Recently, I've lost a fair amount of weight with Slimming World . It's coming off pretty fast (over 2 stone in 11 weeks) and I started recently to worry about what effect that kind of weight loss might have on my skin tone .
We've all watched those documentaries on TV where someone loses weight fast and is left with huge flaps of skin they have to tuck into their clothes - I really don't want to end up like that, so 2 weeks ago, I decided to join a gym to help me tone up . On my first session, I just threw on a tracksuit and got going, but I soon realised that certain bouncy bits were bouncing a bit too much, and that if I didn't want to end up with black eyes and absurdly stretched boobs,I needed to invest in a good sports bra, to keep my norks in place while I'm bouncing and jiggling about.
I had a look on Figleaves, and ended up purchaseing this B109 Sports Bra by Shock Absorber . The bra is available in cup sizes d-g and back sizes 30-40 .
The bra itself is white in design, with thick supportive straps to the shoulder and back that keep you very firmly in place. It feels a little odd to wear at first, as it keeps a much firmer grip on your cleavage than an every day bra, but is not at all uncomfortable. On the chest band is a small logo, which looks fairly unobtrusive on the white design, but stands out more on the black colour which is also available . I did like that the chest band was a comfortable thickness, and was smooth to avoid rubbing and chafing.
The cups have seams to give a closer more comfortable fit, but I was relieved that the insides of the cups were very smooth, with nothing to rub or cause friction when excercising .
The material itself is 'Coolmax' , which is basically a fancy way of saying the bra is made up of materials , speciafically 64% Polyamide 2 % Polyurethane 32% Polyester 3% Elastane . All this might sound like a lot of mumbo jumbo, but the good news this material is designed to stay cool during excercise and to not get all wet and sticky (unlike cotton, which remains wet if you break into a sweat, and can then cause uncomfortable friction).
The bra was very comfortable to wear during excercise, as it is a level 4 support bra. Basically, the higher level of support, the better suited it is for high impact excercise . Putting it into simple terms , if you were doing a sport without much boob bounce potential, such as walking, then you would need a low support level . By contrast, if like me you are doing a sport with a lot of flesh flopping movement - such as running on a treadmill, then you need higher support, and it really is important to get the right level, as the flesh around the breast is very delicate, and not wearing enough support can not only lead to back and neck pain, but also to saggy boobs!
The cups were comfortable, with my boobs held firmly in place, even when I was really kicking up the speed, there was very little bounce, and the wide straps , particularly on the shoulders, really felt strong and secure .
I do have one petty gripes about this bra . Firstly, the care label recommends hand washing, and not tumble drying, as these can both ruin the elasticity of the bra, making it less supportive. I really don't mind handwashing items too much, but leaving them to dry naturally takes time, and if you do think you'll be going to the gym regularly, then you'll probably want to buy more than one.
Overall, I think this is a good sports br, offering firm support and keeping everything safely in place even during high impact excercise . I would certainly recommend it to anyone considering getting fit, and as it is widely available online (I paid £28 at figleaves) it shouldn't be too hard to find .
Phew. What a relief!
After spending an hour with a personal trainer at my new gym wearing a cheap sports bra I realised then that it isn't always a good idea to go for the cheap option. I was under the impression all sports bra's would do the same thing. I couldn't have been more wrong!
After the painful and embarrassing hour I stopped off at a local sports store and decided to check out some more bras. I tried a couple of and jumped up and down in the changing room (well how else was I to know) and decided to go with the Shock Absorber and in the sale at about £18 it was more than I wanted to spend really. My next trip to the gym was much better, my DD's were strapped down well and I didn't leave with red cheeks or black eyes! I was then so happy I'd spent the money and would have been happy to have paid full price (around £25). I now own 3 of these bras and won't go to the gym or running without wearing one.
Ok so they're not the most attractive bras but who cares? I'm certainly not at my most attractive after 20 mins on the treadmill.
It has thick straps and it rises quite high, so I feel fully supported when I'm exercising and it has the usual bra fastening at the back and not one of those awkward over the head design that's never pleasant to manoeuvre.
All in all a great sports bra that I would highly recommend to anyone.
