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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. 

 

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!

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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

Reward and recognition: How to ‘achieve’ in sport without being a Pro’

My life motto is to dream, believe and achieve in all that I do and I believe that anyone can if they set their mind to it.

Today I call myself a Triathlete and Ultra Marathoner.

Four years ago I didn’t know how to ride a bike and I couldn’t swim a lap of the pool.

I will be the first to admit that I am not a Pro’ triathlete. I don’t even necessarily have the talent to reach the podium in my sport, but I do have the passion and drive to achieve all the personal goals I have set for myself within triathlon and in life.

But passion and drive didn’t stop me having to face some significant hurdles in my journey from absolute novice to completing an Ironman in my first year of the sport.

Whilst training for Ironman Melbourne in 2014 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) which is an autoimmune disorder that causes pain and swelling of the joints.

Defying all odds, I completed the event!

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Ironman is no mean feat even for the fittest athlete. It comprises of a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and then a full 42.2km marathon. So for me to cross the finish line in a very respectable 14 hours and 7 minutes was a HUGE accomplishment. Especially when you consider that most people diagnosed with RA to the degree I have it are rarely able to get out of bed in the morning.

I did actually end up in hospital at the completion of the event for a week and a half.

However I am not a quitter and I refuse to give up, no matter how hard and crappy my RA is so since that Ironman moment I have also competed in a bunch of events including the 50km 2016 Great Ocean Rd Ultra Marathon, 50kms of the 2016 Surf Coast 100 as part of a team of two and I have a big list ahead of me for 2017 – including another Ironman.

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So now I find myself giving back to my sport.

Two years ago I took on the role of President of the Bayside Triathlon Club which is one of the biggest Triathlon Clubs in Victoria with over 500 members. This has been no easy task, but it is one that I love and am extremely passionate about.

In two years we have increased total membership by 30% and female membership by 40% – which I’m really proud of.

I’m also now on the board of Triathlon Victoria which enables me to further encourage and promote the participation of Women into our sport.

I am an everyday person with the positive attitude and drive to succeed in all that I do. I also have a proven track record in “getting things done” both in my personal and professional life. I never take on something I don’t believe I can whole heartedly achieve at and I have I made a commitment to myself to always give back to the things that make me happy.

Many people believe that being recognised for what you do is a result of the place you get in a race. For me it’s about being in the race and representing what you believe in. Not only in triathlon but in day to day life.

My goals range from something as simple as getting out of bed, to something as big as racing Ironman.

I am proof that anyone who has the drive, commitment and determination to achieve something can be recognised for it. You’ve just got to ask yourself what do you want to be recognised for?

By Sonia Dunne, Triathlete @sonia_D227713173804_10153781682415547_845512458671438348_n (002)

 

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.

 

First Time Fit Top Five

Do you remember your first bra fitting? For most of us it was an awkward, embarrassing 10 minutes of our life in front of a total stranger. For others our first bra might have arrived wrapped in a plastic bag and been sat subtly on the end of our bed!

They call it puberty blues for a reason!

But it doesn’t have to be that awkward.

A sports bra is a great option for a first bra for developing girls and often it’s during their sporting or school physical education activities that students first start to feel like they need a bra.

Getting fitted for a sports bra rather than for an everyday bra can help eliminate some of the angst from a situation. This is because you’re purchasing a technical sports product for a noticeable need that will make them focus on feeling more comfortable rather than being focussed on being uncomfortable in some new clothing contraption!

But here are our Top Five Reasons a Sports Bra is a great first time fitting option:

  1. Comfort: They are more likely to be a crop/compression style of product. This can, in some cases, assist not only to support but to minimise the appearance of breasts and provide coverage that feels similar to a bathing suit.

 

  1. Adjustable: There is some great product on the market which will include the straps being adjustable at the front which can allow for breast tissue growth, while still being as supportive as possible.

 

  1. Wire Free: There are often very supportive options that do not have underwire. Underwire is in Sports Bras and everyday bras simply to enhance shape – and there is nothing wrong with wearing it. But for first time bra wearers they can often take some getting used to. Starting in a bra without an underwire can be a great first step.

