Bralettes for Big Boobs

Bralettes have always been something of a dream for me. Pretty bras, bras you can walk into any shop find your size instantly and have a wide range of styling options are dreams. If you’re like me, you need an underwire and every bit of support you can get.

Up until a few years ago, I couldn’t get my band size of UK28F. I was lucky to find online a UK30 with limited options in design. I think it was Freya that started band 28’s followed by Panache however again, limited designs, cup types, all with fugly wide straps. I’m not petite height, however I’m a small size. I don’t want wide ugly straps or lace showing through tops! I don’t want either nipples showing through tops. Thankfully Panache started to make t-shirt bras, for DD+ with narrower straps. No nipples showing, no lace showing, no nipple pain in winter when the cold starts. I could also go back to wearing cami/strappy tops, knowing everything’s held in place.  Continue reading “Bralettes for Big Boobs”

Gym Observations

Hello! Now that I’m back training in a gym after a few years training at home, I’ve compiled a list of gym observations which I feel are probably universal in any gym. This is meant to be a light hearted take on gym users not a whinge list (okay, maybe it is), but I’m sure a lot of gym users can identify with this peeve list. So come take a trip with me while I share my people watching findings and feel free to add any of your own. Gym

The mirror. Is it necessary watch yourself perform every single box jump, press up, sit up? Yes, I know it’s to check form, but every single set and rep? I’ll use it for a quick form check, but if I’m really working out hard enough, I don’t notice it or need to look at it.

The grunters. Why? If you’re lifting heavy and I mean heavy, 1 -3 reps all out power, then yes, grunt, but standard strength set? If you do grunt, please keep it down.

Dropping weights on the floor. Respect equipment!

One of my biggest observational peeves: not putting equipment back and leaving it out on the floor for anybody to trip over. Do they leave everything strewn out on the floor at home? It really doesn’t take much effort to return things.

Personal space. Those who train too close for comfort. I try to respect others space working out, but find some will happily muscle in your space or walk past you close enough for you to clock them in the head to get the equipment they probably won’t put back. You can be in bright pink and they still don’t see you lunging as they too busy watching themselves walking in the mirror to get the equipment they probably won’t put back.

Asking if you’ve finished with equipment while your still using it. Please wait a few seconds until I’ve finished my set or come up with an alternative. If I have a medicine ball I’m currently not using that you want, please wait until I’ve finished my current set before asking or wait your turn. It’s common curtesy.

Equipment hoggers. The ones that leave a towel draped over a bench or machine, go away use something else or have a chat and no one can use the said equipment until they remove the towel.

Not wiping down equipment after use. I’ll add not putting a towel down either on the equipment. Many times I’ve picked up a mat to find it covered in sweat. Cue shuddering.

Unsupportive sport bras on cardio machines or unsupportive sports bras in general. Ouch.

Guys who don’t wear pants (underpants) under their short shorts and flop down next you in the stretch area. Seriously?

Girls with see through leggings. I really want to say something to them as I know they might be mortified if they knew, but have no idea how to approach it. Maybe they know and like the attention. I’ll add see through and no underwear to the list. I’m not sure which is worse.

The guys who only work their upper bodies and have tiny, stick like legs, yet know everything about fitness. I have a few of these at my gym (who also don’t put equipment back and love the mirror). I don’t get it. They also tend to be the gym ‘silverbacks’.

Those that stick to the same tried and tested workout. I joined my old gym and the regulars are still there. Some have changed their bodies 180, others nothing changed. I see them perform the same workout (mostly machine based) without results with a bored look on their faces, but don’t want to change what they do.

No deodorant. You might think it doesn’t matter as you’re going to get sweaty, but it does matter. To the nose of the person next to you.

The exact opposite; too much scent. Some ladies in the changing room really go to town spritzing perfume and hairspray. I don’t want to leave smelling like them!

Stinky feet. Deodorant works on feet too.

Those that take up all the bench space in a busy changing room.

Girls like me. We go, just to train, not to talk until after we’ve finished and even then we may just want not to talk and go. I’ve noticed a few other girls who have a similar training style to me and I like that they box jump, burpee, are just about the training, putting 110% into it. We might be perceived as aloof, moody as we’re walking with a mission, but we have fight for our space from the above! I’ve also noticed that we get a bit more respect from the guys with similar training styles. They give us space! Not all of them, but some.

Believe it or not, I am making friends/acquaintances at the gym.

I’m sure there’s more I’ve not included so feel free to add your gym observations!


Leggings Check 1, 2, 3…

Every girl knows a good pair of leggings are worth their weight in gold. However ladies (and gentlemen if you wear them), please always, always do the squat test when purchasing leggings, especially workout ones.IMG_9521

I’ve seen a few more girls out running the past few weeks (yay! Always a good thing) and at the gym doing something other than cardio (yay! Always a good thing!). I’ve also seen not that I look, more knickers on show. Like yesterday. Cycling back, weaving my way through some runners, one girl I noticed had great form and…red knickers. Her leggings were so sheer I could see what style and colour she was sporting! If that was me I would have been mortified! Not even wearing any underwear or just thongs excuse from being sheer. I’ve witnessed that too. I prefer seeing knickers. Guys, please wear pants (underpants for any Americans). What do you do? Do you tell them? ‘Excuse me, err, erm, I’ll just come out with it, I can see your knickers when you squat/deadlift?’ or ‘Hey, your leggings are see through. I can see your pink polka dot knickers!’! Or do you let them be? Maybe it’s intentional. Who knows!

So here are my tips when buying workout, running, gym, yoga, cycling leggings:

Perform the squat test

Very simple. Try the leggings on, face away from the mirror, squat, look over your shoulder, check to see if you can see your knickers. Can’t see them? They’ve past the test! Do some kicks, lunges, downward dogs to check out the fit and movement. Jiggle around. A good pair will will feel like second skin.

Shop Around

Try on as many brands as you can. No one manufacture is the same size, so going up a size might not be the answer. The waist might be too big, leg hem too wide, saggy on the bum. Cheaper brands as a rule are more sheer and less durable. More expensive brands are geared towards sport (wick away sweat, performance, non chafe, non stink) but that doesn’t mean expensive always equal quality. They can still fail the squat test, feel scratchy, flimsy or simple not worth the price. Read reviews, see what others think. If most reviews are negative, generally it’s a bad pair. That said, we’re all different body shapes so shop around! What works for you, might not work for you friend.

Wear Underwear That Matches The Leggings Colour

Black knickers for black and other dark colour leggings. Nude knickers for lighter coloured and white leggings. Shop around too for knickers that don’t show that VPL! That’s unless you’re not bothered by a VPL.

And Don’t Forget

To invest in a good sports bra! I can’t understate how important it is to look after your girls. I see girls running in unsupportive bras, bikinis and all I can think is ouch! Too much bounce can permanently  over stretch delicate ligaments which can lead saggy boobs. Even small chested girls. Shop around, try on as many as possible. Think outside regular sports bras too. Girls like me who were born in the boobs queue and not the booty queue, you don’t have to wear 2 or 3 sports bras at once for support. Been there, done that, returned the t-shirt. Regular lingerie brands like Panache now offer sports bras from 28D to 40GG. They’re not as cute as say Lululemons or Fabletics but they mean business. Serious business, 83% reduced bounce.

What do you look for when buying leggings, sport bras or workout gear in general? Fit and performance are what I look out for.