Shock Absorber Fly Bra

There’s no doubt about it that Shock Absorber are well-known for their sports bra expertise. In fact, according to research, ‘wearing a Shock Absorber sports bra is proven to reduce breast movement by up to 78%.’ That’s pretty impressive, especially when breasts can move up to 14cm when unsupported by a bra! Wow.

So, we’ve figured that it’s important to wear a sports bra if we don’t want to damage breast ligaments (or have sagging boobs!) and it looks like a Shock Absorber bra might be a pretty good choice. Luckily for us, they’ve just released a brand new bra with Cross Control technology- phenomenal support, yet super light comfort. Introducing the Ultimate Fly Bra… 


With parkour expert and free runner, Katie McDonnel as an ambassador, you know that Shock Absorber bras are trusted by even the most active of women. Katie joined myself and a whole bunch of fitness industry experts for the launch event of the new Fly Bra. We were put through our paces at London’s boutique gym 1Rebel for a high impact, parkour inspired workout (i.e. a LOT of burpees, squat jumps and other bodyweight exercises) before finishing with 1Rebel’s well known smoothies and a protein-packed breakfast spread. 

Obviously Katie breezed through the workout, sporting her very own Shock Absorber bra. A picture speaks a thousand words and by the end of the workout Katie still managed to look photoshoot- ready for her cool down stretches, so need I say more? 


The Ultimate Fly Bra is Shock Absorber’s lightest bra yet. It holds a second skin sensation whilst still providing unmatched support even during intense, high impact exercise. Unfortunately the bra doesn’t cater for A cup ladies, which is a bit of a shame! But does cover sizes 32-38 B-F. You can pick yours up for £45 from a variety of retailers including Bravissimo, Debenhams, Wiggle and Next. 

Bra’nalysis with Brooks and Runners Need

Did you know that a sports bra should never see in a birthday? Sad, I know! But that’s how often you should be changing your sports bra. I have to say, this is news to my ears. As a fitness blogger and instructor, I live in sportswear, so you can only imagine my collection of bras (I have a full drawer dedicated just to them and it’s not the easiest to get shut)! I have ones dating from one week old to, well, three, maybe four years back… Eeeek. The ladies at Brooks would be going mad to hear this. In fact, it was them who opened my eyes to the importance of sports bras- from finding the perfect fit to how regularly we should be replacing them!

Along with a load of runner babes, I headed to Runners Need Holborn last week, where the lovely Brooks team were waiting to kit us out with our new Brooks bras- after a thorough fit session of course!

After trying only two bras, I knew that I had found the one. It fit perfectly around my chest- hugging my body with no gaps, yet not too tight- and the cups fit just right. Typically I’d gone for the black one (it’s just so easy to wear!!) and once we were all fitted, we sat down for a talk on just why being fitted is so important.

So, here’s my best interpretation without absolutely mind boggling you… Breasts have no muscle, instead they consist of ligaments. This means that we can’t exercise to perk up our breasts; we simply have to look after them! When we move, so does our chest and in more than one direction! Brooks describe the movement pattern as a figure eight- so up, down and side to side. By purchasing the correct fitting sports bra, we prevent/reduce movement, hence preventing the ligaments from weakening.

They also told us that women who wear an ill-fitting sports bra, have on average a running stride length that is 4cm shorter than those who have a sports bra that fits perfectly. That’s a whopping 10 minute difference in marathon time! Wow.

After a lot of shocked faces and a look into more of the Brooks styles, we took to the streets of London to put our new bras to the test. Stopping for a group picture mid run of course!!

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We were greeted back at the shop with prosecco and had time to mingle, while everyone discussed how great the bras were! All in all it was a very productive evening- we learnt a lot, networked and worked out! What more could you want… Now, I think it’s time that I have a little clear out! Thanks Brooks and to our amazing hosts at Runners Need! xx

 

The Best Places to Buy Cheap (But Great) Sportswear

Every high street retailer seems to have brought out a sportswear range now and most of them look pretty amazing. But if you’re actually wanting to wear your gymwear to the gym (or for any other sport for that matter) then it needs to be of good quality. That’s no constantly pulling up leggings, fading after the first wash or embarrassing rips mid-session! Here are my top three picks of the best low-budget activewear ranges with surprisingly good quality!

Primark

Known for their extremely low prices, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Primark sportswear. Aesthetically, I was impressed; bright pops of colour alongside patterned leggings and plainer basics. With lots of variety and on-trend colours, they cover pretty much every visible need. The range also isn’t lacking in options with a huge selection of sports bras, leggings, tops and jackets. So far so good, but I was still sceptical about how they would perform once I had them on…

Primark, I apologise for ever doubting you. My leggings fit perfectly and I didn’t have to adjust them once throughout my entire day! The sports bra also fit well and looked amazing- although I don’t have too much to support up top, I felt secure and confident all day.

I bought the Navy Mesh Leggings at £8 and Padded Sports Bra with Mesh Back in coral and grey for £4 each.

