Shock Absorber recently, kindly sent me their new Gym Bra to review, but before I get stuck into how I put it through its paces, I'm going to backtrack a little. So...
Why wear a sports bra?I think we would all agree that a good sports bra is an indispensable addition to a woman's gym gear collection. Just as it's recognised that a good pair of trainers are important for comfort and avoiding injury, so it should be that a good sports bra provides the same for women doing any form of exercise. Did you know that unsupported breasts move up to 12cm during exercise (up and down, and side to side). Are you all visualising that female runner in your neighbourhood, or at your gym class who really needs to wear a more supportive bra? Shock Absorber themselves have even done their own research and found that their sports bras reduce 'breast bounce' by up to 78%, which is twice as much as a normal bra. I guess the real clincher for women everywhere is that not wearing a sports bra can cause ligament damage and tissue damage that can cause sagging (and can't be reversed). No thanks!
Okay, so why Shock Absorber?
A while ago, I tricked myself into thinking that I could buy a 'cheap' sports bra, and that it would do the same thing. I couldn't face the thought of shelling out £30 on a sports bra and so bought one for about £7 from a high street sports shop. My gym is one of those ones that caters for the egotistical (okay, those who want to improve their 'technique', yeah yeah...) and has huge floor length mirrors and I was pretty horrified by what I saw when jogging on the treadmill. Not generally (well, kind of) but specifically in the chest area. There was a whole lot of movement, and a whole lot of discomfort. For someone aiming to do lots more running on the treadmill and the road, this is just not practical. So the Shock Absorber bra came at a great time for me. They really are the crème de la crème of sports bras - high quality, well-made and with lots of little details that aid comfort and support. Cheap sports bras really are a false economy - I'm afraid this is one item in your gym kit that you're going to have to spend a little money on.
|Shock Absorber Ultimate Gym Bra, £35*|
Ultimate Gym Bra review
I took the bra out for a run to give it a road test. After a few seconds of running my concerns that it would be, almost too supportive ebbed away. It held me in place but didn't hurt or rub and when I took it off post-run there was no discomfort or marks (I'd been concerned that a heavy-duty sports bra of this nature would leave marks or rubbing, but it definitely didn't). Since then this has been my 'go to' sports bra - it is comfortable, supportive and the colour and style looks great under a vest or running top which isn't always a deciding factor but is nice nonetheless.
I would have no reservations in recommending this bra - it is well-worth its price tag and a great investment. Just take note that what you're buying is not a lightweight, 'slip it on' type bra - it is built for support, and, trust me, support it will.