 

  1. Adaptable: They fit with a student’s lifestyle. Often around the age of a first bra young people are sitting at their desk one minute and running around the next. Sports Bras can be comfortable enough to wear all day, whilst providing support when it’s demanded.

 

  1. Fashion: They come in a great range of colours, and let’s face it, that matters!

 

Most importantly a well-fitting and comfortable bra – whether everyday or Sports – can have a big impact on confidence. Starting out with the right fit and right knowledge can change what can be an awkward experience into an empowering one.

 

Bra Banding Might Fix Your Chafing Woes

It’s all about the banding when it comes to Sports Bras – but even more so for Sports Bras for distance runners.

Almost every runner has experience dreaded chafing somewhere at some point – ooh and the nasty sting in the shower post run!

But avoiding chafing is usually down to a few simple steps.

  1. Make sure your Sports Bra banding is firm.

You don’t want your bra to be rib-crushingly-too-tight-to-breath firm but you do want it firm enough that the band cannot move.

Having a firm band around the rib cage is the number one rule for getting a Sports Bra or any bra fit right. If the band is firm the majority of support will come from the band and it will apply less pressure to the straps on the shoulders. The bra will be more comfortable and more effective at holding breast tissue in place.

If the band is too loose you immediately lose support for breast tissue, place greater pressure on the straps AND increase your risk of chafing – because the band will move around the rib cage. This is especially true of distance runners as they deplete fluids and grams to kilograms of physical weight as they run.

  1. Make sure the Cup is snug.

For all the same reasons as above – if there is any room in the cup you lose support and invite chafing. You want it tight – compressive – but not so much that breast tissue is spilling out the top or that you feel crushed.

  1. Make sure the bra doesn’t sit too high.

As Sports Bras are often ‘’crop’’ style another common chafe point is if the bra sits too high and digs into the tissue above the breasts and slightly in from the arm pits. This is a potential friction point due to arm movement during running. As runners seek higher coverage from a Sports Bra to close vertical escape routes for breast tissue – which we love – sometimes they can sit too high and cause issues.

  1. Wear a breathable, moisture/sweat wicking material.

It might sound simple but the wrong fabric close to the skin can increase the risk of chafing. Cotton based materials for example will become saturated with sweat and lose most of their breathability.

  1. Arm yourself with an anti-chafe product

Sometimes everything you try will not be good enough. Be sure you are well hydrated and arm yourself with an anti-chafe product like Body Glide. It needs to be something that is water based and NOT petroleum based. And if you already have chafing protect it from getting worse with a film dressing.

 

There are some schools of thought that you shouldn’t wear underwire for distance running. In fact this is an entirely individual decision. If a wire is sitting well in the right place and on the right person some runners will find they prefer this as it will assist to encapsulate the breast tissue reducing sweat pooling between the breasts. Others will find the wire will not sit correctly on their sternum and this can cause irritation as they progress into their run and deplete in fluids. Unfortunately, as our bodies have so many variables, this is one thing that can only be determined when tested on the track.

Getting your Sports Bra professionally fitted can help to ensure you’ve ticked as many of the right boxes as you can before you head out to hit the pavement.

 

Regaining Core Strength After Pregnancy

 

By Libby Nuttall, Personal Trainer and She Science Ambassador

So you’ve had your baby, congratulations! Now it’s time to smash a few ab workouts and flatten that mummy tummy, right?! Wrong. On so many levels, wrong.

Pregnancy puts huge strain on your core and pelvic floor and now is the time for rehabilitation, not waist training, ab workouts, or thrashing our bodies at the gym.

Let’s talk a little bit about the core, because there’s lots of misconceptions. Picture a cylinder. The core is like a cylinder, with the diaphragm at the top, pelvic floor at the bottom, the muscles surrounding your spine known as the multifudus, and your deep abdominal muscles, known as your transverse abdominis. Your glutes are a really important piece of the puzzle as well.

What’s not so important right now are your outer abdominals, you know, your six pack muscles. Unlike your transverse abdominis, they have little impact on your general health or strength. So forget about crunches for a while.

