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If you don't want to be Mrs Bounce
Shock Absorber Max Sports Bra B109
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Shock Absorber Max Sports Bra B109
Advantages: Comfortable, superb support
Disadvantages: None really
Before I start, let me just say that I am writing reviews of two different sports bras, and some of the general information in the first two sections is common to both, so if you've already read the other one, just skip down to the 'This bra in particular' bit!
~~~ Why use a sports bra? ~~~
I think most people are aware that breast tissue is easily damaged, and there are no muscles you can tone, so sag is sadly irreversible (well, if you don't include surgery!) It's therefore very important if you're doing any kind of aerobic exercise to ensure you have a bra with the proper support - and that really does mean a sports bra. I read somewhere that normal bras reduce bounce by 38% and a good sports bra by 78%. Not sure if I've got the figures absolutely spot on, but I think so.
~~~ The importance of getting properly fitted ~~~
I've tried a fair few sports bras over the years , initially with not a lot of success - partly because I didn't really know what to look for and partly down to plain bad advice over sizing. My personal experience seems to be rather a common one, so I think it's worth talking about bra sizes before I get round to the bra itself, I really want to recommend very strongly that you get properly fitted. Having measured myself (as per sizing instructions in many a catalogue), for years I was convinced I was a 36B. When pregnant I thought I'd better go and get properly measured, and was told I was 38C or even 40C. Bras of any kind in these sizes just didn't seem to give great support or shape, and sports bras were slightly better but not much! I thought that was just the way it was.
Then, at our antenatal classes we were introduced to a wonderful lady known as the Bra Lady. She 'fitted' us all just by looking, and I was utterly shocked to be told I should really be wearing a much smaller back size and much larger cup size. I followed her advice for maternity bras, but somehow hadn't quite got the message and ended up back in my old bras after that.
Several years later I heard about Bravissimo and decided to pay them a visit. There I was also 'fitted' by looking and then sizes were confirmed by trying on. I was stunned by the difference in support and shape - and this time I got the message loud and clear! Far from the 36D I'd gone in with, I came out with 32F.
The specific application to sports bras here is that the ones I now wear are designed for larger cup sizes, and provide fantastic support. Before, when I'd been wrongly measured, I was just buying the sports bras for standard cup sizes, and they just didn't do the job. So please, even if you're too shy to get fitted somewhere like Bravissimo (though really, it's OK!) it's still worth trying a variety of sizes if you're quite well-endowed - it's amazing how many people are better off with a smaller back size and larger cup size, and for sports bras you will notice the difference, I promise!
Just one final point on fitting - I generally find I need to go up a size in sports bras (34G) so it's definitely a good idea to try before you buy.
~~~ This bra in particular ~~~
Well, the bra I'm reviewing here is the Shock Absorber Max Sports Bra. It's the first one I bought after discovering my real size, and I have used it so much I completely wore it out. It's for cup sizes D-H, and is pretty heavy duty - not something you'd particularly want to show off! It comes in white, black or nude. It has wide padded straps, and a 3-hook fastening, and is made of a moisture-wicking fabric.
I used it for high impact aerobics and treadmill running and always found it very comfortable, giving great support. When I use a treadmill opposite a mirror I can really tell how good the support is - there really is minimal bounce.
I would HIGHLY recommend this bra - it's not cheap but I don't think it's particularly expensive either (usually around £26 I think, but I have seen it a fair bit cheaper) - and well worth every penny for the level of support and protection it gives. I would say it's a vital piece of sports kit, and it's a million times better than anything I tried before!
Summary: Well-endowed up top? Do sport? Give it a try!!!
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