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Rebound Racer Sports Bra Keeps Ultra Runner Coming Back

I’ve reviewed the Rebound Racer in the past. Years later, it’s still my favourite.

Why? Because everything!

IT FITS: This bra is a great fit for women of many bust sizes. It has a compressive factor but also gives a nice lift and sleekly hides under all my training outfits.  It has great adjustability, and is the best fitting bra that I own; hence I keep going back to it.

kelliebIT’S HANDY: This bra has a velcro hook and eye system at the front. It has enabled me to discretely get changed out of my sweaty run gear in public on many occasions!

It has also been a great option for many of my breast-feeding friends.

IT’S COLOURFUL: This bra continually comes out in different colours. I have black for the days when I just want to stick with my “sooo Melbourne” chic. And my latest fave is the Race Pink when I feel like being loud!

TIP: I won’t lie, for the longer races (50km to 160km) wearing ANY bra, I will still often tape under my breasts to prevent chafe, but for the every day run this bra is perfect when fitted properly.

kelliebccI think it’s important to remember that your sports bras should be replaced every six months. I’m a terrible thrower outer and so occasionally I find myself wearing some of my older ones – this is when they are more likely to chafe. Don’t risk it! Donate these to the UpLift Bra Project for someone in need.

*Note: Just following Kellie writing her blog the Uplift Project contacted She Science to say they are currently placing a hold on collecting bras while they manage a backlog and their storage facility.

Kellie Emmerson She Science head shot 2014


Kellie Emmerson is an Ultra/Trail Runner


  • Occupational Therapist
  • Accredited Level 2 Advanced Recreational Running Coach (UP Coaching)
  • Les Mills Body Pump instructor
  • PhD candidate


  • 3xtime Australian Long Course Trail Running Champion
  • 3xtime Australian representative for World Trail Running Championships
  • 2xtime Sky Running Oceania Champion
  • 5th UTMB 2017


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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.

All The Comfort, Style and Support a Girl Wants

The first thing you look for in a sports bra, like any other piece of clothing, is comfort. And, the Brooks Rebound Racer provides just that, plus style and support – all things a girl could want out of a bra.

_S1_2762Around six months prior to taking on my She Science ambassador role, I had already purchased a Rebound Racer after being fitted by Ange. I wore it almost every day. Since then, I have adopted three more of the same, just in different colours.

What could possibly be so great about this model that I just keep going back for more? Well, there are several features on the Rebound Racer that, as a teen, I love.

Firstly: the adjustable shoulder straps. The straps have small tabs of velcro neatly tucked away underneath enabling you to, at any point, change your mind and loosen or tighten them to your liking.

350037_690_d1_ZM_clipped_rev_1350037_690_d2_ZM_clipped_rev_1Then there is the adjustable back clip with three different tightness options. This allows for a longer period of use as the fabric may stretch (although, I’ve had my oldest one for over a year and I have yet to feel the need to tighten the clasp). The back clip allows you to be supported and the bra to sit firm around your chest, but without feeling like you are trying really hard to breath during a workout or whilst running errands.

Another well thought out feature of the sports bra is the two layers of fabric. The first layer is to ensure you don’t have any uncomfortable situations that some women may encounter when it becomes cold, with the second thicker layer, which is almost like a bandage, providing the tightness or support you relate to by feeling held in.

And fourth but certainly not final: the colour range. Wearing my Rebound Racer bras every day, I feel like I need some variation in colour. With the choice I have (green, blue, purple and pink), I can turn on my inner fashionista and mix and match with my ”outfit” (9/10 times it is Lycra to go out for a ride).

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As I mentioned before I am an active teen. I ride bikes, go to school and work in a bike shop. Running from place to place, I need something that will keep me feeling supported and can continue to do so in the various activities I complete on a daily basis. At 16, I have well and truly stepped off the puberty train and developed into a young women. I wear a size 10D and, for my age, I would classify myself as small breasted. But even being a small 16 year old, I still need adequate support to feel comfortable with what I do each day. The Brooks Rebound Racer holds me in just right and enables me to run, jump, ride over logs and do whatever else I desire without fretting about discomfort or lack of support.