Very few makes of sports bra are made with 'shape' and not just 'size' in mind (this support bra does both) and although it is not recommended by doctors for exceptionally heavy busted women to wear any type of bra all day, it is impossible not to if you work or have a busy lifestyle. I was advised that because of the strain that is placed upon the shoulders; neck as well as back, to wear a well-supported one whilst exercising and working, but to leave them to hang out when at home.
I must admit I do enjoy the freedom of not wearing a bra at home, but it's not great if you are not the only one in the house! - Also, whether I wear a bra or not, I still feel tremendous discomfort unless I am distracted by some kind of physical activity that takes the emphasis away from their attachment to my relatively petite body. The shock-absorber bra then, is totally ideal for for 'high' impact activities that it is specifically designed.
Larger breasted women like myself, have had the same familiar issue of finding one particular make of bra that they can wear at all times that fits with superb comfort without it being costly or designed without full support in mind. have experienced is evident in the other reviews I have read
Why is it so shockingly effective?
The shock-absorber can be experienced as multi-functional wonder-bra with its inner layers fitted in all the right places inside the cups themselves. The purpose and effect of this is that it is to define the shape of the heavier breasts by spot-reducing the sides that often produce a sagging effect as the breasts are lifted. It is not simply designed to reduce the appearance of your bust size but to mold them, which in turn re-shape your breasts. One professional source says that: "It pushes your busts toward your chest instead of gathering it towards the front and pushing it up. By distributing the breast tissue away from the front and just towards your underarm area, a minimizer bra creates the illusion of a smaller bust, about a cup size lesser".
I agree that most standard minimizing sports bras can and do create the illusion of a smaller bust, but rarely flatters them and gives them a radical shift in appearance that the shock-absorber provides and for this reason makes it the leading bra for heavier breasted women.
With this bra, it molds the entire bust to give the appearance of a much smaller; smoother and defining outline that cannot be achieved by standard support bras that are mainly fashioned to just 'lift and hold' the breasts in place. This bra, contours with the lines of your breasts 'excess flesh' as they are raised, which gives the illusion of narrower-roundness as opposed to flatter-widened appearance of them.
In this respect, you are given the ultimate freedom to wear the tops you normally would avoid like the plague because of being self-conscious of whether the regular bra you ordinarily wear, exaggerates your bust size. I've spent years not buying colourful tops because of this fact alone and have always worn dark shades or jumpers that swallow the entire top half of my body! - You are also not restricted to V-Neck tops that give added length to the neck so as to draw attention away from the bust line, but this shape in top is always the better option for larger breasted women as it is very complimentary of a minimizing result.
The unique shaping properties on the design of this bra mean that they don't 'bullet-point' your breasts into rocket-cones either. I've had many that have had this unwelcome effect on my breasts and plenty of unwanted attention as a direct result, so have spent more time indoors than out until the discovery of this revolutionary pioneer.
The fastening is done at the back which isn't ideal on any bra, but then who wants it visible at the front? - I also like the control straps on this as they don't self-adjust whilst you are in movement and then have to tighten them every few hours when they have ridden down as they do in most conventional ones. Also, they are markedly thick and wide as you would expect to find on any good support bra but are brilliant in that they stay adjusted on the comfort settings you have chosen for yourself.
So, in all essence, this bra protects your vulnerable assets whilst doing any kind of exercise and especially high-impact type; allows more freedom of choice in what you wear and cuts the cost of tailored fashions dramatically; can be worn in any kind of circumstance when it is appealing to the eye and eventually begins to re-adjust the shape of breasts that have become shapeless from wearing ill-fitted types for so long.
Admittedly my breasts have certainly become much more 'pert' since wearing this and this has little to do with weight-loss or exercise when much of the excess flesh found in sagging breasts cannot be fixed unless you have surgery.
Support and guidance on advice for shopping options:
What I also found very useful is 'A Guide to Stress Free Shopping and Looking Beautiful' by a woman called Billieann from Australia who runs her own living-with-large-breasts.com website who has also written an extensive self-help manual for women who need and want information about buying clothing that flatter a fuller bust. In her own words, she states that "I think this information I have compiled is important and needs to be accessible in one friendly place because I am living with large breasts and have searched at various times for all of this information without any success" - I can certainly identify with this myself and have gone out and bought bras that appear supportive, but do little more than exaggerate them!