Forever 21

My absolute all time fave. Lots of variety, amazing prices & new options throughout the season to keep you coming back for more (eeeek!). I recently bought the £13 Medium Impact Sports Bra and have my eye on the Active Cross-Back Jumpsuit for £23!

H&M

Stylish and affordable, you will be looking and feeling like fire in the new H&M activewear range. The colours, the shapes, the prices. Everything is on point. I have my eye on the £17.99 Medium Support Sports Bra.

Know any other great quality, low price sportswear ranges? I’d love to hear! x

George at ASDA Sportswear

Did you know that George at ASDA have launched a women’s sportswear collection and it’s absolutely brilliant! With cute designs and cheap prices, there’s not much not to like. Here are my fave items from the range…

Non Wired Sports Bra £8

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Athletic Works Headband £3

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Non Wired Sports Bra £8

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Athletic Works Space Dye Leggings £10

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Medium Impact Non Wired Sports Bra £8

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All images from the George website. Have a little look at more of the collection for yourself by clicking right here.

 

The Best January Sale Sportswear Bargains

It might be quite depressing that Christmas is over, but one bonus of January definitely has to be the sales. Give your gym wardrobe a fresh look for the new year with these irresistible sportswear picks!

The Player Racerback Sport Bra by Victoria Sport WAS £13.62 NOW £9.08

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Calvin Klein Seamless Bra Top WAS £58 NOW £40

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Forever 21 Active Marled Hoodie WAS £16 NOW £9.60

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Nike Air Zoom Strong WAS £100 NOW £69.99

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Puma Active Training Women’s Clash Tights WAS £40 NOW £27

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Ivy Park Low Rise Tights from JD Sports WAS £40 NOW £30

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Lightweight by Victoria Sport Strappy Sport Bra WAS £26.82 NOW £18.17

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All images sourced from links in the titles.

Victoria Sport- The Sport Bras You Have To Try!

It only seems right that Victoria Secret, the queen of lingerie, should have bras for every occasion- including sport. So it’s a good job that they have Victoria Sport to take care of all of us active ladies!

I’m a bit of a one for stripping down to my sports crop in the gym, meaning that I’m quite particular about my sports bras not only fitting well, but looking great too. The new Victoria Sport collection definitely ticks both boxes for me- fitting fabulously and looking good enough to wear to more than just the gym.

There’s a full range of activewear, including a variety of tops and bottoms (that you can see by clicking right here), but with the beautiful Victoria specialising in bras, it seemed only right to dedicate this purely to up top. Here’s my pick of my favourite Victoria Sport bras…

Low Impact

For any women a little smaller up top (like myself) or for less strenuous activities!

Sport Bralette in Grape Soda £18.18

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Caged Racerback Sport Bra in Grey Oasis £22.27

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Medium Impact

For a little extra support…

Lightweight by Victoria Sport Bra in Inkblot Colorblock £26.82

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The Player Racerback Sport Bra in Black Pearl £18.18

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High Impact

Full support for high intensity!

The Ultimate in Grey Marl £31.82

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Incredible Front-close Sport Bra in White Colourblock £33.18

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All images sourced from http://www.victoriasecret.com.

Jeggie Activewear 10% Off!

So, I’ve got some pretty exciting news. I am now an official brand ambassador for up-and-coming activewear brand Jeggie, which is great for me but also means a little something for you guys too- 10% off anything on site (just click right here and pop in code Kirbyanne10)!

“Move in better comfort with effortless style.” Jeggie Philosophy.

All about comfort through movement and style, Jeggie uses the latest technology to create activewear products that provide superior performance and durability. One of their innovative features is dyna-fit- a unique knit that increases bloodflow and delivery of oxygen to the muscles and tissues, meaning increased muscle performance. Sounds impressive? That’s just one of their eight technologies!

It’s not just about practicality either, they also pay attention to aesthetics. My favourite being the Radius Sports Bra (as shown below).

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Great for many sports, from running to yoga and anything in between, Jeggie is definitely worth getting your hands on. Click here to shop and don’t forget to enter code Kirbyanne10 at checkout for 10% off. xx

Lorna Jane Activewear

I am a teeny-weeny bit obsessed with activewear brand Lorna Jane; an Australian-born gymwear brand promoting ‘Active Living’. Similarly to Tigeress, they believe in fitness and health as a lifestyle, with an aim to empower women to lead such healthy lives. But it’s not only their vision that’s got me swooning. The clothes are ahhh-mazing too!

High quality, comfortable, super flattering as well as looking great, there’s not really much more that you could ask for from your gym kit. There’s a range of styles and shapes to suit a variety of tastes and body sizes. My fave is the Cobra set, as worn below. I’ve never had a sports bra fit quite like it- fully supportive whilst somehow managing to enhance my tiny assets. I felt both womanly and ready for business (a.k.a. my spin class) as soon as I stepped into it.

Now I haven’t tried every item from the collection and with so much to choose from I doubt that I ever will, however I’m impressed from what I’ve seen so far and am eager to purchase my next piece! You can shop the collection by clicking right here and if you’re UK based you can always swing by the Covent Garden flagship store. Let me know what you think! xx

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