So why does pregnancy put pressure on this region? Well imagine a hammock. Now imagine bouncing a bowling ball on the hammock. That’s what pregnancy is like for your pelvic floor. The extra weight and size puts pressure on all of the internal organs, changing the centre of gravity and the muscles we use to walk, stand and move. The stretching of all these muscles during pregnancy leaves them weakened and at risk of injury.

After childbirth is a crucial time for rehabilitation, and looking after your body in this phase will stand you in good stead for future pregnancies and general health and wellbeing, including minimising aches and pains, preventing pelvic organ prolapse or hernia and healing diastisis recti.

Diastisis Recti

The first thing we should identify is whether we have experienced abdominal separation, and how severe it is. Many women experience diastisis recti, so it’s nothing you should worry about and shouldn’t cause you any pain. It’s important to know which exercises to avoid, to help heal the separation or cause further damage. Undiagnosed ab separation can lead to hernia, posture issues, low back pain and incontinence issues.

lib picYou can determine whether you are affected by visiting a physiotherapist or performing this simple test on yourself (I would always recommend a physio after birth anyway!)

Once this is done, it’s time to start thinking about the best ways to regain core strength, and let me tell you right now, it ain’t situps.

In the first few of months after pregnancy we want to avoid exercises which put too much pressure on the outer abdominals such as situps, double leg raises and crunches. It’s also time to back away from the front loading exercises such as planks and push ups.

It seems like you’re not allowed to do anything, right? Don’t worry, this is a short phase in the scheme of things and there is still plenty you can do to regain core strength without those particular exercises. Trust me, your body will thank you down the track.

Here are my top tips for post partum core work. Remember to always focus on controlled, smooth movements, continuous breathing and good posture.

  1. Breathing and engaging exercises. Start your post partum workouts by learning to re-engage your pelvic floor and core. Identify whether you can, in fact, feel your core and floor being turned on and off. Deep breathing exercises are also key in the early stages. Simply lie down and allow your stomach to expand and contract as much as possible while taking deep breaths.
  1. Basic floor work. There’s several ways to activate your core simply by lying down. Before each of these, actively engage your core and continue to breathe normally.

Single leg heel slides – With knees bent and heels close to hips, slide one leg out to straight and return, swap legs

Single leg extensions – With knees bent and heels close to hips, raise one foot upwards and return, swap legs

Pelvic tilt – lying down and place feet up on a chair or fitball. Engage your core and tilt your pelvic back by pressing your lower back into the floor. Hold for five seconds then repeat 10 times.

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  1. Plank variations. As we talked about above, front loading exercises are best avoided in the early days, but there are still other options for you. Reverse plank and side plank are great. Over a series of weeks and months, progress at your own pace toward regular plank by starting leaning against a wall, then lower onto a chair or fitball. Next, move on to plank on your knees, then do short bursts on your toes.libpic2
  1. Resistance bands – When you’re ready to add some resistance to your training, resistance bands are a fantastic place to start. They provide a low-impact core workout that you can work up to in the post partum phase, just make sure you’ve really mastered points one and two first. There’s dozens of exercises to do with resistance bands, from rows, to posture work and dedicated core work. The bands allow you to work at an appropriate resistance level and gently regain core strength.

By Libby Nuttall, Miracle Months 

libby nuttalLibby is a women’s 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 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. www.miraclemonths.com

Overcoming Adversity + Accepting Change

By Carol Cooke, She Science Ambassador

 

There are three things in life that are certain: death, which none of us want to see; taxes, which none of us like to pay; and change, which most of us dislike.  However change happens every single day of our lives, from the little things to big crisis’ that can hit our lives.

Adversity and change can trigger progress, but unfortunately for most of us all we see are the problems before us and instead of looking beyond the actual problem/crisis we only think in the negative.  When change or adversity occurs it is important to accept that it has happened, believe in yourself and your abilities, and move on.  Look for solutions instead of the negatives and although there will be obstacles along the way, each stumble will help you change the way you tackle the problem.  Your progress will demonstrate that change can work to your advantage.