Because I only stick to the shock-absorber brand of bra for my everyday needs, I didn't really use the guide but found that the website itself offered practical and emotional support for women who are very uncomfortable as well as distressed by having larger breasts and so this in itself is extremely comforting.
If you are looking to vary and extend your range of bras that are not just to be worn for everyday practical use or impact-exercise, then you may find these three top favorites worthy of your attention. I'm attracted to the idea of wearing other excitingly prettier bras but haven't yet developed enough confidence, so these are recommended if living with larger breasts is getting better for some if not others. They are listed here below:
Bali Passion bra
These brands of bra-wear are ultimate in comfort yet also reduces the bustline whilst being highly fashionable and stylish. They are designed to make the breasts look smooth and natural and are also available in a no-wire design.
Remember that as your breasts re-shape over some months, so will your confidence sour in being able to wear underwear that matches your good self-esteem!
I have a DD chest size and take part in lots of high impact exercise. I have tried lots of sports bras in the past without much luck and after reading about shock absorbers I decided to give it a go.
The down side is that the bra is not very attractive, it does look a little as though it would be something your gran would wear and the cups look a little weird (madonna ish) although with clothes over the top it does give you a good overall shape.
I have used the bra for running, cross training and rowing and really did see the difference to other sports bras i have used in the past. I experienced very little bounce at all and had no aches or pains in the chest area after or during exercise. The bra was very comfortable and did not rub at all. Becuase of the back fastening I also found this much easier to put on and take off than the ones where you have to put them on over your head. I often go swimming before exercising and it can be quite difficult with clammy skin to get your sports bra on!
The bra is hand wash only but doesn't take too long to wash and dries quickly. I have washed mine a few times now and it has not lost its shape or colour.
Although the bras are a bit pricey at £25 - £35 I can honestly say that after using a shock absorber bra I would not go back to using any other and have already bought another one.
If you are, like me, of a substantial chest size (bless it), you'll appreciate a bra that gives support and comfort during any vigorous activity. The Shock Absorber bra does just that and more... In my experience, it's not so easy to find a bra that fits well in every way and this one ticks all the boxes. It gives firm support without wiring, which (wiring) can be somewhat painful during sports requiring excessive arms' movement, e.g.: tennis. It has movable back straps position, which enables it to be worn crossways with muscle vests. The straps are wide enough and slightly padded to support a "heavy load" and they're long enough to use them in multitude of positions. Double hooks keep the under bust band securely in right place. It also controls moisture and gives you that dry feeling, even though you sweat profusely.
I bought one in nude colour and it's so versatile, I even wear it with dresses, as it gives your breast that natural, soft yet steady appearance.
Overall, great bra I keep falling for every time while in need of "firm support".
Room for improvement: Under the bust band should be of double thickness, to prevent it's bending lengthways and to give the "ultimate under the bust support". That would make it perfect.
Every woman will agree that sports are painful without a sports bra, but finding one with the right amount of support and comfort can be impossible! I was keen to try to Shock Absorber, mainly because they don't have the usual sports bra look, and look more like something I wouldn't be ashamed to have in my wardrobe. There's even a selection of nude, white or black to match it to your work out clothes!
I wasn't too confident when it arrived, as the material is quite thin, but as soon as you put it on you can feel the extra support. You can run and jump and do anything you like, you won't be able to make this bounce! Despite being so supportive, it is actually really comfortable too. The shoulder straps are just wide enough to minimise pressure on your shoulders, and the sides are cut perfectly so that they don't dig in anywhere.
I was a bit worried about washing this 'perfect' bra, but I didn't need to be. It washed fine, and tried really fast. It's just as supportive now, and I've washed it quite a few times.
The price tag on these bras might put people off, but you'll only need one. It really is the ultimate sports bra.
