The Great Sports Bra Workout

A while back, I shared this image I created about how hard it is to do up a sports bra to my Facebook page:


sports bra meme


I still maintain that this is true.

Yesterday, I decided to take myself out for a short run in the afternoon to clear my head. Just a 20 minute bimble.

Prior to my run, I spent 20 minutes trying to do up my damn sports bra. Don’t get me wrong, it’s SO important to wear them and I swear by this particular style as NOTHING moves. But they also double up as a stretch, tone and cardio warm up. A HARD one. And I don’t need to bust a sweat in a 20 minute bra-doing up exercise before I even make it out of the front door for my run.


Shock Absorber Run Bra

I took to Instagram during my “rest” to recover my strength in the hope I’d get it done up


Have I got freakishly short arms? Am I just a complete idiot when it comes to doing up sports bras? It would seem not, with my instafriends all coming out in sympathy. Honestly, you ladies who can do yours up quickly, how do you do it? HOW?!

Anyway, without further ado, I bring to you the painful stages of bracise – the pre-runner warm up routine.


Bra Tricep Stretch


doing up sports bra


Otherwise known as “why the f**k can’t I reach my strap?” Flail your fingers fruitlessly and hold. Then repeat a million times. You should really be feeling an ache. For maximum effect, swear a lot and roll around, huffing and puffing. By now, you should be looking something like this.




You are woman, you are beast. However, sometimes, things are too much. Take a breather and begin again.




By now, those triceps should be well and truly warm.

However, you probably haven’t succeeded in the bra fastening.


Bra Child Pose




Yes, this pose is supposed to be relaxing but we’re going to mix it up by trying to fasten. You should be getting a headache by now and your arms and upper body should be getting suitably cross at the pulling and tugging. Rock back and forth for added effect. This adds to the cardio element of the workout.

Then bring your arms around the side.




Fail miserably. Your heart rate is probably spiking through sheer exasperation.

By now, you are probably at the point I was in the very first photo. Give up and ask someone else.

How the hell do you guys get your sports bra on without help?



  1. January 22, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    This made me laugh!
    I wear this same type or sports bra and my method is to do up the top clasp before I put it on so I have to put it over my head like a crop top. I then find it reasonably easy to reach around to the bottom strap and do it up fairly quickly. I broke my arm as a kid and have reduced mobility at the elbow, so there’s no way in hell I would be able to do up the top clasp whilst wearing the bra!
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    • January 22, 2017 / 5:02 pm

      I’m glad it made you laugh! It was one of the posts I wasn’t sure if I should publish due to unflattering photos, maybe trying too hard…so this comment has made me happy :)

      It’s also the 1000th comment on my blog – yay!
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      • January 22, 2017 / 7:33 pm

        Yay – 1000th comment!
        I know what you mean about worrying about the post, but I see women asking the same question about this bra on fb all the time so definitely worth posting.
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  2. January 22, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    Haha, love it! Ease of putting on is one of the key things I look for in a sports bra – I cannot be dealing with anything that requires pulling over my head, or too much weird wiggly bra-yoga. My current favourite (a shock absorber of some sort) has yet to require anyone else’s help (let’s hope it’s not famous last words typing that)

  3. January 22, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    That looks pretty exhausting!! At least you got some good stretching in before your run… I guess one advantage of having teeny tiny boobs is being able to wear easier to pull on crop tops.

  4. January 23, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    I tried ONE of these shockabsorbers, hated getting into it and switched back to their multisport ones ever since! My tip was never undo the weird racerback fastening but they were just far too annoying for the no difference in support between the two.

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