By Courtney Snowball

IMG_9009Courtney is a She Science Ambassador and avid Mountain Biker. At just 16 she is competing in the national mountain biking circuit, placing 4thoverall in 2016 and 3rd overall in 2017. This year she has qualified for the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in September. Follow her on Instagram @courtney_snowball.


A Sports Bra That Has Everything You Want For Sport

Comfort, support, feeling good! Three things you want in a bra when playing sport!

I originally noticed how unsupportive the bra I was wearing was, when on one of my training runs I caught my reflection in a shop window as I ran past. I was horrified! It just so happened that one of my run routes was past the She Science store. Needless to say, seeing that ”bounce” was more than enough motivation for me to get a specialised sports bra fitting.

Wotto Collingwood V Adelaide (003)My in-store experience at She Science was extremely pleasant. I was met with a friendly face and helpful service. Not only was I fitted, I was able to wear test the bra on the treadmill to put it through its paces!

I was fitted for the Brooks* Juno*. From the moment I put this bra on I loved it! In fact, I loved it so much I had to go back and purchase two more.

The Juno is wire free and has smooth seams which means no chaffing and a super comfortable fit. Its high coverage and racer back configuration makes it a supportive, firm fit which really reduces the bounce.

Lou during the AFL Women’s Collingwood versus Adelaide match. Picture: Michael Wilson

The front adjusting straps is a practical addition as straps can be tightened while wearing the bra. One of my team mates has this bra and she has found it to be convenient whilst still breastfeeding her youngest.

I have found the thin foam moulded cups an added bonus for AFL, especially on a cold night at footy training when taking a chest mark!

I used to dread putting my old sports bras on, as I knew I would end up with wire digging in, indent marks from my straps and the bra not actually doing its job.Wotto Devils 2017 (003)

I am so glad I found the Juno as it’s the most comfortable sports bra I have ever worn. Do yourself a favour, as they say ”look good, feel good, play good”!


(*The Brooks Juno was previously under the Moving Comfort brand. Lou was fitted into the *Relaunched 2017 version of the Juno. This bra was updated and re-released in March this year. It is now easier to get on, has moisture wicking moulding in the cup and the fasteners have been updated.)

Lou playing in the VFL for the Eastern Devils. Picture: Russ Canham


LouBy Lou Wotton

Lou is a 2017 Collingwood AFLW player, accomplished Ironman and triathlete. Lou is a She Science Ambassador and you can follow her on Instagram @wotto19.

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.


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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Get with the times and ditch your second layer! Wearing two Sports Bras at once could be a thing of the past.

The most common line I get from customers that have not yet experienced the delight of a technical Sports Bra goes something along the lines of “I currently wear a heavy duty every day bra under a crop top to feel supported”.  This scenario has trained much of the active female population to believe that two bras are the only way to go for exercise.

Traditionally Sports Bras have been made of elastic type materials to allow the bra to give as we move. This was supposed to ensure we were comfortable during activity.  Now a days, design teams understand the flaw in that theory. Sports Bras need to be made of firm materials to restrict excessive breast motion. So the days of buying the smallest elastic crop top you could find, to stretch out to its max so you feel supported, are done and dusted.

A bit of background on support systems in Sports Bras for you. There are two methods of bra construction to offer support, compression & encapsulation. Compression is the obvious ‘squeeze & squash’, squeezing the breasts together and squashing them against the chest wall. The Encapsulation technique holds each breast separately and firmly, much like that of our day to day underwire bras.

Most (but not all!) technical Sports Bras rely on the encapsulation method of support, along with a degree of compression overlying this.  This dual system of support mimics the double bra set up that so many women have been doing for years now but eliminates the uni-boob outcome.

