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Rundies – Sports Underwear That Doesn’t Ride Up!

I have always worn minimal underwear due to that horrible undie line you always seem to get underneath your gym wear. You can feel it creasing as you walk and consciously are forever pulling them down to lessen the effects of ”that” line.

Then along came the Berlei Free Cut Boyleg Briefs.  Super light and comfy, you feel confident knowing you don’t have a baggy bum!

wwrw1a_neq_1WWRW1A_BA1_3As a She Science Ambassador, we get to try lots of different types of apparel and underwear and when I saw the Berlei rundies, I wasn’t convinced they were for me.  However, upon starting to wear them, initially just under a pair of jeans – which I highly recommend, I noticed how comfortable and light they really were.

I am now a convert, wearing my Berlei rundies under all my gym gear and even casual gear from time to time, mainly because I need a few more pairs!

These are undies you can count on, the inside tape holds them in place so they don’t ride up and the cool max material keeps the moisture away from your skin. Truly comfy undies!

By Wendy Snowball, Mountain Bike Coach, @spincyclecoachingsolutions

FB_IMG_1467005445202Wendy Snowball is a She Science Ambassador, Mountain Bike Level 1 Coach and Skills Coach, She Rides Leader, and placed 4th in the World Masters Championships. You can follow her @spincyclecoachingsolutions, and on Facebook as Wendy Snowball.


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.


Berlei High Performance Sports Bra | Product Review

By Carol Cooke AM, Gold Medal Paralympian and She Science Ambassador


HP white New sI have always loved the Berlei Bras and have been purchasing them for a number of years now.  So when I went into She Science in search of a few more it was no suprise I ended up in the Berlei bras again.  Ordinarily I would have chosen the same bra I had always been in, but was pointed in the direction of the Berlei High Performance Bra by Tish.

I was a bit confused at first as it looked more like an everyday bra than a Sports Bra!  But I was assured that it was in fact a supportive Sports Bra, so I decided to give it a try.  From the moment I put it on the comfort and support I felt was fantastic and was thrilled that it looked great too!


I’m pretty active during the day even when I’m not training and I have found that this Berlei bra is great for wear at any time and as it has the look and feel of a normal bra I have been wearing it under even my work clothes.

As I am fairly busty I don’t like straps that are thin and seem to cut into your shoulders but with the High Performance Bra there are nice wide straps that sit perfectly and provide great support.  The sides of the bra are fairly wide so also give you that “tucked in” feeling…nothing bulging out under my arms!

This bra is perfect for wear at any time of the day, whether you are running, cycling, going to the gym or just want a bit of extra support under your t-shirts, work clothes or evening wear!

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 or instagram




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

Breast shape in a Sports Bra…. it’s your choice.

Gone are the days of the compulsory Sports Bra ‘squish & squash’ resulting in the dreaded in uniboob. With the new design principles that most technical brands are implementing one can exercise some degree of choice over their breast shape in a Sports Bra.

We get all sorts of requests when it comes to breast shape at She Science. Some customers will make a B line for bras that flatten and squash the breasts, while others will request a pointy or rounded shape. Whichever your preference, we should be able to achieve this.

For those wanting a flat and ‘minimised’ (not my choice of word, but ‘minimised’ is often used by customers in this sense) look, then a compression style bra is what you should go for. Typically these bras don’t have cups. They are made of firm materials with little stretch and will flatten the breast against the chest wall. Often in mainstream retail these are found as crop style bras, although this is not necessarily always the case. For those wanting this look we recommend the Moving Comfort Jubralee, Enell Sport & Nike X back bra.

And those looking to follow Madonna’s footsteps with a pointed or cone shape then a great option is the Freya Underwire Sports Bra. This is essentially an encapsulation bra (that means, it separates and holds each breast firmly apart). The way the seams are stitched in to the cup result in the slightly pointy look. This is popular with women who have been scarred by years of squishing and squashing their breasts into a Sports Bra that they haven’t been satisfied with.

The most requested shape we get is the rounded by separated look. This is pretty easy to achieve these days as most technical Sports Bras we sell offer a combination of compression and encapsulation in their design. That means the breasts are separated, and a layer of compressive material is applied to the top. It leaves a very flattering shape, and a feeling of security. Moulded cups can also be used in Sports Bras to assist with attaining this shape. Some of my top picks for getting this shape are the Berlei Ultimate Performance Bra, Panache Sports Bra and the Shock Absorber Active D+. But there are plenty more that fit in to this category.
While we can afford to get our preferences met with shape these days, my best advice is not to limit yourself in store, but rather be open to a range of suggestions. You never know which bra will feel and fit best, and when you find the perfect match I guarantee you won’t be bothered about the shape it leaves you with.