I have to say this really is the daddy of all sports bras. I am a keen runner who runs short and long distances in hot,cold and wet weather, and after trying a wide range of sports bras I found this bad boy. This bra is great to wash again and again, its very fast drying, has never rubbed even on the hottest of runs and best of all stops you getting bashed around by your own chest!! Im a c cup and Id be sure this would be a good bra for even the largest of ladies. Save those sore boobs and enjoy your runs and invest in a shock absorber bra it really will do what it says in its name. You may feel its alot to spend however it really will last you, Ive had mine well over a year and thats alot of runs for one bra!
I am a 34ff, so required some sturdy support at the gym. I bought this bra in white and have had it quite a while now and despite washing it many times, it has kept its' colour and shape.
The bra itself looks a bit old fashioned and grannyfied ( my husband always laughs at me, when I am wearing it), but IT DOES THE JOB!
It is comfortable and has nice wide straps, which do not dig in or rub when exercising and give great support ( some of the other sports bras I have seem to work by squashing my boobs to my chest, which can be a bit uncomfortable and claustaphobic). The cups are a little bit pointy. Oh and it is quite easy to put on. Some of the other sports bra have a cross over back strap, which I always find a little bit fiddley.
Overall, I would buy this again. Don't buy this if your are expecting to look like a glamourous siren, but to get comfortable support at the gym, it does the job.
I own this bra in black and white. Finding a sports bra to support an E cup is not an easy task and the type that I had previously tried were too sloppy and I had to stop running after a minute as I was just too embarrassed! This Sports bra reduces bounce dramatically, it does give you a slightly pointy boobed effect and On a cold day in the gym you can probably see your nipples in the mirror if i'm very honest, because although supportive the material is quite thin, but hopefully you'll be too busy working out to care! I like this bra as it is not ugly and huge and you can wear it under normal sports tops. The straps are adjustable and they are machine washable but the more they are used the less effective they will be. But at £24 Its worth it to save your boobs from going south earlier than they should be!
I have tried many sports bras out in the past ranging from tescos own to trimuph- however I have to recomend the shock absorber as being one of the best sports bras on the market. They have a huge range of sizes which is great for us big chested ladies. Reasonably priced and you can get it even cheaper in tkmaxx and on ebay. The shock absorber bra is even cool when the bra straps show out from sports gear that you are wearing. It washes really well and Im pleased to say I own 10 of these bras and mainly white and have never faded. The support is excellent and does not show an outline underneath sports clothes. I find when moving around my boobs feel supported and not hitting me in the face. Also at a certain time of the month when my boobs are sore it supports them very well when im exercising. The shock absorber is fantastic bra
As a woman who could be considered bigger up top a sports bra has been an essential part of my sportswear for years. I have been buying my bras from a trusted retailer for years and just assumed it was normal to suffer a little "bounce" when exercising, and as it wasn't painful I didn't worry. Until I lost weight, I changed size significantly and could no longer buy sports bras from my usual shop and that's when I came across a Shock Absorber bra in my size.
Now this is the first great thing about Shock Absorber bras is that they come in a range of back and cup sizes from 28 to 40 odd and A to H cups so you're bound to find one to fit. They also vary in support/bounce reduction with four impact levels tailored to your sport of choice and your size. They are only available in black and white but this isn't really a significant issue - I mean who are you going to be showing your sports bra off too? However at the moment pale pink Shock Absorbers can be found with the added bonus that a percentage of the purchase price is donated to a breast cancer charity. And on the note of purchase price.. these bras generally retail at around £28, a little pricy but hopefully this review will make it clear that they are worth every penny.
Working from back to front the bras have a secure back hook and eye fastening. The shoulder straps are relatively wide and slightly padded ensuring that they don't cut into you and stay in place during even the most vigorous exercise. There is no underwiring (usually something I can't live without) but two individual, full, extremely supportive cups. The bra is made of coolmax fabric which helps wick the sweat away from your skin and I can say it does seem to do this effectively.
On donning the bra if the correct size it will feel securely tight and comfortable. The indiviual cups can make it look a little like you are wearing a slightly pointy 1950s-esque bra, however no one has ever made any comments about this so maybe its not so noticeable (and I much more used to the unsupportive crop tops).
