31 Oct, 2013

Banish the Bounce!

Banish the Bounce!

Stephen says that women shouldn't rush a sports bra purchase. “The key to choosing and fitting a sports bra is function and comfort. You wouldn’t run in Stilettos would you?” Says Stephen. Stephen claims that many women walk into a store and think they know their size when in fact there are many things to take into account.

Ladies this is what you should look out for! – Stephen van Niekerk:

1.    Make sure there is Rigid fabric in the cups and a strong shoulder straps with little to no movement. This is where your support stems from.


2.    To ensure moisture management, choose a microfiber or technical fabric with great moisture management. If you keep your skin dry you will reduce friction and increase comfort.


3.    Try your bra on before you buy it and do the bounce test (requires jumping in the change room). You will know immediately if the bra is going to give you the support you need.


4.    There should be ‘no spillage!’ Sports bras are meant to be snug not restrictive or tight. If you have spillage, It’s likely too small. There should not be a cleavage either, as this suggests that it is too tight.


5.    If you are on a weight loss program or training for a marathon it is good to get a bra with an adjustable strap at the back as you will most likely need to tighten it later on.


6.    Always check to see that the back strap is level on your back. If it arches up, it is likely too small, if it droops down then it is too big.


7.    Shoulder straps must be adjustable. This allows you not only to get the correct length over the shoulder but it helps fit the cup correctly. If you have any kind of fabric puckering in the cup you may need to adjust the shoulder strap, but not so tight that it pulls the back strap up.


8.    There needs to be a good ‘under bust contact.’ Many ladies complain about chaffing under their bust. There are many causes for this: Poor moisture management, an under bust band that collapses (folds over), poor elasticity under bust band offering little contact with the skin. Your bra should move with your body and NOT you with it.





What do you look for when shopping for sports bras?:

Mpho Sello: Favourite brand is Shock Absober!
What I look for: Comfortable straps, simple fastening mechanism, no fancy clasps that are likely to break and hard to find. No wiring.

Connie De Villiers Blom:  We cannot find a "A" cup sports bra anywhere....

Ellie Courts Seamless (or as few as possible) and with no fasteners. This helps to prevent chafing when wearing a hydration pack. I prefer FALKE

Lauren Paterson Under Armour make a stunning br! No chafing at Comrades this year- what a win! Supportive, comfortable and awesome colours too.

Natasha Erica Papini Support and adjustable straps! I hate wearing a pretty running top and having thick straps sticking out and ruining it

Jennifer Joynt Lots of support I use shock absorber the one with the figure 8 that is advertised especially for us fuller breasted runners. There aren't many brands that make comfortable full support