8 out of every 10 fittings in store have us changing a women’s bra size which we understand can be emotionally challenging. Remember, being in a bra that fits properly will flatter you. So being open to a possible shift in band or cup size could result in a much better outcome.

5. Challenge yourself with different styles

Women will naturally gravitate to what they know or have experienced, but that isn’t always best. There is a whole world of options out there, so try not to rule out styles before you’ve tried them. Expert bra fitters not only have plenty of experience in fitting women, they also know the product they stock very well so it pays to follow their lead on what they feel could suit you. After all there’s no harm in trying.

A well-practiced bra fitter will have tons of tips for you on bra fitting. If they are not educating you as they go, ask them to talk you through some tips that could be relevant to you. Or even better, get them to assess the fit of the bra that you have been wearing. Chances are you’ll learn something that could assist you with the drawer of bras you have at home.

By Tish Monahan, founder of She Science, a specialty Sports Bra Store for cup sizes A – J

The benefits of being in a technical Sports Bra for horse-riding

By Tish Monahan, co-founder of Sports Bra Store – She Science

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As a busty rider myself and having helped hundreds of horse-riders in store I’ve put together a list of exactly what to look for when choosing a Sports Bra for horse-riding, and why you’ll be more comfortable in the saddle as a result.

  1. Bounce less.

Let’s start with the obvious. Studies show that a technical Sports Bra can reduce bounce by up to 80%. A well fitted Sports Bra will decrease both the amount breast displacement (bounce) and the rate of displacement. Recent research suggests it is the rate of breast displacement that causes breast discomfort. Anecdotally we know it is the amount of breast displacement that causes embarrassment. The end result means riders will be more comfortable and confident when in the saddle.

2. Get a great shape.

Traditionally Sports Bras were designed to squish the breasts together and squash them against the chest wall. While this is somewhat effective at controlling movement, it is not a flattering outcome, particularly for a busty woman. These days technical Sports Bras are designed to separate the breasts and then add a layer of compression which will leave a much more natural shape and avoid the ‘uniboob’ look.

3. Shed the second layer bra.

No woman should have to wear two Sports Bras just to feel supported. A technical Sports Bra will do a better job than the double layer system, and it will leave you feeling more comfortable with a neater strap configuration and less risk of pressure indents around your rib cage.

4. Moisture wicking materials.

Long rides plus hot weather (or multiple layers during winter) can cause a nasty sweating situation around your upper body. Being designed essentially for running and endurance type activities, a technical Sports Bra will offer moisture wicking materials to help draw sweat from the body to the outer layer of the garment. This helps control odour and also reduces the chance of bra burn.

5. It’s all about the fit.

If you’re not wearing the right size then even an award winning Sports Bra won’t get you a good result. To get the best result out of your Sports Bra the band should fit firmly around your ribcage. This takes unnecessary pressure off your shoulders and assists with posture in the saddle.

6. Coverage is king.

When trying to control breast bounce we need to block the vertical escape route of breast tissue. That means being in a Sports Bra that offers complete breast coverage using firm materials, and avoids cleavage. Women love the secure feeling that a high coverage Sports Bra leaves them with.

For ladies in Melbourne, you can visit our retail store in Kew, which specialises just in Sports Bras and caters for cup sizes A – J. We’ll also be at EQUITANA this November, at booth number 163 in the John Deere Pavillion.

For those not local to our store we offer our entire range online, and are only a phone call away for extra advice. Follow us online via facebook or instagram.

Here are some of our go-to options for horse-riders in store:

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Enell Sports Bra, available in black or white
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The Shock Absorber Active D+, available in black or white.
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2XU Ultimate Endurance Bra
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Elomi Energise, available in black, white, nude and red.
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Moving Comfort Luna moulded Sports bra

Moving Comfort Luna, available in black, white and nude.
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Underwire V Non-underwire…. a customer review

Petrece Kesha, completing the Half Ironman - what a woman!

Petrece Kesha, completing the Half Ironman – what a woman!

My name is Petrece Kesha, I am 41 and a big-busty runner.

I have been running, truly running for the past 3 years and have now completed a 10k, 3 Half Marathons, 3 Marathons and a Half Iron man with 2 Half Marathons and a Full Marathon in beautiful Queenstown, NZ  still on the calendar for this year.  During this time my bust has fluctuated from a 12E all the way up to a 14G and back again – I truly know the pain of “bouncing breasts” and the dreaded “bra burn”.  Running anywhere from 28 – 50km’s per week means I work my way through quite a few pairs of shoes and just as many sports bra’s but thanks to a recent trip to Melbourne I found my new best running friend – She Science.

