I’ve been getting on the “get fit” bandwagon since just before Spring last year, going to the gym at least twice a week at first and then once the holidays hit, I started going almost everyday – at least 5 days a week. It’s been good, really good actually. Going to the gym used to be something I absolutely hate, and I have to admit, I did start to get bored after awhile – imagine being on the Elliptical trainer for 30 minutes each time – BORING! So I started to have a few thing to keep me motivated.
Music is one of the most important aspect for me whenever I go for a workout. I have to have the “right” music to keep me pumped while I have my eyes glued to the different screens on the wall in front of me. Or…the occasional glance at the super hot bodies (men and women) around me. Yes, I admit, they too are sort of a motivation for me. The women give me motivation to see what my goal is and the men…well you decide why they’re a motivation. 😉
Then there’s the goals. Having noticed some changes to my body already, just by working out 5 times a week, it made me want to do it even more. It’s like my body saying, “Your hard work is paying off!” My arms and legs are a lot more toned and hopefully soon my bottom too! Having a focus on what it is that I want to achieve helps too, keeps you focused on the types of exercises you should be doing.
But, the downside to this is what to wear. Ok, shallow I know, but I needed some good but affordable gym gear. I did get some from the Michelle Bridges range, and a pair of shorts from Target too. I needed more though seeing that I was going more often than just twice a week. The shorts I had gotten from Target ran out of sizes, and the other styles everywhere else were just either too short or were cut so that it was tight around your bottom – not a good look. So I ended up buying, men’s shorts – men’s swimming shorts to be precise. Yes I did. And only for $5 at BigW. I just had to cut off the netted “underwear” bit on the inside. You have my permission to laugh but they are super comfortable and fitted just right.
Next came the sports bras. I only had…wait for it…ONE pair! And I’ve had that pair for YEARS! It’s not surprising seeing that I had hardly used it before. That was the pair I had bought from Target. I needed at least 2 more pairs of sports bras, so off to Twitter I went for some feedback. Brands that were suggested to me were:
I was on a mission to find the perfect sports bra. One that held on to my babies well when I jog, and will not bounce, yet still felt comfortable and did not cost the earth. Armed also with some reliable information from the BraQueen herself on how to choose the right sports bra, I was ready to roll.
I already had the Target one, so thought maybe that would be my choice. Unfortunately, I suspect they somehow changed their style so it ended up fitting rather weirdly. There were some spillage and I was wearing different sizes to see what fitted the best and yet still, they didn’t fit quite right. Pity as they were really cheap too.
I skipped Enell mainly because, I’ll be honest, they looked…ugly. Yes I’m shallow, yes you can’t see underneath the clothes but the thing is my babies aren’t that huge, I would say they’re average? So I don’t really need that kind of style really. So next one to try were Berlei. And I fell in love. I tried the Electrify Underwire range. So what do you do to see if it does what it’s supposed to do?
Image from Berlei
And this bra just ticked all those boxes! Winner! And an even bigger win for me? It was on sale over at Myer for $35! Yes, this lady did a happy dance in the fitting room with her soon-to-be sports bra on. That also passed the test as there were no unwanted jiggling either! I ended up buying two, one in black with fuchsia and green piping and another in white with light pink piping. SUPER! And my babies have never been happier. By the way, they’re still on sale at Myer so you better hop on quick to check if they’ve still got the size you want.
Have YOU found the perfect sports bra? What are you favourite brands? And why? Do you also do those three things to check if they’re the perfect ones for you?