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Sports Bras for triathlon… what are your priorities on race day?

When it comes to choosing a Sports Bra for your Triathlon race day there are quite a few things to consider. Before moving too far down the process I think it’s important to know where your priorities lie first.

Some women are most concerned about the way the Sports Bra looks under their tri suit. If this is you, then you should identify this as it will eliminate a few options early.
Bras that will hide nipple show under tri suits are often made up of thick moulded cups.


While these will be more flattering under a suit, they are likely to hold moisture for longer which will increase the chance of chafing. Chafing or ‘bra burn’ will strike when there is excess moisture or friction, and will be particularly nasty if both of these join forces. If nipple show or unsightly straps is what bothers you try the Moving Comfort Juno or the Berlei Ultimate Performance, but be aware that these bras will hold moisture.

Other women are most concerned about the support factor. On race day there are plenty of spectators around, for those who are body conscious in a tri suit ‘strapping the girls down’ might be their main priority.

Lots of high impact Sports Bras use thick straps, underwire and or moulded cups. While these are great features for support the straps could compromise the look under the tri suit, underwire could irritate you when swimming and moulded cups will hold moisture.


So if support is your main priority look for a wire free high impact bra with thin yet firm materials, and a racer back design. Some great options include the Moving Comfort Rebound Racer, Enell Sports Bra and the Shock Absorber Active Multi bra. But remember, these may hold some moisture and could show under your tri suit.

For most, the possibility of chaffing is their biggest nightmare which will have them leaning towards bras made of quick dry fabrics. While you may expect me to launch in to the ’support should be number 1’ rant, when it comes to your race day bra I am most concerned about staying chafe free as this is the biggest sports bra issue women experience with triathlon.

To prevent chafing we focus on the bra fit and the materials used. The bra band must be perfectly firm to eliminate unnecessary band movement (FYI the bra band is the highest risk zone for bra burn). Materials need to be thin, quick dry fabrics. 2XU make a great Tri specific bra which has the best quick dry material in the business. Other options to explore include the Moving Comfort Jubralee and the Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra.

While we don’t often choose to compromise on support, because race day makes up such a small percentage of your overall training it’s unlikely you will have any adverse effect to choosing comfort over support for race day, and you won’t be left with the battle scars of bra burn.


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Wearing a Sports Bra everyday

With the shop having been up and running for just about two months now, it’s been interesting to see how many women prefer to wear a Sports Bra as an everyday bra.

I certainly don’t have any issues with this, so long as during the selection and fitting process we take in to account the fact that it will be an all-day-every-day garment.

With the exception of postsurgical intervention it is generally not advised for women to be in a highly compressive bra all day, every day. This can be somewhat dangerous with underwire and may leave delicate breast tissue damaged.

However there are a number of Sports Bras on the market that could definitely be considered appropriate for everyday use. Or as I use them, for my ‘heavy hauling’ days!

These include:

1. Berlei Electrify, cup sizes A – E. Available in white, black and an array of seasonal colours. RRP $50.

Berlei Electrify Underwire white


2. Moving Comfort Luna, cup sizes B – DD. Available in white, black and latte. RRP $80.

Moving Comfort Luna moulded Sports bra

3. Berlei Full Support Sports Bra, DD – H. Available in black and white, RRP $70.

Berlei Curves Full Support black Underwire traditional back bra

4. Freya Active Underwire Sports Bra, cup sizes DD – J. Available  in black, red, white and nude. RRP $75.

freya active underwire black sports bra

5. Elomi Energise, cup sizes E – J. Available in black, white and nude. RRP $85.


If you want to try wearing a Sports Bra as an everyday bra, visit us in store and we can chat about what the best options will be for your size, shape and personal style preferences.

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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.


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Melbourne’s newest Sports Bra store – She Science

After years of development it’s been an absolute joy to watch my farfetched dream slowly turn into a reality. So with just 1 month to go until our (hopeful) launch date I am thrilled to announce that Melbourne’s newest Sports Bra store, She Science, will be opening in Kew this August!

My goal for She Science is to provide a set of solutions to the problems that so many women face when purchasing Sports Bras. Many women unnecessarily opt out of leading an active lifestyle due to the discomfort and embarrassment caused by their breasts.

She Science will offer a variety of in store shopping experiences that can be tailored to each individual’s personal preferences. There will be an emphasis on achieving the best fit, enhancing ones form and prescribing the most functionally appropriate option for each customer.

We hope that these three things will improve the comfort, confidence and performance of our customers.

Our stock includes the following brands:


Shock Absorber

Moving Comfort




Anita Active

This carefully selected, tried and tested range will cover A – J cups and be suitable for women participating in any array of sports.

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