Adversity and change makes you re-evaluate your life.  We have to understand that things don’t always stay the same and we must become accepting, creative and adept at confronting challenges that are thrown in our way.

A good friend of mine Warren MacDonald taught me that it’s not about ‘what you see’, but ‘how you see it.’  He should know, as he lost both his legs in a hiking accident but has gone on to change the way he sees things and built an incredible life.  What an amazing world this would be if we could all reassess how we see things.  We all experience changes to our life plan, but we have to remember that the actual changes aren’t important; the way we deal with them or ‘how we see them’ is what matters.  We can decide to curl up and die or we can embrace them.  Some of the changes or crisis we face will be good and some will be bad.  Life won’t always be fair but how we deal with those things is what will make the difference.

If you are facing a change or adversity in your life you have to decide if it will be a problem or an opportunity.  Is it a negative or a positive, a limitation or a challenge?  How you view it is up to you.  I tend to lean towards the opportunities, the positives and the challenges and I don’t believe we can accept change without working on it; it is a never-ending process.  A couple of ways that I do on a daily basis is to try something new every day.  This can be as small as smiling at a stranger or just saying ‘G’Day’.

If you are facing change or adversity right now you can also write a sentence outlining the positive outcomes.  Post it somewhere where you will see it each day.  This will help reprogram your brain to think positively about change.  Then, in a week, add another positive outcome to the list, eventually you will have a list of positives that demonstrate that the change is good!

 

By Carol Cooke AM

World Champs TT 2014

A woman that believes that “the greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do”, Carol has overcome a serious MS diagnosis to triumph on the world stage at the Paralympics. Carol teaches the world through both example and her regular speaking engagements that “nothing is impossible if we dare to face our fears and believe in ourselves”. Carol hopes to head to Rio 2016 to defend her 1st place position in the T1-T2 Road Time Trial. Follow Carol’s adventures  via her website, facebook orinstagram

 

Do I need underwire in my Sports Bra?

One of the most common questions we get in store is centered around underwire… Is it better to have underwire or go wire-free?

Naturally, there is no short answer. But I’ll talk you through some of the facts, so that you can be well informed when buying your next Sports Bra. Then, we’ll hear from one of our customers and now She Science Ambassadors, Linda, on her experience going from an underwire to a non-underwire Sports Bra.

Firstly you should know that underwire is put in to a bra for shape, not support. The job of the underwire is to result in a round shaped breast. It is not built in to a bra to lift the breast or stop bounce, these two things will come from the materials and pattern cutting of the bra.

We believe that women are commonly advised in change rooms that underwire is more supportive, which is why there are so many misconceptions about it’s role.

Traditionally, many non-underwire bras have relied on the compression method to offer support or stability, which means they haven’t always been synonymous with a great shape. This has resulted in mainly the larger busted women not enjoying the product.

Nowdays many of the industry leading brands that are putting extensive research into the design and development of their Sports Bra products are not using underwire in their garments, and are producing highly supportive garments with great shape.

One short cut that we see many brands on the market taking is merely adding Sports fabric to their everyday underwire bras and marketing them as Sports Bras. So, like many women have been left underwhelmed by non-underwire Sports Bras, this too has led to much disappointment in many of the underwire Sports Bras on the market today.

We encourage our customers to have an open mind to trying both underwire and non-underwire bras in store. This will give them the opportunity to see which they prefer, and 9/10 their decision is then made on the fit and how they feel in the bra rather than whether it does or doesn’t have underwire.

When discussing the role of underwire it is also important for us to consider ‘security’. If someone has been in underwire all their adult life then there can be a certain security that comes with having it there. To remove underwire can feel so unusual that it is immediately unpleasant for the wearer. This is undeniable, and is a real factor for some women.

