One for the ladies - Sports bras

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As many of Scottishrunner’s followers will know, I am not a stereotypical female runner.  Like Scottishrunner, I started running in 2008 to try and lose weight – inspired after watching my sister complete the Glasgow Women’s 10k.  Over the years, my shape and size has changed losing weight.

As a larger runner, Shock Absorber has always been my bra of choice and I have been running in the Shock Absorber Run bra for the last few years. However, when I started running again in 2013 following illness, I found it no longer fitted, even trying different sizes.  Over the last year,  I think I have tried every model of Shock Absorber without success.

After months and months of reading reviews and recommendations, I came across, which offers help in finding the right sports bra.  You can either contact them by email or a free phone helpline.  I emailed them explaining my difficulties and outlining all the bras I had tried.  Within about an hour, I had a response from an extremely helpful lady called Alyssa at LessBounce Customer Services recommending a few different bras.  Two of the bras suggested, the Enell and Lynx sports bras, aren’t traditional bra sizes, so she suggested sending over measurements to double check I was wearing the correct size.

So that night, I took my measurements (rib cage and overbust), emailed them and again had a prompt response the following day confirming the sizes I would need to order for the Enell and Lynx.  Alyssa noted that my measurements brought me out slightly larger than the size I was wearing but rather than simply recommend a new size, she asked for more detail about the current fit of the bras I was wearing and from that she recommended different sizes.

The third bra that Alyssa recommended was the Panache sports bra, which I was able to try on in a local bra shop.  I was fitted by the sales advisor and as Alyssa had said it turns out the back size I had been wearing was too big but the cup size was 2 sizes too small!  Having tried this bra on, there was no way I was leaving the shop without it as the difference to my current sports bras was unbelievable even just standing in the shop.  I have since been out for a 4 mile run in the bra and felt very little movement.  Whilst I am extremely happy with the Panache bra, I have also ordered the Enell and Lynx bras from LessBounce to see how I get on with them.

So whenever you are next looking for a new sports bra, I would thoroughly recommend LessBounce as your first port of call.  The customer service and range offered are the best available.  As most female runners will know, finding the correct bra is down to trial and error and the great thing about is that they do free returns so, if after the jiggle test at home, you aren’t happy, you can return any bras that aren’t suitable.

No excuses now for not PB’ing during this year!!!

Owain Williams

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