And now does this bra work - does it stop the bounce? Well recently I put it to the test during a 10 mile run and I am very pleased to report that there was hardly a jiggle. And even though other items of my sportswear rubbed, there was no problems with my bra and I still felt totally comfortable in it after wearing it in anger for almost 2 hours. And post wearing these withstand the effects of the washing machine and come out like new. Although they aren't suitable for the tumble drier and I'm not willing to find out what the effect of tumble drying would be for this review. The cool max fabric dries quickly enough in the air.
So considering all aspects I think I have found the perfect sports bra and will be using this brand for years to come.
I bought a white version of this bra and as a larger busted lady I thought this would be very useful hen I went to the gym as a normal bra just wouldn't do the job.
I must admit that it has been a very good bra and was much better at stopping me from jiggling around all over the place than any other bra every has.
As all larger bust ladies will know, finding a good bra at any time is very difficult never mind one that is solely for when we exercise but I would urge all ladies who need a good bra for when exercising to buy this one as you will not be disappointed as it is a fantastic bra.
I will defo be buying a black version to and will buy all future sports bras from the same makers as I couldn't ask for anything better from a sports bra.
I am from a family of well endowed ladies in the chest department - our average bra sizes range from an E - HH cup!
I have been brought up to look after your boobs - you only get them once! and this included wearing a decent sports bra.
As any larger busted ladies will know it is not always easy to find sports bras in larger cup sizes - seems that the powers that be in the bra world think that we should just sit at home and get fat!
Well thank goodness for Shock Absorber!
The bras come in a range of sizes from AA - H cups and from a 30 - 42 back so should be one for all ladies
Bravissimo, Figleaves, any department store (Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Debenhams, John lewis) - check Figleaves, Amazon, Boobydo.com and Brastop.com for cheap deals.
They tend to RRP at around £28 - £30 per item but as noted above watch out for special offers and cheaper deals on line.
Colours and design
They come in black or white ladies - sorry no exciting reds, pinks or blues. The styles tend to be very plain - they might have a black / white trim but don't expect any lace or anything racy!
The Shock Absorber Bras come in a range of levels - depending on what sports you are doing and your bust size.
The impact levels are 1 - 4 and in general if you are doing high impact sports / horse riding you should go for level 3 or 4. For pilates or yoga 1 or 2 is fine.
If you are above a D cup they tend to suggest that you only go for impact level 3 or 4.
I would suggest trying these items on as with all bras - Shock Absorber do a range of shapes to suit all figures, I am sure there is one suitable for anyone!
Well given that the bras are not made to look good I guess that their selling point has to be the support that they give your boobs.
And I have not found a better sports bra. When I am not pregnant I ride horses competitively - doing one day events so have to look elegant doing a sitting trot in the dressage (no mean feat if you have huge knockers!) and these actually keep my bust still. I also play netball and do aerobics and find that my chest is completely supported for all of these activities.
The most supportive sports bra I have every worn -not cheap, admittedly but what price my bust not drooping!
After trying quite a few different types of sport bra's I found that this one is the best at reducing the movement of my breast. The best thing about this bra is that it comes in quite a few sizes, as sometimes I find it difficult to find a bra in a size 34E.
It is also good that there are different levels of impact. Personally I prefer level 3 for running and horse riding and it really does work. The only thing I would say is that the straps are a tad too long for me if I wear it as a normal bra, but if I cross the straps over at the back, then that feels much better and my breasts feel very secure and hardly move. I cant wear it for a whole day though because it is quite tight, but it does give a nice shape and holds every thing where it is meant to be.
The come in Black, white and I think also nude colour and the price isnt too bad either
I absolutely love the shock absorber sports bra.
The fit of it is perfect, and gives me the best support whilst doing my running. it also gives a good shape to your body.
This is the second shock absorber sports bra I have purchased. Like most bras it looses its support the more you wear it and the more you wash it.
I find on average I have to replace by bra every 6 months or so, so it can be quite expensive I think.
the first bra I purchased was white, but I found this discoloured quite quickly probably because of the sweat therefore I when I went to make my next purchase I bought a black one.
The best thing in my opinion for the shock absorber is it comes in bigger sizes. if it werent for this bra, I seriously doubt that I would be able to do as much exercise as I do because it would be most uncomfortable.
Best sports bra out in my opinion
Suitable for high impact activities. A back fastening bra with multi-sectioned cup and inner layers for support.