 

I used the Shock Absorber in the Rotorua Marathon in May this year and broke the number one running rule by running in it for the first time.  It performed beyond my expectations as not only did I do my personal worst time thanks to an Achilles problem (6:08:54) meaning I was out there for a good hour longer (at least) I was well supported, comfortable and got through the 42.2km’s without the dreaded bra burn…a miracle!

I have also used the Berlei underwire (still can’t believe it) for a game of touch footy, yoga and a couple of my shorter runs too! I absolutely love it and I can’t believe I’m saying that about an underwire bra.  I’m so impressed with its comfort and performance that I’m ready to step it up and will wear it in the Taupo Half Marathon in August.

Tish and the She Science team are fantastic and if you are a runner it’s worth making a trip to Melbourne just to get fitted, the experience was comfortable and invaluable helping me to enjoy my running even more than usual.

 

“Thanks for your kind words Petrece, we are so glad to hear you’ve had success trying new styles and pushing your personal boundaries with bra selection” – Tish Monahan, She Science

The Yoga Bra Checklist

You might not believe this, but I’ve actually been more uncomfortable wearing an ill-appropriate bra during a Yoga class than I have been in a Body Combat class.
Just because Yoga happens to be a low impact activity, doesn’t mean breast support needs to become a low priority.
Here are a few key points to consider when looking for a Yoga Bra you’ll be comfortable in all class.

 

1. Coverage is key.

Make sure the neckline of your Yoga bra completely covers your breast tissue. This will have you feeling secure during any Downward Dog style poses.

2. Be choosey with the hook and eye clasps.     

A – D cup sized women should be able to go with a pull over style Yoga Bra that completely avoids any hook and eye clasps and will keep you comfortable during any supine poses. For ladies with a larger bust choose a bra that has flat hook and eye clasps, fastens at the front or uses cushioning behind the clasps to keep you comfy when you’re lying flat.

3. Moulded cups cover up.

A Moulded cup can reduce embarrassment caused by nipple show under tight clothes. Many women avoid a moulded cup as to not add volume to their bust. However, when fitted properly moulded cup Sports Bras will leave the most flattering shape on all different sizes.

4. Stick with a racer back.

To ensure you get an unrestricted shoulder range of motion choose a bra with a racer back strap configuration. For larger busted women that might mean finding a bra that the straps can be crossed or cinched to mimic the racer back design.

Some styles recommended by She Science.

A – B Cup / Nike Pro Bra

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B – C cup / 2XU Contour Bra

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C – D Cup / Moving Comfort Juno

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DD – F Cup / Shock Absorber Active D+

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G cup + / Enell Sports Bra

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Best Maternity Appropriate Sports Bras

Maternity Sports Bras

It’s a nightmare experienced by most pregnant and breast feeding women, a rapidly changing body and breast size leaving women insecure and constantly under prepared to cope with their ever changing shape.

Not only does a whole new wardrobe and set of bras need to be acquired, but you may find yourself needing to update sizes frequently. Who can keep up with that?

And one of the most common grievances we hear about is the inability to find a supportive Sports Bra to keep active or get moving again. There are a few simple guidelines to choosing the best maternity appropriate option.

1. Go wire free. Not only will this ensure milk ducts don’t become blocked, which can help to avoid mastitis but it will give you a bit more flexibility in size as your breasts change volume.

2. Front adjusting straps are a great bonus. Straps that you can alter from the front ensure you are easily able to adjust the firmness of your bra once you’re in it. They work as a bonus when breast feeding as the straps can be undone for front access. On top of that, by releasing the strap length a little you can somewhat alter the breast volume the bra will allow for which helps when you’re changing shape rapidly.

3. Coverage is key. No Sports Bra should show cleavage, so choose a bra with a high neckline. This will leaving you feeling secure and supported as you move.

When we talk ‘Maternity Sports Bra’, we’re really referring to ‘Maternity appropriate Sports Bra’. We find these options fall within brands that specialise in Sports Bras, rather than brands that specialise in maternity wear. This makes sense to us as these are the companies that have spent the necessary time and research into developing products specifically for activity.

We have some ‘favourites’ for this category, which are really bras that tick all of the points above. That being, are wire free, have front adjusting straps and offer great coverage.

These include:

Moving Comfort Jubralee (A – E cup, although this does fit a little small in the cup)

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2XU Ultimate Run Bra (typically can fit a B – D cup, comes in XS – XL sizing)

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Moving Comfort Juno (B – DD cup)

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Moving Comfort Rebound Racer (B – DD cup)

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Some other popular options (that don’t necessarily tick ALL the boxes above) include:

Shock Absorber Active D+ (D – H cup)

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Enell Sports Bra (has it’s own sizing system, typically relevant for DD – K cup)

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2XU Contour Bra (typically can fit a B – D cup, comes in XXS – XL size)

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For more advice, or to try on any of this product, our shopfront can be found in Melbourne, Australia.

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