When we first met Linda in store we had an interaction that is common in store. Here is her story, in her words below:

Two years ago I found myself at She Science in Kew, the big boobed girls dream in support, every good brand, size and a diverse range of styles (including colours!). 2015-02-SheScience_Shoot-IMG_9370

This visit had me trying on every underwired bra in the shop, which was my initial choice.
If you’ve been to She Science you will know there are treadmills and cameras to assess the bras if you want to use the service. I was eventually encouraged to try some non-underwire options that the bra fitter may thought work best for me given my feedback on the first bras I had tried.  I was a bit apprehensive about this idea as I had always thought without underwire there would be no support. 

 

After trying a few different brands of non-wired bras I found that I felt super secure and each of them supported me. Plus, the video assessment backed up what I was feeling.  I had to try the wired ones back on to make sure. I then did the t-shirt test to ensure no mono boob and the girls still looked great and felt supported.

Now, for me, while I’ll definitely keep an open mind to new options, I won’t be going back to underwire Sports Bras unless they can provide the same support and comfort as the non-underwired bras I wear at the moment.

We love that Linda wanted to share this story, as it is quite a typical occurance for us in store. But it is important to understand that it can work the other way too!

By Tish Monahan

Customer experience by Linda Lewis, She Science Ambassador 2015

 

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. 

Escaping your Comfort Zone

“The more you live inside your comfort zone, the smaller it becomes”

Your comfort zone, look at it, it’s easy, it’s safe, it’s not going to hurt you or stress you out…. And who wants stress or pain?

But I tell you what it’s not going to do… It’s not going to challenge you, it’s not going to have you high fiving yourself on a job well done, but most of all, hanging out in that safe place won’t show you what you are truly capable of.

Someone once said that the moment we stop learning we start dying..

I’m just a regular chick, I’m not all that fit, not all that coordinated, not all that physically skilled at much. But ever since my early 20’s I’ve had this desire to try new things… My first overseas trip was South America solo, then a mate suggested Everest Base Camp, yeah ok, let’s take up triathlons, sure, run a half marathon in 45 degrees, marvellous idea, 25km mountain race while on holidays in France, I’m in! Without question, ALL of them hurt like a b*tch (and at some point during them I declared I’d never ever put myself through anything like this again) but man oh man, the satisfied buzz from all of them still lingers now, years after they each happened!

So now I find myself on what’s thus far the biggest leap outside of my comfort zone…I’ve flown with my boyfriend to Canada on a one way ticket, with nothing but bicycles to get us from here to Mexico and beyond..over 5,000kms. We are 5 days in, and everything hurts, there are a lot of crazy hills. But so far a rather nice combo of pleasure and pain. Physically I am waaay out of my comfort zone, but also financially…there is no money coming in for a long time, and for a control freak like me, not knowing where we will be tomorrow let alone next week is a challenge in itself. But it all adds to the fun!

Richelle taking on Canada

Richelle taking on Canada

The roads hot and hard, but we have slept the last 3 nights out under the stars, without the tent by some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers I have ever seen….it’s so worth the challenge. And I know if I can do this I can do anything!

You don’t have to ride 5000kms to get outside the boundary of your comfort zone. Go explore a new park, try a new recipe, shop at a new market, pop up to Lake Mountain for a day and do a cross country skiing lesson (best experience ever..no crowds on the trails!), camp somewhere random, take a road trip and stay at a country pub, or jump on your bike with a little backpack, and a credit card, cycle somewhere, stay at a motel and ride home, 10km or 100km, it’s up to you! Or if you are feeling super adventurous, come over and join us for a few days, weeks or months on the trail!

Stepping outside of your comfort zone can only enhance your life…so give it a go. And please share with me the fun stuff you have planned!!

By Richelle Olsen, She Science Ambassador, founder of The Ultra Life events

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Richelle is a She Science Ambassador with an enthusiasm for life that rivals any other. You’ll find this adventure junkie out on the trails most weekends whether that be running, hiking or mountain biking. Richelle is a great role model for stepping outside of your comfort zone and continues to inspire us as she does so. Richelle and her partner, operate ‘The Ultra Life’ that run adventure riddled escapes both locally & internationally. Follow Richelle and her bike adventure through Canada and beyond via @theultralifevents or www.theultralife.com.au or facebook.

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