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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.

 

Moving Comfort Jubralee Product Review

By Priscilla Barrington, Triathlete, She Science Ambassador

Triathlon Sports Bra Australia Melbourne

For the past few years I have been wearing just lycra crop tops to exercise in. As my training regime has increased over time, sadly my two best friends have decreased and I’ve given them very little attention! I think it is natural for girls like me to shrug off good support with the thought “I’m small – there’s nothing to support!”

Getting fitted at She Science was the first proper fitting I have ever had. The first and most basic step of measuring my chest diameter showed instantly I was wearing the wrong sized bra. Jayde from She Science gave me a few options to try out on the treadmill and also measured the “bounce” – which yes, whilst being ‘small’ the advantage of minimal movement was evident, however there was definitely a difference between the brands. This was particularly evident when at the end I tried a bra that is most similar to what I was previously wearing (lycra crop top) and the movement was clearly greater.

I ended up choosing the Moving Comfort Jubralee bra. Just like clothing, sizes vary between brands and with much excitement I can tell the world I am wearing a whopping 8C!!! Minutes prior had I picked one up off the shelf I would have bought a 10A… I cannot get over the importance of a proper fitting, and recommend it to anyone who will listen!

Moving Comfort Jubralee MelbourneI have now being wearing the Jubralee for a month and absolutely love it. The bra gives more shape than the old lycra crop tops which increases self-confidence – particularly important when getting around in lycra! The Jubralee is traditional in style with two straps over the shoulders, which took some getting use to as I am accustomed to wearing an action back style sports bra. However this style means your back is more exposed and therefore cooler, which has been particularly great over these summer months. It also means you can clip the bra up at the front and spin it around (for those like me who struggle to clip up behind!) – which avoids stretching the bra over your head every wear like you do with a crop top which quickly stretches the bra and makes it ill fitting.

The Jubralee is comfortable, breathable, shapely and fits well under all my sports clothes. I highly recommend it to women of all sizes!

By Priscilla Barrington

 

Priscilla is a serial podium finished at short course Triathlon nation wide. As her competitive side developed she fell in love with the short course triathlons as she realised she could compete more often with these distances.  Her weekly training schedule is made up on 10 different swim, bike and run sessions. Priscilla is our go-to women for all things Triathlon! Follow her via her BlogInstagram.  

 

 

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Taking my Sports Bra testing to the trails of urban Melbourne

As I prepare to launch my Sports Bra store in Melbourne I’ve got a little less 9-5, and a little more time to take my runs elsewhere. Inspired by a wonderful week of weather in Melbourne here are some shots I collected as I moved my product testing out of the lab and in to the real world.

Enjoy

xx

bridgerun

edinburghgardensrun

sunriserun

princessparkrun

whitefenceprincessrun

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How much support do you need from your Sports Bra?

I thought it’d be easier to turn this post in to a diagram as pictures apparently speak a thousand words and I was turning this in to a thesis.

Choosing a support level for your particular needs can be tricky, especially as most people will attempt to go for one option that will tick all boxes. For this reason, it’s important you always purchase the maximum level of support you require for your activity profile. That’s the only way one bra can be versatile enough to cater for all your activity needs.

Now obviously the scale below is just a guide.  Each individual’s breast motion can vary immensly within the same size catergory due to variable tissue makeup of the breast. The amount of breast motion one has is what ultimately determines how much control you need out of your bra for both activity and everyday living.

Support scale she science

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