So, for most there is no need to layer up if you’re using a technical Sports Bra.
Of course, because some women are used to strapping their girls down so firmly it may be that they always feel more secure with a second layer, an argument that is difficult for us to disagree with. Other alternatives to this could include wearing a singlet with a shelf bra in it, or using a compression singlet over the top of your Technical Sports Bra.
My words of advice are to be open to the idea of freeing yourself from wearing two bras at the one time. While if done safely there is nothing necessarily wrong with having two bras on at once for a short period, there is an obvious hassle, inconvenience and cost to living this way! The only dangerous move I do see made with the double bra, is when the strap configuration of both bras are the same, which can cause the straps to dig in too firmly. So if you are a two bra kind of girl then make sure you use bras with differing strap configurations.

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How to avoid breast bounce when exercising

For those who have been put off being active due to embarrassing bouncing breasts or worse painful bouncing breasts then this post is for you.

Of course there are a host of impractical ways to avoid your boobs giving you are black eye. One that comes to mind is a move made famous by a teenage Christina Richie in the movie Now & then, she taped her breasts down with masking tape in an attempt to pretend they didn’t exist.

But lucky for us there are plenty of genuine ways to reduce your breasts from bouncing so that you can remain active.

1. Wear a supportive, functionally appropriate Sports Bra

A bra that both separates (aka encapsulates) each breast and compresses your chest will work best for boobs that bounce excessively. There are plenty of fraudulent Sports Bras being sold in stores and online so if you aren’t getting any relief from a Sports Bra then keep looking… with the recent advances in the product there are some brilliant options for women of all cup sizes on the market these days.

2. Wear an additional support layer

This could include a singlet with a built in shelf bra, or a basic crop-top-type-bra that will give you that extra little bit of support and feeling of security.

3. Alter your activity profile

Choose low impact activities like walking, cycling and using the rowing machine at the gym. Remembering that low IMPACT does not always mean low INTENSITY, so you can still get a great workout with this sort of activity.

4. Try water running

Studies show that running in deep water reduces Exercise Induced Breast Discomfort to an insignificant level. It does not necessarily reduce the amount of breast displacement (bounce), but the reduction in displacement velocity will have you feeling much more comfortable running in water when compared to running on land.

As a big busted female, who has in the past opted out of activity due to Exercise Induced Breast Discomfort it’s frustrating to see so many other women fall in to that trap when there really is no reason to these days. In recent times their have major developments to the design and materials used in Sports Bras which has resulted in huge advancements for the product.

Of course there is no one ‘best style’ so it comes down to being fitted correctly, by someone who is able to take in to account your activity profile, body shape and personal style preferences. Here are some reviews I have done in the past, along with a list of top Sports Bras for bigger busted women.

Good luck, don’t give up!

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Is it ok to wear a Sports Bra everyday? Read on…

Most women I’ve met and fitted enjoy the security of being in a Sports Bra, so it’s no surprise that I am often asked if it’s ok to wear a Sports Bra all day.

I suppose it depends on the bra….

Breast tissue is often referred to as delicate tissue. The female breast has no superficial musculature. It really is just made up of fatty tissue, fibrous connection tissue and glandular tissue (the milk ducts & lobules), along with of course, skin. All being soft and malleable.

Sports Bras nearly always use compression to control breast motion. It’s not been confirmed from a scientific point of view, but the general consensus is that 8, 10, 15 hours of compression on breast tissue is not just unnecessary, but may break down the delicate tissue fibres and lead to both bruising and pain.

Noting aswell that we already know that upward of 75% of women are not in the right size bra (most of these being in bras that are too small!). So an incorrectly fitted bra, with underwire already sitting against breast tissue instead of the rib cage, coupled with 10 hours of compressive force, repeated day-in-day-out would be a cause for worry.

On the flip side, I have one or two Sports Bras that I have road tested and deemed not controlling enough for high impact activity. I use these for every day living. They very much so mimic the design of an everyday Sports Bra, but with a technical / exercise appropriate material.

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